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The LUCIA PRO ink set adopts 11-colour pigment inks and a Chroma Optimizer. Designed specifically to meet the demands of even the most critical photographer, the LUCIA PRO ink formulation includes microencapsulated colourants that enable smooth gradients, an expanded colour gamut, and deeper colour expression.

  • Lucia PRO Ink Micro-Encapsulated Colourants.

    Expanded Colour Gamut

    When printing on matte paper or art paper, the use of conventional LUCIA EX ink results in some of the pigment particles sinking into gaps on the paper surface, which makes it difficult to fully bring out the intended colour of the ink. With LUCIA PRO ink, the microencapsulated colourants are densely arranged on the surface of the paper where they remain in place, expanding the overall colour gamut. This makes it possible to achieve more vivid reds and dark areas, which are particularly prevalent in graphic arts.

  • Lucia PRO Ink Micro-encapsulated Pigment.

    Improved Image Clarity And Colouration

    Canon uses microencapsulated colourants to more tightly place pigment ink when printing on glossy or semi-gloss paper. This has made it possible to increase the density of colourants on the paper and achieve an expanded colour gamut. This technology also reduces the scattering of light by the printed surface and improves both glossiness and image clarity. The end result is vivid prints that are bright and clear.

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Chroma Optimizer

When printing on matte paper or art paper, the use of conventional LUCIA EX ink results in some of the pigment particles sinking into gaps on the paper surface, which makes it difficult to fully bring out the intended colour of the ink. With LUCIA PRO ink, the micro-encapsulated colorants are densely arranged on the surface of the paper where they remain in place, expanding the overall colour gamut. This makes it possible to achieve more vivid reds and dark areas, which are particularly prevalent in graphic arts.

Chroma Optimizer
High Usability Features
  • Automatic Roll Paper Setup.

    Automatic Roll Paper Setup

    The TX series, aimed at high-end users, enables the automatic setup a roll of paper simply by loading it. Once a roll is loaded, the paper is automatically fed in, and then the built-in multi-sensor detects such paper characteristics as thickness, width and skew to automatically make the adjustments necessary for printing. This means that there is no longer a need for paper feeding and other troublesome work that used to be such a hassle for operators. What’s more, users that continuously use the same type of paper can specify the paper type in advance by enabling the Keep Media Type Mode from the operation panel. This allows operators to leave the area after placing the roll of paper, drastically reducing the time they spend setting up.

  • Quieter Operation Noise.

    Noise Reduction

    For the TM series, Canon has taken steps to reduce operating noise and eliminate as much other unpleasant noise as possible so that the printer can be installed right next to a desk, even in such quiet environments as offices. Canon has adjusted the airflow path and reduced the size of the TM series exhaust fan to reduce the noise it makes. The cutter has also been made sharper so that it makes cleaner cuts that produce less noise. Additionally, the exhaust opening of the Platen Suction Fan1 now includes a mechanism that reduces the operating noise caused by suction. The fan operating noise is reflected within the silencer, and the reflected noise interferes with the fan’s operating noise so as to attenuate fan noise altogether. The above efforts have resulted in an approximately 60%2 reduction in noise compared with conventional models while still maintaining high productivity. This allows TM series printers to be installed right next to employees without interfering with their work and contributing to more pleasant office environments.

The 5-colour LUCIA TD pigment ink set was formulated to produce fine lines and sharp text on both inkjet and non-inkjet paper. Combine this pigment ink with water resistant media and you have a printed drawing that can withstand many outdoor conditions, especially outdoor job sites such as construction sites.

  • Sharper Lines And Text With LUCIA TD ink.

    Sharper Lines And Text

    While it is possible to print CAD drawings with high-quality lines and text with printers that employ conventional 5-colour dye and pigment ink when using inkjet plain paper, such quality was often not possible when printing on uncoated paper not designed for inkjet use. In response, Canon developed LUCIA TD 5-color full pigment ink, which uses a new type of matte black ink with high surface tension that reduced the amount that wet ink droplets spread when they are placed on the paper. Additionally, because the colourants are likely to stay near the surface of the paper, this ink makes it possible to achieve crisp lines and high-quality text with high density and little feathering. In this way, LUCIA TD ink draws out the potential of conventional 5-colour dye and pigment inks while making possible high-quality fine lines and text, even on uncoated paper, which does not have an ink-receiving layer and is generally not suitable for inkjet printing.

  • More Vivid Colour With LUCIA TD ink.

    Vivid Colour On Inkjet Plain Paper

    When printing posters, although vivid colours can be achieved when using coated inkjet paper or glossy paper, it is not generally possible to achieve satisfactory quality when using inkjet plain paper. LUCIA TD ink uses an improved dispersant to enhance the reactivity between the pigment and components included in the paper. The pigment is therefore likely to adhere close to the surface of the paper, which improves the colouration and makes colours more vivid. This makes it possible to produce exceptionally vivid posters even when using inkjet plain paper. This can contribute to cost reduction by enabling users to internally handle printing that is typically outsourced, including posters, POP advertising and internal notices. In addition, because all LUCIA TD colours use full pigment ink, they offer superior lightfastness and are not likely to fade.