Printing on Transparency Paper with a Mac.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by shippouk, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. shippouk macrumors regular

    May 2, 2010
    Printing on Transparency Paper with a Mac.

    Hi there
    I am having issues printing to transparency paper with my Mac.
    I am using a Epson DX5000 ink jet printer, with ink jet transparency paper.
    I've created my design at 600dpi (a little bit overkill I guess you could say).

    What I am doing is creating/printing (none coloured) black images that are then displayed using a projector.
    My problem is that I don't think enough ink is being printed onto the transparency paper and so when its displayed on to a wall you can see through the black ink too much and also the ink all looks cracked.
    This maybe also possibly caused by the fact that with ink jet transparency paper you print on the one side that has a rough type feel to it, that must have some kind of coating so that the ink dries on it correctly and doesnt just smear.

    here's a little image of what I mean.

    As you will see the image just isnt clear enough and light leaks through the black.
    You are only actually supposed to be able to see anything thats white. So thats only the white text around the outside and the white images in the middle. (this is a little hard to explain as of course a printer doesnt print white, what its actually doing it NOT printing the white sections at all, so this is where the light shines through)

    Ive tried numerous print settings when printing from Adobe Acrobat

    Print>Printer>Print Settings

    Media Type setting are:-
    Plain papers
    Epson Matt
    Epson Ultra Glossy
    Epson Premium Glossy
    Epson Premium Semi Gloss
    Epson Glossy

    Color settting are:-

    Print Quality setting (More and less appear depending on what type of paper you say you are using) are:-
    Fast Economy
    Super Fine
    Best Photo
    Photo RPM

    I assume that Photo RPM is the best setting and to be honest I'm not really sure which type of paper to choose?

    Ive tried many different settings, Ive tried printing in just Black, but that doesnt put out enough ink, I then tried printing in colour (even though my designs are just in black), it definitely produced on a page more ink, but still not enough.

    Does anyone have any suggestions here at all, I'm all out of ideas?

  2. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Did the transparencies come with any sort of print information sheet? If so, the settings you need might be on there.

    I have an older Epson printer that actually lets you select Ink Jet Transparencies as a paper option.

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  3. macthefork macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2013
    In addition to choosing the transparency media, also increase the resolution (Quality) in your settings. This will put down more ink on the media, and fill in more gaps. You'll go though ink faster, though.
  4. shippouk thread starter macrumors regular

    May 2, 2010
    No, there is no "transparency paper" option in my printer settings I'm afraid.

    Any further advise?

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