Best Edible Image Printer, Paper Etc?

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Mybearsbaby Posted 7 Mar 2015 , 6:31pm
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Hi all! I apologize for starting another thread, as I am sure that this has probably been discussed a million times before. I did a forum search, but the first million (I am exaggerating of course) threads were from 2005-2010. I couldn't find a button on this new site design to sort by date, so here it goes:

I am looking into buying an edible image printer, paper and ink, and would like some current information. 

What system would you recommend? 

Is there a good one for under $200? 

Should I buy the printer, ink and paper separate, or buy one of the bundles from somewhere like Amazon? 

Speaking of paper, what is the best paper to use? 

Thank you in advance :)

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sharonsamazingcakes Posted 7 Mar 2015 , 7:47pm
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I bought my system from KopyKake online (inks, printer & paper) and think they are the best. I used ink from another company once & it was terrible. Canon range of printers work well for me but they can be fussy. I have never tried the other option which is Epson but maybe someone else can advise.

icingimages Posted 14 Mar 2015 , 9:04pm
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Hi there,

You are right there is a lot of information out there and companies like ours do always make innovations to our products always improving products and offering services to improve our customers experience.

Canon all the way.  It has a removable printhead that helps you should you have a clog in you printhead. Epsons do not.  This means that if you do get a nasty clog, you may not be able to get it out in the Epson which means your printer becomes unrepairable. 

THat being said, the Canon MG5620 is the most recent.  You can chose to buy products individually which is the least expensive.  If you buy a printer from a company, only do so if they offer a decent warranty as that, service and quality products are the key decision factors when purchasing.

You do have to pay for quality and some inks are cheap.  But make sure that they have a good reputation and offer quality color and service.  Make sure that your inks have some sort of alcohols in them as that is what keeps your inks pure and helps to retain color after printing. 

Icing Sheets are different.  We sell two very different brands.  We use to sell three, but no one bought it so we no longer offer it.  Lucks is our thinner brand and is a quality icing sheet.  Our Premium Icing Sheet is purchased 99% over our other sheets.  It is a flexible icing sheet that is more durable and cracks less than other icing sheets. The Premium Icing Sheet also tastes great.

Also you have to have choose a company that offers printing programs that allow you to print accurately and easily on your sheets.

I will be glad to answer any questions you may have. 



miebelle Posted 19 Mar 2015 , 5:57pm
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To Icing Images,

I am interested in getting more information on making a purchase for an edible printing system. Please email me at [email protected]


To Mybeasbaby

Thank you for asking the question. This has saved me some time. Hope you find what you're looking for.


Thank You,

Mariana

Mie Belle


scrumptiouseats Posted 22 Mar 2015 , 6:57pm
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Thank you @Mybearsbaby  for asking.  I've looked on here a few times only to find 5 year old information as well.  Now that I'm ready to get serious and purchase something, I'd love more information from you, @icingimages                

What is your website so I can order the sheets and inks?  Please tell us more about the "companies that offer printing programs".  I am ready to add this service of customized cupcake toppers and customized cookies to my catering and baking business but am new to the technology of edible image printing, so any information you can share would be helpful.  

Thank you!!




scrumptiouseats Posted 22 Mar 2015 , 7:00pm
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I also meant to ask @icingimages  if you feel the Canon MG5620 is the best choice of printers on the market right now for this purpose?  You say it is the newest, but not sure you are recommending it? 

Thanks for any  input on that, too!

sharonsamazingcakes Posted 23 Mar 2015 , 1:27pm
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For persons looking to purchase a printer for edible images, I should let you know that the printers that use the chip technology inks, the ink cartridges are not easily refilled & replaced. I only found out about this after I bought my printer. It seems these 'chip ink cartridge' printers monitor ink levels by reading the number of pages printed and not the amount of ink actually in the cartridge. Thus when the cartridges are empty, you can't just refill them & replace as the chip will still be telling the printer that the cartridge is empty.

There are various methods online for getting the printer to ignore the chip after refilling but I have not tried any of them as the ink always finishes when I am printing & at that time I do not have the time to try the methods suggested. Consequently, I have been using new ink cartridges in my printer instead of refilling. 

Otherwise my Canon printer is working great.

icingimages Posted 23 Mar 2015 , 2:01pm
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Hi There,

There are two basic printers that are good on the market and it will depend on what you are looking for.  Both printers are on our website, www.icingimages.com while we sell the printers, we also put the model number for your convenience.  Keep in mind we will not carry a product that we do not recommend.  There is a wide format printer as well as a standard size printer.  The standard printer prints up to 8.5x14.  The wide format prints the11.75" x 16.25" and all sizes below.

In regards to chipped technology.  This has been around for several years.  It is a counter to know how many images you have printed.  But the technology for refilling has also changed.  The cartridges that we sell can be reset.
So alot depends on where you are buying your cartridges.  I can tell you that our cartrdiges are refillable and the chip is easily reset by pushing a button on your printer and proceeding.

Regarding printing images, what questions do you have? I will be glad to answer.

Thank you!

icingimages Posted 3 Apr 2015 , 5:54pm
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We have been using the Canon printers for 15 years.  The latest version allows you to pull the icing sheet from a bottom feeder rather which curls the icing sheet. The older Canons pulled the icing sheets from the back of the printer.  If you use quality icing sheets you will be able to use the printer successfully with out problem.  We have used this type of printer that pulls from the bottom tray SUCCESSFULLY for several years now.  Quality does bring good results.  Quality ingredients in inks are just as important. Adding proper preservatives no matter whether you have a sponge/wick or not inside your cartridge does not matter as bacteria can grow anywhere.  It does not need a sponge to grow, but again, adding proper preservative prevents that sponge.  Not having a sponge inside your cartridge doesn't prevent it.

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ConnieCakes14 Posted 3 Apr 2015 , 6:10pm
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I purchased the new canon MG5620 bundle two weeks ago from ebay. It came with a pack of Luck's edible sheets, a pack of rice paper sheets, and full edible ink cartridges for $191.29. So far it is doing a really good job printing out colorful and vibrant pictures.

Lynnette13 Posted 3 Apr 2015 , 6:21pm
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I wanted to ask a question from above that was touched on but not answered.  What are image programs  are there and how do they work?  Which one is best?  I was offered a deal at the Austin cake show a couple of months back and I was unsure.  I guess I should have jumped at it due to costs out there!!

icingimages Posted 3 Apr 2015 , 6:47pm
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That is a great deal!!! Lucks is a great icing sheet and the printer is one that we recommend! 

Icing Images

www.icingimages.com
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Icing Images
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Read more at http://www.cakecentral.com/forum/t/783423/best-edible-image-printer-paper-etc#gIYJlVKrfzw4bshU.99
Icing Images
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Read more at http://www.cakecentral.com/forum/t/783423/best-edible-image-printer-paper-etc#gIYJlVKrfzw4bshU.99

icingimages Posted 3 Apr 2015 , 7:14pm
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Quote by @Lynnette13 on 26 minutes ago

I wanted to ask a question from above that was touched on but not answered.  What are image programs  are there and how do they work?  Which one is best?  I was offered a deal at the Austin cake show a couple of months back and I was unsure.  I guess I should have jumped at it due to costs out there!!

Hi there,

There are several different programs out there.  I can tell you about our programs.  iPrint is a web based program that was designed specifically for edible printing on Icing Sheets.  It allows you to do all the basic functions that you would expect like adding text, shadows on texts, adding special effects, adding frames and mattes etc.  In addition, it allows you to print multiple images on the circles.  So for example, if you choose to print on 2" circles that have 15 different precut circles, then you can upload your pictures and pic different parts of the same picture to go within those 15 circles or you can choose images from different pictures to print. So you could have 15 different pictures on each one of those 15 precut circles.  Also, the program is web based which means every time we update the program, you get the changes and they the program is FREE for our customers who use our Premium Icing Sheets!

iPrint also works with other programs that we have.  Our Template Designer and iDesigns.  Our Template Designer allows you to create any template you want to print on any brand of icing sheet.  If you want to create special sizes, special collages, or print on another brand of icing sheets, you can do that with the Template Designer.  iDesigns is the best and that was what was offered to you at Austin.  That is an amazing program.  Also web based, it is a collection of over 1600 different images that are licensed for edible use.  This program allows you to create endless boards that match up end to end so there are no seams that do not match up with in the patterns.  It adds lines so you know where to cut strips to create boarders.  You can also copy those designs in to the iPrint program and create matching cupcake toppers as well.  All are organized in folders and we even have high level decorators and  Certified Master Sugar Artists who have shared their favorites as well. 

The show specials that were offered for the iDesigns at Austin were great deals, are you going to any other shows? Also, if you sign up for emails on our website and like us on facebook, we often times put these promotions on.

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theresagallegos Posted 3 Apr 2015 , 9:10pm
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I bought a Cannon CC7 from www.ink4cakes.com

Love it. We only use the supreme icing sheets to print

FondantDreams Posted 8 Jun 2015 , 12:17pm
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I bought the Canon MG5320 and I've not used it much but it's stopped working. It seems this is a serious issue with this model and a law suit out on it regarding the print head. Mine is trash now and it's not that old. I'm really ticked and looking for a different brand than Canon now. What about other brands and are there some JUST for edible image printing? I can't spend as much as I did on a bundle and have it break after only about 20 images.

icingimages Posted 8 Jun 2015 , 2:22pm
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Hi there, I have never run across the problem you are referring to. Let's see if we can help you. Can you please email [email protected] and specifically ask that Tina handle this for you as per Debbie. While there are other brands of printers the most important thing to remember is that touchable to use your printer regularly. If you do not no matter what brand you have you will not get your money's worth and it will most likely cause you frustration. So if you are not going to print regularly we strongly suggest that you purchase prints from someone else. We at Icing Images offer that service. once you start printing regularly then you want to invest in a printer. We have worked with other printers but we always end up back at Canon. Epsom printers do not have removable print heads and eve with the contraptions that are out there we still find  Canon  to be the best option. No brand is perfect, but because we service the printers we sell you better believe that we only recommend the best since we want to have a low rate of problems which we have found with our inks and the Canon printers. Please let me know if you have further questions. 

FondantDreams Posted 8 Jun 2015 , 5:31pm
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I had been using it regularly and had done so just the weekend before (4-5 days earlier) with success. I know how to remove the printer head and clean it properly. What do you know about the lawsuit on the Canon MG5320? From our research, there are quite a few people who have had the exact same issue as we did. We turned it on and we got the message that we had the wrong print head, replace and try again. No matter what we did or what others did (even bought a brand new print head) the message stayed the same.  It seems to be an issue with this version of Canon but it certainly makes me pause when other Canon models are being offered. I'm currently researching it and it seems other's are fine with the other Canon models so I'm considering. Thank you for your answer.

 

icingimages Posted 8 Jun 2015 , 5:46pm
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we sold a lot of that model and did not run into that. I really have not researched the issue at all. I am assuming you called  canon. I would call them even if its out of warranty especially if there is a pending lawsuit. I think it's just one of those small percentage of problems because we haven't seen it and we have sold a LOT of those. Did you call tuba at our office? 

SensationalCakesAndMore Posted 9 Jun 2015 , 11:53am
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@icingimages, how often should I be planning to print edible images to get a printer? Weekly? Daily? Monthly?

icingimages Posted 9 Jun 2015 , 1:13pm
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If I am understanding your question right, you want to be printing every week to two weeks.  That is with our inks.  Other companies require more you to print more frequently than that. 

FancyCakes1 Posted 16 Jun 2015 , 10:43pm
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@icingimages, I am new to the edible printing world... Would you be able to send me more information also on your cannon printer (MG5620) as well as ink and paper? I live in Bermuda, an island in the Atlantic. I would be very interested to know if you can ship internationally and what the costs would be. Please email me at [email protected]. Thank you :)

icingimages Posted 17 Jun 2015 , 12:21am
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Hi FancyCakes1,

The 5620 is actually out of date.  He 6620 is the latest model.  Here is the link on our site and they are actually on sale right now!  http://www.icingimages.com/edible-ink-printers  We do ship to Bermuda but the rates are based on the weight and size of what you are ordering as well as the destination.  It is best to email [email protected] with specific questions.  Generally, the printer would hook up to your computer and you can use any software to print on the 8.5x11, however we do have free web based software to help you print all the sizes we print.  Here is the link to our free program iPrint: http://www.icingimages.com/iprint  The printer can be hooked up to your computer but it can also be used as a copier and it would copy on to the edible paper.  It can be used wirelessly or wired as well.  We have used this printer for a while and found a lot of success with it. When you place your order, we will be able to tell you how much your shipping will be, but we never process the order till we have confirmation from you that everything is acceptable to you.  I hope this has helped.  Denise at the [email protected] is very helpful!

Thank you so much

Mybearsbaby Posted 17 Jun 2015 , 5:07pm
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What are Yalls thoughts on the canon MG5522 and canon MG6620? 

And if printers discontinue a certain printer, can I use ink refills? For my current budget, I need one that is under $200, and I found a good deal on Amazon. 

Also, what is the difference in wafer paper sheets and icing sheets? 

icingimages Posted 18 Jun 2015 , 3:06pm
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Be careful what you buy on Amazon with edibles. The printers are fine but you want to buy the supplies from a reputable company. The ink and the paper are what matters the most and you can buy cheaper ink but it will only buy you problems with clogging and problems with colors not being that good. In edible ink you do get what you pay for. So either of those printers are fine. Don't worry about discontinued models I think both of those printers use the same ink. The cheapest way to get a printer is to buy the printer only on Amazon throw away the inks that are not edible or sell them but either way get rid of them so you don't accidentally use them. Purchase the edible ink and paper from a reputable edible company like ours and the. Print away!!! What you won't get is an edible warranty. But we help all our customers whether the printer is purchased form us or not, we just can't warranty it!  Also icing images has iPrint free for our customers who use our premium icing sheets. This program is designed for edible printing and will allow you to print on our sheets. There are upgrades to the program but all the basic printing features are free. I hope this helps you!

icingimages Posted 18 Jun 2015 , 3:06pm
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Be careful what you buy on Amazon with edibles. The printers are fine but you want to buy the supplies from a reputable company. The ink and the paper are what matters the most and you can buy cheaper ink but it will only buy you problems with clogging and problems with colors not being that good. In edible ink you do get what you pay for. So either of those printers are fine. Don't worry about discontinued models I think both of those printers use the same ink. The cheapest way to get a printer is to buy the printer only on Amazon throw away the inks that are not edible or sell them but either way get rid of them so you don't accidentally use them. Purchase the edible ink and paper from a reputable edible company like ours and the. Print away!!! What you won't get is an edible warranty. But we help all our customers whether the printer is purchased form us or not, we just can't warranty it!  Also icing images has iPrint free for our customers who use our premium icing sheets. This program is designed for edible printing and will allow you to print on our sheets. There are upgrades to the program but all the basic printing features are free. I hope this helps you!

icingimages Posted 18 Jun 2015 , 3:07pm
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Be careful what you buy on Amazon with edibles. The printers are fine but you want to buy the supplies from a reputable company. The ink and the paper are what matters the most and you can buy cheaper ink but it will only buy you problems with clogging and problems with colors not being that good. In edible ink you do get what you pay for. So either of those printers are fine. Don't worry about discontinued models I think both of those printers use the same ink. The cheapest way to get a printer is to buy the printer only on Amazon throw away the inks that are not edible or sell them but either way get rid of them so you don't accidentally use them. Purchase the edible ink and paper from a reputable edible company like ours and the. Print away!!! What you won't get is an edible warranty. But we help all our customers whether the printer is purchased form us or not, we just can't warranty it!  Also icing images has iPrint free for our customers who use our premium icing sheets. This program is designed for edible printing and will allow you to print on our sheets. There are upgrades to the program but all the basic printing features are free. I hope this helps you!

icingimages Posted 18 Jun 2015 , 5:31pm
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Please be careful when deciding on what supplies you will buy. Our icing sheets work with  Canon printers including the ones that pull from the bottom. It is what we sell and what we use so we know it is dependable. Please always feel free to call us toll free at 888-442-4648 With any questions and we will be glad to assist you in any way!

scrumptiouseats Posted 18 Jun 2015 , 6:32pm
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@icingimages, what is your experience with the bottom loading Canon?  This appears to be what the newest Canon is?  @Slamdunkbear's link talks about problems with cracking of the edible paper due to the 180º turning of the paper in the machine.  This sounds like a logical problem, but sounds like your sheets perhaps do not have a problem in this type of machine?  Wow, there is so much to consider before buying.  Thank you for the great information so far!

icingimages Posted 18 Jun 2015 , 9:50pm
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scrumptiouseats we do NOT have the problems that slam dunk was talking about. Our premium icing sheets are know for their flexibility as well as to their versatility. We use everything we sell and would not be able to use it in house if we have those problems. icing Images is known for our quality products by top level decorators, if you view our website you will see high profile decorators who endorse our products because we know what we are doing. We stand behind our products and our products are reliable. I know other companies use them without problem as well. Not sure why slamdunk has those problems. We have been selling those printers since they came out with complete success. View our Facebook as well. 

icingimages Posted 18 Jun 2015 , 9:54pm
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Also the paper is going around a roller bar and while it ends up creating a 180, it is not doing it directly. The turn is gradual. Our paper is also know for not cracking. You can take our icing sheet and roll it in your hand creating a roll simulate to a paper towel roll just fine without any problems. Again quality products resist problems and that is how we do business

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