Best Printers for Graphic Design

Whether you’re a graphic designer by trade, or somebody who likes to play around with Photoshop in their spare time, you may find yourself needing to print out physical copies of your creations. Maybe you want to display your work in your home, or perhaps a prospective client wishes to see a physical portfolio. Either way, it could mean it’s time to look for a printer that suits your requirements.

There are many different types of printers to choose from, and the “best” one will vary depending on your needs. For example, some people may be looking to find the best inkjet printers for graphic design, while others may be after the best laser printer for graphic design (although this is generally recommended against if you are looking to print photographs). It can also differ depending on what type of graphic work you do, and the best printer for art prints may differ from the best printer for illustrators. In a similar way, the best printer for casual artists may differ from the best printer for graphic design professionals.

Below we’ve listed a selection of five printers to help get you started on your search to find the best graphic design printer for you. 

 

Canon PIXMA iP8760

 


The Canon PIXMA iP8760 is an entry-level photo printer designed for those wishing to create prints from 4 x 6” to A3+ in size. This machine also allows for you to print your creations onto CD/DVD faces, and can handle both monochrome and colour document printing at speeds of 14.5 ppm and 10.4 ppm, respectively. The iP8760 is compatible with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print, and has 6 individual ink tanks, which means you can fill up the colours as they empty. This device also has a quiet mode setting, and auto power on and off functions. The iP8760 costs approx. $329 AUD. 

Pros
– Compatible with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print
– Can print to CD/DVD faces

Cons
– No copying, faxing, or scanning capabilities
– No LCD screen

Specifications
Warranty: 12 Month Warranty
Printing Technology: Thermal InkJet
Max Monochrome Printing Speed: Up to 14.5 ppm
Max Colour Printing Speed: Up to 10.4 ppm
4 x 6” Photo Printing Speed: Approx. 36 seconds
Print Resolution (DPI x DPI): 9600 x 2400
Max paper size: A3+

 

Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000

 


The XP-15000 is an InkJet printer capable of creating prints up to A3 in size. This printer has Wi-Fi capabilities and is compatible with Apple AirPrint. The XP-15000 can print black and white documents at speeds of 9.2 ppm, colour documents at speeds of 9 ppm, and borderless 4 x 6” photos in approx. 27 seconds. It has automatic duplex printing, can print at a resolution of 5760 x 1440 dpi, and has a 2.4” colour LCD display. The XP-15000 costs approx. $499 AUD. 

Pros
– Compatible with Apple AirPrint and ePrint
– LCD screen

Cons
– Slow document printing
– Can’t print to CD/DVD faces

Specifications
Warranty: 12 Month Return to Base (Optional Additional 2 Year CoverPlus)
Printing Technology: On-demand InkJet
Max Monochrome Printing Speed: Approx. 9.2 ppm
Max Colour Printing Speed: Approx. 9 ppm
4 x 6” Photo Printing Speed: Approx. 27 seconds (borderless)
Print Resolution (DPI x DPI): 5760 x 1440
Max paper size: A3+

 

Canon Pixma PRO-100S

 


The Canon Pixma PRO-100s is a printer with an 8-ink dye-based system, capable of creating prints up to A3+ in size. This printer supports 1200 pixel-per-inch input resolution, and allows for a printing resolution of up to 4800 x 2400 dpi. A3+ bordered prints can be created in 1 minute 30 seconds, and the PRO-100s also allows for printing to CD and DVD faces. This device is compatible with Apple AirPrint, and the Canon EPP app, and has Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity. The Canon Pixma PRO-100S is approx. $799 AUD. 

Pros
– Compatible with Apple AirPrint
– Can quickly create A3+ prints

Cons
– Heavy (19.7 kg)
– Expensive

 

Specifications
Warranty: 12 Month Return to Base
Printing Technology: InkJet
Max Monochrome Printing Speed: Unsure
Max Colour Printing Speed: Unsure
4 x 6” Photo Printing Speed: Unsure
A3+ Bordered Colour Print: Approx. 1 min 30 sec
Print Resolution (DPI x DPI): Up to 4800 x 2400
Max paper size: A3+

 

Epson WorkForce WF-7710

 


The Epson WorkForce WF-7710 is a 4-colour, multifunction printer capable of printing, copying, scanning and faxing. This all-rounder is able to create prints up to A3+ in size, and is adept at handling sublimation and heat transfer prints. It can produce 4 x 6” photographs in approx. 52 seconds, print black and white pages at 18 ppm and colour at speeds of 10 ppm. It’s also compatible with Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and Epson Connect. The Epson WorkForce WF-7710 is approx. $349 AUD. 

Pros
– Affordable price point
– Has printing, scanning and faxing capabilities

Cons
– Slow-ish photo printing
– Heavy (18.7 kg)

 

Specifications
Warranty: 12 Month Return to Base (Optional Additional 2 Year CoverPlus Service Pack)
Printing Technology: On-demand InkJet
Max Monochrome Printing Speed: 18 ppm
Max Colour Printing Speed: 10 ppm
4 x 6” Photo Printing Speed: Approx. 52 seconds
Print Resolution (DPI x DPI): Up to 4800 x 2400
Max paper size: A3+

 

Epson Expression Premium ET-7750

 


If you’re looking to spend a little extra on a printer, the Epson Expression Premium ET-7750 could be worth checking out. This 5-colour ink printer is capable of printing photos up to A3 in size, and is equipped with a 2.7” Colour LCD. This model also comes with enough ink for up to two years of printing, which equates to 14,000 pages in monochrome or 9,000 pages in colour. Borderless 4 x 6” photographs can be printing in 27 seconds, and the printer is compatible with Wi-Fi Direct, Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. The ET-7750 costs approx. $999 AUD. 

 

Pros
– Comes with up to 2 years free ink, plus has cartridge-free printing
– Has scanning and copying capabilities

Cons
– No NFC Reader
– Expensive 

 

Specifications
Warranty: 12 Month Return to Base (Optional Additional 12 Month Return to Base Warranty – Totalling 24 Months)
Printing Technology: On-demand InkJet
Max Monochrome Printing Speed: 13 ppm
Max Colour Printing Speed: 10 ppm
4 x 6” Photo Printing Speed: Approx. 27 seconds
Print Resolution (DPI x DPI): 5760 x 1440
Max paper size: A3