I bought the Canon Pro 100 for wide format printing for my photography business and to also print my 12×12 scrapbook pages. I was a little disappointed when I learned that you can not print borderless on a 12×12 because it is considered a “custom size” and not standard. So I was searching the internet for tutorials on loopholes to this and sadly I found none for a Mac. All were Windows, and you know- the settings are just not the same. So I took the time out to test a few prints on both 12×12 paper and the standard 13×19 to see how easy or difficult it was. I learned that it is very easy to do on a 13×19 but you need to adjust a few marginally settings. Then you print and crop down to a 12×12 size.
But to be able to print straight to a 12×12 page, initially it took me a few hours to finally get the settings straight.
So before we begin, you will need a few things:
1. I did find out from scrapbook and printer forums that you have to Install the Canon Studio Pro plugin for Lightroom in order to trick/loop-hole print boarderless on your 12×12 paper.
2. You will need Lightroom. Although some people can print from the plugin in Photoshop they say, I was not able to find out how. Maybe I will try in the future because Photoshop would be my prefered way to go. I honestly open Lightroom for photo editing.
3. 12×12 paper and if you have 13×19 paper to test both sizes.
4. A little bit of patience and time to do this.
Open your Settings on your Mac by clicking on the “Apple” menu icon at the top of your screen. You will then see the “System Preferences”. Click on that. Now find the “Printer Settings”. Once inside, click the “Canon Pro 100” and hit “Settings” or if you keep your printer on your toolbar, double click it and it opens right away. Once you are inside of the printer’s “Settings”, open the “Utility” tab. Next, from the drop down window, click “Custom Settings. Make sure that the “Check paper size A3…” is unchecked. Save and exit settings.
What this does is tricks the printer into thinking that the A3(13×19) size paper is in and will now allow any size paper to be loaded instead as long as you check A3 (13×19)- which the proper size for this in the Canon Pro 100 line up of papers is A3+ so make sure that you always check to make sure this is the size paper you have in the print options once you are inside of the Canon Studio Pro plugin as seen below.
Canon Studio Pro & Lightroom
If you haven’t already, install the Canon Studio Pro plugin. I was just able to unzip the file and it automatically did its thing. Once I opened Lightroom it was there in the menu.
Open Lightroom and import your scrapbook pages, project pages, etc that are 12×12 size. When you have the image that you want to print, make sure you have it clicked and open in the Develop tab.
Next, go to the File menu tab and scroll down to “Plug in extras”. There you will see the Canon Studio Pro plugin listed. Click on it to open. Once open, the image that you had will also appear there as well.
Make sure that your image is exactly 12x12in (304.8×304.8mm) for this to work.
Settings for Print in Studio Pro
Now that you have the Canon plug in open, you will make sure that the following dimensions are entered when you are printing directly on a 12×12 paper:
Print Settings must be set to A3+13’x19’ 33x48cm
Layout: click “Bordered” tab then open/expand the layout settings little arrow to set margins and image size.
Image Size=12x12in (304.80×304.80mm) Set slider to number or double click the number and manually type it in.
Position (MOST IMPORTANT FOR IT TO WORK)
I had to keep trying different numbers to work and eventually it worked on a true borderless at 12.80, although 13.00 also worked for my projectlife app print outs that did not need to be cut out. So just try a range and test to work.
Landscape Paper Orientation
Make sure you have your print quality settings, etc. ok and hit print button. On the Mac a default print window comes up and it gives you instructions on what to hit on the next print dialogue. Do what it says and print.
You should have a perfectly centered, neat and borderless image on your 12×12. If you see that you have a slight white border on anything, to adjust this is to slide the “Position” very lightly to the left (decreasing under 13.00). I started with the position at 0.00 and then made my way to 14 and I had about 1/2in. white border. So at 13.00 it was perfect with no border at all. So this is where the patience comes in to adjust the “Position” sliders if you are printing and you still see white border anywhere.
To Print a Borderless 12×12 image on 13×19 manually:
Open image the same way through Lightroom and Canon plug in. Set paper to A3+ option same way as before. Next only set the Image Size to 304.8×304.8mm and position the image to the top or bottom of the paper and flushed left or right so that when you print it is printed all on one end of the paper and the rest can be cropped off and cut manually.
Now some people may think it is a waste of paper to manually crop it, but this is really the only “guaranteed and proper way to fit the entire image borderless. That is by printing the entire image on a larger paper and then cutting down to size. Now if you prefer this way, it is a bit easier. So what I did was print some basic background papers for my scrapbook on the larger paper and then cut it down to size and it was perfect.
The first time, the image printed in the middle of the paper and I had to cut all four sides to 12×12. Then I decided to just move it to on end and flush it and it knocked down my cuts in half perfectly.
Hope that helps. If you have other ways to do this, let me know in the comments and if this was helpful, which I hope it is because I literally searched for a week for help myself before experimenting today. If it wasn’t helpful lol, let me know too in a nice way haha. You know how the internet trolls can be for no reason at all. lol.
I hope that this tutorial was of value to another scrapbooker who wanted to print their own pages but was stuck on how to do it borderlessly with the Canon Pro 100 printer. For the traditional 12×12 scrapbook papers, a border doesn’t matter as much but if you are printing your digital Project Life cards or printing from the Project Life app or any other pocket page cards, it is very important to print borderless to retain the correct 4×6 and 3×4 sizes. When I printed with a border the first time, it reduced the cards by almost 1/2 inch which is too small for the pocket inserts.
Enjoy and Have a great week.
Reposted from Forbes!
By Ekaterina Walter | Forbes – Fri, 11 Apr, 2014 1:27 PM EDT
Why are some people more successful than others? Why some feel accomplished while others feel like they are stuck in career rut? The answer is – their vocabulary. Though, granted, your vocabulary is heavily dependent on your mentality and the way you see your life, both personal and professional.
Here are the things you will probably never hear successful people say and the reasons why that’s the case:
“This can’t be done” is just not in their DNA. Successful people know that there is always a solution to any problem. Sometimes you’ll have to get creative, but there is no such thing as impossible. And when the goal seems too huge to accomplish, they tackle it in little pieces – they know that a lot of small steps eventually lead you to the top of the highest mountain.
I don’t care!
Passion, on the other hand, is in their DNA. You will never hear innovators say “I hate my job!” or “I don’t care!” If you don’t have this key ingredient – passion coupled with vision – you will never be able to overcome challenges and take risks to push the envelope, innovate, and grow your business.
Stop asking questions!
Smart people know that there is no such thing as a “silly question.” They know that as soon as curiosity halts and we stop asking questions, the radical innovation ends. Some of the most distinguished leaders, such as Steve Jobs and James Dyson, encouraged their teams to consistently question the way they should do things and challenge conventional wisdom. Their favorite questions are” “Why?” “Why not?” “What if?”
Why should I be the one doing this?
In any business, especially in a growing business, multiple people have to wear multiple hats. What’s more, those people to voluntarily identify gaps and take on filling them are usually the ones that get the most visibility internally, get to grow their responsibilities and teams the most, and ultimately get to build something truly amazing. “But it’s not my job to do this” is just not in their vocabulary.
I don’t think we should change the way we do things.
Visionary people always challenge the way things are done. They find better, quicker, more effective ways to accomplish tasks and execute on the right strategies. They push themselves into the areas they may not be comfortable with just so that they could continue to evolve and help their teams stay on the cutting edge. They understand that change is necessary and that comfortably resting on their laurels is not the path that’ll lead to continuous success.
Thank you, but I am not looking for any feedback.
To truly succeed one has to be open to new experiences, new ideas, and new perspectives. One has to always be open to feedback: on how you are executing, how you are shaping your vision, how you are leading. Those who are constantly open to feedback not only get the respect of their teams and colleagues, but also get an invaluable chance to look at themselves through the eyes of others. None of us are perfect, we all can use feedback to help us grow. At the end of the day you have to be yourself, there are some things you might not want to change. But sometimes feedback and diverse perspective can help shape the way you communicate with others or approach projects in a positive way.
But what if we fail?
Failure is just a part of business as usual. James Dyson failed 5,126 times before he created his famous bagless vacuum cleaner. Thomas Edison failed 10,000 times before he invented the light bulb. For them, failure was just another solid stepping stone to an amazing discovery, another necessary checkmark of what not to do. Successful people are not afraid to fail. They know it’s only the matter of time they do fail (everybody does), but that doesn’t stop them from innovating and trying out new things.
I know better!
There is no such thing as a self-made man. Behind every successful person is a smart team. Success is a team sport. Building a great team around your vision means admitting that you don’t know everything and hiring people that fill in the gaps in your knowledge, experience, and perspective, and trusting them to help you build something extraordinary.
But that’s just too hard.
People who achieve the most in their lives never take an easy way out at the times when it truly counts. They have the passion, the perseverance, and the grit to shape the new path. Being the first and conquering new roads is never easy. And sometimes you do have to learn from other people’s mistakes and successes to help shape your path. But at the end of the day, when the critical time comes to shape their own destiny, successful people never chose the path of less resistance.
Knit Picks Options Review and a “vs. Knitter’s Pride Review”
I was very happy when my Knit Picks arrived.
Here is the info from Knit Picks website:
Caspian wood -Options needles
Oceanic waves of sea green, teal and marine ripple across Caspian – the newest addition to the Knit Picks Options family! Boasting the same strong and smooth layers of laminated birch that you know and love, Caspian shows off a sea-inspired colorway along with a distinctive emerald cord to complement its oceanic hues.
CASPIAN WOOD KNITTING NEEDLE TIPS and Options Nickel plated needles
- US Sizes: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,10.5 and 11 (3.50mm, 3.75mm, 4.00mm, 4.50mm, 5.00mm, 5.50mm, 6.00mm, 6.50mm, and 8mm)
- 2 each of 24″ and 32″ lengths -purple cables all sets / teal cables for Caspian set
- 9″ x 5″ snapped clear vinyl needle case, 8 end caps and 2 cable keys
Slightly cheaper than my Knitter’s Pride needles but with the same vibe and feel. Both brands are very recommendable for a knitter of any level. You also get your full money’s worth. I got the Knit Picks Options Nickel needle set and a few of the brand new Caspian wood needles to also go with my set. I tried these two out and pretty much got the same feel as my Knitter’s Pride needles but with the following differences:
- Since I got the nickel plated Novas from Knitter’s Pride in the special smaller size, I got the Options in regular size. They are great- but I did notice that they do come untwisted a little more than the Novas from Knitter’s Pride. I can go almost 2 weeks without tightening the Novas. With the Options nickel plated- I got about 4 or 5 days before I have to twist them. Remember that this is when I test them out without my normal habit of tightening them ever so often.
- I also notice that when I insert the key to twist tightly, I have a slight harder time tightening them. On the Knitter’s Pride Nova nickel plated, it is less slippery when I am twisting them tight to seal the needle tip in. The difference is not that much noticeable and could just be my head imagining things but I do think that because the Options tips are a little bit more slippery when tightening. The Options Wood tips do not untwist at all and hold a good grip when tightening closed.
- They are also slippery in a good way- the nickel plated tips allows all types of yarn to pass with great speed. However, this also means that if you are new to knitting or find that your stitches fall off a lot, you may want to opt for wood needles. The options are faster than the Nova in my opinion. I seems that the Nova is more matte than slippery but I also love the Novas. I think that a newbie would love the Nova needles if they wanted metal.
- The Caspian wood needles are the same as the other wood needles that Knit Picks offers in the multi-colors and natural birch. I love the Caspian and honestly it feels the same as my Knitter’s Pride wooden Dreamz. I see no difference in knitting except that if you want a set that features a different color for each size- go for the Knitter’s Pride set. If you like the multi-color look on all of the needles go for the Knit Picks.
- I love that the Knit Picks has the size lasered in the needle than printed on like the Knitter’s Pride does. I feel that it is easier to read the needle sizes on the Knit Picks than it is on the Knitter’s Pride. The needles that I have been using from Knitter’s Pride already has fading on the sizes. The Knit Picks are very easy to read without fading.
- The wood needles do not untwist. They stay on just like my Knitter’s Pride.
I have to be honest here. I prefer the Knitter’s Pride cords. Sad to say because I love the colors of the Knit Picks purple and now teal cords. But I find that the cord holds a bit more memory and does coil or loop around when doing my magic loop knitting than the regular plain old black cables from Knitter’s Pride. Someone said it may be because the cords need to be broken in a bit or because they are new, etc. So I will see if it still occurs a few projects down the line.
I also do not like that Knit Picks does not have a 16″ cord or smaller Nickel needle tips under US size 4 as the Knitter’s Pride does. I had to order a US size 2 in the Caspian wood fixed cord from Knit Picks. I wish that my set had a US size 2 or even 3 for sock knitting.
However, I have found- after researching online with other knitters that both company’s tips and cables work with the other system. So once my Knit Picks arrived, I easily swapped tips and cables between them and my Knitter’s Pride. So because of that very very very convenient feature- I was very happy. Now I can order the smaller Knitter’s Pride Nova tips and use any cord from Knit Picks and vice versa.
Caspian Wood DPN’s from Knitter’s Pride
I also had to test out the DPNs. I am a lover of bamboo DPN’s- and prefer the light wood that is bendable. But I wanted to test and see if the wood DPN’s would stand the test of my usage. I am still 50-50 on this one because I really am a bamboo person. I like the design and color features of the Caspian color wood. I just still prefer the lighter feel of the bamboo DPN’s. I love them. I use Clover’s Takumi DPN’s. 🙂
Caspian Wood Fixed needles
I was able to test out the size US 2 in the wood fixed needles. It is great, however, I think for the smaller sizes, you should opt for the nickel-plated needles or the bamboo. I feel that if I keep using the wooden smaller sizes that I may accidentally break them. They just feel too fragile and it makes me scared to knit with. Great color, however, but next time I go for a fixed sock needle- I will opt for the nickel-plated Options.
Overall, I give Knit Picks Interchangeables a 8.5 out of 10. It is almost a tie in my book between the Knit Picks and the Knitter’s Pride but what makes Knitter’s Pride winners to me is that they ofter the special shorter tips and the 16″ cord and that their cord is more stable or firm to me.
Would I buy these sets again? Yes I would, but I probably would not get the DPNs unless they are bamboo and the fixed needles I would opt for nickel plated for anything less than a US size 4. I think that for the price of $49-70, it makes a great investment for any level knitter. Especially the Nickel Plated needles. They are very fast. Just if you want a smooth needle without being scared that your stitches would fall off, then go with the wood needles from Knit Picks.
I love this set. Period. I got a chance to try out both the Knitter’s Pride Symphonie Dreamz wood set and the Nova metal set of interchangeable knitting needles. They were awesome!
Features: (from the Knitter’s Pride Website)
Knitter’s Pride Dreamz are lightweight needles made from densified laminated birch wood. Unlike in other wooden needles, water absorption in these needles is negligible and, as a result, there is no chance of warping. The same property makes the needles very strong, enables the points to be sharp and provides a lifetime of pleasurable use, if handled correctly.
- Each needle size has it’s own radiant color for easy identification.
- Smooth joins with an easy-to-connect, flexible cord.
- Slick needles that allow yarns to glide easily.
-9 pairs of interchangeable needles.
-US Sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5, and 11 / Metric Sizes 3.5, 3.75, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, and 8 mm.
- 4 cords to make sizes: 24″ (60 cm), 40″ (100 cm), and two cords for 32″ (80 cm).
-1 set of size markers, 8 end caps, 4 cord keys, and 1 cord case.
- Packed in a clear vinyl case.
- Range of radiant colors for easy identification and organization
- Perfect points, flawlessly tapered – ideal for all yarns and every project
- Lightweight, strong & durable
- Easy to connect cord with a smooth join that enables easy stitch glide and no snagging
- Polished wood surface works effortlessly with every type of yarn without slowing down stitch rhythm
- Resilient, flexible cords lay flat, with no kink or twist – easy to store
- Easy to use & perfect for beginners
- The knitter’s favorite needle: Providing hours of pleasurable knitting with no hand fatigue
I also brought extra cables in size 16” and 60” along with a pack of cord connectors. Overall, I paid around $80 total for this set. And it was well worth it.
While some people say that interchangeables that twist on, also comes off in the middle of knitting, I have not yet to see this. A note though, I always make sure that ever so often ( a few days at a time ) I use the key to tighten the needle on the cable to prevent it from untwisting. This is a perfect habit to get into if you decide to invest in any interchangeables that twist in.
Because I do this, I wanted to see how long it would take before it untwisted without me tightening it. I actually took almost 2 weeks of me knitting on and off at different times throughout that 2 week period before I noticed that one of the needles were starting to untwist. 🙂
I also got a few of the Knitter’s Pride Nova Special interchangeable needles which features a shorter needle that is great for knitting hats or other things that require a shorter cord in the length of 16”. The needless are the same sizes and features as the wood needles but come in nickel-plated metal for faster knitting. I received a few different lengths of needles from this set to test out and review. I got the US size 3, and US size 8. They use the same cords as the wooden set Dreamz but they do allow you to work faster due to the fact that it is not wood. It feels great and warms to your hand. The needles are not cold and harsh. The points of the tips are great at lace and regular yarn so it makes a great set for a person who needs a great overall needle set. I love this set as well.
The cord is black and very strong yet light. It has virtually no memory in it and if doing magic loop, the rest of the cord doesn’t get in the way and blocks what you are doing. I like the cable, although I wish they ha different colors like Knit Pick does, only because I like color. If I was to buy again, I would buy another set. I was very pleased with both sets. I highly recommend the wooden colored set for beginners because the yarn doesn’t slide off the needles and it doesn’t get stuck. The wood provides a very even flow for any yarn that you are using and helps with your tension because you are able to knit closer to the end of the needles without the yarn falling off. The closer to the end of the needle that you enter the stitches, the less likely you are to over stretch your stitches causing uneven flow and tension.
Overall, I would give Knitter’s Pride interchangeable sets a 9 out of 10. My only flaws were that although they are labeled in sizes, the sizes fade off the wood. I wish it was etched in the wood someway or in the metal at the bottom. Also one needle in the set would be slightly off color from the other one. I had no flaws with the metal needles other than it gets hard to see the sizes on the side of the needle.
I do like that the sets also have a starter set with one of each needle inside- a wooden needle and a metal needle so that you can try it out before purchasing a full set. Once you use them, you will never go to the store to buy needles in different sizes again.The Nova set also has individual needles outside of the set that are under US size 3 for people who knit socks while both the wooden and Nova Set have special sets with shorter needles and a jumbo set for US size 13 and up for those chunky yarn knitters. Knitter’s Pride also have other types of needles that I have yet to try but looks great as well.
For more info about Knitter’s Pride needles, check out the many reviews on Youtube and then buy online at any other place that you can get them. You can not buy directly from Knitter’s Pride. You have to find a dealer. Most local yarn shops have it so go to the official Knitter’s Pride website to find a location near you to buy these needles.