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    Printing Decals On A Laser Printer

    My Problem:

    Sometimes I need to print on my laser printer only one decal, about 2"X3", on a 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of decal paper.
    After cutting out the decal I end up with a full sheet of decal paper with a 2"x3" piece missing from the full sheet..

    I would like to print on the remainder of the sheet with the missing piece that was cut out...

    My CAD program will allow me to place a new image on the decal paper avoiding the cut out portion.

    My question is:

    Can I run the decal paper through my Laser Printer with the missing piece that was cut out ?

    If not, I can back up the cutout out piece with a piece of regular paper..
    If I use a piece of regular paper as a backup to the cutout piece of decal paper how would I fasten the two pieces of paper together so the run through the printer as one piece????

    When I used to use a Ink-jet Printer I just taped the two pieces of paper together but am wary of doing that with my laser printer because of the heat generated during the printing process.

    Any Suggestions????

    Thanks in advance for your input....
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    Most printers will not have a problem doing this. However if yours does, is the first decal located in one half of the paper? If so cut off that portion and run the paper through with the remaining portion. I have done that in the past with good results.
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    I could do that but, Like I said, usually it's just one corner of the paper....

    The Decal Paper is expensive so I would like to use as much of the sheet as I can...

    I assume, if I did cut off the bottom of the paper like you suggest then when running the shorter leftover through the printer again the printer senses the paper size..
    Am I correct in making that assumption?
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    If you're using just a corner , perhaps just cutting off the leftovers around that would work. I am not sure about sensing the size of the paper. I suppose some printers might sense this, but mine does not.
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    Banyarola,

    Be VERY careful about attaching a backing sheet. If the heat of the laser printer causes the adhesive you use to attach it to come loose you could literally gum up the works of your printer. Very Bad!
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    Ted, if I cut out the 2x3 decal I have a full sheet of paper with a 2x3 piece cut out of the corner...I'm not sure what you mean...

    GEEK, yes, that's what I figured also...

    I don't think running the paper through with a 2x3" notch is good because then the toner will get on the rollers..At least I think it would...

    I could make the blank backing piece with notches to hold the decal paper...Kinda like those old photo albums where you put the photo in the album by putting the corners of the photo into notches in the album page..

    I have some heavy card stock paper that could be notched to hold the decal paper..

    Oh, by the way, the decal paper is regular paper with the decal medium on it's surface..
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    What I mean is just cut off the remaining edges around the circle (square up the cutout area). I have no idea about the toner on the rollers, sorry. Otherwise you might have to wait until you need more decals, or waste the paper.
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    Well Ted, thanks for the input but sometimes I need to make a personlized decal for something I made for someone so can't wait until more are needed as you suggest.
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    Try this...
    Print out your decal on a regular 8.5 X 11 piece of paper.
    Cut out a piece of your decal paper slightly larger than your decal.
    Scotch tape your piece of decal paper over the image on the regular paper and run the piece of paper with the taped on decal paper through your printer again.
    Its a good idea to mark the piece of paper before you print it the 1st time. This will tell you the correct orientation when you feed it thru again.
    I have been making model RR decals this way for years.
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    I had thought of that idea but the problem is what will happen to the scotch tape running through a laser printer being a laser creates a lot of heat when printing..

    What I have decided to do is cut a piece of decal paper the size of an envelope and then print it as an envelope..
    While I may waste some decal paper, at least it's not the whole sheet...

    Being you do decal printing at least you understand the problem better...
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