Sign & Digital Graphics

March '18

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38 • March 2018 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS hit more colors than is possible through CMYK alone." Expanding on the ink selection, Hunter explains that ,"While you'll be using water-based dye-sublimation inks, know that not all inks are alike. Some inks cost less, but may not have high dye-content. If this is the case, you'll need to use more ink to get the desired color vibrancy. Roland's specially for- mulated Texart SBL3 inks not only have high-dye content, they can be set up in a variety of ink configurations—2X CMYK, CMYKLcLmOrVi, CMYKOrViFyFp—to suit the user's specific needs. Our dense black dye-sublimation ink has high opac- ity and provides rich colors and neutral grays." Then comes the decision in selecting the software. Kavanagh suggests "A high- quality ink manufacturer will provide all of the software you need to print your designs and get the right colors and qual- ity when sublimated, though RIP soft- ware is recommended for mid-format printers, which can add some expense. There are many resellers out there who offer substrates and papers for various applications." Hunter points to a couple of software solutions with dye-sublimation jobs. "Two types of software will be needed for dye-sublimation applications—a design software and a RIP software," she says. "Popular graphics design software includes offerings from Adobe and Corel. Once you have your graphics design, a good R I P software will translate the information accurately to the printer to Roland's Texart line of sublimation print- ers work for a variety of signage projects. (Images courtesy of Roland DGA) Dye sublimation processes can be applied to rigid surfaces, such as this P.O.P. display. (Image courtesy of Sawgrass Technologies)

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