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Help to guide you in choosing between white and clear media and an why this choice is important
What is the difference and what is the cause of this:
Inks and toners from a printer are always transparent, this way your printer can build all the required colors with the "small amount" of cartridges it has. This is particularly important when you are going to use transparent paper / media. With transparent media, the print will therefore remain transparent, so that the color and texture of the substrate will have an effect on the result. For example, you can continue to see the grain in wood through your picture when for example you stick transparent decals on untreated wood, which in times can be beneficial on itself. The disadvantage is when you want to print colors on a colored / black surface. For example, a yellow text on transparent media applied to a black surface is hardly visible or not visible at all. This same yellow text applied on a blue surface will turn green. So keep this in mind with building and painting your object, or printing your stickers / decals.
The general rule for media / paper:
Transparent media is suitable for white and light colored (pastel) surfaces. White media is suitable for colored, dark colored and black surfaces or if you do not want the texture of the surface in your print. Note that with white media / paper everything that is not printed remains white, if you want to cancel this you will have to print a background color. When your surface is white, it is advisable to use a transparent media. It is rarely so that white on your surface is the same or corresponds to the white of media / paper which can be a very disturbing effect.