How to Print on Acetate Paper

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How to Print on Acetate Paper
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Acetate paper allows you to print transparency films to use on over head projectors, report covers for school or work projects or craft projects. Purchase clear acetate paper designed for use with an inkjet or laser printer to ensure a quality printed piece once you complete the project. Pre-cut acetate paper designed for use in home or office printers can be found in discount stores, office supply stores, or online.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Word processor or design software
  • Inkjet or laser printer
  • Acetate paper sheets

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lay out the design to print on the acetate paper in your word processor or other design program.

  2. 2

    Load the acetate paper into your printer. Make sure to remove any tissue separator sheets that may be placed between the pieces of acetate paper before loading into the printer. Load the acetate paper so that the rough side of the sheet is the side that will be printed on. Consult with your printer documentation or print a test sheet to be sure of proper placement in the printer.

  3. 3

    Select "Print" from the "File" menu on the toolbar of your software program. Within the print dialogue box, choose "Properties" to explore the options available on your printer. Many printers have a "Transparency" option available. Consult your printer documentation for more information about your printer's capabilities. Additional printing information can be found on the instructions that came with your package of acetate paper. After the appropriate settings have been determined in your printer properties, select "Print" to continue printing the file. For multiple page documents, print pages one at a time to prevent possible smudging.

  4. 4

    Handle the acetate paper carefully once your image has been printed. Hold it on the edges of the sheet to prevent possible smearing before the ink has been allowed to dry. Leave in the printer tray, or lay on a flat surface to allow the sheet to dry completely before handling. This could take up to 10 minutes.

  5. 5

    Repeat the process for any additional pages that may need to be printed. Allow all pages to dry completely before stacking.

Tips and warnings

  • To test the correct loading of your acetate paper, first load a plain sheet of paper into the printer. Use a pen to mark on the side of the paper visible to you once it has been loaded into the printer and print as normal. Note the placement of the mark you made on the printed sheet to determine which side of the page has been printed on.

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