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Print on black paper with Epson printer?

Mark Buchfuhrer , May 02, 2004; 12:51 a.m.

I am trying to print captions on black mounting paper with my Epson 1200. No matter what setting I use, the paper sucks up my ink (yellow or red) and the ink barely shows.

I do not want to print on white paper then paste it on the black mounting paper. Are there any black papers that can be used to print on?

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Steven Clark , May 02, 2004; 01:19 a.m.

In say the silkscreening process the only way to print on black is to print a white backing layer first so that the ink shows up.

Elliot N , May 02, 2004; 12:23 p.m.

Create a document in Photoshop with your colored text on a black background. Print on white paper. Cut out your caption, and stick to your black backing paper. Or is that what you don't want to do? I've done it for a portfolio. Looks good.

Mark Buchfuhrer , May 02, 2004; 03:49 p.m.

That would probably work, but it would be easier to print directly on the black paper and would of course use less ink. It is likely that I will do just that if I can't find the right black paper.

Steven Clark , May 03, 2004; 01:12 p.m.

I think you don't understand the idea of subtractive color. Ink will only make something darker. At best it might make something reflect more light, but only as an uncontrollable side effect. In other words you might be able to get some print visible on black paper but it's going to take gobs of ink to get any reasonable effect if any.

David Rossing , May 03, 2004; 01:13 p.m.

You aren't going to find a black paper that will print well. The problem is with the way the system works. Reflective systems depend on the white base to reflect whatever light is not absorbed by the dye (or pigment in your case) back to your eyes. A black paper won't reflect any light (or very little) so any ink will look bad.

Steven Clark , May 03, 2004; 01:14 p.m.

Now if you had an ink tank filled with bleach, that would be a different matter.

Mark Herring , May 03, 2004; 02:51 p.m.

Point already made about subtractive ink only making the print darker.

I would compose the thing with white text against a black background--THAT you can print.

Mark Buchfuhrer , May 05, 2004; 12:09 p.m.

Thank you all for your help. That does eplain why I could not print at all on any black papers.

I finally just printed up my captions in white on a black back backround using white paper. Worked well.

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