Canon Image Garden is the worst printer scanner program in the history of the device! Frustrating! Save As option tabs greyed out! Very difficult to save images to your own files to later post -PDF files awful!! It's like Canon wants a 'piece of the action' with every move you try to make in their cumbersome ridiculous software. Well--I've had it! Off to the Recycling Depot this near new frustrating piece of junk goes! No more Canon products for this dude!
So that’s the answer - by James Freudenberg - next time install a non-canon cartridge and get rid of image garden...
My problem is that I don’t have the Save button even though it is supposed to be there according to the manual. To save as .jpg, I need to scan the document upside down, then use the Correct facility to turn it through 180° and just then save as a.jpg file. I've tried scanning the right way up and rotating through 360°, but that didn’t help.
I agree, my image garden is a thoroughly tedious and unnecessary piece of junk.
Wasted a morning trying to design the (basic) DVD template with just the company logo. Impossible. Absolutely hate this software. Is there any way it can be uninstalled and other software used? I can't find the CDLabel Print on the Canon website.
It was extremely frustrating experience. I deleted stupid "Garden."
I never expected this so-called image garden. It's full of weeds. I couldn't believe the thing. I would have never bought it had I known what I was in for. Now I have to find someone who can teach me some simple editing. Canon has lost my vote big time. -10 stars.
Karen Johnson Curran
I agree! I have been trying to save my scanned photos to jpg, but it will only allow me to save to pdf! I'm not very good at this but when I had my HP scanner/printer it was simple!!! I will not buy another Canon printer!
Did you find a way of saving the in jpeg?
This software is horrible, horrible, horrible. I thought I had it figured out and printed some discs. Now it tells me I can't print "because a printer supported by this software is not installed". It damn well is installed! I hate this.
I commented just above, I may have figured it out. What a waste of money and time and energy playing in their garden and jumping hoops to do the simplest of functions.
Maybe I missed a post but how can you just scan an image or photo and put it in your photo gallery rather than this ridiculous image garden. I can't cut or paste any of the scanned documents into the photo file. I don't want some Acrobat file, I want just to be able to click in the photo file. I also regret wasting my money. What a joke, this was supposed to be a solid printer purchase. Does anyone know a way around their ridiculous garden? I feel like planting this thing right where it will do the most good.
I bought this printer to be able to customise & label my disc's with my logo but unable to do so via image garden... Contacted the help desk a few weeks ago yet had no reply... I am very frustrated & dissapointed with my purchase. If anyone has any advice on how I can design my own disc from a blank template then that would be greatly appreciated
I find Image Garden to be a miserable and unprofessional piece of software for an otherwise wonderful machine.
It seems to be the ONLY way to print CD/DVDs on the Canon printers, therefore I have had to muscle my way through this lousy interface.
My basic procedure:
-In Photoshop, create 2100px X 2100px (7in X 7in @ 300ppi) with white background. The size is much larger than the media, but Img Garden doesn't allow images to be scaled up at all--even slightly, but scaling down works.
-(optional) Make a circle selection within the bounds of the image area and apply a stroke of a few pixels to act as a guide. Note--make sure that you turn off the visibility of this layer before saving as a jpg.
-Add artwork (images, logos, type, etc.) Avoid the center of the image area, this is for the media (CD/DVD) hub.
-Saved the layered document (.psd, for editing if necessary), then save as a jpg.
-Open Image Garden.
-Select "My Art"
-Choose "Disc Label"
-Theme: Standard; Background: None.
-Layout: I choose the blank, transparent one; about the 7th selection in my version.
**IMO, next is where the usability of the program really takes a nose dive**
-In the side panel, navigate to your artwork, and SINGLE-CLICK to select it. You should get a small thumbnail at the top of the work area; if you double click, you will see a large image that fills the work area.
-In the side panel, navigate (scroll) back to your Disc Label and select it. If you haven't named it, it will be something like "New Disc Label (1)"
-Drag the thumbnail of your artwork onto the disc in the work area. You should see a little widget that allows you to scale and move the image within the confines of the disc face. It is a clumsy tool; no finesse, constraints, or alignment options that I have found.
-At this point, you can enter additional text (with an extremely limited font set). I often add dates or revisions here, rather than the original image. This text can be moved and resized.
-The program saves automatically, so if you make an error, UNDO before closing or even selecting another label.
-Now should be ready for printing.
Again, I feel this software is terribly unfriendly and counter-intuitive. I find myself having to wade through this process; making several frustrating mistakes along the way everytime I use it.
I hope this helps!
I should have stayed with EPSON. The only reason I purchased this printer was to print DVD labels. I have wasted a couple of hours just trying to input an image, any image into my project! I'm beyond frustrated!
Absolutely appaling programme. It is far worse that the previous Canon software and seems to serve no useful purpose. Image Garden imposes itself on the user by running at Startup and is, therefore, difficult to uninstall. It is also a very large programme and makes the whole computer run slowly. It is acting more like a virus than a useful piece of software. Canon should provide an uninstall package to remove it.
I loathe My Image Garden, as well. I want to simply scan and be able to open scans in Windows Live Photo Gallery. I know little about the technology. Hence, does anyone know how to do this?
Good, it comes when you turn the computer on.
How do you turn off Image Garden? I don't want to use it. I want my images/documents to simply scan into my documents folder.
I don't know why but you can't uninstall it.
I can't believe that Canon distributed such poor software. My Image Garden takes forever to load, and then it is so limited on customization. Not only that, but for something that is aimed at those that probably don't know what they are doing, it is very counter intuitive. My printer is great, the software is terrible. I bought it mainly to print CD/DVD labels and I'm glad I was able to find a link to the old software, which works so much better. For those that need it - here is a link http://software.canon-europe.com/software/0030999.asp
I TOTALLY AGREE WITH EVERYTHING - including the reason why I bought the printer.