I've used inkjet, ALPS and laser printers to make decals. The ALPS
decals win, simply because the printer can print white and metallic
colors and it can realign the paper accurately, allowing for well
That said, it's not hard to see why ALPS got out of the printer market -
the driver and the printer itself are not very good.
Inkjet decals will fade, the inks are translucent and the inkjet decal
films are thicker and harder to use than decal paper for laser and ALPS
printers (like the excellent paper sold by Tango Papa).
Laser printers can make fairly opaque decals, with some effort, but you
still can't print in white.
There's one promising method that allows you to make white decals on
laser printers called DecalPro:
It requires a color laser printer for color decals and it's a bit more
involved than the other methods, but at least you're not stuck with an
obsolete printer and dwindling supplies. You could also use the
materials and method to make photoetched parts and printed circuit
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