The world’s first large format printer with aqueous pigment fluorescent ink¹, Canon’s new imagePROGRAF GP Series offers high value-added output for graphics applications

London, United Kingdom, 1ˢᵗ September 2021. Today, Canon UK & Ireland is releasing a total of four new “imagePROGRAF” series large format printers. These new models include the imagePROGRAF GP-4000 (44 inch) and GP-2000 (24 inch) which use 10 ink colours including red, orange, green and violet, plus fluorescent pink. The new imagePROGRAF GP-300 (36 inch) and GP-200 (24 inch) will also be launched which use 5 striking ink colours, plus fluorescent pink.

imagePROGRAF GP-4000

imagePROGRAF GP-300

Joe Courts, Head of Product Marketing at Canon UK & Ireland, comments: “As retail, hospitality and leisure businesses focus on reopening and recovery, bright, vibrant promotional poster graphics have a critical role to play in grabbing consumers’ attention, driving footfall and stimulating sales. For graphics producers, creative agencies and in-house print departments serving these businesses, the new imagePROGRAF GP Series printers have been developed to make vivid colours pop and bring campaign visuals to life, print after print.

“With a choice of four GP printer models offering 10 or 5 pigmented aqueous inks, plus fluorescent pink ink and three different printing widths, businesses of all sizes can reproduce a wider colour gamut and add zing with fluorescent pink - creating eye-catching posters that really pack a punch. In addition, these new large format printers are just as productive, efficient and easy to use as the rest of the imagePROGRAF family, so customers can focus on the future and get ready to come back brighter.”

The world’s first large format printer with aqueous pigment fluorescent ink achieves high impact graphical output

“Radiant Infusion” technology layers a newly developed fluorescent pink ink with the other inks on the paper surface during printing, which enables bright and soft colour reproduction, while the bundled PC software “PosterArtist Lite” enables users to create high impact posters easily. In addition, the imagePROGRAF GP-4000 and GP-2000 features red, orange, green and violet inks, that expand the range of colour reproduction to achieve the largest colour gamut for the imagePROGRAF series.

New printers receive a “PANTONE™-calibrated²” license for a wide range of applications

The new imagePROGRAF GP series has been awarded the world’s first “PANTONE-calibrated” license³ for “PANTONE PASTELS & NEONS GUIDE Coated”⁴, which includes fluorescent and pastel colours. In addition, the GP-4000 and GP-2000 models achieved 99% coverage⁵ of the “PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE Solid Coated” used in a wide range of applications, such as printing and design, and obtained a further “PANTONE-calibrated” license. As the choice of colour specification at the time of design expands, it becomes possible to express the colour intended by the designer.

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Main features of the new imagePROGRAF GP-4000 and 2000

1. The world’s first large format printer with newly developed red, orange, green and violet and aqueous pigment fluorescent inks, to create high value-added output for eye-catching applications
  • The world’s first aqueous pigment large format printer with 10 colours, plus fluorescent pink ink
  • “Radiant Infusion” technology layers a newly developed fluorescent pink ink, used for the first time in the world in a large format inkjet printer, with other inks on the paper surface during printing. This achieves bright and soft colour reproduction and enables more vivid printing.
  • In addition to the fluorescent pink ink, 10 colours, including four newly developed red, orange, green and violet inks, expand the range of colour reproduction to achieve the largest colour gamut for the imagePROGRAF series
  • Fluorescent pink ink can also be used to print specific areas such as text and figures in pink and orange, to enable fluorescent colour expression that makes those areas stand out
  • Printing with and without fluorescent ink can be selected according to users’ preferences
  • The newly developed inks enable production for applications that demand faithful colour reproduction, such as:
    • Corporate colours
    • Graphics that include fluorescent colours, which are difficult to reproduce with a conventional inkjet printer
    • Colour proofs with a wide colour gamut
  • The ability to produce large format outputs that create new value, supports the creation of new business opportunities
2. Obtained “PANTONE-calibrated” license used in a wide range of applications
  • Obtained the world’s first “PANTONE-calibrated” license from Pantone, for “PANTONE PASTELS & NEONS GUIDE Coated”, which includes fluorescent and pastel colours⁶
  • Achieved 99% coverage⁷ for the “PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE Solid Coated”, used in a wide range of applications such as printing and design. Obtained “PANTONE-calibrated” license from Pantone for the result of high colour reproduction rate
  • Obtaining “PANTONE-calibrated” license with two Pantone publications expands the choice of colour specification at the time of design - supporting output of the colour intended by the designer
3. “PosterArtist Lite” software with enhanced functions that lets users easily create highly appealing posters
  • The bundled PC software “PosterArtist Lite” enables easy creation of high-grade posters with vivid colours
  • “PosterArtist Lite” supports Vivid mode that uses “Radiant Infusion” technology to achieve more vibrant printing with an expanded colour gamut, and Spot mode that prints fluorescent ink in specific areas such as text, figures and clip art in pink and orange to make those areas stand out
  • Printing with and without fluorescent ink can be selected with no need to purchase other design software for creating your template
  • New templates have been added to make use of the fluorescent pink ink expression
  • In addition, a new function that makes it even easier for the users to search for images for free, thanks to integration with three well-known stock service providers: Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels. From the extensive selection of millions of photos, users can select their favourite images and combine them to easily create a high-quality design for their poster
4. Superior printer functions that reduce the load on users handling various types of paper
  • A “Smart Roll Paper Set” function is provided that automatically performs paper supply and feeding, detects the paper type and width, estimates the remaining amount of paper, and adjusts the condition to enable printing, simply by placing the roll paper in the feed section of the printer. The automation of high-workload paper supply tasks reduces the workload on the operator with no need to manually insert the paper into the paper feed slot, hence no need to touch the media surface during paper supply, which prevents the adherence of fingerprints and dirt
  • The “Multifunction Roll System”, which can be used either as a dual roll feed or rewinding printouts on roll (a media take-up unit), is supported. By mounting the “Roll Unit” (Option) in the lower stage, it enables high-volume, continuous printing, using either two rolls of the same media type or two different sizes and types of roll paper and switching during printing - to save precious time during the printing process. Alternatively, the lower unit can also be used as a take-up unit for the large format output from the upper unit. This contributes to increased work efficiency and productivity and reduced manual intervention.
5. RIP⁸ support to assist a variety of output workflows
  • Leading RIP vendors in designing, proofing output, print services for large format printers, such as Caldera, Ergosoft, CGS, DEVStudio, DINAX, Shiraz, EFI, Eisfeld, ONYX, and SAi are preparing RIP that support the imagePROGRAF GP-4000 and the GP-2000. Users can use software RIP for various purposes without changing their familiar output workflow thanks to this integration

Main features of the imagePROGRAF GP-300 and 200

1. The world’s first large format printer with aqueous pigment fluorescent ink achieves more eye-catching poster output
  • The world’s first aqueous pigment large format inkjet printer using fluorescent pink ink with 5 colour pigment ink
  • “Radiant Infusion” technology layers a newly developed fluorescent pink ink with other inks on the paper surface during printing, which enables bright and soft colour reproduction
  • Fluorescent pink ink can also be used to print specific areas such as text and figures to enable fluorescent colour expression that makes those areas stand out
  • Printing with and without fluorescent ink can be selected for accommodating users’ preferences
  • With the ability to create compelling advertisements and posters, enhanced with fluorescent colours, the imagePROGRAF GP-300 and the GP-200 support in-house production of large format outputs with increased appeal and visibility for various industries, such as retail stores, restaurants, government offices, schools and general companies
2. Obtained “PANTONE-calibrated” license
  • Obtained the world's first “PANTONE-calibrated” license from Pantone, for “PANTONE PASTELS & NEONS GUIDE Coated”, which includes fluorescent and pastel colours⁹
  • Impactful fluorescent colours and pastel colours with gentle tones can be reproduced, which support in-house production of posters by retail stores, restaurants, government offices and schools, which previously relied on outsourcing
3. “PosterArtist Lite” software with enhanced functions that let users easily create highly appealing posters
  • The bundled PC software “PosterArtist Lite” enables easy creation of high-grade posters with vivid colours
  • “PosterArtist Lite” supports Vivid mode that uses “Radiant Infusion” technology to achieve more vibrant printing with an expanded colour gamut, and Spot mode that prints with aqueous pigment fluorescent ink in specific areas such as text, figures and clip art in pink and orange to make those areas stand out
  • Printing with and without aqueous pigment fluorescent ink can be selected according to users’ preferences
  • New templates have been added to make use of the aqueous pigment fluorescent pink ink expression. This helps users create highly appealing and attractive posters with vivid colours by using templates that make effective use of fluorescent and pastel colours
  • In addition, a new function that makes it even easier for the users to search for images for free, thanks to the integration with three well-known stock service providers: Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels. From the extensive selection stock of millions of photos, users can select their favourite images and combine them to easily create a high design poster
4. Achieved space-saving installation by full front operation
  • All operations related to printing, such as setting and replacing roll paper and ink tanks and removing printouts, can be performed from the front of the printer. Since the printer can be installed flush against the wall, the use of the space is maximised, which means even retail stores, open plan offices and locations with limited space, can produce large format outputs
5. Direct Printing without PC and Secure Printing are supported
  • Print job data saved to the HDD can be printed directly from the printer without using a PC, thanks to support tools as an USB. This enables users to easily reprint without using a PC when additional printing is needed and saving time
  • Secure Print is supported when users set a PIN code (passcode) on the printer driver during printing, the print job is saved to the HDD and users can only start printing by entering the same PIN code on the operation panel of the printer. This helps prevent information leakage due to misidentification, loss, or neglect after printing and keep information safe.

Product Specifications

For more information and product specifications for each model, please visit:
imagePROGRAF GP-4000: https://www.canon.co.uk/business-printers-and-faxes/imageprograf-gp-4000/
imagePROGRAF GP-2000: https://www.canon.co.uk/business-printers-and-faxes/imageprograf-gp-2000/
imagePROGRAF GP-300: https://www.canon.co.uk/business-printers-and-faxes/imageprograf-gp-300/
imagePROGRAF GP-200: https://www.canon.co.uk/business-printers-and-faxes/imageprograf-gp-200/


1 Among major manufacturers of aqueous pigment large format printers excluding sublimation transfer system
2 PANTONE™ is a trademark or registered trademark of Pantone LLC
3 As of 31/08 according to professional services performed by Pantone
4 PANTONE PASTELS & NEONS GUIDE Coated color gamut coverage rate is 97% for GP-4000/2000 when using Photo Paper Pro Platinum with imagePROGRAF printer driver at [Poster/Photo (Fluorescent)] [Highest] (600dpi), and 85% for GP-300/200 when using Premium Semi-Glossy Paper 2 with imagePROGRAF printer driver at [Poster/Photo (Fluorescent)] [Highest] (600dpi)
5 PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE Solid Coated color gamut coverage rate of GP-300/200 is 94% when using Premium Semi-Glossy Paper 2 with imagePROGRAF printer driver at [Poster/Photo (Fluorescent)] [Highest] (600dpi)
6 When using Photo Paper Pro Platinum with imagePROGRAF printer driver at [Poster/Photo (Fluorescent)] [Highest] (600dpi) Coverage rate 97%
7 When using Photo Paper Pro Platinum with imagePROGRAF printer driver at [Poster/Photo (Fluorescent)] [Highest] (600dpi)
8 Software that converts data in a page description language, such as PostScript, into a bitmap format that matches the resolution of the printer. RIP stands for Raster Image Processor
9 When using Premium Semi-Glossy Paper 2 with imagePROGRAF printer driver at [Poster/Photo (Fluorescent)] [High] (600dpi) PANTONE PASTELS & NEONS GUIDE Coated Color Gamut Coverage rate 85%