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Many screen printers lean toward using inkjet printers as a replacement to expensive imagesetters or low quaity laser printers. The best type of film to use is inkjet film, a high-quality, inexpensive type of film used to create film positives for printing. This type of inkjet film will work with any inkjet printer that handles clear media.

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Why Choose Garston for Your Inkjet Film

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Garston is known for being a leading supplier of affordable, high-quality inkjet film products. We would never want to overcharge our clients, that’s why we always provide low, honest prices.

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The Benefits of Inkjet Film


Waterproof Inkjet Film

This type of film transparency is used to transfer your image onto your screen. The black ink you print on this film helps block the light from hitting different portions during exposure, and helps during the washout of your screen.


Pigment Clear Inkjet Film

This type of film is clear, water-based or dye inks. Ulano pigment inkjet film has faster exposure times than laser positives, can be used repeatedly for new screens, and they move smoothly through the printer even when stacked.


Imageable Film

This type of laser Imageable film positive is affordable and user friendly. The Autotype Delta II Imageable film specifically has a two sided toner coating, and can be imaged on either side.

Making Film Positives for the Perfect Stencil

The process of creating a film positive includes film and ink. To have a harmonious process, you need to make sure you have the right type of film and a corresponding type of ink to make a great film positive. This process can be used for a variety of different film positives, including inkjet film.

Prepare Your Image Digitally

The beginning stages of film positives start on the computer using your preferred program or software. You’ll need to figure out the setting types you want to use, the measurements of your image, separating colors if necessary, and adding registration and center crop lines to help you line up your film positive.

Find the Right Film 

It all starts with finding the right type of film for your project. There are many different options when it comes to printing films, and a majority of screen printers use inkjet printers rely on inket film or laser vellum.

Inkjet film is preferred over most because it has sturdier components and can have an opaque print image finish. You may lean more toward vellum because it’s more affordable, but you’ll give up in the fine detail.

You could turn to thermal films or image setting films to create darker prints, but they require specialty equipment and end up being very pricey overall. For beginners or seasoned screen printers, it’s better to stick to the basics, and trust a film positive like inkjet film that’s reliable and affordable.

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Choosing the Right Ink

Next, you’ll need to choose the right ink for your printer. Most printer ink is available in either pigment-based or dyed-based. The latter is used for more opaque prints and better film positives. Overall, you need to choose a film and an ink that’s compatible. Some films are strictly to be used with certain kinds of dye-based inks while others need to be used with pigment-based inks.

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Once you’ve passed the first two stages, you’ll now have a digital rendition of your image and the right film positive as well as inks, and you can start using the printer.

It’s also good to know that if you want a detailed, opaque film positive, you can use a RIP (raster image processing) software to help finalize your images. This type of software is great for printing clear film positives, which in turn helps you control how your ink is printed as well as other qualities. Creating film positives isn’t an easy task, and it’s quite intimidating the first few times around. When you get the hang of it, you’ll be more comfortable going through the process and result in well-defined, opaque film positives.

Inkjet Film FAQ

What Is Film Positive?

After making a digital rendering of what you’d like your design to be, it needs to be printed on a film positive. Film positives are a sheet of clear plastic with light-blocking black ink.

What Other Kinds of Film Positive Exist?

Inkjet films are one of the most popular kinds of film positives, but you might be wondering what other kinds can be used for screen printing.

  • Laser Films: This type of film isn’t the most popular because of its density. It’s hard to control and can be affected by the age of your toner.
  • Laser Vellum: Similar to laser films, laser vellum is hard to control and can be altered by the toner you use. It’s possible that this can also shrink or wrinkle in the fuser, which can bring about problems for multi colored jobs.
  • Thermal Films: This type of film is produced by a thermal printer, and its made from a clear plastic film base. Thermal films can be pricey, but it makes up for that by being high-quality and very dense.
  • Image Setter Film: This is a great film positive, that results in high-quality film positives for screen printing. They’re mostly only seen in large print shops or houses.

Why Does my Water-Proof Inkjet Film Look Cloudy?

This is a good sign, your waterproof inkjet film should be cloudy or have a blue tint! It appears this way because it’s a clear film that’s been coated with emulsion. On this blue tint, the inkjet ink will set on the film. One side of the inkjet film is smooth, while the sticky side is where you will print.

What is Transparency Paper?

Transparency paper is a sheet of translucent, flexible material that makes it possible to draw images and transfer them to a screen coated in emulsion. You can also find different kinds of inkjet transparency film.

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Create better film positives today with our affordable, high-quality inkjet film products starting today. Here at Garston we always offer our clients low, fair prices on all inkjet films. If you ever have any questions regarding an order or simply want to place an order, give us a call: 860-289-3040