Printing presents some inherent challenges. For a start, colours on-screen and on paper are produced in fundamentally different ways, and there are many hurdles in translating the RGB colours on-screen to the CMYK colours used on paper. However, tonal fidelity can be just as tricky as colour accuracy, because screens have a much greater dynamic range than paper prints. For this reason among others, printing in black and white brings its own demands.
Despite this, black and white printing remains tremendously popular as a creative photographic medium. Black and white prints can exhibit immense depth and tonal quality, highlighting form and texture without the distractions of colour.
Traditional silver halide monochrome prints had a depth and richness that proved problematic to reproduce in digital printing, but Canon responded with a series of key advances in printing, paper and ink technologies, delivering an end-to-end solution to achieve monochrome photo printing quality that meets the requirements of professionals.
Canon offers a range of printers for straightforward office printing in black and white, including single function mono printers and multifunction devices. Here we explore how Canon's technologies facilitate and enhance the next level of creative monochrome printing, with expert insights from Canon Europe print expert Suhaib Hussain. We'll also advise on how to get the best black and white printing results.
Canon FINE printer head technology
Canon inks for black and white printing
Paper for black and white prints
Using Canon PPL software for black and white printing
PPL advanced options for black and white printing
Tips for perfect black and white prints