Post # 1
I am in a jam! I’m trying to print programs on Stardream Quartz cover stock paper on my HP laser printer and I think the paper is too slick for the ink! Fonts larger than 14 are coming out charcoal-ish instead of black, as if I’m trying to draw w/ a Black Crayloa marker! Do I need a new toner? Or is it just the paper? The ink looks rich & black on regular copy paper. Anyone else experience this?
Thank you in advance for you help!!! 😀
Post # 3
Unfortunately, due to the nature of Stardream stocks having a pearlescent type quality, toners and inks are affected.Â Laser toner and ink jet Inks are both transparent based, so the substrate you print on, will affect the outcome of the ink or toner.Â So, changing your toner cartridge won’t really help; even if you did, printing in black on the Stardream Quartz, will still appear somewhat grey because of the pearlescence of the paper.Â The only way around this is to print on a substrate, like Superfine White and mount it to the Stardream.Â The only printing processes wherein you won’t have issues with the substrate showing through would be commercially printed Engraving, Screenprinting and Foil-stamping as all of these processes use opaque inks or opaque foils.
It’s great that you are able to run the Stardream Cover stock through your Laser printer though!Â That’s definitely a plus. Maybe keeping it as a charcoal grey can be a plus if you want it to look somewhat soft and subtle.
Good luck with everything!
National manager-Paper Source Invitation Department
Post # 4
While test printing (ink jet) on my champagne card stock I was getting some shadowing issues (all my text had a grey shadow), I switched the printer settings to "photo" on matte photo paper (didn’t have cardstock setting) and that fixed my problem. Not too sure if this will help you out with your laser printing issues but you might try playing around with settings and see what happens.