Workflow Wednesday: I LOVE My Canon Pixma Printer

Gosh, it really does feel so good to be back to writing and creating. I really missed you guys while I was resting my back. My back is not quite back to 100% but is slowly getting there and I have lots to catch up on. I got behind on my weekly scrapbook pages which kinda makes me nervous. I know I can catch up and I plan on doing that later this week.

It's my daughter's last week of 2nd grade and we are both so excited to have a month off before heading into 3rd grade and adding a Kindergartner to the mix. I'm totally nervous and excited at the same time teaching two of them. It will be interesting and I'm sure the 3 year old will want to join in the fun so I'm gonna have my hands full come September. EEK!!!


Heather Greenwood Designs | Photoshop Tutorial | Canon Pixma Printer Module


So, I've talked you through my photo processing workflow in Lightroom and my journal card creating workflow in Photoshop, using the hybrid print templates and some fun techniques to jazz up your cards. Today, I'm going to share with you my LOVE for Canon printers.

My Canon PIXMA MP560 is an oldie but goodie. This is my second Canon printer. I upgraded to the PIXMA a few years ago and I have done a crazy amount of printing with it for hybrid projects and I don't think it's ever going to die. It still prints like it's brand new and one day I dream of upgrading again to one of the new PIXMA models. They come in cool colors now!

So, once you've gotten your cards ready in Photoshop, it's time to print them out! Go to File > Print.
Heather Greenwood Designs | Photoshop Tutorial | Canon Pixma Printer Module

Next, I always click on "print settings" to double check I have the correct settings I want before printing.


Heather Greenwood Designs | Photoshop Tutorial | Canon Pixma Printer Module

I will choose "matte photo paper" for my cardstock. I found this to be my favorite setting for printing even though I'm not using photo paper. It comes out so vibrant and exactly what I see on my screen.


Heather Greenwood Designs | Photoshop Tutorial | Canon Pixma Printer Module

Though standard gives me a pretty decent print, I always change it to "high" for print quality.


Heather Greenwood Designs | Photoshop Tutorial | Canon Pixma Printer Module

I then click "ok" on the printer properties screen, and "print" on the print screen.

Note: You don't want to choose "borderless printing" with these templates. They are sized to a 8"x10" canvas and perfectly fit in your pockets. If you choose "borderless printing" it will increase the size of your print and you will have to trim off the edges of your cards to make them fit in the pockets.


Heather Greenwood Designs | Photoshop Tutorial | Canon Pixma Printer Module

Aren't they beautiful?! I just love how nicely it prints and how vibrant and accurate the colors are. Now you see why I LOVE my Canon printers so much! I use the Canon ink also, I have never tried anything else and am too afraid to try any other inks because I just don't want to risk the high quality and gorgeous colors on my prints.




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