Which is the most suitable acetate for my print project?
This is a question we get asked a lot! Acetate is a fantastic material to print on and can produce incredible results. We offer different types, all with their own features. Here’s a handy guide to help you choose the most suitable acetate for your project:
Standard acetate is transparent and has a blue hue. It is mainly used for screenprinting. As mentioned below this is the only type of acetate that can take heavy black ink and this still may not reach 100% density, although it can come close.
Clear acetate can be used for cyanotype printing and can be used from the front or the back. It is also used for overlays, x-rays, exhibition displays, negatives, etc. Please note: unless the colours are rich in the file, they will print as transparent. This material takes 24 hours to cure so factor in a longer turnaround.
Lightbox acetate is clear acetate, which has a white front, so the mechanics cannot be seen. It does allow the light through, but only for use in boxes with no Perspex panel.
Colour opacity and acetate printing
For all acetate printing, black is the only colour which will print opaquely on acetate and for this, you to need to choose the standard acetate. The other colours will have show-through due to the way that the ink binds with the substrate.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss your printing requirements in more detail.
If you’d like a non-standard size, see our step-by-step ordering guide with notes about costing and invoicing here.