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- Takes a little tinkering and tweaking but I would buy it again Review by JC
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I bought these originally to make some charms from pictures of my family to give as presents.
Please note - even though it is labeled as clear - it actually shrinks to a frosted/matte look. I think it looks nice but it's not clear. Also - the finished item will have a slightly grainy texture - it won't be smooth.
What's nice about this brand is that you can print on either side so you don't have to test to see side to print on. Another nice thing is that it's regular letter paper size so you can easily print test pages without having to trim your paper.
I don't know if it was my toaster oven - but I did have problems getting it to shrink proportionately or evenly for circles and squares.
I'd advise sacrificing one of the sheets as a tester for both size and color. The instructions said to adjust color output to a bit above minimum which I did - but the charms came out too light. So I made it darker - and the 2nd batch came out too dark. All in all - through trial and error I finally got the charms the intensity I wanted - but I wasted 3-4 of my 6 sheets in the process.
So what you may want to do in your image editing program is create one page/layout with varying intensity images so when you print it out and make the charms you can find the right color intensity. For example - I use photoshop and I would use the same image but have multiple copies of the image ranging from 30%-70% opacity.
On the same sheet you could also test for size. Have the same image in different sizes so you'll know just how much the images will shrink.
All in all, while there was some trial and error involved I was still happy with this shrink plastic and will (and have) buy it again.
(Posted on 3/29/2011)