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Secret to Preventing Smeared Ink on Silhouette Printable Clear Sticker Paper


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Yesterday I shared a tutorial on how to make custom stickers with the Silhouette Printable Clear Sticker Paper.  As a recap, I printed some simple black one line stickers. Sadly, while printing, the ink smudged all over making most of them unusable. Wah Wah Wah  I promised I'd share  the secret to preventing the ink bleeding and so here it is...

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I did some testing and there's good news: I figured out how to prevent the ink from smearing when making clear stickers.

On my first test, I tested whether the smudging happened on certain color inks, filled fonts, outline-only fonts, small text, large text...pretty much everything smudged (again). (Here's me beginning to wonder why this paper has a 4/5 star rating on Amazon...)

Prevent ink smearing, ink smearing, sticker paper, printable clear sticker paper

Still not willing to give up, I thought maybe it was a printer problem, and not a sticker paper issue.  Right before printing, I went into my printer settings to change some things. The window or menu is going to vary printer to printer, but what you're looking for is the printer preferences or print set up.
(For me I hit the printer icon in Silhouette Studio > "Show Details" on the printer pop up window.)

For the best smudge-free results, you want to change two things: 
  • Print quality 
  • Material
Prevent ink smearing, ink smearing, sticker paper, printable clear sticker paper

It sounds odd, but you want the print quality on either low or draft (mine is typically on 'normal').  When you do this you are telling the printer not to use so much ink. Less ink means a lower change the ink will smudge because the smears happen when the ink pools. Unlike on paper, the clear plastic sticker paper can't absorb the link quickly enough which causes the smears as it goes through the printer.

Changing the material from paper to transparency also helps to reduce the chance of smudging.

Look what happened when I sent through the clear sticker paper this time....very minimal smudging!

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I did get a tiny bit of smearing on the 'b' but no where near what I had on either of the previous two prints.
Prevent ink smearing, ink smearing, sticker paper, printable clear sticker paper


So the secret to preventing smeared ink on Silhouette Printable Clear Sticker paper is to use less ink while printing. 

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6 comments

  1. Are you using a ink jet printer or a laser printer?

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  2. Thank you for the great testing and fix!!!

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  3. Thank you for the great testing and fix!!!

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  4. Thanks for the work you put it to test and then share.

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  5. it was a great fix! i did well especially when i use hp ink cartridges, did not know that we can use laser pritner with it?

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