The new inkjet-printable Inkofilm allows you to make negatives at home!
Load your Inkofilm in the printer so that the sticky inkjet-receptive side will be printed. You may want to run a print test with a regular sheet of paper to find out the proper way to load your film.
If you're having trouble differentiating the sides, wet your finger & dab a corner of the transparency to see if it sticks. The sticky side is the printable side. This may leave a small fingerprint.
Tip: Be sure your file is black & white or grayscale so that your printer only uses the black ink. You don't want your file to be CMYK or RGB because your printer will want to use color ink to print.
For Macs...Open your digital negative on your computer in Preview. Go to File >> Print. (For PCs, skip to Step 10.)
Choose "Color Options" under the "Preview" pulldown menu.
Set the brightness to "Dark" and the intensity to "50".
Click on the "Paper Size" pulldown menu and select "Manage Custom Sizes".
Click on the "+" button on the bottom left of the window to create a new custom paper size for your printer.
Create a name for your new paper size like "Inkofilm" or "8.5 x 8.5".
Enter the dimensions of the paper. Inkofilm is 8.5" x 8.5".
Now, every time you go back to the "Paper Size" pulldown menu in the Print window, you can select the "Inkofilm" preset. All you have to do now is press Print!
Keep in mind that all printers are different. We suggest trying different contrast and intensity settings - test the prints out to find out the best settings for your printer.
For PCs...Open your digital negative on your computer in Windows Photo Viewer. Go to File >> Print. (For Macs, go back to Step 4.)
Press the "Options..." button in the bottom right corner of the Print window.
Uncheck the box for limiting your options. Then click "Printer Properties..." at the bottom.
Click on the "Main" tab at the top. To make denser negatives, you will want to change the "Print Quality" to "Custom" and "Color/Intensity" to "Manual".
Click "Set" next to "Custom" under "Print Quality" and choose 2 or 1 (fine). Press OK to save.
Click "Set" next to "Manual" under "Color/Intensity" - change the intensity to a darker setting, like 30. And change the contrast closer to High, like 50. Press OK to save.
Keep in mind that all printers are different. We suggest trying different settings and test the prints that are best for you.
Click on the "Page Setup" tab at the top. Then choose "Custom..." in the "Page Size" pulldown menu.
Change the paper size to 8.5" x 8.5". Then click "OK" and then "OK" again. Then press Print!
Tip: If your negative isn't dense (dark) enough to block light & there isn't enough contrast to your transparency, try printing 2 copies & carefully doubling them up to make one ultra-dense negative.
Collect your prints and take them outside. To turn your two transparencies into one negative, hold them up to the sky (or a window) for the best visibility...
Line up the images to form a single, ultra-dense negative. Carefully fasten the transparencies with clear tape. Now you're ready for some Inkodye printing!