Has Your Canon Print Head Warranty Expired?

Checking the warranty left on your Canon imagePROGRAF print heads is as easy as opening an Internet browser window.

As you’ll see in the video above, simply input your printer’s IP address in the browser URL bar, and you’ll be led to a Remote UI page, which contains lots of useful info.

Follow the step-by-step directions in the video to see how much time you have left on your print head warranty, so you’ll know when it’s time to replace them.

Church’s Sleek New Student Center Gets an Old-Time-y Touch

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Clear Lake Press installed this custom drawing as a backdrop to this meeting area in St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center in the Minnesota State University Campus’ student center. Photo credit: Clear Lake Press


With all of the creative minds and customization options in the large-format and graphics world these days, there’s no reason not to give a new building a little extra personality.

That certainly was the mindset for St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center on the Minnesota State University Campus with its newly constructed student center in Mankato, MN.

Completed in the fall of 2014, the center’s interior spaces were blank canvases — ideal for custom graphics and finishing touches to give the center a welcoming and friendly feel. One area of the new space, a sleek, circular counter set up for group chats and snacks, was a perfect place for a personal touch.

Eric Erickson's original drawing that was scanned into Photoshop and enlarged 750 percent. Photo credit: Clear Lake Press
Eric Erickson’s original drawing that was scanned into Photoshop and enlarged 750 percent. Photo credit: Clear Lake Press

Working with Clear Lake Signs of Waseca, MN, a division of Clear Lake Press, staff at St. Thomas More and Eric Erickson, Clear Lake’s pre-press systems administrator, graphic designer and artist, put their heads together to come up with some large-format graphics ideas for the blank wall behind the counter.

At first, the thought was to enlarge a photo as the backdrop, but as Erickson chatted with the church leadership, a new idea emerged.

“As we were discussing the details, it evolved into a custom art piece with a lot of elements relevant to their history and who they were and their mission,” Erickson says.

He took pencil to paper and started sketching. An old-fashioned, Irish pub theme emerged with a pencil sketch of a wooden bookshelf, a brick wall, Fr. Paul Halloran lifting his glass and a series of taps named after the nine virtues found in Galatians 5:22-23: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The books, photos and trophy drawn into the bookshelf all have special meaning to the church and its members.

The original drawing was 25-by-29 inches, which Erickson then scanned in at 1200 ppi and enlarged 750 percent. He added color to the logo and printed the image on four 44-by-150-inch panels onto LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric using his Canon imagePROGRAF printer. Clear Lake Press’ diverse services include web and sheet-fed presses, interior and exterior signs, vehicle decals and wraps, banners and all types of fabric applications.

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Clear Lake Press’ large-format expert Tonya Wittman helped with the installation of the mural, printed on LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric. Photo credit: Clear Lake Press

“I had used Print-N-Stick on smaller projects. This is our largest Print-N-Stick project to date,” Erickson says. “I like it because of the white point of the paper – there’s very little show-through of the wall color underneath it, the vibrancy of color and the fact that it’s repositional. This project itself isn’t really a repositional application, but if they ever want to take it down, the Print-N-Stick won’t damage the wall underneath it.”

While it took the Canon only about a half hour to print each panel, Erickson and Clear Lake Press’ large-format expert Tonya Wittman spent the better part of a day installing the panels in the new fellowship hall.

“It was one of those projects, when it started, I was extremely nervous about it,” Erickson says. “All of those nerves were laid to rest as we were installing it. People would walk in and comment how much they loved the different elements and style of it and everyone was just so amazed by it.”

Next up: St. Thomas More and Clear Lake Press have more projects in store to complement this project and the previously completed exterior and interior signage for the building. Erickson says they’re working on a 12-foot mural of teen’s faces in St. Thomas More’s game room.

September Inkjet Printer Rebate Update

Rebates on large format inkjet printers at LexJetIf you’re in the market for a new wide-format inkjet printer, September is a great month to buy with great rebate programs from Canon, Epson and HP.

Canon continues to offer a choice of mail-in rebates of up to $3,000 or a one-year CarePAK Extended Service Plan. These rebates are in addition to Canon’s trade-in rebates that can be instant at the point of sale.

Epson is also continuing instant rebates on its latest series of printers, including the Epson Stylus Pro 4900, 7890, 9890, 7900, 9900, 11880 and GS6000 low-solvent printer.

HP is offering up to $1,000 if you own a 24″ or wider printer, plotter or vinyl cutter when you purchase an HP Designjet Z6200 42-inch photo printer. The 60-inch version already has the $1,000 rebate built in. And, when you buy an HP Designjet L25500 latex inkjet printer, you get a $2,000 instant rebate. This rebate is already built into the price, and you get a free full set of inks.

To download forms and more information, go to www.lexjet.com/rebates.aspx, or call a LexJet account specialist at 800-453-9538, who will be able to help you find the right printer for your specific needs.

Printing through Photoshop and the Canon Driver

Print with Photoshop through Canon driverFor those users who do not want to utilize the easy-to-use Canon Print Plug-In for Photoshop, detailed in yesterday’s post, you can use the traditional method of printing with Photoshop through the Canon printer driver.

In the two videos below, you will learn the workflow for printing to a Canon imagePROGRAF printer from Photoshop through the Canon printer driver using a Mac or PC in that order.

Related videos:
Borderless printing through Photoshop and the Canon printer driver using a Mac or a PC
Using Canon’s Job Accounting Software – PC only for the iPF6300, iPF6350, and iPF8300
Printing through the Canon Print Plug-In for Photoshop
Importing custom media types for Canon iPF inkjet printers

Portrait Photographer Eric Gray Wins LexJet Printer Giveaway

Eric Gray, the professional photographer who owns FineArt Portraiture in Pottstown, PA, was the lucky winner of the 24-in. Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6300 that LexJet gave away August 9.  Eric’s name was selected at random from the list of subscribers to the LexJet Blog.

Eric says he had never won anything before, so after LexJet account representative Kelly Price called him with the good news, he experienced a 10-minute period of disbelief: “It was awesome to win something like this!” He received the Canon iPF6300 three days later, and has found it remarkably easy to set up and run.

Because he likes controlling the final look of his images, Eric says he has always printed many of his own photos, either through the darkroom when he shot film or on an Epson Stylus 4000 after he made the transition to digital.

Although he is a Canon shooter, he had never used a Canon pro-model printer before. So far, he is very impressed with image-quality, paper-handling, and speed of the Canon iPF6300, noting that “It’s amazing how much more productive I can be.” He says that setting up the printer was straightforward, and when he added it to his network, “It configured beautifully.”

Eric has already loaded the settings for LexJet’s Sunset Photo eSatin Paper into the printer’s Media Configuration Tool and is ready to use the iPF6300 for a wide range of portraits, wedding pictures, modeling portfolios, and art prints.  So that he can experiment with other types of LexJet paper, he recently ordered the LexJet Sunset Fibre-Based Portfolio Pack, which contains two 13 x 19 in. sheets of five different papers: Sunset Fibre Gloss 295g, Sunset Fibre Gloss Natural 300g, Sunset Fibre Satin 300g, Sunset Fibre Matte 285g, and Sunset Fibre Elite 285g.

Eric said he had considered buying a new, wider format printer later this fall. But because he won our special thank-you promotion for LexJet Blog subscribers, he won’t have to!

If you haven’t yet subscribed to the LexJet Blog, now’s a great time to do so. It’s the best way to keep up with all of latest news and ideas from LexJet, including new product announcements and future contests and promotions.

Three New Canon imagePROGRAF Printers Win BERTL Best Awards

Canon’s new imagePROGRAF iPF8300, 6350, and 6300 wide-format inkjet printers have all received BEST distinctions from BERTL, Inc. as part of the industry analyst firm’s 15th Annual Awards.  The BERTL BEST recognition builds upon the recent Five-Star Exceptional ratings the new models recently earned for their extraordinary image quality, enhanced image-processing capability, and advanced printing technologies.

BERTL , which stands for Business Equipment Research and Test Laboratories, provides end users with objective, independent product evaluation reports and comparative analyses on imaging devices and software solutions. BERTL prohibits any manufacturer-control over its product evaluations, and bases its opinions, ratings and awards on a combination of rigorous analysis and worldwide customer satisfaction research. They use 11 testing criteria to bestow performance-based ratings: Build Quality, Network Administration, Security, Workflow, Finish, Ease of Use, Media Handling, Printing, Image Quality, Features, and Price.

“Canon U.S.A. is proud to receive the BERTL BEST award for providing large-format solutions that meet the color quality, precision and workflow needs of graphic arts and photography professionals, ” said Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manger, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. “Since its launch, the imagePROGRAF line has established itself as the preferred choice for professionals seeking a highly-versatile, easy-to-navigate solution capable of delivering extraordinary color-intensive output.”

To deliver extraordinary image quality across an expanded range of media types, the new imagePROGRAF models feature a Media Configuration Tool that enhances the precision and quality of output achieved with third-party and genuine Canon-branded applications.

Additional print options and improved photographic output capabilities are delivered through bundled print plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop® and Canon’s Digital Photo Professional that support Adobe’s Color Management Module. These functions enable features such as Black Point Compensation, which affects the way Photoshop displays and works with colors to improve color conversions that are critical for reproduction in the graphic arts.

Each new model allows 16-bit RGB images edited in Photoshop to be sent directly to the imagePROGRAF printers – preserving smooth and high gradation.

The imagePROGRAF iPF6350 and iPF6300 printers are compliant with U.S. ENERGY STAR energy-saving standards and RoHS compliance standards. To learn more about Canon’s full line of ENERGY STAR qualified and certified products and other environmental initiatives, please visit www.usa.canon.com.

LexJet is proud to sell these and other models in Canon’s imagePROGRAF line of printers. For more information about any of the features or special promotional offers, contact a LexJet account specialist at 800-453-9538.