Both inkjet and laser printers are designed to print on a variety of media types from envelopes to labels, but one type of media that may not often be considered is transparency film. Transparency film is generally used with an overhead projector, and different models can print everything from text to full color images using either laser toner or inkjet cartridges, and can really jazz up a presentation.
The problem with transparency film is that if the process is not handled correctly, the results will be less than ideal, and in extreme cases, incorrect transparency film can even cause damage to your printer.
Choose the Right Media
Finding the proper transparency film for your model of printer is generally not difficult. The main consideration is to make sure you are using media designed for your specific printer type. For example, look for laser transparency film when using laser printers, and look for inkjet transparency film when using inkjet printers. For more on the differences between the two technologies, see Laser Printer vs. Inkjet Printer. If you want the most predictable results, you can even choose media created by the manufacturer of your printer.
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