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Registered: ‎02-13-2018

How to figure out media type?

On my new Canon Pixma Pro-100 the driver allows something called "Media Type" to be selected.  Based on the descriptions contained in the selection list I started off thinking that this corresponded to ICC profiles for the various types of paper.  This was partly because it seemed to me that ICC profiles should be selectable and it wasn't so obvious how make such a selection.  I've now discovered how ICC profiles can be selected if desired.  It seems to me that it should be desired buy apparently the driver has an automatic method of determining what to use when it is not, by default, specified.


The Help dialogue displayes the following:




About all this says is that it has something to do with the paper which about what I'd deduced from the choices that are offered for selection.  I'm no expert on the full line of the Canon brand of paper but I suspect that there is some terminology here that might have something to do with the way that Canon describes its' various paper products.  If so, that seems like it should work.  However, some of the selections appear to be somewhat generic and, at least for me, it is not at all clear how to recognize what properties of the paper should be considered when trying to distinguish the various choices available for "Media Type".


If someone could provide a helpful explanation, which might possibly include how such affects the actual printing, I'd be most grateful?  It does seem to me that thickness is something that would affect the printer and there might be a straightforward unit of measure that could be used to determine what it is.  What else?

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Re: How to figure out media type?

Canon printers only understand Canon paper. If you are using third party papers like Red River, Hahnemuele, etc. they will tell you in their instructions what Canon media type to select. Then you select the appropriate ICC profile for the paper. 

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X, Rebel T5i, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, MX472, LRCC Classic
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Registered: ‎02-13-2018

Re: How to figure out media type?

OK!  Good to know.  Thanks.


Are those vendors going to do that for every printer?  Or am I just lucky enough to have a printer that every vendor wants to support?

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Re: How to figure out media type?

I was surprised to learn that Canon actually DOES partner with some 3rd party paper manufacturers and they do provide ICC profiles for 3rd party papaer that work with Canon software such as Canon Print Studio Pro ... although many paper providers ALSO make ICC profiles that are built for various printers.


You can go to the Canon support page for the printer located here:


Select your operating system type, and then look for this file (Mac or Windows):


PRO-100 series ICC Profile Ver. 1.0.0 for Art Paper Printing (Mac)

PRO-100 series ICC Profile Ver. 1.0.0 for Art Paper Printing (Windows 10/10 x64/8.1/8.1 x64/8/8 x64/7/7 x64/Vista/Vista64/XP)


(Note that it will try to auto-detect your OS type... on my OS (I'm on a mac) it does _not_ show up under the list of downloads for macOS High Sierra... but it DOES show up under macOS Sierra (just the change the OS to one version previous and you'll see it).  ICC profiles on the mac are standard and there isn't actually a different ICC profile for one vs. the other... it's the same, but Canon hasn't updated their page.



Tim Campbell
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