Printing Decals

Last night I used the Microsoft Paint program and printed out a picture
of decals I found on the net. The decals I wanted had the words NAVY in
white on them. I wanted to use them for the F9F Panther I just completed.
I printed them out on decal paper and prayed it with decal spray. After it
dried I cut the white NAVY out and put it water. When I slipped the decal
off it's backing it was completely clear. For some reason my printer did
not print the NAVY white. It looks like my printer printed the background
color (dark white) but did not actually print the words NAVY. The letters
NAVY were created but not by actually printing NAVY in white, but by printed
everything else dark white.
So, has anybody else had this problem? How do I print out white decals?
Thanks!
Reply to
Von Fourche
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One word: Alps.
Ink Jet printers use transparent inks. They don't do white. There is no white ink in the print cartridge, right? So, It can't print something it doesn't have. Sorry.
I'm not sure what you mean by "dark" white. Gray?
In this type of situation, some people use white decal paper then print everything around the white lettering in the same color as the airplane. So, when you trim and apply the decal it will blend in with the airplane while the white lettering will be visible.
As you can see, making a decent decal is not as easy as just finding and printing an image. There are extra steps (like cleaning up the image) to be done first.
Peteski
Reply to
Peter W.
White is using no ink at all for an ordinary printer but there is a white decal paper about for standard printers.
I just did a Google search on 'white decal paper';
Richard.
Reply to
Richard Brooks
What type of printer? Inkjets do not print white, only background. Dye subs or ribbon wax printers CAN print white, but you need to put in the white ribbon or dye stick.
Reply to
Don Stauffer
Microscale makes a white deal paper. Be sure to get full sheets, as smaller sheets may not be compatible with certain laser printers. Some laser printers will print white on clear decal paper with excellent results. I have had good results with Kinko's. Alps IMHO is still the best for "printing white" as the alps printer has a white cartridge. Rotsa Ruck B
Reply to
Bruce Apple
It's an Inkjet. I had no idea they didn't print white.
Reply to
Von Fourche
Of course Alps is the best way to go but I thought that the original poster was using a standard deskjet or laser using the usual cyan/magenta/yellow and black inks setup.
The special invisible white cartridge lasts for ages though! ;-)
Richard.
Reply to
Richard Brooks
Heh.
Reply to
Al Superczynski
Really??? Which ones and how much do they cost?
Reply to
Al Superczynski
If you logically think about it - it makes sense. The print media is already white. And if you ever printed an inkjet transparency, you would notice that the ink is also transparent.
And have you ever tried printing something on black colored paper?
But I suppose that this is one of these things that people normally just don't think of...
Peteski
Reply to
Peter W.
It's always in hindsight, isn't it!
I should have added 'and when it does eventually run out, simply turn the printer upside down, remove the screws in the base, take the lid off and simply cut the stepper motor band to allow release of said cartridge.'
Richard.
Reply to
Richard Brooks
Could it be this misunderstanding ? ;-)
I feel a Stevie Wonder & Paul McCartney song coming on!
Richard.
Reply to
Richard Brooks
I don't have an Alps, so when I need white decals, I change background color in design to background color I am painting model. I then cut out the decal as close to lettering or whatever white area there is. Results depend on how well I match background but so far it has worked pretty well. I always keep in stock both clear and white paper.
Reply to
Don Stauffer
Now, that woudl be very silly.
Black & White printer *DOESN'T* imply that it actually prints using white ink!
Duh! :-)
Peteski
Reply to
Peter W.
Well, April 1st *IS* reported to be happening this year by chance.
Richard.
Reply to
Richard Brooks
Yeah, it makes sense. But what if the print media is black or some other color besides white? Does print media come in any other color besides white? I never paid attention, I always get plain white paper.
Reply to
Von Fourche
On Fri, 3 Feb 2006 14:21:12 -0600, Von Fourche wrote (in article ):
Then you'll get black text on black paper; at best it might be a slightly darker or lighter black.
On colored papers, the ink colors will be distorted. For example, if you have a photo of white clouds in a blue sky and print it on yellow paper, you'll get yellow clouds in a green sky. On red paper, it'll become red clouds in a purplish sky.
Yes, paper comes in hundreds of colors, textures, and pre-printed background & border designs: creams, browns, greys, pastels, neons, clouds, granites, award certificates, colored parchments, etc. You can find them at stationery and office supply stores.
Reply to
Wayne C. Morris

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