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if you haven’t read part 1 on what to look for in an edible printer of this short how to, then go here.
now that you’ve gotten your knowledge on what to look for when buying an edible printer, here is the basics of what to do when starting to print. now this is only based on the knowledge of what i know on the printer i have, which is a canon pixma. now here’s a warning, my apartment is still a little messy since i still have zero furniture so the pictures aren’t going to be all that great. i did the best i could!
here are the steps on setting up the printer properties and basic how-to on using your new printer:
- once you have your printer connected to your computer, you will want to go to your printers settings and click on the maintenance button. here you will see something like this if you are using a canon printer.
- click on the button that says custom settings. on this setting you want to click on the box that says “prevent paper abrasion”. this will ensure that when you are printing with wafer paper, that the printer won’t be rough. such as rip the paper as it is pretty fragile compared to regular printing paper.
when you start to print (more of that will be in part 3), a pop-up will show up that will just be warning you that you have it on the abrasive setting. just click OK.
- when you go a long while without using your printer, i find it very handy with the canon printer to have the self cleaning aspect. this makes it so that i don’t actually have to go digging into my printer to try and get all the crusties off that clogged the ink. you have two basic options 1. a simple clean, which is just a simple clean of whichever ink you think needs to be unclogged. and 2. a deep clean, which is what i use whenever i go a few weeks without using the printer
- after you clean the ink, you will want to do a nozzle check. this will just do a basic print (i use regular printer paper for this) to show you if there is still a clog in which ink. this is super handy to have. typically you should do this first before cleaning, but since i go so long without using my printer, i find it easier to just start with a deep clean and then do a nozzle check. in this picture you want to make sure your nozzle check looks like the example on the left. if it looks like the one on the right, or just one ink looks distorted, then that specific ink will need to be cleaned again.
- on to the ink! if you followed my advice and got both the ink cartridges and the refill bottles this is what you will receive: 2 bottles of black ink (the black gets used up a lot, especially since you get a small and a big cartridge of it), a yellow ink, a cyan ink, and a magenta ink. each bottle of ink comes with a little spout that makes it super easy to fill the cartridges with. also pictured is the cleaning fluid.
now when filling the ink cartridges, make sure you have a towel or paper towels, as it can get a little messy. i also found it easy to keep the directions that came with the ink as well as the orange caps to the cartridges to keep the mess a little at bay when refilling the inks
each ink cartridge has a little rubber stopper on the top. carefully remove that stopper and then place the spout with the refill bottle of ink and gently squeeze the bottle. make sure you watch what you are doing as to not overfill the cartridge. it can and will get really messy really fast if you don’t.
once the ink has been refilled, just put the rubber stopper back on and place the cartridge into the printer. sometimes my printer will still say that the ink is low even after i just filled it. just ignore it. eventually it went away when it got the memo that the ink was refilled.
now the next and last post of this edible printing how to will be about the fun part. printing all the pretty designs for all the baked goodies!