Printing with Duratrans
Duratrans Printing is a substrate of Kodak which stands for Durable Transparency. We use it as a generic term for backlit display prints. In other words, overlays lit from behind create great backlit posters. We use them for custom light boxes and backlit film printing for projections. More specifically, it’s a clear polyester photographic print medium. It’s flushed with a translucent milky layer to diffuse light evenly throughout a back-lit image. Sounds fancy, huh! It’s more common than you think.
For example, the backlit film posters at movie theaters are a form of lightbox Duratrans. Another example would be the backlit printing on menu boards in drive-thrus. Lit up bus stop ads, retail window displays; you name it every backlit print you see is most likely a Duratrans lightbox. These prints are perfect for when you need your message to be seen day or night and with vibrant crystal clarity.
Kodak Professional Duratrans Display Material
Kodak Professional Duratrans Display Material is a translucent-based color transparency material designed for producing large transparencies for backlit displays on illuminators without built-in diffusers. The white- pigmented coating provides its diffusion. Its 7-mil ESTAR Thickness provides resistance to tearing. It makes it suitable for large displays that require a suspension system with hooks, grommets, and springs. Professional Duratrans Display Material has a thicker emulsion. It also needs longer processing times than the standard Process RA-4 cycle.
The reputation of Duratrans as the gold standard for quality backlit photographic film. Best-of-class color bandwidth, tone resolution, and the highest available black opacity are the hallmark. These have catapulted Duratrans from a laboratory idea in the late 1970’s into the industry-wide benchmark for backlit signage that it is today. Kodak Professional Duratrans Display Material has brilliant displays from color negatives or internegatives. It is available in a variety of sheet and roll sizes for applications that call for exceptional durability.
Duratrans printing for superior quality images
Clients frequently use Duratrans Printing for their tradeshow and convention booths. Waterproof, scratch and warp resistant, Duratrans printing is suitable for indoor or outdoor displays. During Duratrans printing, the Duratrans print is processed like a photograph with a developer and stopper. This process gives the deepest, most vibrant color saturation. The sharpest image quality reproduction possible. This is the substrate of choice for large projects that require high resolution and stunning clarity. That also means that Duratrans printing is one of the most expensive posters printing processes.
Digitally printed photographic quality backlit prints have incredible color depth. The solvent color print materials that you usually look at by reflected light are nothing like Duratrans prints. Duratrans prints are a semi-transparent color print material. Our Duratrans printing is best for the following:
- Trade Show Graphics
- Backlit Signs
- POP Displays
- Menu Boards
- Airport Display Signs
- Window Display Signs
- Fine Art Display
- Public Advertisement
- Car Wash Advertising
- Snap Frame Advertising
- In-store Display
- Transparent Posters
- Illuminated Light Boxes For Backlit Signage
- Backlit Fabric
- Transparency Film
Duratrans LightBox and more
In contrast, consider clear styrene printing for a similar backlit printing effect at a fraction of the price. A thin, clear plastic (also with a milky white flush), this substrate is accessible to print any image onto digitally. Like Duratrans, the user can store the film in a roll. For this economical option, please give us a call at 800.971.9005
What is Duratrans?
We get calls all the time from people asking “What is Duratrans”?. Duratrans is a thin, flexible transparency film used for large backlit signs. For example, next time you walk through an airport or a mall, and you see a backlit printing. Chances are that is Duratrans backlit film. Of course, printing on backlit film can be tricky because you need to use a particular laser printing process. The laser process gives your Duratrans lightbox the highest possible quality backlit printing. In contrast, if you use a traditional printer for backlit film printing, you will see lines and pixels in your printing.
We offer backlit vinyl as an alternative to Duratrans. However, our designers only recommend this for colossal lightbox printing mounted at a distance. The benefit to printing on backlit vinyl is the vinyl has adhesive. Also, you can also use this backlit vinyl as a large sticker for easy and long-term installation of your backlit printing. In fact, we can print backlit vinyl as large 4’x100′ for severe backlit graphics or backlit prints. We can also place a thin clear laminate over the backlit vinyl. IT is done to protect from the elements or scratching your backlit prints.
Also, Lambda is a very similar backlit film to Duratrans film. In fact, they are both a form of backlit transparency printing. Lambda printing is produced in the same way using laser printers to print photo quality posters. Lambda signs are great for museum printing or any other backlit lightbox printing. Also, Lambda prints are about the same price as Duratrans prints. We use our Duratrans printer to print Lambda prints as well. Truthfully, most people will not see the difference between Lambda and Duratrans. Lambda printers are enormous machines. Our Lambda printer takes up almost 1000 square feet and needs its dark room for processing backlit prints.
What large-format printers do you use to produce backlit Duratrans?
We use an in-house production Oce large format printer for all Duratrans material printing and point-of-purchase displays. In contrast, this is not the same extensive format printing process that we use for banners. Our digital printing for all printing services uses UV ink for long-term durability like our foam core printing. Backlit printing can be a susceptible process, so it is essential to use the correct printers. Duratrans material requires careful handling, so you do not get fingerprints on the translucent film.
What is the best way to travel with or ship backlit graphics?
We recommend shipping your backlit graphics in a cardboard roll case. Also, consider wrapping in transfer paper such as tissue paper or foam padding. We recommend putting your shipping labels directly onto the cardboard roll.
What if I need my backlit prints in a rush?
Although backlist transparencies can take up to 2 weeks to produce, our team can rush your order. If you need your backlit printing rushed, give us a call!
Are Duratran material, duratran printing, dura trans, and Duratran prints the same thing as Duratrans?
No, those common misspelling of the word Duratrans. Duratran is not singular for Duratrans.
What are the Duratrans material specifications?