I have heard a lot about printed images on cookies but is there a thread that would help me with your experience and recommendations on what printers work best and last longest and where to get ink and anything else that I don't know enough to ask about? Thanks so much! eric
I have a Canon MX700 right now, love it, but think there are newer models. Get my sheets and ink from Icing Images, great folks. If you go to their website, it will give you a list of printers you can consider. I have great fun with eis on cookies. HTH
Thanks again Linedancer for the kind words. Here is some info I placed on previous posts that should help you: A few things to consider. Make sure you do not over purchase. Obviously you have a computer cause you are on CC So, the need for an all in one should only be considered if you dont have a scanner or if you are low on space. If you have a scanner and space is not an issue, then you want only an edible printer. Again, you dont want to spend your money on redundant equipment. It is always best to use your system with a computer, both an all in one and a printer can be connected to your computer. If attached to your computer, you are your only limitiation to the images you can produce. Keep in mind that this is an"output" process only. You can print anything once you get it in to your computer. Its just like printing regular pictures except you are using a printer that uses edible ink and edible paper.
Next consideration...Canon vs. Epsons. Canons have been around the longest in edible printing. It is choosen by the manufacturers because it has a removable printhead which can be cleaned if it gets clogged. If it ever gets an unbeatable clog, you can replace that part without replacing the entire system. Epsons cannot do this. You will find that people love and hate both systems, but remember people use it differently and can take care of it differently and have different suppliers of ink and paper which will all yeild different results. So...this is a good start but keep in mind the love/hate relationships are only as good as the ink and how often the person prints.
So now what???? Listen to the CC people to help stear you in the right direction then interview companies who will supply you. First consideration is Quailty, service and reliability. You can have a company who has awesome ink, but when you call them they do not know what they are talking about, or they give you poor service...likewise you can have a company who gives you awesome service, but their products are horrible! You need both. After people from CC give you their advice on companies, call the companies. Talk to them. What is your gut reaction. Ask for samples of their printed work. It is best to supply your own picture since anything can look good if it is not comparied to the original. How fast to they ship to you and how long does it take to get to you? Once you get the sample, look at the icing sheet. Do you like it and if you dont, do they have other types of icing sheets. How does it taste? Does the company offer the icing sheets in sizes that suite your needs? Inks....how vibrant are the colors. Nothing will be exact, but you can get extremely close in colors. How vibrant are the inks. Regarding clogs, every edible ink will clog. It is the nature of the ink since the chemicals that you need to put in to it to prevent clogging are not edible. How hard are the clogs to remove.
Price...you will find most of us are within a few dollars from us. This is a small part of it actually because the cost per print is what you want to look at. Do not ask the company for the cost per print as everyon will determine that differently. Figure it out for yourself. Take the cost of the ink cartridge, divide it by the number of prints per set (This will vary on usage so try and get an average if you can) once you get this figure ad the cost per icing sheet and this will be your cost per print. You will see that most of us companies are within pennies. So find out the ease of refilling. Refilling is what saves you the most money on your ink but your icing sheet cost will stay fixed. But even though you will see close similairties, I wanted to be sure that you can see for yourself the variation.
If you shop this way, you will be happy. Edible printing is soooo much fun. The sky is the limit. Every day someone comes up with other ideas to use an edible printer. So enjoy and have fun.
If you are interested I can tell you about my company, but my reason for answering this was to help you in your search, not necessarily sway you to one company or another. I have over 10 years of experience working with these edible printing personally and I have helped people make the decision that was right for them. Always know whatever you choose, if you have questions no matter what company you choose, I will be glad to assist you in any way I can.
Debbie, what program do you recommend using with edible images? I've wondered how one can take a backround and put a photo in it without it looking like it's superimposed. Any ideas?
Thank you for the info!
I don't know why I didn't get an email that my question was responded to.
Please send me your info. I need some idea of what it will cost to get into this, and also is it feasible to offer a service to sell printed images to those who don't want to make the investment? I make handmade copper cookie cutters (ecrandal.com) and wonder if the printers are too fussy to print high production. Can't wait to hear from you.
Thanks again, eric