FAQ – Vellum

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How translucent is Translucent Vellum Paper?

Though it is not crystal clear in appearance, you can certainly see through it. In essence, text and images will certainly be visible through vellum paper, though their appearance will be clouded. The level of transparency of the vellum will vary with color. Text and images beneath light colored vellum such as clear or pink will have a different appearance than it does under darkly colored vellum, such as purple.

Can I print on both sides of vellum paper?

Translucent vellum paper has the appearance of frosted glass. Though it is not crystal clear, it is certainly transparent. Any text or images printed on vellum paper would certainly show through the other side. For this reason, you can not print on both sides of vellum paper.

Can you print color on vellum?

Sure! So long as your specific printer produces sharp, clear results on the vellum you are trying to print, whether your printed design is full color or black and white, it will not make a difference.

Can I get custom size vellum paper?

We offer lots of convenient, pre-cut vellum paper sizes, large and small. However, if you need a size that is not offered, get in touch with us. We offer custom cutting on all of our papers and would be happy to help you out.
Learn about LCI’s Custom Paper Cutting Service

Is vellum paper the same thing as “see-through” paper?

Translucent vellum paper is indeed “see-through”. It has the appearance of frosted glass and is very often used in wedding programs and invitations. For those who do not know its proper name, it is often referred to as “see-through paper”, “see-thru paper”, and “semi-transparent paper”, so it is very likely that vellum paper is what your friend was referring to.

Does light show through vellum?

Light does show through vellum paper, creating a soft glow. This makes it ideal for use as decorative luminaries. To learn more about this, please view the following instructional video and tutorial:
Make Translucent Vellum Luminaries with Ease

Why do I have trouble printing on vellum?

In a nutshell, the variations in printing success are due to the fact that not all vellum and not all printers, are created equally. Vellum is non porous and non absorbent, but not all vellum is identical in finish and weight. Similarly, although all laser printers and all inkjet printers are designed to work essentially the same way, they vary in speed, quality, and overall design. Where one brand of vellum may work with your laser printer, it may not work with another laser printer. Likewise, you may find that although one stock of vellum works with your inkjet, another does not.

What’s Your Best Advice for Printing on Vellum?

  • Ink and toner takes a longer time to dry on the non absorbent surface of vellum, so be sure to allow your print adequate time to dry before touching it.
  • The less ink or toner you use on vellum, the faster it will dry, and the less likely to smudge throughout the printing process. Consider printing in draft or economy mode when printing on vellum. This setting is designed to conserve ink and toner, thus placing less on your vellum, and aiding in drying.
  • Consider using fonts with thinner lines. Fonts with heavier lines use more ink, take longer to dry, and are more likely to smudge.
  • Is Translucent Vellum Paper & Paper With a Vellum Finish the Same?

    The word vellum can be used to refer to paper type, or paper finish, often leading to confusion. Although the names sound similar, translucent vellum paper is very different from paper with a vellum finish.

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