Should I Use An Inkjet or Laser Printer To Print Vellum
Vellum Translucent Paper is one of the most challenging paper categories that we represent in terms of printability. What makes it challenging is that we can’t say with a concrete or bold statement that these sheets will print to your 100% satisfaction in specific environments. But we have done a lot of internal testing on inkjet and laser printers with varying results. What we’ve found that on specific printers, we get much better results than on some others. Please watch the entire three minute video for our full results and recommendations.
Vellum Papers We Tested
We stock a wide selection of vellum brands, so decided to test a good range of our 8 1/2 x 11 vellum papers. We thought this would be beneficial in getting a true picture of the printability of vellum stock. The vellums we tested are listed below.
- Glama Clear Recycled 17lb
- Glama Clear 29lb
- Glama Clear Recycled 48lb
- Contact Colors Translucent Blue 30lb
- Contact Colors Translucent White 30lb
Vellum Print Visuals
Below is a side by side comparison of inkjet vs laser print on our Contact Colors Translucent White 30lb Vellum.
|Laser Printing Example||Inkjet Printing Example|
|Text is sharp and well-saturated, but in certain areas the toner has broken away from the sheet||Text is slightly softer and lighter, but still clear|
Order Vellum Samples & Test in Your Printer
In short, the best advice we can offer our customers is to urge them to test these sheets in their own printers. Our testing yielded too many varied results, but if we are to make a recommendation, it’s probably going to be use inkjet when that printing technology is available. If you are going to be printing with a laser printer, by all means, order some samples and test them in your printer. You’ll know for sure whether the result meets your satisfaction or not.