May '20

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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4 2 P R I N T W E A R M A Y 2 0 2 0 I t has been nearly 35 years since the introduction of PostScript computer language. This single language that controlled the printing of graphics to a laser printer sparked the desktop revolu- tion. Apple saw the future and raced to- ward it. The invention of the halftone way back in the early 1900s changed printing for the better forever delivering a wide range of color possibilities from a limited set of inks. You could say that RIP software is a solution born to support PostScript abilities and halftone printing. Most often associated with halftone printing, RIP software is also essential to quality solid spot color separations. You can try to work without using a RIP, but since time is money and quality para- mount to success on-press you'll quickly get back on the right path. A RIP equals efficiency and high-quality results. Non-PostScript inkjet printers will not print a halftone tint or blend without a RIP. That is a fact. Also, you cannot make use of all the great separation print options in Adobe or Corel software without a RIP, even for solid spot color separations. RIP software outperforms and out delivers any "methods" claiming to bypass a PostScript RIP. Those that excel do so through the proper use of proper tools. Make no mis- take, software is a tool that allows you to work smarter, not harder. A RIP AT WORK You have graphics programs engineered to operate in a highly efficient manner allow- ing you to design freely using the program's many tools. You can apply spot or process colors, tint colors, create blends and fades, and so much more to impress clients and sell prints. Now all you need to do is print the separations, but your inkjet printer does NOT speak the same language as your graphics program. Your RIP speaks both. Just work normally using the features and options in the graphic software print win- dow then print. The RIP takes in PostScript data then translates it to raster. Raster is the language the printer understands delivering exactly what you need without any extra steps. Sounds good, right? It's not just good, it's great! With engineered abilities that no stan- dard manufacturer inkjet printer driver has, a RIP gives users the control to set line screens, angles, and shapes for halftone work. This is absolutely critical to screen printers that coordinate halftone size with screen mesh to prevent moiré and may change settings for different designs and end result needs. Users can control ink lay down in ways that properly block UV light RIP it Good DO BETTER WORK WITH RIP SOFTWARE C H A R L I E F A C I N I RIP software helps convert digital art to decorated apparel (Image courtesy Freehand Graphics)

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