As print service providers endeavor to expand products and services to include wide format support, more sophisticated offerings are becoming available at their clients’ disposal. From their use of more advanced ink technologies—such as Mutoh Eco Ultra Ink and Canon Lucia Ink—to increasing substrate variety and on-demand printing options, the future remains bright for the large format printing market. Endless possibilities continue to emerge, ranging from point of purchase to retail ready packaging to ad specialized and personalized UV tabletop printers, broader medium choices, and the demand for durable ink and better print finishing.


To meet these demands, printer and ink manufacturers continue to develop products and technologies that help keep the industry competitive in the face of fierce digital media competition. Developments in ink technologies continue to keep large-format printing relevant as an industry and as an advertising format, and printer and ink manufacturers play a huge part in such causes. Here, we take a look at two of the leading large-format ink technologies that show great promise in upholding the quality and appeal of large format printing:


The Canon Lucia Ink

For quite some time, Canon Lucia Inks have been a staple for Canon’s imagePROGRAF 12-color printer lines. These printer units are specifically designed for fine art and photographic printing applications, hence the series’ 12-color printing technology. Perhaps one of the most important things you should know about the Canon Lucia Ink is that they are pigment-based instead of dye-based inks, the difference being that pigment inks are essentially made up of liquid-suspended microscopic solid particles as opposed to water-soluble dye inks that get absorbed by paper/canvas fibers. This makes pigment inks more durable than dye-based inks. Canon Lucia ink is ideal for applications such as fine art reproduction, professional graphics and photography, large format printing, and more, thanks in large part to its wide color gamut, expressive blacks, smooth gradations, better scratch resistance, reduced bronzing, and improved adhesion to different types of substrates.

The Mutoh Eco Ultra Ink

This wide-format ink is known for its exceptional durability. Mutoh Eco Ultra Ink is built for unbeatable quality, resistance, and endurance under the harshest of outdoor conditions, making it ideal for use in the production of outdoor graphics. Eco Ultra inks are designed for bright and vivid prints, while ensuring quicker drying times, and zero fumes and odor during use. If you want prints that can stand up to the most aggressive outdoor conditions and elements, Mutoh Eco Ultra Ink durability is hard to beat.