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Is this a good printer?

 
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We are looking for a new printer for transparencies. Does anyone know if Canon is a good brand for this? Specifically the PIXMA IP8720. TIA!
 
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We are looking for a new printer for transparencies. Does anyone know if Canon is a good brand for this? Specifically the PIXMA IP8720. TIA!
Should be ok, as long as it doesn't use thermal printheads ( they can sometimes cause tiny shrinkage in the film, which makes registration difficult).


Good ink and good film are as important as the printer.


One thing I noticed is that it uses a grey ink. You might end up being stuck with using genuine cartridges if you can't find a suitable replacement.
 
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Good ink and good film are as important as the printer.
it depends on the design.

For halftone CMYK separations a laser printer works best.
For everyting else, any printer will do. Exposure times will vary of course.
I've tried vellum paper, film, plain paper, dye-based ink... They all work.
 
 
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For halftone CMYK separations a laser printer works best.

Undoubtably a better print quality, but there can occasionally be the same shrinkage issues that occur with thermal heads on some films.



You are not comparing apples with apples. The cost of an A3+/13x19" laser printer is astronomical when compared to the price of the printer the OP asked about.
 
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Undoubtably a better print quality, but there can occasionally be the same shrinkage issues that occur with thermal heads on some films.
All films actually, but vellum and regular paper don't shrink when dry. I usually heat press them or pass them through the printer twice before actually printing.



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You are not comparing apples with apples. The cost of an A3+/13x19" laser printer is astronomical when compared to the price of the printer the OP asked about.
There is the initial price difference, but laser printers are more economical to run, and very fast. Also, people can go to the print shop... so there is no need to even buy a printer .



Anyway, the point was trying to make is that unless you do halftone CMYK separations any printer, any ink, and any translucent film/paper will do the job. Exposure times will vary of course.
 
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so there is no need to even buy a printer .



Anyway, the point was trying to make is that unless you do halftone CMYK separations any printer, any ink, and any translucent film/paper will do the job. Exposure times will vary of course.

Just providing a (partial) answer to the question posted.


You have to assume that if Jimbo wants to buy a printer he probably doesn't want to go to a printshop to buy films.


You also have to assume that if Jimbo buys a printer he probably wants to get the best from it, which means using good film and ink.


Most people on the forum will agree with you that there a various ways of successfully making a screen.
 
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Sure, it can work great....HOWEVER....you must be aware of the variables...
1. Use good film. Not the clear overhead projection sheets sold by Avery. The good stuff is not clear.
2. You need the recipe for a "enriched black" to get the greatest opacity.
 
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1. Use good film. Not the clear overhead projection sheets sold by Avery. The good stuff is not clear.
It doesn't actually matter if it's frosted or clear, as long as it it Mylar based. That's again for printing CMYK Process etc. Otherwise it doesn't actually matter.





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Most people on the forum will agree with you that there a various ways of successfully making a screen.
That's exactly what I'm saying, and I did not suggest buying a laser printer or going to the print-shop. I mentioned them as options.
What I'm actually suggesting is for people to use what they already have, or is convinient.
 






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