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Printing on Acetate?


Nstocks

Senior Member
#1
Hi,

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.
 
#4
Hmm not sure. There probably is, somewhere...

Looks like it: google.co.uk/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=Inkjet+Acetate&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&ei=myirTIT_AoL54Aa8hpXuBw
 

Nstocks

Senior Member
#5
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...
 

Tom Sound

Active Member
#7
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.