Guide to Transparencies

Transparency : What is it?


Transparencies are sheets of clear paper used for displaying images on overhead projectors. They are usually made of celluloid and coated with a special backing, which allows it to absorb dyes from pens or printers. They are usually designed for computer printers, but most can also be written on with transparency markers.

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Types of Transparencies


Kinds of Transparencies include the following:

Inkjet transparencies

  • Inkjet transparencies are designed to hold liquid ink from inkjet printers.
  • They take longer to print and dry, but usually provide the best color and clarity.

Laser transparencies

  • Laser transparencies absorb laser beams and toners from laser printers.
  • They print faster than inkjet transparencies, but are more expensive and offer limited color options.

Copier transparencies

  • Copier transparencies are designed to withstand heat from plain-paper copy machines.
  • They have fast print rates and are commonly used to reproduce images printed on regular paper.

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Choosing Transparencies (Buying tips)

Heat resistance: Choose a transparency that can withstand heat from printing without melting or blotting the ink. Look for thick but clear sheets with firmly applied coating.

Drying time:
Choose a transparency that absorbs ink quickly to prevent smudging. Choose a laser or copier transparency for printing high-resolution images, because liquid ink can smudge or blot when applied in multiple layers.

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