Our Inkjet Printer Film is a unique transparency film that is specifically engineered for the creation of superior quality film positives. These positives are then used when exposing our Ikonart Stencil Films to make your own custom stencils. We add a special coating on the emulsion side of our Inkjet Printer Film in order to increase the density of your final artwork and give you the best positive possible for creating your stencils.

Ikonart® Inkjet Film 11" x 17" - 25 Sheets

  • Printing on Ikonart Inkjet Printer Film

    1. Start with High Quality Artwork

    The  quality of your artwork is very important when it comes to how your final stencil will turn out. High density artwork that is 100% black with crisp edges will give you the best positive to block out the UV light.

    2. Inkjet Printer Settings for High Density Printing

    Every printer is different, but if your inkjet printer allows you to adjust ink and paper settings, we recommend adjusting the ink setting on your printer to print in only black ink and adjusting the paper setting to glossy or photo. This will give you the most density when printing. 

    Here is an example of how to change the the print settings on your inkjet printer for best print results (options may vary depending on your printer):

    • Click File and then click Print
    • In the Print window, open the Properties (may be called Options, Printer Setup, or Printer Preferences)
    • Under Paper Type, choose Inkjet, Glossy, or Photo
    • Under Print Quality, choose Best
    • Under Color options, choose Black & White or Black Only (if that is an option)
    • Under Printer Speed, choose the slowest option possible or uncheck any boxes that say fast or quick

    3. Mirror your artwork

    When printing with an inkjet printer we recommend mirroring your artwork for best results. Some artwork programs or printers have this option directly in the print dialog box. If your inkjet printer does not give you that option, you will need to mirror your artwork in your design program.

    But why? When you mirror your artwork, it allows you to put the printed side of your printed transparency in contact with the emulsion side of the IKONART stencil, therefore creating a better seal between your artwork and stencil film, which will help to eliminate light from seeping in under the edges of your design. 

    4. Print on the EMULSION SIDE of the Inkjet Printer Film

    When printing on the IKONART Inkjet Printer Film, it is important that you print on the EMULSION side of the film. The emulsion side is the side that is not shiny. This side of the film has a special coating that makes your ink darker and also helps it dry faster. If you try to print on the shiny side, your ink will not dry. Here are some tips to tell which side is the emulsion side of the film:

    • The side that is less shiny - just remember... milky not silky! 
    • The side you can put your fingernail into
    • If you lick your finger, the side your finger gets stuck to
    • If you rub the film with your finger, the side that squeaks

    5. Always Use Genuine Ink Cartridges

    No matter what type of printer you have, we always recommend you use the brand of ink that was made for your printer. For example, if you have an Epson printer, you should be using Epson brand inks. Knock-off or cheaper inks do NOT print as dark as the ink that was designed to be used with the printer you have.

    6. Troubleshooting Common Issues

    Only put ONE sheet of Inkjet Printer Film in your printer at a time. There are some printers that are not able to read film transparencies. If your printer keeps spitting out blank sheets, you may need to "trick" it into printing on a transparency. Here are some tricks we recommend trying:

    • Put a blank Avery label along the leading edge and sides (depends where the eye of your printer is) then remove after you print
    • Tape a white piece of paper to your transparency then remove it after you print
    • Use a black sharpie marker to go around the edges of your inkjet film