We can clearly see the more "granular" side of finish 1 called "grained" or "satin" and we can clearly recognize the typical Glossy paper finish on the glossy finish.
3 - Borders - As the name suggests, you will be able to choose to print your photos with or without a margin. Note that your choice in the Photoshop printing module if you print from this software has priority. The layout of your photo will take this into account.
Finally, note that unlike "classic" photo printers, marginless printing takes the same time as margin printing and is therefore very fast.
4 - Page layout - gives you the possibility to crop directly from your Selphy printer or even better, to group several photos with different layouts: 2 side by side photos, 4 photos, 8 photos, 8 index photos and up to 8 photos stored in different and random sizes. Nice!
5 - Image optimize - Yes or No. Yes is selected by default each time the printer is restarted. Basically, this module will brighten photos that he considers too dark.
6 - Brightness - You can brighten or darken your prints up to +-3 levels. This is obviously especially interesting for live printing.
7 - Smooth skin - This option is able to recognize the parts of prints that have a skin color in order to smooth them for a softer finish. Option disabled by default... and that's good because, as the manual points out, other parts of the photo with colors close to the skin could also undergo this smoothing.
8 - My colors - It is possible to change the brightness of the colors of your prints with the following options:
- Bright (more saturation and contrast)
- Neutral (softened photos)
- Slide (saturation but natural colors)
- Black and white
- Smooth skin
9 - Red-eye corrections - And yes, it is even possible to automatically check the red eyes on a photo!
10 - Date - If you want to write the date on the bottom right of the printout (timestamp).
11 - Date format - It is of course possible to change the date format according to the country of use.
12 - Automatic power off - Off or on (after 5 minutes).
13 - Languages - As we saw above - we started with that - you can choose from more than 12 languages.
Printing with the Canon Selphy CP1300 printer
Calibration of the Canon CP1300? The Canon CP1300 cannot be calibrated for two reasons: it does not allow the test charts to be printed on an A4 sheet and it is not possible to disable the printer's color management in its driver. It remains to be seen that his generic profile is worth...
1 - Printing from Photoshop - So I started printing my photo of colorful village facades with the following options: Bright colours and a glossy finish on the printer. All other settings are chosen from the printer driver in Photoshop in this example but the same would apply to Lightroom or Photoshop Elements.
2 - Choose the printing settings (blue arrow above) - You will be able to choose the size of the paper you will print and choose whether you want a border or not - Note! The choice of the border from the print driver takes precedence over the choice of the printer menu - "Paper Size" menu (arrow above):
3 - Color management - As I said earlier, there is no question of color management with the Canon CP1300. To let the printer manage the colors and therefore use its own generic profile, open the "Color Match" menu and choose "Colorsync" on Mac and "printer manages the colors" on PC.
4 - And don't forget the other printing parameters mentioned above and directly accessible on the printer.
Note about the printing format! The default cassette has a 4 x 6" format, so 2:3. Thus only photos taken with a 3:2 camera will be printed without a margin at all. All photos taken with a 4:3 camera - without cropping - will then be truncated if you do not want a margin. Too bad!
How does the Canon CP1300 print colours and black and white?
Let's not make the suspense last any longer: rather good for a "general public" printer that does not allow its calibration and therefore uses a generic profile. Some colours are not quite the same as the colours displayed on a calibrated screen, but they do not have any "strange" colour drift, such as the greenish tendency of the Canon Pro-100S model, for example. So for and to make things clear, it's all good.