One of the biggest mistakes any sublimation decorator can make is to use the wrong color model when choosing colors. CYMK (cyan, yellow, magenta, and black) comprise the basic four colors all inkjet printers utilize. It is easy to make the assumption that, because the printer is using CMYK colors, a design should be created using the CMYK color palette. If CMYK colors are used, it’s not likely the color you are looking for to come out the same on the finished item. This is because CMYK is a set of very specific color instructions meant primarily for the offset printing world. When we are sending art to a desktop printer, the print driver is responsible for translating the information it receives into CMYK. So what color model should colors be chosen from then?
RGB (red, green, and blue) are the colors that create the images we see on every computer monitor, digital projector and television available. There are 16,581,375 colors that can be created using the RGB color model. RGB is commonly used because it is how the human eye sees color. There two basic kinds of receptors in the eye, rods and cones. The rods are what see black and white, while the cones communicate color. The cones are staggered in the eye with specific cones detecting red, green and blue. As this is the case, the RGB color model is used in many industries and all artwork for sublimation should be designed this way.
The most basic tool for accurate color reproduction is a simple color chart. Color charts should be printed and pressed on each of the substrates being used. Getting a real-world representation of colors on the exact substrate that will be sublimated will achieve accuracy. Simply choose the color from the printed chart then enter the corresponding RGB number back into the graphics program. Regardless of what color you are viewing on the screen, you can have confidence that you will achieve the desired color output for each sample substrate
One of the methods used for color correction is with ICC profiles. The International Color Consortium is a group that sets standard guidelines for color management in the digital imaging/printing world. All monitors, scanners, digital cameras and printers use ICC profiles that are found on the disc and installed with the device drivers. Color profiles simply communicate how another device has created its colors to the hardware or software and, in turn, how they should be interpreted or reproduced.
In sublimation, ICC profiles are created to match the specific ink being used with a specific substrate. Though this method works well for many, it can also leave quite a bit of work for the decorator. If an image is to go on several different products, for example, the colors will vary on each item unless tweaks are made in the graphics program.
There are also specific programs developed by sublimation printer manufacturers that are specifically designed for its brand of ink and printing system. Functions vary by company, but some offer color chart palette systems, for example, that integrate with CorelDraw or Adobe programs. These programs offer users an entire integrated system from ink to software to hardware.
Color Profiled for Maximum Color and Brightness
MultiRIP has been profiled for the two main types of dye sublimation inks from Sawgrass Systems - Artainium Inks and SubliJet IQ Inks. Sublimation inks are an encapsulated ink – which means the way they look printed on the release paper looks completely different than after being transfer.
Dye sublimation inks are very much different than your standard Epson inks. Sublimation inks are an encapsulated ink – which means the way they look printed on the release paper looks completely different than after being transferred to the substrate. MultiRIP has profiled the different types of sublimation substrates to provide you with the bright colors. Below is a list of the different substrates and resolutions that have been color profiled:
- Polyester Fabric – Normal, Enhanced & Fine
- Mousepads – Normal & Enhanced
- Ceramic Tile - Enhanced
- Metal – Enhanced & Fine
- Glass Tile - Enhanced
If you would like to learn more about the Color Management you can do with MultiRIP, click here
Printing Dye Sublimation Transfers:
o Easy Dye Sub Printer Selection
o Color Profiled for Maximum Color
o Calibrated for Proper Ink Usage
o Add Custom Page Sizes
o Page Previewing
o Job / Page Priority
o Re-Print without Re-Ripping
o ICM / ICC Color Management
o Print Spot Colors
For more information on the process of dye sublimation, please click here.
To learn how to get the best colors for your dye sublimation transfers, click here.Features for Printing Dye Sublimation Transfers:
Easy Dye Sub Printer Feature
MultiRIP has an Easy Dye Sub Printer selection that allows you to print polyester fabric with a one click selection.
Calibrated for Proper Ink Usage
Most decorators use print drivers that drop too much ink on to the release paper. To compensate for this, decorators will use a release paper that absorbs more ink quicker so that it does not pool and distort the image. MultiRIP is calibrated to print the appropriate amount of ink on to the release paper to maximize your ink usage and minimize your costs.
Add Custom Page Sizes
Unlike some applications that limit your designing abilities to set paper sizes, MultiRIP will let you design your own paper size and keep this size in memory for future use. All the standard dye sublimation release transfer paper sizes (8.5" x 11", 11" x 17 and 13" x 19") are preset.
You can preview individual pages in both the output queue and the "processed jobs" queue. This can save a lot of time if a mistake is caught before expensive media is wasted.
Job / Page Priority
Allows users to change print priority on a per-job or per-page basis. When manually inserting jobs in the RIP or re-printing jobs that have been ripped; simply use the slide-bar to set values from 1 to 99 (just like Window's Print Manager) or enter the number by hand. The job or page will then assume it's new print priority. When printing from applications (Quark, PageMaker, etc.) select the priority in the print settings dialog.
Re-Print Pages without Re-Ripping
Allows you to re-print individual pages or colors from a separation with a few simple clicks of your mouse. Once the job has been processed, simply open the job item in the queue, select the pages you wish to re-send to the printer (1). Select the number of copies (2) and click "Print Selected Pages" (3). The selected pages will be sent to the output queue. When making multiple copies, the pages can be "stacked" (1,1,1, 2,2,2, 3,3,3 etc.) or collated (1,2,3, 1,2,3, etc.).
ICM/ICC Based Color Management
Supports the use of ICC and ICMs for color management. The user can select the color space of the input CMYK and RGB as well as the output ICM if they desire. All media types included with MultiRIP have been pre-linearized and the manual selection of an output profile is seldom needed. If the user has created a custom output profile, however, MultiRIP uses it per your request. You can select the ICC/ICMs at print-time or right at the RIP control panel when manually inserting PostScript or PDF files or re-processing previous jobs. A utility is included in the software which allows you to add ICM name entries into your PPD so that they appear at print-time in the print configuration dialog.
Print Spot Colors
To ensure accurate spot color reproduction you can activate MultiRIP's "TrueSpot™" you use special logo colors or product colors then you can easily add them to MultiRIP with the Spot Color function. Just click on Add and type in your special color. MultiRIP will remember your color and use it each time it is requested within your application.
Available Applications for MultiRIP:
o Screen Printing Film Positives
o Dye Sublimation Printing on Fabrics
and hard substrates
o Inkjet Heat Transfers for Light and
Dark Transfer Paper
o High Quality Photograph Printing
o General Printing for Invoices, Marketing
Materials, Reports, Forms & More
MultiRIP is THE Multiple Application RIP for the Decorated Apparel industry!