Canon releases new Professional Print & Layout Solution for photographers

Shinichi Yoshida.

Canon U.S.A. has announced the launch of Professional Print & Layout (PPL) Software for its imagePrograf Pro large-format series of inkjet printers. The PPL software simplifies functions essential for photo printing with features such as customizable layout settings, preview, and colour management. “Listening to the needs of our customers, we launched the Professional Print & Layout solution to bring an intuitive workflow that combines the professional capabilities of our Pro Series printers with the easy-to-use software capabilities for layout and colour settings to the market,” said Shinichi Yoshida, Executive Vice President and General Manager at Canon U.S.A. “We’re excited to launch a software that can help professionals create a highly effective workflow link between their images and the finished printed products.”

The Canon imagePrograf Pro-4000 Inkjet Printer.

User-friendly experience. PPL can be accessed as a plug-in from such software programs as Canon Digital Photo Professional, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, or as a stand-alone program. The intuitive interface allows for quick and easy navigation of printer, layout, and colour management settings to help improve productivity. The easy, drag-and-drop method allows users to input images directly into template layouts, providing photographers with more freedom to easily create and visualize final print jobs.

Enhancement of layout function. Create and save custom template designs (such as one ideal for wedding packages) to easily use previously reliable printing and colour settings. Minimize media waste with the nesting capability that lays out images in pre-determined templates to help reduce white space and, in turn, potentially result in cost savings.

Eddie Tapp.

“Canon’s Professional Print & Layout Software gives you amazing control for print quality with a host of options for layout, colour and tonal excellence that you can store and retrieve quickly, and print with confidence,” said Eddie Tapp, Explorer of Light at Canon U.S.A. and one of North America’s top photographers. “With this software, the creative process doesn’t stop with the click of the camera. PPL can help add a new dimension to your work as well as your bottom line,” he added. The Professional Print & Layout software is compatible with Canon’s imagePrograf Pro Series of printers, and is available as a free download.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.