Using the FoilFast P21x Printer to Print on Clear Covers Using a Mac

May 22 08:08 2009 Jeff McRitchie Print This Article

This article is designed to provide instructions for printing in a single foil color and in multiple foil colors using a Macintosh computer and the P21x Foilfast printer. Using the Powis Parker Fastback P21x FoilFast printer it is possible to print high quality images on clear covers with either metallic or matte colored foils.


Using the Powis Parker Fastback P21x FoilFast printer it is possible to print high quality images on clear covers with either metallic or matte colored foils. This article is designed to provide instructions for printing in a single foil color and in multiple foil colors using a Macintosh computer and the P21x Foilfast printer. When you print on a clear cover with the FoilFast printer you will need to make sure that your printer is loaded with the colors of foil that you intend on using as well as with a primer cartridge that will undercoat your foil printing.

Single Color Foil Printing:

1. Choose Print from File menu. If you are using an Adobe program (Illustrator,Guest Posting InDesign, etc.) a print dialog box will appear that is unique to the Adobe programs. For non-Adobe programs, go directly to step 4. The Adobe Print dialog box will appear.

2. Click 'Printer...' button at the bottom of the Print window. A warning will appear.

3. Check the box labeled 'Don't Show Again' and click 'Continue.' The Print dialog box will now appears. The appearance of this dialog box may vary.

4. Click and hold on the Print Properties pop-up menu. A scroll box appears with several choices. Scroll down to 'Media Type' and release the mouse button. The Media Type information appears in the Print dialog box appears. Select "Foilfast ClearCover" from the "Type is" pop-up menu.

5. Click and hold on the third pop-up menu again. Scroll down to 'Print Mode' and release the mouse button. The Print Mode information appears in the Print dialog box. Verify that "Single Ink" is selected in the "Mode is" menu. Note that when "Foilfast ClearCover" is chosen, 'Undercoat' is automatically checked. Do not uncheck this selection when printing on Clear Cover. Also make sure that the Foil Primer cartridge is loaded into the Foilfast printer before printing.

6. Click and hold on the third pop-up menu again. Scroll down to 'Select Cartridges' and release the mouse button. The Cartridge Selection information appears in the Print dialog box appears (Figure 100). Because "Single Ink" was chosen as the Print Mode, the various colors appear as buttons, and only one color can be selected at a time. To avoid error messages, be sure that the colors you have chosen match the available cartridges in the Foilfast printer.

7. Load paper into the paper feed.

8. Click 'Print.'

Multiple Color Foil Printing:

1. Choose Print from File menu. If you are using an Adobe program (Illustrator, InDesign, etc.) a print dialog box will appear that is unique to the Adobe programs. For non-Adobe programs, go directly to step 4.

2. Click 'Printer...' button at the bottom of the Print window. A warning box will appear.

3. Click the box labeled 'Don't Show Again' and click 'Continue.' The Print dialog box appears.

4. Click and hold on the Print Properties pop-up menu (circled in red). A scroll box appears with several choices. Scroll down to 'Media Type' and release the mouse button. The Media Type information appears in the Print dialog box appears (Figure 104). Select "Foilfast ClearCover" from the "Type is" pop-up menu.

5. Click and hold on the third pop-up menu again. Scroll down to 'Print Mode' and release the mouse button. The Print Mode information appears in the Print dialog box appears (Figure 105). Choose "Multiple Inks" in the "Mode is" menu.

6. Click and hold on the Print Properties pop-up menu again. Scroll down to 'Select Cartridges' and release the mouse button. The Cartridge Selection information appears in the Print dialog box appears. Because "Multiple Inks" was chosen, you may now select as many of the cartridge colors as you wish. To avoid error messages, be sure that the colors you have chosen match the available cartridges in the Foilfast printer.

7. Load paper into the paper feed.

8. Click 'Print.'

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