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IRIS printerA large-format color printer from the Graphic Communications Group of Eastman Kodak (http://graphics.kodak.com) that is used for digital proofing. Iris printers use a patented continuous inkjet technology to produce consistent, continuous-tone, photorealistic output on several varieties of paper, canvas, silk, linen and other low-fiber textiles. Iris prints are widely noted for their color accuracy and ability to match printing and proofing standards. They are also known for their low-cost consumables compared to other technologies.
Originally developed by Iris Graphics, the hardware and technology was acquired by prepress and imaging leader Scitex in 1990, itself then purchased by Creo Products Inc. in 2000 to spur its digital workflow forward. In 2005, Kodak purchased Creo and continued to offer the product. See prepress proof.
|Iris printers are in a class by themselves. This model can handle a wide variety of media up to 34x47" in size. (Image courtesy of Creo Products, Inc.)|