Here we list all our large format printer tips and ideas. If you need any help just ask our specialists.

Score Big: Win Your National Team’s Football Shirt with Your Order!

From the 10th of June to 5th July, place an order with Design Supply and you will be automatically entered into a prize draw. The lucky winner will receive their National teams football shirt for the upcoming Euros! Plus, we have fantastic runner-up prizes, 3 Adidas Euro 2024 Football’s. Here’s how it works: Place an … Continue reading “Score Big: Win Your National Team’s Football Shirt with Your Order!”

Print Big, Plant Bigger with Us – For every large format printer you purchase

Growing a Greener Future: Planting Trees with Every Large Format Printer Purchase At Design Supply we’re not just about delivering printing solutions; we’re committed to making a positive impact on the environment too. That’s why we’re excited to announce our new sustainability conquest with Ecologi, a platform dedicated to tackling climate change through tree planting … Continue reading “Print Big, Plant Bigger with Us – For every large format printer you purchase”

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO & GP Models

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO & GP MODELS DESIGNED FOR UNPARALLELED QUALITY WHEN PRINTING PHOTOGRAPHS/ARTWORK/HIGH QUALITY POSTERS Introducing the cutting-edge PRO and GP Series within the imagePROGRAF range. Unveiling the PRO-2600/4600/6600, and GP-2600S/4600S/6600S, our latest models produce gallery-quality prints and eye-catching posters. The new LUCIA-PRO II Ink System adds superior scratch resistance and light fastness of up … Continue reading “Canon imagePROGRAF PRO & GP Models”

Canon Large Format Printer Ink Usage

Every wondered how much ink is used to make a print? Check out this brochure to get the latest per ml ink needed for a range of typical prints on the Canon TM-240 A1 Large Format Printer and the Canon TM-350 A0 Large Format Printer This is the link to this handy PDF: Canon Ink Usage … Continue reading “Canon Large Format Printer Ink Usage”

Canon Large Format Printer Awards

TWO Canon awards for 20 years selling Large Format Printer solutions and service. Design Supply are very proud of our achievement.

The Canon PRO-4100S Printer – How good is it?

The Canon PRO-4100S Large Format Printer is the easiest to use professional grade large format photo printers with the perfect balance between productivity and superb print quality for Photo, Fine Art, Proofing and Design, Advertising, Retail  and professional Print for Pay applications. Some images printed on the Canon PRO4100S using DS S/A gloss and DS … Continue reading “The Canon PRO-4100S Printer – How good is it?”

Water resistant media from Design Supply

This is a new product for us, we thought we should test it first! You can print a poster for maybe point of sale work and put it outside in the rain! So, it’s water resistant and saves costs and time on lamination. The poster we printed was put on the FRONT of the windscreen … Continue reading “Water resistant media from Design Supply”

Canon Award for 20 years selling Large Format Printer solutions

Canon award for 20 years selling Large Format Printer solutions and service. Design Supply are very proud of our achievement. This is a credit to my exceptional team who deliver time and time again. Thank you for being part of the journey!

Canon’s brand-new fleet of imagePROGRAF TM series printers.

The Canon TM-255 A1 Large Format Printer – Design Supply is our best seller due to the low cost of ownership and a hige 500 GB encrypted hard disk. If you are looking for an occassional use printer, say less than 5 a week try this budget option the Canon TM-240 A1 printer. Greater colour … Continue reading “Canon’s brand-new fleet of imagePROGRAF TM series printers.”

Canon Large Format Cartridge Recycling Programme

Just follow the link here to recycle your large format printer cartridges from Canon. Canon Inkjet Cartridge Recycling Programme – Canon UK

Canon Large Format list of paper profiles you can choose

Canon Large Format list of paper profiles you can choose are all on the link below! Follow this link to download your paper profiles for the Canon Large Format printer range  

Guide to Large Format Media

General Terms GSM GSM stands for grams per square metre. This is also known as “grammage”. A lower gsm – such as 80gsm – is cheaper and ideal for standard printing. However, a higher gsm like 90gsm will be stronger and longer lasting. If you want to print high quality flyers, posters, and art, you … Continue reading “Guide to Large Format Media”

Large Format Printer Parts – A Guide (Inside)

The basic idea of inkjet printing is that a moving box (the carriage) contains a second box (the print heat) which squirts ink onto a piece of paper. While this is happening, the paper is pushed forward, and the two parts are synchronised to get the right colours in the right place. We’re going to … Continue reading “Large Format Printer Parts – A Guide (Inside)”

How to change the cutter settings on the Canon TM-200 and TM-300 after printing

The procedure for turning off the Canon TM-200 and Canon TM-300 automatic paper roller cutter and to produce cut guidelines is as follows: Open the printer driver setup window Select the paper source In Paper Source, select Roll Paper. The paper feed method will differ according to the paper settings. Display Roll Paper Options dialog box Click Roll Paper Options to … Continue reading “How to change the cutter settings on the Canon TM-200 and TM-300 after printing”

Large Format Printer Parts – A Guide (Outside)

We’re going to make sure you understand all the large format printer parts in this two-part guide. We’re going to use the Canon TM-200 as a base, as it’s one of the most popular CAD printers out there. However, the information can be applied to many large format printers. The Front (A) Top Cover Open this … Continue reading “Large Format Printer Parts – A Guide (Outside)”

Large Format Paper Tips from Printing Experts

After buying your new printer, it’s important to make sure you get the right paper for it, and take good care of it! Here are Design Supply’s Large Format Paper tips! Storage The biggest mistake we see is people storing their paper horizontally. Doing this can cause the roll to bend in on itself, as … Continue reading “Large Format Paper Tips from Printing Experts”

Making Large Format Printers Environmentally Friendly

We all want to make sure that we’re making our offices and homes more environmentally friendly. HP have been putting lots of measures in place to reduce the impact of their large format printers and ink cartridges on the environment. Recycled Parts Disposable plastic cartridges have been a major problem, with around a million of … Continue reading “Making Large Format Printers Environmentally Friendly”

Types of Large Format Storage

Now that you’ve bought your large format printer, your ink, and your paper, you’ll need somewhere to store all your creations. Plan chests are large format chests of drawers, made from either wood or metal, designed to store A0 or A1 documents. Your art, designs, and plans are stored flat in wide horizontal drawers, and … Continue reading “Types of Large Format Storage”

How Schools Can Use A Large Format Printer

Delivering the best teaching experience at the right price is a priority for schools these days. By utilising large format printing, you can deliver fun, engaging lessons and boost the morale and engagement of your students. Bringing a large format printer in-house is a cost-effective way of taking control of your lessons, decorating your environment, … Continue reading “How Schools Can Use A Large Format Printer”

Design Supply is a Canon Gold Partner 2023

Thank you to all of our customers and everyone at Canon for making us a Gold Partner for 2023. We’ve been gold accredited since 2018, and is a mark of our experience and expertise. What Does This Mean For My Business? Gold status demonstrates our ability to provide you with the perfect solutions for your … Continue reading “Design Supply is a Canon Gold Partner 2023”

How To Get Your Ink and Repairs Easily

The Design Supply and Service for Canon imagePROGRAF large format printers is the cost-effective service based on your ink use, and frees you up to focus on the efficient running of your business. With automatic ink replenishment, in-depth monitoring and the highest levels of support and maintenance, the Design Supply and Service is based on … Continue reading “How To Get Your Ink and Repairs Easily”

Four Fixes For Bad Printing Results

Canon imagePROGRAF printers are awesome, they’re easy to use and produce amazing prints. However, as with all large format printers, you may sometimes find that what they see on their screen, isn’t what comes out of the printer. Here some common reasons and fixes. 1: Check the paper profile It’s very important to make sure … Continue reading “Four Fixes For Bad Printing Results”

Innovations in Large Format Printer Technology

In order to ensure your printer gives you what you need, first time, every time, the Canon imagePROGRAF range design team have certainly covered every angle. Inkjet printers have been the industry standard since the end of the 2010s, due to their environmental footprint and cost-effectiveness. The first inkjet printers were invented after it was … Continue reading “Innovations in Large Format Printer Technology”

Design Supply & Service Agreement for Large Format Printers

Canon eService for imagePROGRAF printers, the cost-effective service based on the customer ink use, frees customers up to focus on the efficient running of your business. With automatic ink replenishment, in-depth monitoring and the highest levels of support and maintenance, imagePROGRAF eService is based on billing you for for the millilitres of ink you use … Continue reading “Design Supply & Service Agreement for Large Format Printers”

FSC Certified Large Format Paper

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) were established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC certified paper provides an assurance that the wood and paper have been harvested in an environmental and socially responsible manner, and can often contain recycled paper. The FSC … Continue reading “FSC Certified Large Format Paper”

Low Energy Costs With Our Large Format Printers

As energy prices continue to rise, we’re all checking our consumption. Thankfully, the operating power of a Canon TM-200 printer is actually incredibly low, so large format printer owners can rest at ease when it comes to running costs. For example, the operating power of the Canon TM-300 is just 69W or less. That’s only … Continue reading “Low Energy Costs With Our Large Format Printers”

Print your own vibrantly coloured or personalised wrapping paper

Customers are busy gearing up for the Christmas period, and whatever your line of business you will almost certainly want to make displays, posters and advertising items as noticeable as possible. And what better way than to create them all, quickly and easily, in-house with a Canon imagePROGRAF GP series printer and our free Canon … Continue reading “Print your own vibrantly coloured or personalised wrapping paper”

How Long Will a Large Format Print Last?

The new Canon GP series are the ideal machines for producing beautiful, eye-catching images on posters, backlit film, wrapping paper…you name it! The new ink set, including the Fluorescent Pink (FP), are all pigment based and therefore formulated to be highly water and UV resistant…however the FP ink is slightly less durable than the other … Continue reading “How Long Will a Large Format Print Last?”

Batch Print on your Large Format Printer

Canon Direct Print Plus is an awesome, time saving tool that allows you to quickly and easily batch print on your large format printer PDFs, HP/GL2 CAD files, TIFF and Jpg. A “Shortcut Print” option enables you to set up basic ‘hot folders’ on your desktop to speed up your workflow by simply dropping your … Continue reading “Batch Print on your Large Format Printer”

Preparing Your Large Format Printer for a break

Preparing your printer for a break is an often overlooked part of maintenance. If you don’t take the right steps, your inks could dry up and the parts could misalign. Should I set my printer in standby mode or should I turn it off during holidays? Ink circulation systems, print heads and heating / cooling … Continue reading “Preparing Your Large Format Printer for a break”

Calibrate your Large Format Printer

Brrrrr…It’s starting to get chilly! Time for a reminder that now is a good time to colour calibrate your large format printer, as all printers can be affected by changes in their environment. Changes such as seasonal temperature and humidity may cause the colour representation to change slightly. We know how important it is for … Continue reading “Calibrate your Large Format Printer”

Built in HDD on Canon Large Format Printers

Getting a large format printer with a hard disk drive allows you to speed up your company’s workflow. In terms of accessing, reprinting, and sharing files, a HDD gets your system moving quickly! Most home printers won’t require a HDD. When printing single jobs in A4, the processing required is enough for a small home … Continue reading “Built in HDD on Canon Large Format Printers”

Canon A1 GP-200 – Super Bright Printing

If you are looking for a new A1 printer to produce bright, eye-catching posters, photos and banners? Not sure if the Canon GP-200 or the HP Z6 is the printer for you? Here are just a few things to consider. 1: Did you know that the HP Z6 cannot be used on a desktop? It … Continue reading “Canon A1 GP-200 – Super Bright Printing”

New, Bright and exciting – Vivid prints on our new Large Format Printers

[vimeography id=”4″] Design Supply New models include: Canon imagePROGRAF GP-4000 (44 inch) and GP-2000 (24 inch) that use 10 colours including red, orange, green and violet ink plus fluorescent pink ink. Canon imagePROGRAF GP-300 (36 inch) and GP-200 (24 inch) that use 5 colours plus fluorescent pink ink. Key benefits of the new devices: Providing High-Value-Added Printing … Continue reading “New, Bright and exciting – Vivid prints on our new Large Format Printers”

Vivid Prints with our Large Format Printer range

Need posters and signs with gorgeous, eye-popping colours that shout “Look at me!”? Or perhaps you’re printing fine art or pop-art that only long-lasting, vivid colour can do justice? Or maybe vibrantly coloured wrapping paper is your thing? If so, this could be right up your street! The new Canon imagePROGRAF GP-200, GP-300, GP-2000 and GP-4000 printers, … Continue reading “Vivid Prints with our Large Format Printer range”

Remaining Media Estimation function on a Canon imagePROGRAF printer

The Remaining Media Estimation function on a Canon imagePROGRAF printer is a fantastic tool, it uses the media thickness and roll rotation to estimate how much media is left on the roll. If you don’t have enough on the roll to complete the print-run, it’ll tell you. But we haven’t abandoned the older and highly … Continue reading “Remaining Media Estimation function on a Canon imagePROGRAF printer”

Printing onto thicker medias using a Canon imagePROGRAF PRO series printer

When printing onto thicker medias using a Canon imagePROGRAF PRO series printer, some customers may experience thin lines on their image as the roll gets used up. This is generally due to the fact that the paper that’s closer to the central core has much more curl. This tight curl leads to resistance the pull … Continue reading “Printing onto thicker medias using a Canon imagePROGRAF PRO series printer”

Saving paper with a Canon Large Format Printer

Saving paper with a Canon Large Format Printer A question from one of our customers! We get loads of these and it is all part of our commitment when you buy from us. How to save paper when printing with a large format printer? “One of the draughtsmen seem to have it sussed you need … Continue reading “Saving paper with a Canon Large Format Printer”

Dust reduction for your large format printer

Dust reduction is an often overlooked part of large format printer maintenance. Keeping your machine as clean as possible will ensure that prints remain perfect every time. The automatic cutting of certain medias, such as canvas, can result in dust and debris collecting inside any large format printer and lead to premature printhead failure. One … Continue reading “Dust reduction for your large format printer”

Relocating your large format printer

Once installed, relocating your large format printer has traditionally been a labour intensive and high waste exercise if the printer needs to be heavily tilted. This involved draining valuable ink from the printer’s system into the maintenance cartridge, thereby making it unusable and expensive! This would typically be the case when moving machines between sites, … Continue reading “Relocating your large format printer”

Canon TM-200 and printing A3

Customers often assume that in order to print A3 posters, that they need to manually feed single A3 cut sheets. If you have a lot of A3’s to print, this would a long and tiresome job, not to mention expensive. However, just as half A0 is A1, half A2 is A3…so you can actually print … Continue reading “Canon TM-200 and printing A3”

Canon TM-200 and Canon TM-300 Layout tool

Couple of tips for you, if you’re doing a print for the first time on a Canon TM-200 A1 printer or the Canon TM-300 Tick the box as below “preview before printing” Will show exactly how your print is going to look on the roll. Further down you can see on the tab “layout” There’s … Continue reading “Canon TM-200 and Canon TM-300 Layout tool”

Canon TM-200 and TM-300 profile settings for our free media packs

DS Matt polypropylene 205mic / 130gsm. Size 610mm X 4.5m  3″ core ( with core adaptor) Canon TM- 200 or Canon TM-300 profile setting: 205mic  / 130sgsm Polyprop = if there is a dedicated Polypropylene setting then use that otherwise either Photo Satin, PVC banner  or Heavy weight coated DS PE-coated Professional Universal Photo Satin … Continue reading “Canon TM-200 and TM-300 profile settings for our free media packs”

Canvas printing on the Canon TM-200 and TM-300

Here are some tips on canvas printing on the Canon TM-200 and TM-300 This is an economical solution, so it takes some fiddling, but other clients of ours and our tests have delivered good results. The 12-colour option adds another £2K plus to costs hence why we find this solution fits clients looking for a … Continue reading “Canvas printing on the Canon TM-200 and TM-300”

The Canon TM-300 and Canon TM-200 can print jobs that are up to 3.2 metres on the roll

The Canon TM-300 and Canon TM-200 can print jobs that are up to 3.2 metres on the roll. Using the print driver, go to the page setup tab, select the “size options” button at the bottom of the page and this will allow you to add custom sizes that are up to 18 metres. For … Continue reading “The Canon TM-300 and Canon TM-200 can print jobs that are up to 3.2 metres on the roll”

PC requirements for the Lei scanners with Canon TM-200 and TM-300

Minimum PC specification: • Windows 7/8/10 – 32bit. • 100Mbs Ethernet. • Intel Celeron, Core-Duo, Core-2-Duo or 2.8GHz Hyper-Threading (HT) or AMD Dual-Core processors • 2GB RAM • High speed 7,200rpm Serial ATA (SATA) HDD with minimum 2GB for applications and 20GB free for images.   Suggested PC specification: • Windows 7/8/10 – 64bit. • … Continue reading “PC requirements for the Lei scanners with Canon TM-200 and TM-300”

How to print posters with a Canon TM-200 or Canon TM-300

Here is a useful how to guide to help you print A1 posters on your Canon TM-200 or Canon TM-300 printer. Design Supply How to print posters    

Canon Large Format Printer TX and PRO series Auto Features

To help with roll loading, something that many customers have found difficult when using the “traditional” top loading large format printers, the Canon have designed and built the TX and PRO series with easy access front loading to help prevent awkward lifting, stretching and possible injury. Not only that, but the TX and PRO series now … Continue reading “Canon Large Format Printer TX and PRO series Auto Features”

Canon imagePROGRAF TM printer amazing array of free software tools

Not only do you get the obvious items with your brand new Canon imagePROGRAF TM printer, but also an amazing array of free software tools and applications created to make design, print, operation and cost analysis incredibly simple. Here are just a few… PosterArtist Lite – Create professional posters in four easy steps—now supports the … Continue reading “Canon imagePROGRAF TM printer amazing array of free software tools”

Thinking of updating your CAD printer?

Thinking of upgrading your old Canon imagePROGRAF iPF 24” and 36” CAD large format printer to a shiny new Canon TM-200 model because you need something quieter, easier to use or require long lasting pigment ink prints, it’s a real pain having to sift through the specification sheets to compare the feeds, speeds and other assorted … Continue reading “Thinking of updating your CAD printer?”

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-2100 with a handy basket

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-2100 wide format printer comes equipped with a handy basket to catch your beautiful prints as they are cut from the paper roll. But not all papers requirements are the same when it comes to media handling and workflow. Some papers are very delicate and therefore can be damaged easily if they are … Continue reading “Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-2100 with a handy basket”

Canon TM-200 and Canon TM-300 Media options

Canon TM-200 and Canon TM-300 can handle a huge variety of different print applications due to their long-lasting, UV and water-resistant, pigment Inks. They also come with an impressive list of pre-installed media profiles. CAD plain papers down to 75gsm Photo Gloss & Satin papers from 170gsm to 280gsm Tracing papers and Clear films for … Continue reading “Canon TM-200 and Canon TM-300 Media options”

Canon TM-200 A1 Printer UV stable and water resistant prints

The Canon TM-200 A1 printer is truly remarkable, and even at entry level the whole TM series is no exception. But why should you consider trading up to a TM from your previous Canon model? How about the UV stable and water resistant inks enable you to explore new avenues of print use? The small footprint … Continue reading “Canon TM-200 A1 Printer UV stable and water resistant prints”

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO series image perfection

Paper and inks are valuable, so if you are unfamiliar with monitor calibration fear not! With a Canon imagePROGRAF PRO series printer such as the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-2100, you can say goodbye to trial and error time-wasting on colour compensation. Instead, you can print multiple thumbnails on a single page with varying colour settings via … Continue reading “Canon imagePROGRAF PRO series image perfection”

Looking for Machines for Wide Format Printing?

These are not usually printers for home use! Printers for wide format printing are generally utilised by architects, engineers, construction firms, graphic designers. Other businesses include those that need to print CAD (computer aided design) drawings and technical documents on their own premises, rather than contracting to an out of house printing company. Wide format … Continue reading “Looking for Machines for Wide Format Printing?”

What Is An A1 Printer?

There are printers for home and office use, then there are specialised printers that have been created solely for the use of architects, engineers, draftsmen, graphic designers, and other businesses that rely on printing technical drawings using a CAD (computer aided design) system. A regular printer will not meet this industry specific need, so equipment … Continue reading “What Is An A1 Printer?”

What Is The Need For Wide Format Printing?

Printers that are specially created for Wide Format Printing are used by many in the fields of architecture, engineering, construction, and graphics. These printers are used to produce technical documents of a large format such as design plans and blueprints. The ability to produce Wide Format Prints is required by large firms, small studios, and … Continue reading “What Is The Need For Wide Format Printing?”

Who Needs An HP Designjet Printer?

Much different from regular printers, the HP Designjet printer was created for businesses and offices that print sizes other than the standard 8 ½ X 11 inch sheets of paper. The businesses that require these specialised printers are engineers, architects, interior designers, graphic designers and others that have business requirements to print up large format … Continue reading “Who Needs An HP Designjet Printer?”

Architects and how you should promote your business with the best CAD printer.

The latest CAD printers can really help you save money. Find out how can they help you in your business (MCAD and AEC)? HP is the market leader in large format printers in the UK One question anybody buying a CAD Printer should ask is “What are the running costs?” The latest models can give … Continue reading “Architects and how you should promote your business with the best CAD printer.”

Understanding Wide Format Printers

If you work in a business which regularly produces signage such as banners and posters or technical drawings or documents – perhaps you are a graphic designer or an architect – then it is incredibly wise to invest in wide format printers. These printers have a print width of between 17″ and 100″ so are … Continue reading “Understanding Wide Format Printers”

Get Those Quality Prints Choose a Canon IPF

If you are looking for a wide format printer, for quality invest in a Canon IPF printer. This printer is unrivalled in its efficiency and should be seriously considered when you are searching for a new office printer for your business. You will need a printer specially created for wide format printing if your company … Continue reading “Get Those Quality Prints Choose a Canon IPF”