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The Future of Digital Print: Unveiling the Magic of HP Pixel Control

In a world driven by technology, evolution is the only constant. For over a century, the essence of colour printing has remained largely unaltered. Since the birth of photomechanical colour printing 125 years ago, the foundational concept has been rooted in an analogue mindset. But just like the advent of the digital camera revolutionized photography, HP Pixel Control promises to rewrite the rules of printing.

Analog Vs. Digital Print: What's the Difference?

Imagine you're painting a canvas. The analogue approach is like mixing colours on your palette, deciding the ratio of each colour, and then painting. The result can be beautiful, but there's a level of unpredictability in how colours blend on the canvas. Digital, on the other hand, offers precision. It's like using a computer program to decide the exact proportion of each colour, pixel by pixel.

The heart of every printer works similarly. Traditional printers, using the analogue approach, determine the amount of each ink to use, and then layer the patterns together. This method is limited in the sense that each ink layer is handled separately, potentially leading to blurs and inaccurate colour transitions.

Enter the magic of HP Pixel Control. Instead of focusing on individual inks, it focuses on individual pixels, the tiniest dots that make up an image.

Why HP Pixel Control is Revolutionary

  1. Choices, Choices, Choices: In the old paradigm, with a printer like the HP Designjet Z9+ Printer, decisions revolved around its nine inks. But with HP Pixel Control, this choice is not about the inks but about the pixels. Given the numerous possible ink combinations at a single pixel, the range of colour choices skyrockets. Imagine moving from a choice among 9 colours to over 268 million pixel types!

  2. Precision Control: Before, once you decided on the ink amounts, the actual printed outcome was somewhat out of your hands. With HP Pixel Control, you have the reins. It's like being an artist with the ability to decide, pixel by pixel, the precise colours to mix and match.

  3. Seeing as the Eye Sees: Ever noticed how some printed images don’t quite capture what you see on the screen? That's because traditional printing translates digital colours into their analogue ink equivalents. HP Pixel Control changes the game. It uses pixels, which our eyes naturally blend, leading to prints that truly mirror what we see digitally.

Benefits That Speak Volumes

With over 25 patents granted and 80 more pending, it's clear that HP Pixel Control isn’t just a fleeting trend. If you own or are considering an HP DesignJet Z9+ or Z6 series printer, here’s what's in store for you:

  • Smoother Transitions: Ever stared at a sunset photo print and noticed abrupt color changes? With HP Pixel Control, these abrupt changes are history. Whether it's the gradation of a sunset or the nuances in a portrait, transitions are smoother and more natural.

  • Richer Colors: The ability to meticulously control pixel content means the range of colours (or colour gamut) is vastly increased. Even with fewer inks, the HP DesignJet Z9+ Printer produces colours that rival, or even surpass, other printers with more ink options.

  • Enhanced Detail: No more blurs or misaligned edges. With the precision of HP Pixel Control, every pixel is perfectly placed, ensuring that your prints capture every intricate detail.

And the cherry on top? This isn't a feature you activate or set up. Every print on the HP DesignJet Z9+ and Z6 series inherently benefits from HP Pixel Control, ensuring quality and consistency.


In a nutshell, HP Pixel Control isn’t just another technical jargon thrown into the world of printing. It's a paradigm shift, changing the very fabric of how prints are made. It's a step into the future, making truly digital prints that capture life's moments in their purest, most vibrant form. So, the next time you're printing that cherished family portrait or a landscape shot, remember, with HP Pixel Control, you're not just printing a photo; you're recreating a moment.


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