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Printing on Acetate?

Discussion in 'Printing & Print Design Forum:' started by Nstocks, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. Nstocks

    Nstocks Senior Member


    So I'm creating a site analysis, which includes a map of the city. I want to highlight the area of the city that are relevant to my topic i.e restaurant, pubs cafe etc. Instead of having 4,5 or 6 different colours on one page, I want to use 'layers' for each of the types of shop for instance. What I will end up with is 6 pages or more with 'random' colour fills that represent the type of building, overlaying the city map (black and white)

    I have some Acetate but the ink does not dry. Is there anywhere in the UK that I can buy A3 acetate? I understand that I can photocopy onto acetate, however that is not an option...

    Thank You
  2. You can 'laser' print onto acetate using a desktop printer (the same principle as photocopying), but inkjet can't penetrate the film to dry, like it does with paper.

    Or check with your local printshop.
  3. Nstocks

    Nstocks Senior Member

    Do you know if there is such as thing called ' Inkjet Acetate' or a plastic that is inkjet printable?

    Thank You
  4. Hmm not sure. There probably is, somewhere...

    Looks like it:
  5. Nstocks

    Nstocks Senior Member

    haha. I've heard that Staples sells it, but in the 2 stores I've been in, they don't stock any! I'm not sure if Staples would allow me to use their photo copier to print onto acetate though...
  6. wac

    wac Senior Member

    yes they do but it's notably more expensive than the laser stuff
  7. Tom Sound

    Tom Sound Active Member

    Hi Nathan, yes you can get it from a stationers as WAC suggests. Only thing to bear in mind is that it will have a coating on the printable side to take the inkjet ink. This gives a slightly milky look to the acetate. So worth checking in a shop before you buy. One or two sheets is fine but when you multiple layer it, the appearance gets more opaque.
  8. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

    I used to run it through a photocopier!
  9. ralphsaunders

    ralphsaunders Senior Member

    Someone did that at college a couple years ago... Repair bill was expensive.
  10. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

    Well, no one ever shouted at me!
  11. Renniks

    Renniks Senior Member

    I've always run it through the photocopier too (school, college & uni)

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