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« on: March 17, 2008 08:37:58 PM »

i normally go to kinkos or staples and they do it for me
but i decided to buy a few sheets of transparency paper to do it myself and it totally didn't work!

does this have to do with it being done on an inkjet or laser printer?

or is it something else?

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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2008 09:55:12 PM »

Did you check and make sure you printed it on the right side.

i normally go to kinkos or staples and they do it for me
but i decided to buy a few sheets of transparency paper to do it myself and it totally didn't work!

does this have to do with it being done on an inkjet or laser printer?

or is it something else?


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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2008 08:01:40 PM »

yeah i thought that might be it, so i checked to see if there was a glossier side, but it was hard to tell
is there a right side?
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2008 09:53:18 PM »

Yea it will feel more rough then the other side,the ones I usually use have a sticker along the top of the right side saying use this side for inkjet.

yeah i thought that might be it, so i checked to see if there was a glossier side, but it was hard to tell
is there a right side?
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2008 07:23:00 AM »

laserjet transparancies will work better as its more opaque as its toner rather than liquid. If you only have a inkjet then you could try reprinting it when its dry but alignment will be tricky or you could print 2 copies & tape together to make it more opaque! I tried these methods & i found it reallllllly fustrating so I just go a laserjet printer in the end  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2008 05:09:43 PM »

It shouldn't matter what side you print on. If you're printer doesn't use a toner I'd recommend printing the image then photocopying it onto the transparency. If the image is still slightly light you can just fill in with sharpie.
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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2008 05:43:39 PM »

I have an inkjet printer.  The transparencies that I use are multi-purpose, one side for inkjets and the other side is for copier and laser or something like that.  The box came with instructions on which side to print on for inkjet printers (it is marked with a white strip of tape).  When I printed they came out fine, dried really quick without any smearing.
I also read on this forum that printing two exact copies and taping them together made the print more opaque.  I did this for my first prints and they all came out fine, no patches or spots at all in the final print.
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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2008 11:04:52 PM »

hmm, so i'm going to assume its the inkjet printer that i used...because it came out really watery and basically it never dried.
but i'm going to try one more time, printing on both sides to see if one comes out better, and we'll see.
oh, and thank you all for you advice so far
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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2008 01:21:13 PM »

I recently decided to get a laser printer and I personally find that in the long run this is probably the best bet.  I got a really good deal on one, it was on sale for 100$ taxes in so as opposed to going and getting a copy center to do it, or the frustration of the ink jet that I had... this is well worth it.   Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2008 01:21:10 AM »

In the past, instead of printing on the transparency paper, I've printed on vellum, which works just as well.
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« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2008 11:58:35 PM »

so i tried printing on both sides and it was the same, they were both watery.
so, i'm assuming my inkjet printer is the problem.
but if i don't touch it, it doesn't smear at all and technically i could still use it for silkscreening...but thats kinda lame.
so, i think in the future i'll get a different type of printer...or maybe multi-purpose transparencies as empress_deva mentioned.
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