Tuesday, June 12, 2018

How to Print Various Photo Sizes with Canon Selphy Printer for Scrapbooking


Today I'm sharing some tips with you on how I print my photos for use on scrapbook and pocket page layouts (like Project Life or CTMH's Picture my Life). Scroll down for my video tutorial, which will walk you through everything, but I wanted to give some written explanations as well.

Printing Photos On Demand

I like to print my photos on demand because that way I can print them specifically for the layout I'm working on. I like the flexibility because I never know ahead of time which way my design will go! But if you are more of a planner, you can also use these tips for ordering 4x6 prints from a photo site such as FreePrints (they have a great app for ordering right from your phone), Persnickety PrintsCostco, etc. I occasionally use all of these sites for ordering photos.

I use the PicFrame collage app on my iPhone to create 3x4 photos and other sizes such as 2x3 & 4x4, all within a 4x6 collage. In my video, I'll show you how to save the collage as a 4x6 photo to then print to a Selphy photo printer or send to a photo service. It prints via wifi so you can print right from your phone to the printer. It's so handy!

What is the Cost to Print on a Selphy?

Most of the time I use my Canon Selphy to print my photos. It's so handy! I’ve calculated it’s approx 32 cents per 4x6 for ink/paper (based on Amazon's price). I have the Selphy CP910 but there are newer models. Even though it’s more expensive per-photo to print on the Selphy, I end up saving in the long run because I print only what I need in the sizes I need for the project I use them on.

Are the Selphy Prints Archival?

Canon guarantees that the Selphy prints will last for 100 years (and may last longer). The photos also come out of the printer instantly dry, thanks to the clear top coat, so you don't need to worry about smudging ink. This coating also makes it water resistant. My kids have gotten water on some of my prints before using them and I simply wiped them off!

Does the Selphy Print True 4"x6"? What About 5"x7"?

One downside of using the Selphy is that you lose about 1/8” in length, so the final photo is approx. 4” x 5-7/8”. It doesn’t bother me enough to not use it but something to keep in mind. Convenience > 6"! In my video I give some tips on how to avoid any unwanted cropping. There is not a 5x7 printing option, but when I need a 5x7 or larger (not often), I usually order it from a photo site or in a pinch, print on my larger home printer (a Canon PIXMA photo-quality printer).

On to The Video Tutorial/Review!

Here's my video tutorial/review of the Selphy on how to use the PicFrame app, how to save the collage photo, and print on the Selphy. Plus there are also lots of little tips in between from my experience with this process.

(Watch below or in HD on YouTube. If you like this video, please be sure to subscribe to my channel!)


PicFrame App

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