Canon S800

The S800's printer driver lets you quickly set the optimum settings for your print job by selecting from one of these icons for: Standard, SuperPhoto, DTP, Camera or Draft. The driver "knows" what cartridge is in the printer and will automatically select the best media type but can be overridden by selecting a different type of media from the drop-down list. Those that like to "fine tune" things to their own liking can do so by clicking on the Advanced button. Click here for the Advanced driver screens.

The Page Layout options let you select the paper size, orientation (portrait, landscape), printing type (normal-size, scaled, poster, banner), enable background printing (default), number of copies, printing order and collate options.

The Stamp/Background page lets you select an overlay stamp to print on your pages. Choose from Draft, Important, Confidential, Secret or define your own. You may also select a background image.

The Maintenance page lets you clean the print heads with options for a regular cleaning cycle or a "deep" cleaning cycle for really clogged heads. There is also an option for cleaning the feed rollers as well as aligning the heads.

The Advanced page lets you fine tune the selected print settings, most users will probably only use the Quality slider to increase (Fine) or decrease (Fast) the output resolution. You can also enable or disable the Image Optimizer or Photo Optimizer PRO enhancements. for more of the Advanced driver options.   

The Special Effects page lets you change your image by sliding the contrast control you can semi-solarize it. Or choose one of the Monochrome Effects like Sepia, Blue, Pink, Green or custom mix your own color.

The Color page lets you completely control the output of the ink with sliders for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. The Output Style can be Accurate or Vivid, brightness can be Light, Normal or Dark and you can control the Intensity as well.

Once you have all of your custom options selected you can go to the Save page and create your own custom printing mode icon that will appear on the Main page for easy selection.

This is the "pop up" that comes up whenever you are actively printing a job. It displays the printer name, document being printed, the time it started, the progress, number of pages printed, which cartridge is being used and whether or not there are any low ink tanks.

Click on the Ink Information tab to display this screen that graphically shows the status of each of the printer's ink tanks.

When one of the tanks is low the tanks will have a yellow exclamation mark over it to let you know that it needs to be replaced soon. The ink warning first comes on when there is still some ink remaining so you won't run out in the middle of a printout and waste a sheet of costly photo paper.

Here's the low Photo Magenta ink tank after I finished the current print job. The chamber on the left side is full of ink when the tank is new. As you can see it drained the left chamber completely and the foam-filled side that feeds the head is very close to empty. I printed 42 full-page 8 x 10-inch and six 4 x 6-inch photos before I received a low ink warning for the Photo Magenta ink tank. I replaced it and then printed one more 8 x 10 before receiving a low ink warning on the Photo Cyan tank.