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Oracal Printable Vinyl for Inkjet Printers: Review and Beginner Silhouette Tutorial

Guess who just got in the printable vinyl game?! Oracal!!

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Oracal has released a new line of printable permanent adhesive vinyl for inkjet printers - perfect for when you have multi color decals and don't want to layer vinyl.
Not only is the adhesive strength similar to Oracal 651, but if you layer the printable vinyl with laminate, it's UV protected so the colors won't bleed or fade.  So how do you use printable vinyl with Silhouette? It's nothing more than print and cut!

How to Use Oracal Printable Adhesive Vinyl with Silhouette

The process to use Oracal's printable vinyl sheets (Orajet 1917 is the exact item) is the same as any other print and cut - with one added step between the printing and the cutting. By the way the Oracal printable adhesive vinyl comes in 8.5" x 11" sheets so you don't need to cut it down to fit into your home printer.

Start in Silhouette Studio with your design open in the Design area.  I am using this Frenchie with Bandana design from So Fontsy's Awesome SVG Bundle. 

Make sure you change your Page Set Up settings for print and cut.
  • Change Page Size to "Custom Printer." 
  • Check the box for Show Print Border
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  • Go to the Registration Marks tab and pick "Type 1"
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  • Position the design so it's within the same printing and cutting area and not touching any of the hashed ares
  • In the Send panel change the cut lines are on "Cut Edge"  
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Place a sheet of Oracal Printable Vinyl into your printer tray oriented so you print onto the front side (the backing is marked.)

Click the Print tool from the top tool bar or File > Print.  If you have printer setting options, you may want to change them to "best quality" print.

Once the sheet is printed, remove it from the printer.

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Usually you would move forward with cutting, but before we do that we want to add the laminate vinyl.

How to Add Oracal Laminate to Printable Vinyl

I would not recommend using an entire sheet of laminate over your print and cut vinyl decal for several reasons. First, this is a big waste of materials and secondly putting a glossy laminate over the registration marks will likely cause an error while reading them.

To avoid this, I would instead recommend cutting down a sheet of Oracal laminate, removing it from the backing and placing it over the printed area carefully to remove bubbles.

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Cutting Oracal Printable Vinyl with Laminate (Silhouette Cut Settings)

Now place the printed sheet onto your Silhouette cutting mat and load it into the machine.

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Return to Silhouette Studio and from the Send panel change the Silhouette cut settings to: 

Blade 6, Speed 8, Force 16, Passes 2
Send the design to cut. 

When it's finished cutting, unload the cutting mat and material. You can pick up the decals like stickers if you'd like or if it's not one single piece, you can use a piece of transfer tape to transfer the printable vinyl decal.

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The printable vinyl decal can go anywhere that permanent vinyl can go - mugs, signs, car windows...

Oracal Printable Vinyl with Laminate Review

I have been testing Oracal Printable Adhesive vinyl with laminate vinyl overlay for several weeks on a mug that I have washed by hand and in the dishwasher (gasp!) multiple times. 

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The color continues to be perfect and the adhesive has not lifted or peeled at all! I should point out the manufacturer does not make claims this printable vinyl is dishwasher safe....but if you plan to try it, be sure to let the vinyl cure (sit to come to full strength) for at least 3 days prior to washing!

Also, the Oracal laminate sheet is a UV protection to help against fading and smearing. Keep in mind though, the quality of the ink in your printer also has a lot to do with the long term performance of the colors especially when placed in direct sunlight.


You can grab both the Oracal Printable Vinyl for Inkjet and the transparent laminate at Swing Design. The inkjet printable vinyl is sold in 8.5" x 11" sheets in 5, 10, 25, and 50 packs.

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8 comments

  1. Does the Transparent Laminate have to be used with the Oracal Printable Vinyl for Inkjet or can the Oracal Printable Vinyl be used alone?

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  2. Hi, Is this available in the UK, $39.99 postage from the USA.

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    1. Just locate an Oracal reseller/distributor in the UK and see if they have it or if they can order it for you. Totally unnecessary to buy from the US.

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  3. Hi Melissa, do they have a similar product for laser printers?

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  4. What is the purpose of changing Page Size to "Custom Printer"?

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  5. Do you prefer the waterproof printable from online labels to this? Is there a benefit to this over the other?

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  6. I always compare pricing and am wondering about how the Expressions Vinyl printable vinyl, which comes in a 5 yd roll for $30, compares to the Oracal that you're promoting?

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