Canon My Image Garden

Canon My Image Garden comments

Organizes, manages and prints photo images
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Guest 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.

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Guest 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 smile

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RJ 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!

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Guest 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!

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Guest 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.

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Guest 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?

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Guest Good, it comes when you turn the computer on.

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Guest 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.

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Guest I don't know why but you can't uninstall it.

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Guest 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

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Guest I TOTALLY AGREE WITH EVERYTHING - including the reason why I bought the printer.

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Guest I have found Canon Easy-Photo Print EX to be superior to Canon CD Label Print. I was unable to fill the entire disc with a particular picture in CD LabelPrint but Easy-Photo Print worked flawlessly. Maybe, a combination of both will please everyone.

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Juan Arguelles

Juan Arguelles Yeah, Canon My Image Garden is garbage!

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Guest Yes, 100% agree with the many complaints about the MIG software. It's terrible! But, folks, I have a simple answer. Get yourself a copy of Canon CDLabelPrint, which used to come with PIXMA printers, etc. I expect you can still get it through Canon Support Downloads. I've just got myself an iP7250, designed a label and printed it out fine. I'm using compatible cartridges (of course!) and the quality is brilliant. The previous printer was an iP4500 which included the label software as above. Good luck, everyone!

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Guest Image Garden takes forever to open and sometimes freezes! I have always used Canon printers and stand by them but this software is horrible.

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Guest This is my third comment of the evening. I followed other commenters in using Canon CD Label Print and it functioned perfectly with my new Canon MG7120. What led Canon to attach "The Garden" as software for printable DVDs is unfathomable!

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Guest I commented 25 minutes ago regarding my frustration with "The Garden." I can offer a partial solution. The software that came with my Canon Pixma MP-160 works quite well with MG7120. That software is Canon Easy-Photo Print EX. It is somewhat clunky when one loads a large library of .jpg files because they are difficult to scroll. Also, when substituting a .jpg file for the disc background, there is no way to shrink the file to show the entire file on the disc face.

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Guest I wish that I had read these comments prior to the purchase of my Canon MG7120. Image Garden (I would like to meet the person who dreamed up that name) is totally useless. I tried the printable DVD function in Nero 11 and, unfortunately, it prints a non-centered image on the top half of the DVD. Nero will not give me any assistance because I am one month out of warranty. What next?

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Guest Yeah have to agree with all the above. A case of good hardware destroyed by the software.

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