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Best Inkjet Printers for Graphic Designers - Red River Paper

Best Inkjet Printers for Graphic Designers


Learn about the select few inkjet printers are truly best for graphic designer.


Graphic designers and ad firms often need to print designs, comps, and layouts to share with clients and peers. There are a wide number of inkjet printers that can accomplish the task. However, a select few are truly best for graphic designers.

The best inkjet printers for graphic design ideally should:

  • Be able to print 13x19 and smaller
  • Accept light, heavy, and double-sided papers easily
  • Have individual ink tanks (4 to 8 colors)
  • Be affordable to purchase and operate
  • Ideally use dye inks

The reason we're advocating for dye inks in your printer is that they work with virtually all coated inkjet paper. They also are much more able to withstand handling and resist ink smudging in a portfolio or book environment. Finally, graphic design projects are transient in nature, which means you probably don't need the long term fade resistance of pigment based inks.

With the parameters set, let's take a look at current suggestions. We've included printers from Epson and Canon. HP is not included because the front paper feed design precludes them from using many popular heavy weight papers.

 

Canon Pixma iP8720 Inkjet Printer

About the Printer

  • Speed - You can expect excellent speed with design and photo prints
  • Good color quality - recommended that you use ICC profiles for the best possible output
  • Very reliable paper feed system
  • 13" wide printer carriage.
  • Supports various types of media from 4"x6" to 13"x19"
  • Connectivity - USB 2.0, ethernet
  • Four color - four ink tanks plus an extra black for text printing jobs

Notes

The ip8720 is a great quality, and very economical choice. Canon printers have robust feed systems and can accept a variety of glossy, matte, card stock, and double-sided media.

Using just five colors (most photo inkjet printers use 6+) actually makes for more realistic prints that will be closer to press output.

A big plus with Canon dye based printers is that they almost never experience head clog.

Epson XP-15000

About the Printer

  • Top quality photo printing capability
  • Good paper feed system
  • 13" wide printer carriage.
  • Supports various types of media from 4"x6" to 13"x19"
  • Connectivity - USB 2.0
  • Six individual ink tanks

Notes

The XP-15000 is capable of printing high quality photography and design layouts. It uses six individual, dye based ink tanks

The Epson XP-15000 is compatible with most inkjet papers. It has a top rear paper tray so you can use heavy weight stock.

Canon Pro-100

About the Printer

  • Speed - You can expect excellent speed with design and photo prints
  • Very reliable paper feed system
  • 13" wide printer carriage.
  • Supports various types of media from 4"x6" to 13"x19"
  • Connectivity - USB 2.0, ethernet, wireless
  • Eight individual inks

Notes

The PRO-100 has the most inks out of our list at eight individual tanks. This Canon printer is built for lots of use. Canon's use thermal print heads which will last years, but can be replaced by you if need be.

A big plus with Canon dye based printers is that they almost never experience head clog.