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« on: May 11, 2007 09:47:40 AM »

I'm having trouble getting really black images with ink jet printers and transparencies.
I've heard that copy machines and laser printers etc are much better. Does anyone know if ink jet transparencies work well in laser printers/copy machines? I don't wanna brake the one i have at work haha.

I've heard about printing out a image on regular paper and then dipping it in oil to make the white parts transparent and then using that as a transparency. Does this work well?

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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2007 10:29:12 AM »

Laser is the way to go if you want to print on a transparency.  If you don't have one, go to your local copy shop.  They'll have you fixed up in a minute.
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2007 10:58:35 AM »

you can always print 2 (or even 3) transparencies out and stapling them together...just make sure you line it up right.

« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2007 07:19:51 PM »

i put 3 transparencies together using an uhu stick (a glue stick brand).  it works really well and i get super detail using my inkjet!  just glue 2 together wait 5 minutes and glue down the last one. be sure to use lots of glue. the uhu brand is the best because it slides well when you are trying to position the transparencies.

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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2007 10:19:35 AM »

I print three copies of the same transparency on my laser and stack them.  I've always done that; I'm too chicken to try just one copy!

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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2007 09:16:47 PM »

ah thanks guys. I cant believe i didn't think of just stacking 3 on top of each other. I've been printing the same transparency over and over again, so that the ink gets more and more opaque and though it works, it still isnt as dark as my liking.
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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2007 10:13:31 AM »

THREE transparencies? ONE inkjetted transparency works fine for me  Shocked

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