5 Tips for Printing with a Selphy

printing with a selphyI see questions asked all the time on how to print certain things with the Selphy printer. I figured it was time for me to share all the things that I have learned about my Selphy since I’ve had it.

The Selphy is an awesome little printer for the price that you pay for her and she gets the job done but she does have a few drawbacks that might drive you crazy, depending on how particular you are.

#1 the Selphy does not print true 4×6 photos. You will get prints that are just a hair shy of 6 inches. Now this doesn’t bother me at all especially considering how I use my Selphy. My Selphy is a project printer for me. I mainly use her when I’m doing 30 days of thankful, December daily, LOAD or if I take some photos that I just want to scrap immediately. Using my Selphy this way helps me get these projects completed and keeps my scrappy self happy. I also don’t feel it’s economical to print everything with my Selphy. I do bulk printing through Shutterfly and persnickety prints.

#2 printing two 3×4’s can be done but remember they won’t be full 3×4’s as the Selphy does not print a true 4×6. Again this is not something that bothers me a great deal. Their are many ways that you can get this done depending on the apps that you want to use. The free app that I use to get this job done is pic stitch because it is the easiest app to remove the border. You can also use the project life app in the collage feature. When printing the photos from your phone to your Selphy you need to choose the borderless option so that you can get as close to a 3×4 photo as possible. You also have to make sure that the area of your photos are within the main area of the 3×4 so that you don’t end up cutting off parts that you want in the photo.

#3 printing 4×4 or instagram photos can be done with your Selphy as well. If you have an iPhone you can simply crop down your photo to square size open your Selphy app and choose the bordered option to print it. Now you aren’t going to get an exact 4×4 print but you are going to get a 3.5×3.5 print which is fine for me. When you trim your photo you can always leave a half inch white border around it if you need the photo to be an exact 4×4. If you don’t have an iPhone all you have to do is put your photo into a collage app or any app that allows you to crop your photo down to that 1:1 ratio/square size. For iPhone users that have their instagram photos saved into a folder you can just grab one of those photos with the Selphy app and print them by choosing the bordered option as well.

#4 printing 2×2 photos. Again this can be done but you aren’t going to get true 2×2 photos. You can use the pic stitch app to create 4 2×2 on a square photo which is the method that I used during my 30 days of thankful album or you can use the project life app and get 6 2×2 photos on a 4×6. I have used that method as well put you have to be prepared to have parts of your photo cut off which is fine as long as you plan ahead of time and place your photo in each block correctly. Either method works just fine if you use the pic stitch method you have to make sure that you print the photo as bordered and if you use the project life method you have to make sure you print the photo as borderless.

#5 If you don’t have WIFI you are not able to print wirelessely with the Selphy printer. I tried to use my hotspot one day when our internet was down and that was a no go for me. Canon also has not created software drivers for Windows 8 computers which means that if you want to use your Selphy with your computer that has Windows 8 this is not currently an option. I can tell you that you have more control with printing your photos through the computer software but I have managed to deal with this issue for months.

Well their you have it all my tips on how to get photos printed with your Canon Selphy and your iPhone. Once you know how to print your photos you won’t waste paper and you can get your photos printed quickly and easily. I have learned all these tips through trial and error on my part! One last tip if you are looking for a Selphy printer paper the best deal that I have found for it has always been on Amazon and if you are shopping for a Selphy the best deal I have found for one has also been on Amazon.  You can grab the iPhone app by clicking here so that you can print from your iPhone.

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Now that you have all my tips about the Selphy I am hoping that you came to me from Karen’s site where she shared a Year in Review layout that has room for 12 pictures!

Next up on the blog circle is Jen and she is sharing how you can meet your design goals this year with a freebie that she has for you.



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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Jen W.

    thanks for that! I have a canon selphy and i love that I can take it on vacation with me but as a back-up, I can create the photos as you described and just send to walgreen 1 hour photo while on vacation too.
    Great info! Hugs!

  2. Debbie Henderson

    Hi, I ran across your post through Pinterest. I have tried numerous times to find the correct apps and how to’s on printing the photo’s on my iPhone and can not get it to work. Do you have a tutorial on what you use for apps and how to to print from an iPhone? I would love the steps to get this to work for me. My email is debbiesdesigns2009@gmail.com Thanks!

    1. Beth

      Hi Debbie I have tons of videos on my YouTube video that should help you out.

  3. Chris Holloway

    I have read another post about this topic at another blog but it was not this much detailed. You made this post easy to read putting them in 5 different tips. It was a great read. 🙂

    1. Beth

      Thank you Chris I try and write thing as detailed as possible. I’m so glad that it helped you.

  4. David

    This is really helpful post to know about selphy printer. I hope your information will help people those who are trying to buy a printer for their personal use. Thanks

  5. Janet

    The width of postcard sized Canon Selphy paper is 3.94 inches.

    If you want a square photo you don’t need to add white border, just print all the way to the edge and your photo will be 3.94×3.94in instead of 3.5×3.5in.

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