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  • How to print "transparent" transparencies?

    Hi,

    I was hoping that someone could point me in the direction of some info on how to print "transparent" transparencies.

    For example:
    Suppose I print a red square onto a clear transparency. With a "normal" printer, this will look like an opaque red square - you won't be able to see through it.

    What I am after is some sort of printing process which would result in the red square looking like a piece of red cellophane (i.e.) a way to dye the transparency and yet have it remain transparent.

    Does anyone know of such a printing technique?

    Thanks in advance.

    - Tim

  • #2
    Find a lab with a Durst Lambda or a Lightjet printer.
    You want a Duraclear print. The carrier is absolutely clear and the colors are just like you want.

    However, anything white in your image or your file will be clear. White clouds = clear.
    White t-shirt = clear.

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    • #3
      Thanks for the response.

      I looked up some info on those printers, and it seems that they are used for very high quality printouts, and are also high cost.

      Is there a low-quality low-cost alternative? I don't need to print out a photo, just some text and simple graphics.

      Thanks again.

      - Tim

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      • #4
        You can get laser compatible (and inkjet compatible) transparency sheets you can feed thru your printer. Any office supply store will have em. The colors are relatively translucent. Not completely transparent.

        Don't get the two confused. If you feed the inkjet transy thru your laser printer, the fuser will melt it and you'll have one hell of a mess.

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        • #5
          We use Duraclear for text and simple graphics too. Even though it is a photo process. I just did a big project where we mounted Duraclear to some large, clear acrylic panels.

          Unless you are using this for overhead projectors...
          Text on clear is very hard to read, depending on what's behind it.
          What is your application (use)?

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