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Best Printer for Greeting Cards

anna-maria-92
Apprentice

Hi there,

I hope someone can give some advice.

I am looking to start printing my illustrations as greeting cards and fine art prints and im weighing up the options.

I already have the Canon PIXMA G3560 as an everyday and its fab so i wondered if there was a printer which would print borderless cards smaller than A5 folded as thats all i can seem to get my printer to do borderless? Ideally 5x7" when folded using the pre scored cardstock you can buy online. I'm open to suggestions if there is a printer which can manage anything smaller than an A5 card.

Thanks,

Anna

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shadowsports
Legend
Legend

Greetings,

I'd start here:

Canon Printer Buying Guide | Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Things you will want to consider.  What type of art are you printing.  Photos, illustrations, etc.  The level of detail or quality might dictate the printer you choose.  Also the type of media you will be printing on, stock weight, type and size.  

You can also speak with someone from the Sales team:

800-385-2155

 

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zimmy
Contributor

You can print A2 cards (5.5" x 8.5") and other card sizes on the Pro 200. I've printed thousands on the Pro 100 and recently just purchased the Pro 200 which works just the same.

To get it to work you need to disable width detection as mentioned here: https://ij.manual.canon/ij/webmanual/ErrorCode/PRO-200%20series/EN/ERR/1062.html?ref=1062

In Photoshop (or whichever software you are using) create a 8" x 10" document. Center your 5.5" x 8.5" design and move it flush to the top. You can now print this using the 8" x 10" Borderless setting with the printer. This also works with designs that go past the border as shown in the attached screenshot. There you will see the dotted line which marks the 5.5" x 8.5" paper and the design which extends slightly beyond. This way you can set the "Borderless Extension Amount" to minimum which gives you the most accurate print. Alternately you can make your borderless design exactly 5.5" x 8.5" and then set the borderless extension to 2 or 3. But I've always used the first method.

Do note that with this "trick", borderless printing only works on the leading (top) edge and the sides. The trailing edge (end) will not print past the border. This is generally not a problem as only the front (top) half of a greeting card generally has the design that may need to be printed borderless. So make sure your card design is on the top in the document. If you have cards that require borderless printing also for the trailing edge (back of the card) then you can stick a post-it note underneath so that it sticks out slightly at the end (just a 1/4 inch is enough). This fools the printer into thinking the paper is longer than it actually is and thus print past the end. If you're printing a few this is a suitable trick.

Also, depending on how many borderless cards you print and how heavy the ink usage is, you will at some point have to clean the bottom plastic ridges that surround the ink sponge (foam strip) which you see when you open up the printer. Over time the ink gradually builds up on those ridges that are right on the outside of the 5.5" paper. If you do not clean them as needed (with a cotton swab and some water or alcohol) the build-up will eventually smear the underside of the cards. 

If you have any questions feel free to ask.

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