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Here's a quick procedure to print with the large Canon:

A pdfFile gets sent to FreeLayout and this software is used to layout your prints and communicates with the printer.

By default this software(FreeLayout) is always turned on and automatic in the sense that if you send a print command from your pdf it will open FreeLayout and place it in there.


  1. open or create a pdf from file (button)There's a pdf creator program on the computer. Acrobat.
  2. Your PDF file is now open and you can see it or a part of it on screen.Your next step is to place your image in a correct pageSetUp so that its not cropped or lost in a much larger frame.A lot of different pageSetups exists (for example: Poster 500x700 mm) that you canuse directly or, if you do some unconventional format, chances are that you re gonna need to make a format template.Anyway, go to Print / Properties / PageSetup ….there you can choose your format. If you want to create another one —from there get into the SizeOptionsIn there, choose millimeters as your unit, enter your size values and create a new format template.This new template gets chosen automatically and either way, your image should now be framed in the correct bounding box. (Thumbnail) That format is very important cause that is what gets sent to FreeLayout.
  3. Press Print
  4. FreeLayout opens and your image is placed on a grid layout that represents your paper Roll size.You can move it and rotate it (rightClick options for minus or plus 90 degrees).Very Important - check that your paperRoll size is correct and that it corresponds with the one in the printer.Sometimes you need to measure it just to be sure. If it is incorrect , in theFreeLayout application, go to:DetailedSettings / PageSetUp / SetRollSize — there you have other size choices. I haven t encountered the case where I didn't find the correct rollSize and needed to create a new rollTemplate. (and dont know the procedure for that but I dont suspect it to be very difficult)Once you’ve changed the rollSize, the grid in FreeLayout modifies itself to the correct values.Check the RollSize every time you print, FreeLayouts can forget last sessions settings.
  5. If you need to print several different images, this is the time to create a new pdf from file and you’re back to step 1 to step 3. When you press print from Acrobat, the second image will join the other one in FreeLayout.Place them in an optimal way.
  6. Press Print from FreeLayout and you ll get a window telling you the amount of paper thats gonna be used.
  7. Your Print gets sent to the printer, the printer prints it, then cuts it, you just need to frame it , put a price on it and hang it in a fancy art gallery.

About Colour Schemes or Calibrations

from my experience, since I dunno how Colour calibrations works on this printer or in general, I tend to lift up all my prints with a Curve Function in PhotoShop. Otherwise my prints came out too dark almost every time. If anybody knows better, plz add some info here….

Changing the PaperRoll

Depending on papers or cloths this is can be a little tricky, stay calm and do it gently.

  1. On the printer, press Load/Eject — OK — and follow the instructions.The printers display is very clear on what needs to be done and if something went wrong. So keep an eye on the display it will guide you through moments of doubt and fear.
  2. The printer rewinds the paper and gets it out of the print zone lets say.
  3. from there you lift both covers (the big one and then the one underneath, with the hanging black armatures)
  4. With your hand, you finish up the rolling of the paper around the paperRoll.
  5. Lift the gray Handle on your right, and you can now take out the roll and its metal bar. Check in which direction the paper is rolled around the bar — from the top, it goes clockwise - you need to put the new roll the same way.Check also how the black wheel on the left handed is placed.
  6. Unlock the blue clip (pushing it down) on the left side black wheel of the paper Rollbar, glide it out of the bar.
  7. take out the paperRoll and place the new one in exactly the same way - lock the blue clip.Make sure that your paper roll is tightly stuck at the end of the bar(against the right handed wheel)…this can cause the printer to tell you afterwards that your paper is not aligned correctly.Take some extra care to place everything tightly.
  8. put the bar back in place.
  9. You are now ready for the tricky part…rolling with your hands the paper back in to the printer….roll it until it appears at the top, under those black rollers, when it touches the rollers correctly, the paper gets sucked in.Sometimes you ll need some patience and a few tries depending on the paper…photo paper for example, is quiet thick and more difficult to handle in there.
  10. put the gray lever down, close the covers and follow any other procedure on the display…check the display at all times, the printer informs you of everything you should be doing. Its pretty smart.
  11. Once you've chosen the paperType from the display, you’re good to go….well done.

Final remarks

Printing is very easy and straightforward…this printer gives amazing results, so my recommandations if you use it, would be:

  • When you are done place the plainPaperRoll back into the printer (if you’ve been printing on other papers or whatever)cause every print should start with a print test on simple paper before moving to more expensive papers.
  • Keep the printer ON at all time, cause it needs to mix the colour in the cartridges once in a while… otherwise they can dry up.
  • When you are done, put the blanket on the printer to protect it from dust and other accidents.

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