Epson StylusRIP Professional (Stylus Photo 2200 User`s manual

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MANUAL VERSION 1.1 - REVISED FEBRUARY, 2009
FASTRIP VERSION 10.0
FOR WINDOWS
FastRIP STANDARD
Epson Models: 1520, 3000, 2200, R1400, R1800, R1900, R2400
FastRIP PRO
Epson Models: 4000, 4800, 4880
FastRIP XL
Epson Models: 7600, 7800, 7880
FastRIP LF
Epson Models: 9600, 9800, 9800
Really Impressive Prints
Post Script Interpreter for Non-Post Script Inkjet Printers
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FastRIP 10.0 User’s Manual
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction
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Welcome to FastRIP 10.0
PostScript and Raster Images
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Printers - PostScript versus Non-PostScript
Using FastRIP
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Why You Need FastRIP
FastRIP Functions
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Film Output- Standard, Double or Triple Density
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Inkjet Proofs
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Heat Transfers
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A New Era for Inkjet Printers
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The Trade -off
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Supported Printers
Security Device Dongle
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Policy on Lost or Stolen Security Devices
If the Dongle Does Not Work
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FastRIP Manual
FastRIP Support
PC System Requirements
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Chapter 2 - Installation
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Basic Printer Setup
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Cartridge Instructions for Standard Rip Versions
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Epson R1800 and 2400
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Epson R1900
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Epson 2200
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Epson1520 and 3000
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Epson 4000
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Epson 4800/4880
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Epson 7800, 7880, 9800, 9880
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Cartridge Instructions for FastRip High Speed
Computer Connections
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Dongle Connection
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Printer Connections
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USB Port
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Parallel Port
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Ethernet Port
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FireWire Port
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Installing the Printer Driver
Installing FastRIP Software
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The FastRIP CD
Beginning the Installation
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Choose Language
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Installation Wizard
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License Agreement
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Choosing an Install Destination
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Select a Program Folder
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Scanning for Resources
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Concluding the Installation
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Parallel Dongle Installation
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USB Dongle Installation
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Un-installing FastRIP
Re-installing FastRIP
Chapter 3 - Setting Up FastRIP
Configuring Your Printer
First Time Setup Dialog
Printer Driver Selection
Create Queue Wizard: Intro
Select a Printer Queue
Set LPT Parameter (optional)
Set Timeout Options
Print a Test Page
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Set the Connection Parameters
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USB Parameters
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Ethernet Cable TCP/IP Parameters
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FireWire Port Parameters
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Layout Mode
Media Setup
Name Your Production Queue
Output Options
Add Printer to Queue Window
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Two Epson Drivers...
Printer Updates
Port Selection
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Output Port
USB Port
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Printer Sharing on Windows XP and 2000
Setting Up the Host Computer
Setting Up the Remote Computer
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Chapter 4 - Toolbars and Menus
Overview of FastRIP Interface
The Pull-down Menu Bar
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Queue Pull-down Menu
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Jobs Pull-down Menu
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Printers Pull-down Menu
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Tools Pull-down Menu
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Main Toolbar
Queue Tabs
Active List
Unscheduled Jobs
Preview Pane
Job Settings
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Chapter 5 - Program Settings
General Interface Settings
RIP System Settings
Processing Settings
Preview Options
Advanced RIP Settings - Performance
Chapter 6 - Page Layout
Portrait and Landscape Settings
Page Layout/Media Setup
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Setting the Page Size
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About Custom Page Sizes
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Creating a Custom Page Size
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Working with Page Layout Templates
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Selecting a Template
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Creating a Custom Template
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Template Settings
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Printing Template Slots
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Templates Hot Folder
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Layout Manager Tab
Setting the Layout and Scheduling
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Scheduling Settings
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Layout Jobs As They Arrive
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Page Overlay
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Layout Mode
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Nesting Jobs
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Setting the Layout Mode
Types of Nesting Layout Modes
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Manual Layouts
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Auto Page Layouts
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Automatic Nesting Layouts
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Page nesting/Layout Options
Page Overlay
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Chapter 7 - Printing From a
Graphics Application
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Introduction
Basic Printing
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Sending a Print Job
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Printing From Adobe Photoshop
Printing From CorelDraw
Printing From Adobe Illustrator
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Illustrator CS Versions
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Illustrator Versions 10 and Previous
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Printing From Macromedia Freehand
Printing Complex Files
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Introduction
Print Controls
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Starting and Stopping Print Jobs
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Cancelling a Print Job
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Printing to a Hot Folder
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Printer Options Tab
Previewing Print Data - View Raw Data
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View Raw Data Window Options
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Archiving Print Jobs
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Enable Archiving
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Archiving a Job
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Restoring an Archive
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Printing Direct to Port
Importing a File and Import Options
Underbase Settings Using Transparent Images
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Import Options and Settings
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FastARTIST Jobs
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Changing the Print Mode for Color Passes
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Setting up the Substrate Color
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Costing Interface
Material Cost
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Surface Treatment Cost
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Black, Colored and White Ink Costs
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Notes
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Color and White Ink Passes
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Ink Contingency
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Labor Cost
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Tax 1
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Tax 2
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Time
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Record Costing Data
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Dot Profiles
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Job Properties - Costing
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Chapter 9 - Print Modes and
Printer Information
Print Mode Introduction
Setting, Applying and Saving Print modes
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Setting the Print Mode from the Print Mode Dialog
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Changing the Print Mode Within a Held Print Job
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Copying a Print Mode
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Editing a Print Mode
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Setting the Default Print Mode in FastRIP
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Marking Print Modes as Favorites
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Hiding Print Modes
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Overriding the Print Mode Setting of a Print Job
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Print Mode Manager Toolbar Options
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Printer Specific Modes and Functions
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Epson R1400
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Epson 1520/3000
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Epson R1800/2400
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Epson 2200
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Epson 4000
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Epson 4800/4880
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Epson 7600/7800/7880/9600/9800/9880
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Chapter 10 - Output Settings
Introduction
Obtaining Photorealistic Prints
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Shadows, Highlights and Midtones
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Choosing Halftone Settings
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Printing Separations
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Configuring PPD Files
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Separations In PhotoShop
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Separations In CorelDraw
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Separations In Illustrator
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Additional Output Features
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Output Scheduling
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Adding Crop Marks
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In-RIP Cutting
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Output Adjustments
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Separation Curves
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Color Adjustment (Shadows, Midtones and Highlights)
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Image Adjustments
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Max Ink Tab
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ICC Profiles
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Printing a Test Page
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Quick Test Print
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Print Test Page Options
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Inkjet Concerns and Issues
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Overspray and Dot Shape
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Output Speed
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Inkjet Film
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Film Drying
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Water Resistant Films
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Film Handling
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Registration
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Roll Feed
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Film Loading
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Using your Inkjet Printer for Sublimation Purposes
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Chapter 11 - Troubleshooting
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Frequent Troubleshooting Topics
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Printer-Specific Troubleshooting Tips
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Epson 4000
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Epson 4800/4880
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Chapter 1
Introduction
Welcome to FastRIP 10.0
Congratulations on purchasing FastRIP, the affordable PostScript printing solution for non-PostScript printers. PostScript is an industry-standard scripting language that describes the text and
graphic elements of a print job. When FastRIP processes a job, PostScript elements are used to
generate a raster image (a series of horizontal lines) that the printer is capable of rendering. The
printer will then print your image one raster line at a time.
FastRIP performs the task of a Raster Image Processor (RIP), not only handling PostScript
interpretation, but also performing high-speed memory management of the raster image and
the spooling of multiple jobs to the printer. FastRIP utilizes Virtual Memory (VM) disk processing to do this. VM processing means PostScript file size limitations have been nearly eliminated
while also supporting up to PostScript Level 3 images.
FastRIP enhances and streamlines your Epson print applications and screen preparations, and
(with the exception of the Epson 1400, R1800, R1900, R2400, and 2200) provides Variable Dot
Halftone (V-dot) support. With V-dot support, this increases the available number of shades by a
factor of (times) 3 for a single black channel, and this process works across multiple black channels to provide up to (times) 12 shades. The net results are higher quality separations that can be
produced in less time. The media profiles (print modes) provided with FastRIP have V-dot support incorporated into each print mode, so this technology is automatically applied by selecting
the print mode that best corresponds to the loaded media, image resolution, etc.
FastRIP has also been developed to incorporate inkjet-to-garment printing in conjunction with
using FastARTIST and a T-Jet® Series inkjet-to-garment printer. Some features of FastRIP 10.0
may only apply to screen print film positives and some may only apply to inkjet-to-garment
printing.
NOTE: It is expected that you have read and understood the Operator’s Manual that was provided with your
printer, and that you are aware of the printer’s capabilities. For example, the Epson Photo Stylus R1800 is the
only model listed that does not support Variable Dot Halftones. As such, FastRIP supports high quality halftones
for the Photo Stylus R1800, though not the additional multiples of shades that are achievable using V-dot
technology. Regardless, once you have installed FastRIP and performed a test print, return to this manual and
review the workflows contained herein to help you understand the FastRIP features.
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PostScript and Raster Images
The term “raster display” originates from the method by which television images are created in
a series of horizontal scan lines. Sixty times a second (60 Hz), these scan lines are rendered from
top to bottom on a cathode-ray tube (CRT). This frequency is faster than the brain can process
the information, thus allowing a sequence of still pictures to create the illusion of movement.
Televisions and computer monitors are referred to as raster displays and the rectangular pattern
of horizontal lines refers to a raster.
A printer is also considered a raster display, since printing requires text and graphics to be translated into a rectangular pattern of horizontal lines. The printer will then lay ink upon the media
for each raster line, rendering the final image. The process of creating a Raster from text and
graphic elements is known as “rasterization.”
Printers - PostScript versus Non-PostScript
A PostScript file is a computer file that contains page layout descriptions for a print job. The
term “PostScript Printer” originated in the late 1980’s to describe printers designed to receive
PostScript files from networked computer terminals. When computers were not nearly as powerful as today’s machines, a central printer would be customized with expensive memory and an
upgraded microprocessor. This printer could then combine a PostScript file with printer-resident
fonts, as well as any graphics or additional fonts that were transmitted with the PostScript file.
This printer would then perform the raster image processing (RIP) task and output the results.
Using a PostScript printer was considered efficient because it did not require each of the networked computers to handle the complicated rasterization process. Each computer was only
required to transmit a relatively small PostScript file, which placed very little demand upon the
network.
The term “Non-PostScript Printer” originated in the early 1990’s. As PC’s became faster and larger amounts of internal RAM became standard, printers no longer had to act as image processors.
With less on-board memory and fewer tasks to process, these “dumb” printers were significantly
less expensive and they could print much faster. The task of rasterizing the PostScript data was
now the responsibility of each desktop or laptop within the network. The printer would merely
receive the raster data and produce an output, making no modifications.
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Using FastRIP
The FastRIP application is a rasterization solution for non-PostScript printers. FastRIP will take
the text and graphic elements of a print job, create the corresponding PostScript data, generate a
raster image for the entire job and then manage the spooling of raster data to the printer.
Why You Need FastRIP
Generally, inkjet printers do not come with a PostScript Interpreter. Even with those that do (the
Epson Printers use Epson Stylus Pro RIP); their PostScript capabilities are typically designed for
color calibration and not halftone output. Halftone dots are the key to printing vibrant or photorealistic images
FastRIP was designed specifically to handle halftones, enabling an inkjet printer to create output
very close to Imagesetter quality using off-the-shelf Epson inkjet ink. The software is also calibrated to allow for the over 50% dot gain produced when printing inkjet ink to clear film. This
means that if your graphic specifies a 50% dot, you won’t get a 70% dot.
FastRIP Functions
FastRIP is very simple to use. Unlike some RIP’s that require you to print to a “hot folder” and
jump through several proverbial “hoops” in order to output a job, FastRIP allows you to print
directly from within your application.
Film Output- Standard, Double or Triple Density
FastRIP has two functions for clear film output- either Standard Density or Double Density.
For a high quality film such as FastPOS, you can use the Standard Density setting. For films that
have a rough coating and/or need a heavier deposit of ink to produce dense Black images, you
should use the Double or Triple Density setting.
Inkjet Proofs
A major feature of FastRIP is the ability to print a color calibrated inkjet proof to show the
customer. You can print a standard inkjet proof or you can print a proof using standard halftone
dots settings of either 45 LPI (Lines per Inch), 55 LPI. You can even print at 65 LPI to simulate
the look of halftones when the image is actually screen printed.
Heat Transfers
FastRIP is calibrated for most off-the-shelf, coated T-Shirt Transfer paper. It does color correction
and mirrors the image before output.
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A New Era for Inkjet Printers
FastRIP and an inkjet printer now offer a low cost solution to film output. Traditionally printers
have had to use large format laser printers for film output.
Although this has been a standard practice for years, “mis-registration” has been an ongoing
struggle with no solution. Laser printers use fusing rollers to heat up the media, thereby causing shrinkage and poor registration. The lack of good toner deposit and the matte finish of laser
acetate and vellum have caused screen printers headaches for years. Often the only solution has
been adjusting exposure to times that are too short for screen durability.
For those who demanded better registration and denser images, the only option was to use a dry
thermal system. At $7,000 to $15,000 per system, one got excellent registration but lower resolution than an inkjet. Film Imagesetters were the final solution. They have excellent registration,
high resolution for sharper images, and very dense Black areas, but they come with a very hefty
price tag. Starting at $20,000 and going up from there, these systems are generally not a viable
option for most garment decoration businesses.
The combination of FastRIP and an EPSON 4000, 4800, 4880, 7800, 7880, 9800 or 9880
inkjet printer allows you to produce “near-Imagesetter” quality images without requiring you to
take out a second mortgage on your home. It is now possible to get excellent registration, dense
Black and sharp edges using standard off-the-shelf ink and clear film that is readily available in a
variety of sizes.
The Trade -off
There are trade-offs to using an inkjet that are greatly minimized when you compare the cost savings. An inkjet printer is not as fast as a laser, dry film system or Imagesetter. A color separation
that might normally take five minutes for each film to print, may take up to eight or nine minutes for the inkjet. While this does not seem like a big issue, when outputting dozens of films per
day, this may be a bottleneck for some shops. Computer processor speed and RAM have a huge
impact on the computer “ripping” time.
If speed is an issue, invest in another EPSON, a second copy of FastRIP and a computer workstation. The cost savings over a traditional Imagesetter will still be substantial.
Also, inkjet film needs to dry for a few minutes. You may need to find a system for hanging film
(we used to do this when we had cameras). An inkjet may require a little more maintenance than
traditional systems. Regular head cleanings should be performed.
Printing from the Epson 4000, 4800, 4880, 7800, 7880, 9800 and 9880, will get you excellent
registration with roll or sheet media.
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Supported Printers
As of the writing of this Manual, FastRIP 10.0 supports the Epson Stylus Color 1520, 3000,
R1400, R1800, R1900, R2400, the Epson Stylus Photo 2200 and the Epson Pro 4000, 4800
and 4880. FastRIP XL supports the Epson 7600/7800/7880 and FastRIP LF supports the Epson
9600/9800/9880. FastRIP 10.0 also supports the T-Jet Blazer Series inkjet-to-garment printers as
well as the T-Jet SDT-1000, T-Jet2 SDT 2200 and T-Jet3 Plus and 3300 models.
Security Device Dongle
FastRIP is provided with a software protection device, called
a “Dongle,” to prevent unauthorized use or pirating of the
software. For a Windows/PC you can use either a USB or
Parallel Port Dongle. You specified the type you wanted when
you ordered the software. In either case, the Dongle is visible to
FastRIP, yet remains transparent to other applications.
Policy On Lost Or Stolen Security Devices
`` The USB security device provided with FastRIP is your proof of purchase.
If the dongle is lost or stolen, then that is equivalent to losing the entire
software package, and a new package of FastRIP must be purchased.
`` In the event of a damaged security device that must be replaced, there is a
nominal fee for EXCHANGING a new device for the older device, where
the older device must be reclaimed by U.S. Screen.
This fee is waived where product is still under warranty.
`` Regardless, it is recommended that you ensure that your security device is
covered under your business insurance policy.
If the Dongle Does Not Work
If failure of the hardware (Dongle) has resulted from accident, abuse or misapplication, U.S.
Screen shall have no responsibility to replace the hardware. Replacement will be warranted for
the remainder of the original warranty period or 1 (one) year, whichever is longer. If the Dongle
ceases to operate within the warranty period, it will be replaced at no charge AFTER it has been
returned to the U.S. Screen & Inkjet Technology.
You must insure the Dongle for at least $250 against loss or damage during mailing. If the
Dongle is not under warranty, a replacement Dongle may be purchased. Contact U.S. Screen for
pricing or for details on purchasing or returning a defective Dongle. All returns must be shipped
with a traceable carrier and have a return authorization number on the box provided by U.S.
Screen Print & Inkjet Technology.
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FastRIP Manual
The electronic version of this Manual is on the FastRIP CD in a folder called FastRIP Manual.
It is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file. If you don’t have Adobe Acrobat, there is a free version on the
FastRIP CD.
FastRIP Support
Toll Free +1 888-698-5387
Technical Support Corporate Office Fax
E-mail: +1 480-929-2937
+1 480-929-0640
+1 480-929-0766
support@usscreen.com
Internet: www.screenprinters.net. Click on the Support tab.
Support hours: 7:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday
Emergency Support is also available.
(Mountain Standard Time) USA
Note: Arizona does not observe “Daylight Savings Time.”
In the summer months, Arizona is on the same time as California.
Before calling, please make sure you have watched the video and read the entire Manual. If you
are unable to find the answer to your questions in the Manual or the video, you can also visit the
FastRIP User’s Arena on the internet at www.screenprinters.net and click on the Support tab.
Here you will find news, Frequently Asked Questions, Public Documents, Technical Articles, a
Support Request Form and downloads for the FastRIP program.
Support is provided only for the software application FastRIP and not for your Epson inkjet
printer. Although we will try to assist you with printer problems, your best option is to contact
the dealer from whom you purchased your Epson printer or call the manufacturer’s Technical
Assistance.
Have your product serial number and history available when calling.
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PC System Requirements
FastRIP is a 32-bit Windows application. The following system configurations are the minimum
requirements:
`` A PC equipped with a Pentium processor 1.25 GHz or higher
`` At least 512MB of RAM; 1GB or more is highly recommended. (User’s
of Windows Vista will need and minimum of 2 GB of RAM for proper
operation)
`` 200MB free hard drive space recommended
`` Windows Vista/XP/2000 Operating System
`` USB 1.1 port (high speed 2.0 recommended)
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Installation
Basic Printer Setup
Whether you have a large format printer of a standard 13”W format printer, the following steps
will apply.
1. Open the box and carefully unpack your Epson Printer.
2. Follow the printers setup instructions.
3. Connect the Printer’s power cord to the back of the printer and connect the opposite end to an AC electrical outlet. (We recommend the use of a surge protector
to prevent power spikes from damaging the internal components of your printer.)
4. Load the FastINK cartridges into the appropriate slots.
5. Load the Epson cartridges into the appropriate slots.
NOTE: You do not need to turn ON the printer to install ink cartridges. In fact, should you turn ON your
printer and connect it to your computer at this time, you may receive a “Hardware not found!” error message.
This is not a critical error and can be fixed by turning off your printer. Until you install the Epson Printer Drivers,
your computer won’t recognize your printer. We will cover installing the printer drivers in the next section.
Cartridge Instructions for Standard Rip versions
Listed below are model specific ink cartridge loading instructions for the Standard versions of
FastRIP.
Epson R1800/R2400
The Epson R1800 and R2400 printers are shipped from the factory with UltraChrome (Pigment) inks. UltraChrome ink will NOT work for printing film positives. UltraChrome ink will
NOT adhere or dry on film transparencies. We have developed an ink called FastINK and can be
used to replace the UltraChrome Black cartridge. The Black ink is the only cartridge that need
be replaced since film positives are only printed in black.
For both the Epson R1800 and R2400, the FastINK Black cartridge goes in slot 5.
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Epson R1900
Much like the R1800 and R2400 models, the Epson R1900 is shipped from the factory with
UltraChrome (Pigment) inks. UltraChrome ink will NOT work for printing film positives. UltraChrome ink will NOT adhere or dry on film transparencies. We have developed an ink called
FastINK and can be used to replace the UltraChrome Black cartridge. The Black ink is the only
cartridge that need be replaced since film positives are only printed in black.
Replace the Epson photo black cartridge with the FastINK cartridge (slot number 6).
Epson 2200
The Epson Stylus Photo 2200 printer is shipped from the factory with UltraChrome (Pigment)
inks. UltraChrome ink will NOT work for printing film positives. UltraChrome ink will NOT
adhere or dry on film transparencies. We have developed an ink called FastINK and can be used
to replace the UltraChrome Black cartridge. The Black ink is the only cartridge that need be
replaced since film positives are only printed in black.
Replace the Epson photo black cartridge with the FastINK cartridge.
Epson 1520/3000
The Epson 1520 and 3000 require no special ink to print on film positives, however, we have
developed the revolutionary ink called FastINK that may give better results. Talk to a Sales Representative for more details.
Epson 4000
Insert an UltraChrome Photo Black (T-5433) or FastINK cartridge in slot number 5. If an
Epson Matte cartridge is inserted into slot number 5, contact our Support Department for a
replacement.
Epson 4800/4880
Insert a FastINK cartridge in slots 5 and 8. Be advised, you should only print on a waterproof
film like FastPOS WP.
Epson 7800, 7880, 9800 and 9880
Insert an Epson UltraChrome Photo Black (T-5433), Epson dye-based ink or FastINK cartridge
in slot number 1.
NOTE: Epson UltraChrome Ink only works with Waterproof film like FastPOS WP. Epson UltraChrome ink
will NOT print film transparencies.
NOTE: Each time you power on your printer, some ink is used to prime the Print Head. Even if the majority of
your printing jobs use only one color (mostly commonly Black), you will eventually need to refill or replace the
other color cartridges.
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Cartridge Instructions for FastRIP High Speed
FastRIP High Speed requires that you have one of the following printers listed below. FastRIP
High Speed uses 4 ink cartridges to print out your film positives REALLY FAST! You can still
print color images with your printer because the 4 black cartridges utilize the light-colored ink
slots.
Epson 4800 and 4880
Epson 7800 and 7880
Epson 9800 and 9880
The 4 black cartridges will go in slots 5-8 on any of the six printer models.
Computer Connections
The following sections will cover connecting your FastRIP dongle to your computer as well as
your printer.
Dongle Connection
Both the Parallel port and USB port Dongles require specific steps be followed when connecting
them to your computer. Please read the installation instructions completely before connecting
the Dongle.
WARNING If you are using a Parallel Port Dongle, you MUST shut down your
computer before plugging in the Dongle. Your printer must also be turned OFF. With the
printer and computer OFF, you may insert your Dongle after installing the FastRIP
software.
IMPORTANT POINT If you are using the Blue-colored USB Dongle,
DO NOT plug in the Dongle until AFTER you are finished with the software
installation. If the Dongle is inserted into a USB port prior to installing
the FastRIP software, Windows may install the wrong driver. It is safe
to insert the USB Dongle into a USB port while your computer is
running.
If your package included either a Kingston or Orange-colored
dongle, CONNECT IT NOW. Windows will automatically
detect the device. You can then click Next to continue.
If your package included a Blue-colored dongle, then connect
it as outlined at the end of the product installation.
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Printer Connections
With the printer power still OFF, connect the printer to your computer.
There are a few ways to do this; a USB to Parallel Port connection (using an adapter), a Parallel Port to Parallel Port cable, a USB to USB connection, an Ethernet connection or through
FireWire.
NOTE: Not all Epson Printers have USB to USB, FireWire, Ethernet or Parallel, but will at least have one.
USB to USB
Parallel (USB adapter)
Fire Wire
USB Port
A USB Port is much smaller than a Parallel Port. The cord
has a small rectangle with a “lip” inside one end and the other
end is a hexigon-type shape that plugs into the printer. There are
often USB Ports on both the front and back of a computer. It is
recommended that you connect your USB cable to one of the
back ports to prevent damage to the connector through accidental contact. To connect your printer to your computer via USB
cable, most standard USB to Parallel or USB to USB cables will
work.
Parallel Port
The Parallel Port on both your printer and your
computer are large rectangular inputs with the bottom two corners angled slightly inward. The male ends
contain “pins.” The female ends have receptors for these
“pins (top photo).” If you are purchasing a Parallel Cable, most standard Parallel to Parallel Cables (IEEE1284)
will work, however, some printer models (recent years)
if equipped with a parallel port, it may have a different connection (bottom photo) and require the parallel
cord shown above which can plug into your USB slot on
your computer.
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Ethernet Port
If you are connecting via an Ethernet cable, a 10/100
Ethernet card is required.
FireWire Port
If you are connecting via FireWire, a standard IEEE 1394 cable
may be used as long as it does not exceed 10 feet in length.
USB
FireWire
Installing the Printer Driver
Although FastRIP has its own printer drivers, you must install the printer driver that came with
your printer in order to utilize utility programs like Head Cleaning and Nozzle Checks. These
are only available for use through your standard inkjet printer driver. If your printer driver has
already been installed, skip this section of installation and continue on with Installing FastRIP.
DO NOT install the EPSON Stylus RIP Postscript driver. This driver can confuse the FastRIP
installation. If you have already installed this driver, delete the Postscript Epson printer driver
and re-install only the standard driver. You can ensure you have the most current inkjet driver by
going to www.epson.com and downloading the most recent version.
After FastRIP, is installed you will have TWO EPSON drivers - the normal driver and one that
FastRIP uses.
1. Load the “Epson Drivers” CD that came with your printer, into the CD drive.
`` Save any work and close any other programs that may be running on
your computer at this time, such as Word, Photoshop etc.
`` Insert the Driver CD into your CD drive and follow the on-screen
prompts.
NOTE: Install the regular Epson driver for your inkjet printer, but NOT the optional Epson Stylus Pro RIP. You
need the normal driver for performing head cleanings and other utilities.
2. Turn the Epson printer ON.
A message balloon may appear in the bottom
right hand corner of your computer screen stating
“New hardware found.” After a few moments,
another balloon may appear with your printer’s
make and model listed in it. Your computer
should now recognize your printer.
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You can also check by clicking on Start > Settings > Printer and Faxes. An icon
representing your printer should now appear in the Printers and Faxes window
that just opened.
3. You must now configure FastRIP to work with your printer.
`` Go to Start > Programs > FastRIP 10.0 and click on FastRIP.
`` Select your Epson printer and click on Next.
`` On the next screen, select the option “Search for new printer package versions from CD.”
`` Place a check mark by “Search CD-ROM or floppy drive.”
`` Click on Next. Click on Next.
`` Click on Finish.
4. Next you need to set the default printer your software will use.
`` In the FastRIP main window, go to Printers > Manage Printers.
`` Place a check in the Control Panel box next to your Epson printer and
click on Ok.
FastRIP is now ready to use. Refer to the following section, Installing
FastRIP Software, for further instructions.
5. Register your company in the FastRIP User’s Arena at www.screenprinters.net.
Installing FastRIP Software
At this point, you have confirmed that your FastRIP package contains both the installation CD
and Dongle security device. The following steps are an overview of installing FastRIP. Within the
installation wizard, further information is provided with each individual stage of the wizard.
The FastRIP installation process will install both FastRIP and printer support files. During the
installation of FastRIP, there should be no other applications running. Many antivirus software
programs can also interfere with the installation, so it is recommended you also disable any antivirus software until the FastRIP installation process is complete.
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The FastRIP CD
In addition to FastRIP, the FastRIP CD contains a 20 day trial version of FastFILMS, a complete
catalog of FastART, a catalog of effects available with FastFX, sample files and Adobe Acrobat
Reader.
Beginning the Installation
1. Connect the USB security device NOW.
Insert the FastRIP CD into your CD drive. The installation program should start automatically.
If the FastRIP installation does not start
automatically, follow these steps.
`` Click on Start > Run and then the Browse
button.
`` Find the drive that contains your CD and
select the folder named Install.
`` Open this folder and double-click on the
file named Setup.exe.
IMPORTANT POINT If your package included either a
Kingston or Orange-colored dongle, CONNECT IT NOW if
you haven’t already. Windows will automatically detect the
device. You can then click Next to continue.
If your package included a Blue-colored dongle, then connect it as
outlined at the end of the FastRIP Software installation.
Choosing a Language
The installation process will begin by querying your language
preference. Choose the desired language and click OK.
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Installation Wizard
After selecting your language preference,
the installation process will begin. When
the install pauses at “Welcome to the
InstallShield Wizard,” click Next.
Licensing Agreement
Read the Licensing Agreement thoroughly
prior to accepting the terms and conditions. Clicking Next implies acceptance of
the agreement.
Choosing an Install Destination
Select the destination folder for FastRIP.
This will be the central location where
executable and workspace files will be kept.
It is strongly recommended you do not
change the default destination folder! If
you are running any other devices that use
Dongles or similar RIP technology, there
might be Dongle or RIP conflicts if this
destination is changed. When ready, click
on the Next button.
Select a Program Folder
Choose a program folder location where
FastRIP shortcuts will be placed. These
shortcuts will become accessible through
the Windows Start menu. This creates the
program directory FastRIP 10.0 on the
start menu.
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Scanning for Resources
The installation program will scan the computer for available resources. It may take several moments for the installation to resume. You will then see the installation progress window.
Concluding the Installation
Once the installation is complete, FastRIP will ask if you want to re-boot your computer. Refer
to the following sections that referring to your particular dongle type to conclude the install.
Parallel Dongle Installation
`` If you will be using the Parallel
Port Dongle, select “No, I will restart my computer later” and click
Finish.
`` Manually shut down your computer and turn OFF your printer.
`` Insert the Parallel Port Dongle.
`` After inserting your Dongle, turn
ON the power to your printer and
then reboot the computer.
USB Dongle Installation
`` If you will be using the USB Dongle, select “Yes, I want to restart my
computer now” from the on-screen menu.
`` Click Finish. FastRIP will shut down the computer and automatically
reboot it.
`` Once the computer has rebooted and the Windows desktop has returned,
insert your USB Dongle.
IMPORTANT POINT
In the event you have a bad Dongle or the Dongle driver was not installed correctly, a window will
pop-up stating, “Dongle Error, Dongle not found or valid.” This means the Dongle was not recognized by the computer. Verify that the Dongle’s serial number matches the serial number from the
Product.icf file.
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Un-installing FastRIP
Should you need to un-install FastRIP
from your computer, click on Start > Control Panel and locate the icon labeled Add
or Remove Programs. Double-click on this
icon and another window will open. Scroll
through the listings until you see FastRIP.
Click on the program to highlight and
then click on the Remove button. In the
FastRIP Setup window select Remove and
click on Next.
The un-install process will remove most of the program components, however a folder MUST
still be deleted from your hard drive. Right-click and Explore your My Computer icon on your
desktop. Double-click on your C:\ drive and double-click on the folder labelled Program Files.
Right-click on the FastRIP folder and select Delete. Delete the RIP driver by going into Start >
Settings > Printers and Faxes. Right-click on Epson Color Stylus *, Epson Photo Stylus *, or Epson
Stylus Pro * Full/Sheet and select Delete.
Re-installing FastRIP
If you are going to re-install the program you DO NOT need to un-install first.
`` Simply place the CD back in the computer and allow it to run through a
normal installation.
`` Click on Yes when asked if you wish to install over the existing version of
FastRIP.
`` Click on Ok when asked if it’s Ok to share the folder.
`` Restart your computer.
NOTE: Whether you are using a USB or Parallel Dongle on the PC, you will not need to remove the Dongle
during a re-installation of the software. Your computer already knows to recognize the Dongle from the previous
installation.
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Configuring Your Printer
After you have completed the basic installation, FastRIP is ready to run. However, prior to printing a job from a graphics program, you must configure FastRIP to work with your printer.
1. First Time Setup Dialog
The First Time Setup screen will
appear letting you select your preferred measurements options.
2. Printer Driver Selection
1. Go to Start > Programs > FastRIP 10.0 and click on FastRIP.
2. A screen will prompt you to select a
printer.
`` Highlight the printer drivers you
wish to install and click on the Next
button. You will only see the printers
listed that work with the version of
FastRIP you have purchased.
NOTE: You may return to this screen at a later time to add additional printers.
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3. From the next screen, select the option “Search for new printer package versions
from CD.” Place a check mark by “Search CD-ROM or floppy drive.”
Click on Next. Click on Next. Click on Finish. When the “Configuration
Complete” window appears, click on Next.
3. Create Queue Wizard Intro
The next steps in the installation process will
be completing the Create Queue Wizard.
The Introduction window will open automatically.
Click Next and follow the steps below.
4. Select a Printer Queue
The Printer Defaults window will now appear. This wizard will walk you through the
process of configuring your printer port and
other default printer options.
1. Select your printer and its output port.
`` The Output Port depends on the
type of printer cable that is being
used to connect the computer and
your printer.
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`` The ports could be USB, LPT (Parallel), LPR (Ethernet) or the IP address
of the printer (FireWire.)
`` Click the ellipsis (...) button to the right of the Port drop-down list to
open the Print Mode Selection dialog.
Note: If you are connecting your printer to your computer via USB cable, refer to Appendix A for details on how
to find the correct USB Port.
2. A Port Setting window will open reading “Properties
for port:LPT1:
An LPT Port (also known as a parallel port) is the
most commonly-used printer port.
LPT Mode, also known as “Printer Port mode,”
determines the transmission rate of data sent to the
printer. Although faster rates of transmitting data
are preferable, the printer must be capable of
sustaining the selected mode.
Faster data rates also increase the chances of transmission errors, so using a good quality IEEE 1284
cable is important.
`` For the initial installation, leave the port’s Properties settings at the Default. If “gaps and lines” start to appear in the output, the LPT mode may
have been set too high, preventing the printer from receiving data consistently. Should you need to change the LPT Mode, the following section
briefly describes the available modes.
5. Set LPT Parameter (Optional)
The following is a list of LPT settings that can change how your computer sends the data
through FastRIP and to the printer. We recommend leaving the settings in the Port Settings Dialog as default, however, they can be adjusted for certain needs or concerns. These settings can be
accessed in the Port Settings > Advanced screen.
`` LPT Mode SPP, Normal, or Compatible
These modes are synonymous and refer to the same setting. In this mode,
data from the computer to the printer is transmitted at the slowest rate
possible. In this mode there are very few errors however, printing time
will also be at its longest. If your printer can not operate without errors in
any of the faster modes, you will have to use this mode.
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`` LPT Mode EPP
This is the mid-range speed setting. It is not often used, but may be a
good compromise between ECP and SPP modes.
`` LPT Mode ECP
In this mode, data is sent to the printer at the fastest possible rate. Generally most printers can support this speed, but if your prints show errors,
your printer may not be capable of this mode.
`` Automatic
If the Automatic option is enabled, FastRIP Queue will attempt to determine the fastest possible mode for sending data to the printer. FastRIP
Queue will test for ECP (fastest rate) capability first, followed by EPP
(mid-range rate), and then SPP (slowest rate).
`` LPT 2 or LPT 3
If your printer is connected to LPT 2 or LPT 3 choose the Windows LPT
Driver.
Note: A specific data rate may be “forced” for a specific job by disabling the Automatic option. When you start a
new job, FastRIP will automatically perform its checks again prior to delivering the new output.
6. Set Timeout Options
While still in the Port Settings Window, select the
Timouts Tab. The Timeouts Tab allows you to tell
FastRIP what to do in the event of “Time Out”
error. This error most often occurs when printing
a large file and is the result of an interrupted data
stream.
`` Set the Retries to 999 and the Initial to 60.
7. Print A Test Page
It is recommended that you print a test page to make
sure that your computer is properly communicating
with your printer. For more Test Page printing options, refer to Chapter 10 - FastRIP Print Options
-Printing a Test Page.
1. To do this, click on Start > Settings > Printers
and Faxes.
2. In the window the pops up, find your Epson
Printer and right-click on it.
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3. Under the Properties tab, click on the button labeled “Print a Test Page.”
If the test page does not print, or does not print correctly, refer to the following step in looking
up your connection type and for instructions on settings/ports.
8. Set the Connection Parameters
If your printer completed a positive test print, skip this step and continue with Step 9.
The following sections will cover setting the parameters to correct or initially setup your connection properly. Refer to your particular connection to learn about the needed settings and adjustments necessary.
USB Parameters
Most printers that support USB connections are known as “Plug and Play.” This terminology
means that after the printer drivers have been installed, Windows will automatically recognize
your printer and to which USB port it’s connected.
Ethernet cable TCP/IP Parameters
To use the TCP/IP port option, consult your system administrator to determine the Host Address
and Print Server Queue Name.
The TCP/IP port option is used to send print jobs
across a TCP/IP network to a network IP address
(the Host Address). This Host Address represents
the location of a printer server on the network.
FireWire Port Parameters
FireWire is a term used by Apple Computers for their IEEE 1394 Standard, which calls for a
high performance serial bus to connect peripherals to your computer. This standard has also been
implemented under other commercial names, such as iLink from Sony Corporation. Additionally, it is sometimes referred to generically as IEEE 1394.
To use your printer with
FastRIP and FireWire, select
the FireWire Port called
EP1394D3_00*
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9. Layout Mode
The Layout Mode window lets you select how
to handle jobs as they are imported.
When finished, click Next.
10. Media Setup
The Media Setup window allows you to control the default setting of media used and size
of media.
When finished, click Next.
11. Name Your Production Queue
The Name Your Production Queue window
lets you assign any given name to the Queue
you just created.
Click Next, when finished.
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12. Output Options
The last window in the Creat Queue Wizard
is the Output Options window. This lets you
set the default printing options for jobs that
have been sent to the RIP Queue for printing.
When finished, click Finish.
13. Add Printer to Queue Window
The FastRIP Program Screen or
“Queue”- window should have
opened. This is the
same window you
will see when the
image processor
is working. There
are a lot of options
that can be accessed
from this screen,
but for now, are
only concerned
with the Manage
Printers screen.
1. From the Printers Pull-down Menu, select Manage Printers.
This window will list all printers connected to your computer.
2. Locate your Epson printer and place a check in the Control Panel column. Click
on Ok. This will add the printer to the Printers Window.
NOTE FOR EPSON 7600 AND 9600: With FastRIP XL and FastRIP LF, you will see listings for Epson Stylus
Pro * Full and Epson Stylus Pro * Sheet. The “Full” is for roll film and the “Sheet” is for sheet fed film. You should
check both drivers.
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Two EPSON Drivers....
When you choose the Epson printer driver during installation, FastRIP creates a new “Postscript”
driver for the printer. The new driver is actually a FastRIP tool that tells FastRIP to rasterize the
image before sending it to the printer. This new driver is called Epson Stylus Pro 4000 PS, Epson
Stylus Pro 4800 PS, Epson Stylus Pro 7800 (FastRIP XL) or Epson Stylus Pro 9800 (FastRIP
LF). The standard Epson driver is called EPSON Stylus Photo *, EPSON Stylus Pro *, or EPSON Stylus Color *. These ARE NOT the same drivers. It is very important to remember which
driver to use with FastRIP.
Also, the FastRIP High Speed Driver will look like Epson 4800 Separations.
To see the various printer drivers on your system, go to the Start Button on the Windows Taskbar. Click on Settings > Printers or Control Panel > Printers and Faxes and you will see this window.
IMPORTANT POINT
If you right click on the “new” FastRIP print driver and select Properties, you will notice
under the Port tab in Printer Properties that this “driver” prints to a port called FastRIP
Demo 9.0: My Queue (PhotoScript Port), and NOT your standard LPT*, USB, FireWire,
or Ethernet port.
Printer Updates
Getting the latest updates for your printer
To obtain the latest print modes for your printer:
1) Ensure your Internet connection is active.
2) From the Printers menu, choose
Manage Printers. The Manage Printers dialog will open.
3) Click the printer name that will be
checked.
4) Click the Check for online updates button. If updated print modes are available, then the Update printers button will become available.
5) Click the Update printers button to update the print modes.
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Port Selection
Output Port
1) From the Printers menu, choose Manage Printers.
2) The Manage Printers dialog will open.
3) For the given printer, the Port column indicates the output port.
4) To change the port, choose a port from the drop-list.
5) To change the port settings, click the ellipsis button (three dots) that is to the
right of the drop-list.
Of the various port settings described in the following sections, the USB Port is recommended
for output from FastRIP. Other port methods are described in the electronic help file.
USB Port
This is the recommended output port to use with FastRIP.
A Universal Serial Bus (USB) port has the benefit of allowing new hardware to be added without
configuration concerns or hardware conflicts. In addition, a USB device may be added without
requiring the workstation to be restarted.
1. When the Epson printer is connected to the computer via its USB port, Windows will automatically detect the USB printer.
2. In FastRIP, the USB port name for this printer should now be available.
3. From the Printers menu, choose Manage Printers.
4. The Manage Printers dialog will open.
5. From the Port column drop-list, choose the USB port that is named specifically for your Epson model. Example: For the Epson 4800, the USB port will
be listed as “EpsonStylus Pro 4800_USB00X+port name.”
Note: Depending upon advanced settings within FastRIP, it is possible that there is a secondary “USB00X” port
(or “LPTUSB1” in the case of Belkin Adapters) that is available. Do not choose either of these secondary ports,
unless requested to do so by Tech Support.
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Printer Sharing on Windows 2000 and XP
Setting up the Host Computer
On a Host Windows 2000 computer, setting up printer sharing is done through the Sharing tab
of the printer driver properties. The procedure for Windows XP is similar.
1. From the Start menu, Settings, choose Printers.
2. The Printer dialog will open. Right-click the icon of the printer to be shared. A
context menu will appear.
3. From the context menu, choose the Properties option.
The Properties dialog for the printer will open.
4. Select the Sharing tab.
5. On the Sharing tab, choose Shared and enter a name
for the printer in the field.
6. Click OK to accept the new settings.
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Setting up the Remote Computer
Assuming that the Host Windows 2000 computer has been set up to share its connected printer
over the network, Remote Windows 2000 computers may use the following procedure to add
that printer as a resource. The procedure for Windows XP is similar.
1. From the Start menu, Settings, choose Printers.
2. The Printers dialog will open.
3. Double-click the Add Printer icon. The Add Printer Wizard will launch.
4. Click Next. The location of the printer must now be selected.
5. Choose Network printer, and click Next.
6. Windows 2000 will now compile a list of the printers that are available on the
network.
7. Choose the printer that is connected to the Host computer, and then click Next
to complete the Add Printer sequence.
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Toolbars and Menus
Overview of FastRIP Interface
The following sections will cover the Main Window elements of FastRIP 10.0 such as the Pulldown Menus and Toolbar buttons. For further information on these tools and settings, refer to
the following chapters.
The main elements of the FastRIP window are:
Jobs in the Active List are positioned in the Preview Pane. Selecting a job
provides additional controls for modifying its layout.
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The Pull-down Menu Bar
The Pull-down Menus, also referred to as drop-down menus, provide the main FastRIP controls.
`` The Queue menu provides controls for adjusting FastRIP parameters.
`` The Jobs menu provides controls for adjusting selected print jobs.
`` The Printers menu provides management for printers.
`` The Tools menu provides access to advanced RIP settings.
Queue Pull-down Menu
When print jobs are received by FastRIP, they are added to the queue of active jobs. The Queue
menu contains basic controls for starting, stopping, and scheduling of print jobs.
`` Manage Queues – Create a queue, or change the port or printer of an
existing queue.
`` Start – Process jobs as they are received in queue. Scheduling settings apply to received jobs.
`` Stop – Hold all jobs in queue, regardless of Scheduling settings.
`` Clear Job Errors – Reset any errors that were reported, such as paper out.
`` Properties – Open the Queue Properties dialog.
Jobs Pull-down Menu
The Jobs menu contains controls for printing, previewing and deleting print jobs.
`` Restore jobs – Manage archived print jobs.
`` Select all – Selects all jobs in queue.
`` Select none – Clear current selection.
`` Remove – Delete the selected job.
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`` Rename – change the job name.
`` Open Page – discard the spool data, such that individual jobs can be
scaled, rotated, etc.
`` Locate Job – find the job in the Preview Pane
`` Release – release a held job
`` Hold – stop the job, regardless of whether queue is stopped
`` Abort – cancel the print job
`` Clear error – reset any errors that were reported, such as paper out
`` Add to Layout – move an unscheduled job into the active list, and show
in Preview Pane
`` Print – send job to the printer
`` RIP Only (Preview) – spool the print data without sending to printer.
Once spooled, the print data can be previewed
`` Generate Preview Image – if thumbnails have been turned off, then create a preview
`` Properties – open the Job Properties dialog
`` Show log console – when printing a job, open a log window. Same as
Jobs menu >> Properties >> Log tab
Printers Pull-down Menu
The Printers menu contains controls for managing printers, print modes, and page sizes.
`` Manage Printers – Open the Manage Printers dialog, which is used to
add support files for new printers, and check for support file updates.
`` Manage Print Modes – Copy and edit print modes for a given printer.
`` Manage Print Media – Define media dimensions in terms of sheets,
rolls, and templates.
`` Printer Properties – List printer settings.
`` Print Test Page – Choose target charts for testing the printer output.
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Tools Pull-down Menu
From the Tools Pull-down menu, choose Options to open the Options dialog. The available
tabs are as follows:
`` General – Basic controls for customizing the FastRIP interface.
`` Queue Base Folder – The location of Queue production files.
`` RIP – Allocate memory for the RIP, and set the relative priority of jobs
with respect to other Windows applications.
`` Processing – Spool extra jobs whilst waiting for the current print job to
finish.
`` Preview Options – Adjust the thumbnail image that is displayed next to
each job name in the queue.
Main Toolbar
The Main Toolbar, just below the Pull-down Menus, provide basic (Start / Stop) controls.
Below is the list, from left to right, of the 10 buttons in the Toolbar and what they do.
`` Open: This is the first icon in the list. The Open Icon lets you import a
new job into the Queue list (shortcut of File>Import).
`` Remove: By pressing the Remove button, all of the jobs that are currently
selected (highlighted) in the Queue Window or Archived window will be
removed. You cannot undo a remove command.
`` Release Job:
`` Hold Job:
`` Clear Errors:
`` Abort Job: Lets you cancel a job from spooling or printing.
`` Start Queue: By clicking the Start Queue button, all jobs will be processed according to the scheduling settings within the queue properties.
`` Stop Queue: The Stop Queue button will cause all jobs to be held, regardless of the scheduling settings within the queue properties
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`` Configure Queue: Lets you setup and configure queue settings to a job
that is currently in the queue list (shortcut for Queue>Properties Pulldown Menu selection).
`` Printer Status and Settings: This button will allow you to adjust printer
settings and to view the current status of the printer.
NOTE: The Toolbar Icons that are grayed out, are not currently available with the current selection or situation.
Queue Tabs
Select between printers using the Queue
Tabs located below the Main Toolbar. Each
tab will display the printer title that is associated with it and the number of current/
holding jobs located in it’s Active List.
Active List
In this section of the RIP Window you can view each job that has been imported into FastRIP
and control its current status or settings. If you wanted to adjust an imported job or cancel a
function, highlight the job in the Active List, then select either a function from the main Toolbar
or right click on the job for other options. Jobs can be dragged here for storage or dragged back
to the Active List for printing.
At the top of the Active List is a section title showing particular information about the job;
everything from the Job Name to the Job Cost is listed here. By right-clicking on any of these
titles, you can specify which ones or present. In this example all options are present. Each line
between the titles can be dragged to expand the information under that title. The scroll bar at the
bottom of the window lets you view the information of the job when expanded.
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Unscheduled or Archived Jobs
After a job has been printed, it will show up in the Unscheduled or Archived Jobs area of the RIP
Window.
Preview Pane
Here you will see the placement of the job to be printed or printed job in relation to the page
layout or template that have loaded for that job.
Located in the Preview
Pane is a Zoom tool
that lets you zoom in
and out of the page
layout. It also features
page control arrows
and scroll bar as well
as a ruler specifying
the art in relation to
the unit measurements
selected.
Job Settings
Here you can specify (adjust) the size and position of your artwork in relation to the page. You
can also adjust the page layout and template specifications as well.
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General Interface Settings
From the Tools Pull-down Menu, choose Options and then click the General tab.
The General tab provides basic controls for customizing the FastRIP Window:
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Show splash screen
When launching the FastRIP Window, this checkbox controls whether the FastRIP Window
splash screen will be displayed.
Always on top
If this checkbox is ticked (ON), then the FastRIP Window window will always remain in the
foreground “above” other windows.
Show advanced settings
Tick this checkbox (ON) to enable advanced control tabs in both the Queue Properties dialog,
and Job Ticket Properties dialog.
Automatically track items
If this checkbox is ticked (ON), then selecting a job in the active list or archive list will display
details about that job in the Media Settings pane. When OFF, it is necessary to select a job in the
Preview Pane in order to display such details.
Process multiple page jobs as overlay
When this checkbox is ticked (ON), received jobs that contains multiple pages will be automatically placed above each other in the Preview Pane.
Select pages when importing multiple page job
Choose pages when importing a multiple page job. For example, if a multiple page PDF document is received, then the Page Manager will provide options for previewing and selecting which
pages to import.
Set display unit
Choose the unit of measurement that will be used throughout the FastRIP Window.
Set decimal places
Choose the precision of measurements used in FastRIP Window.
Reset hidden dialogs
The FastRIP Window uses warning dialogs to confirm whether a given action should proceed.
Such warning dialogs have a checkbox that can be checked to prevent that warning dialog from
reoccurring. However, if there is a new user that is learning how to use the FastRIP Window,
then click the Reset All button to force all dialogs to be shown again. Alternatively, click Advanced to select which warning dialogs to show.
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RIP System Settings
From the Tools menu, choose Options and then click the RIP tab.
The RIP Settings are used to specify the resources that are available for spooling (rasterizing or
RIP’ing) print jobs. These controls will directly influence the workstation that is performing the
RIP calculations.
RIP System Location
The RIP System Folder field explicitly states the directory to which the FastRIP Window RIP
has been installed. This information is provided to help CADlink Tech Support diagnose issues
quickly.
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RIP Memory Allocation
Memory refers to the maximum amount of workstation memory (RAM) that may be used by the
queue when creating a spool file. If more than this limit is required, then Virtual Memory (VM)
will be used. Virtual Memory refers to hard drive space that is used to supplement RAM. Virtual
Memory is used to effectively provide applications with more RAM than the workstation has
installed. However, accessing hard drive space is much slower than real memory.
RIP Priority Level
All software processes have a Priority Level that determines how the workstation processing time
is shared amongst the processes (different software applications). Normally, processes are assigned
equal priority levels by default, but modifying the priority of individual processes is acceptable
where this improves overall workstation performance.
If the RIP Priority Level is increased, then print jobs will be processed faster, though this will be
to the detriment of all other software processes that are running on the workstation. Other processes will simply require more time in order to complete their operations.
Conversely, if the RIP Priority Level is decreased, then print jobs will require more time to complete.
Processing Settings
From the Tools menu, choose Options and then click the Processing tab.
Concurrent RIP Operations
Though the queue can spool a print job quickly, there is still time required to send the spool data
to the printer (say over a network). In addition, the printer has a physical limit with respect to
how quickly ink can be laid upon the media.
Instead of waiting idle for a spool file to be completely received by the printer, the queue can
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begin creating spool files for subsequent print jobs concurrently. However, please note that only
one spool file is being compiled at any given time. The Maximum number of concurrent RIPs
limits the number of spool files that can be compiled in advance of the job that is currently being
spooled.
Preview Options
From the Tools menu, choose Options and then click the Preview Options tab.
By default, when a new job is received by the FastRIP Window, its name is listed in the Active
List of jobs, a thumbnail image of the job is shown next to its name, and a thumbnail preview of
the job is shown in the Preview Pane. Typically, these thumbnail previews are of medium quality,
though the preview quality can be increased using the Preview Options.
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Generate thumbnail previews
Clearing this checkbox (OFF) will prevent thumbnail previews from being automatically created.
However, previews can be manually created by right-clicking the given job and choosing Jobs
menu >> Generate Preview Image.
Preview quality
Adjusts the screen resolution of the generated preview. Higher quality will require the greatest
amount of time in generating the preview.
Gamma adjustment
Adjusts the relative brightness of the generated preview.
Preview image bits per pixel
Limits the number of color shades that can be assigned to a given pixel. Choosing 1 bit per pixel
will create preview colors that appear blotchy.
Limit number of previews
By default, when multiple jobs are received at the same time, thumbnail previews will be methodically generated one-by-one. Use the slider to increase the number of previews that are
generated in parallel.
Advanced RIP Settings
Performance
From the Queue menu, choose Properties and click the Performance tab.
For most cases, the Resolution Reduction slider should be OFF. The Resolution Reduction
slider is used to reduce the resolution of the data being spooled, thereby reducing the size of the
required spool data. For text and line art, it is likely that half of the resolution data can be discarded without impacting the appearance of the printed output.
However, avoid reducing the resolution with images (i.e., gradients that utilize halftones), since
the quality can deteriorate quickly.
If the Intelligent Resolution Reduction checkbox is ticked, then the Resolution Reduction
feature will be applied automatically using a sophisticated set of criteria.
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Portrait and Landscape Settings
Suppose that two documents have been created, where one document is noticeably wide, and the
other is tall.
Wide Image
(landscape style)
Tall Image
(portrait style)
The following diagram shows how orientation affects the
placement of these images on a paper roll and will give
you an idea how to group them together.
The diagram is summarized as follows:
Figure Image Orientation
1
A
Portrait
2
B
Portrait
3
A
Landscape
4
B
Landscape
Notice that in both Figures 1 and 4, the document is being printed to use almost the full width
of the paper roll, which is considered to be an efficient use of the roll. In comparison, Figures 2
and 3 do not use the full width of the roll, which creates wasted material.
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Page Layout/Media Setup
The following sections will cover setting up your page layout, creating custom page sizes and
other page options available with FastRIP 10.0.
Setting the Page Size
Queue Pull-down Menu>> Properties>>Media Setup tab
The page size is the size and margins of the loaded media, which will be used for positioning of
jobs in the Preview Pane. The page size is set as follows:
1) From the Queue Pull-down menu, choose Properties.
2) On the Media Setup tab, set the Type of media.
`` Roll media - Preview jobs according to a specific roll width.
`` Fixed sheet media - Preview jobs in terms of the sheet width and
height.
`` Automatic sheet media - Use the sheet width and height that was
defined in the design application.
3) From the Name drop-list, choose a preset media.
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About Custom Page Sizes
If a custom page size is being created, then the dimensions of the page size must correspond to
how the page will be rendered on the printed page.
For example, if a tall document is being printed with portrait orientation, then the dimensions of
the custom page size will be the same as the image dimensions.
However, if a landscape orientation is being used, the document will be rotated through 90 degrees, and the custom page size dimensions will be reversed.
This is summarized in the following table:
ORIENTATION CUSTOM PAGE HEIGHT
Portrait
Document height
Landscape
Document width
CUSTOM PAGE WIDTH
Document width
Document height
Creating a Custom Page Size
Queue Pull-down Menu>> Manage Queues
In the following procedure, the Printer Page Setup dialog is used to create page sizes that can be
selected in your design application.
1) Choose Queue Pulldown menu >>
Manage Queues.
2) For the given printer,
under the Control
Panel column, click
the Install button.
3) Click Close to close
the Manage Printers
dialog.
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4) Next, from the Tools Pull
down menu, select Options.
5) On the General tab, set the
display units in which page
sizes will be defined.
6) Click OK to close the
Options dialog.
7) Select, from the Printers Pull-down
Menu, Manage Print Media.
8) From the Show media for droplist, choose the printer name.
9) The existing page sizes for the
printer will be listed.
10)Click the Add new print media
button.
11)From the Create New Media dialog, choose either Roll or Sheet.
12)Complete the parameters for the
given media.
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Working with Page Layout Templates
Templates can be used for lots of different work flows and you can use multiple templates within
a queue. Templates will save you hours of time and allow you to automated repetitive tasks such
as laying out jobs as well as setup an automated work flow inside FastRIP if required. When using templates, jobs as they arrive can be automatically scaled, rotated and positioned.
NOTE: The templates are most useful when printing on garments with a T-Jet Inkjet-to Garment Printer.
Some of the uses for templates are:
`` Setting up a custom board size, where you can select the size of the print
area and its exact position inside the print area of the bed
`` Setting up custom nesting of jobs, multiple board / print areas inside the
print area of the bed (for example on the Blazer Pro setup 3 different shirt
boards).
`` Automatic duplication for print the same image on a number of golf balls
or hat at the same time.
Selecting a Template
Queue Pull-down Menu>> Properties>>Media Setup tab
To use templates, you must first make sure you have your Queue properties - Media setup configured for Templates.
1. Under the Type
drop-down arrow,
select Template
Media.
2. To select a existing
template, under
Name drop-down
arrow, select one
from a list.
NOTE: To select a template from another location (a custom template in a custom location) click the
to browse for the custom template. See next section, Creating a Custom Template.
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Creating a Custom Template
1. Select Add New Media
There are 2 ways to select Add New
Media.
`` Select Add New Media from the
Template list in the Media setup.
`` Select Add New Media from
the main window in the
smart menu area (with no
job selected) you can select
Add New Media from the
Template Media options
drop down selection.
2. Set Name and Page Size
The Template Setup Dialog will open.
`` First, enter in a name for the
template under Name. For
this example, we’ll be setting
up a 3-up Shirt Board template for the Blazer PRO
`` Next, select the total page
size under Based on Sheet.
For this example, 17x45
inches is the total printing area of the machine.
NOTE: You can enter in a custom size by selecting Custom from the list. Enter the dimensions under Size.
3. The next step is to define the first slot.
Slots are somewhat like nesting where you set the printable areas and later assign
the images to those areas for printing. For this example, the slots will represent
the Shirt Boards on the Blazer Pro. Jobs are printed inside of the slots and areas
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outside of the slots are the non-printable areas or masked areas. You can have
multiple slots in several different arrangements to accommodate any need, if
required. Each slot will have a number assigned to them (from 1 to 9). Slots assigned with a unique number can be for separate jobs or slots that share the same
slot number will print the same job.
`` To define the first slot, under
Slot Label, select 1 (use the
up and down arrows to
adjust.
`` Next, the Position fields act
as margins. For this example
we will set the left and right
margins to 0.5 inches and
the top and bottom to 1
inch.
`` Under Size, enter in the
print area dimensions. (16”
wide and 13” high for this
example).
`` Under Alignment, set at
center for the job to be automatically centered in the slot.
`` You can set Automatic Scaling to enable jobs to
be scaled and positioned after they are added to the template. This feature
can help to ensure that the job is the right size before printing. For this
example we are leaving it as is.
`` Under Rotate, you can select to have the
template automatically rotate the artwork based
on landscape/portrait settings. For this example,
we have selected Rotate 270 (90° x 3 clockwise)
based on having the shirt loaded with the neck
of the shirt on the left of the slot (shirt board).
If you wanted to load the shirts on the right
side, you would select Rotate 90.
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`` Once you have added all the details for your slot, click on Add to create
and it will show in the preview.
4. Add Additional Slots (if necessary).
Additional slots can be created by repeating step 3. Deselect current slot and
continue with the next dimensions. If the next slot overlaps the current slot, it will
not let you add.
If the next slots will be the same (dimensions etc), you can easily make duplicates
of the first slot or any other slot.
There are five icon tools that will help in the creation of your template layout.
Copy selected slot down in position
Copy selected slot to the right
Delete selected slot
Move selected slot up
Move selected slot down
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The Copy slot spacing will allow you to adjust the
measurement between the copied slots (either by left
and right or by above and below). The measurements
here must be entered prior to selecting a copy function in order for the entry to work properly.
So, if you wanted extra space between the first slot and the one that will go below
it, do the following:
`` Select the slot to copy
`` Enter the extra measurement in the appropriate field
`` Click Copy selected slot down in position.
NOTE: If an icon is grayed out, it is not available for use, i.e., not having enough room on the template available.
5. Separate slot numbers (if necessary).
Copying slots will leave all the slots with the same slot number (1). This is fine if
you are for printing copies of the same job. If you want to print different designs
on each slot, change the slot numbers of the duplicate slots.
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`` Select the slot you want to change
`` Adjust the slot label number to a new number.
`` Click Update to apply the change
Any other changes you want to make can be made in the same way.
6. Click Save to save your new template.
Note: You can create as many different templates as you want and select them from the main interface as
discussed in the earlier section, Selecting a Template.
Template Settings
Import Template Job Dialog
In the Layout Manager you can
choose how jobs are added to the
templates.
By default the “Show import template job” dialog is
enabled. This means as each job is added to FastRIP a
dialog will display which template and slot are used,
allowing you to edit the setting. If this is disabled
then the Express method is used.
`` Express will import the job into the next
available slot, using the currently selected
template in the queue.
`` Select will allow you to select which template
and slot you want to add this job to.
Select the template you want to use from the
drop list.
Select the slot you want to use by using either drop down list on clicking
on a slot.
`` Cancel will cancel and the job will not be added.
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Layout Adjustments and Options
Once jobs are added you can change there position and re-size them as normal, you can even
drag and drop jobs between slots if required.
Using this type of template there is no reason to have to layout the 3 jobs in FastARTIST first,
simply send three separate jobs and FastRIP will handle the layout for you.
Note: This also improves the overall RIP performance.
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Multiple Layout
This example template layout shows a possible template for printing tennis balls, all of the slots
are slot 1 and this means when an image is added it will be duplicated in all the slots and is a
simple way of printing the same image on many Tennis balls at once.
Note: Select Scale to fit, under Scaling on the first slot so the job will be scaled down to fit inside the slot area, in
each slot number.
Simply add a job and
the job is scaled and
correctly laid out
ready for output.
Slots can also be setup
with different sizes
(even if they share the
same slot number).
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Shirt and Cap Layout
This is a template layout that
will print a T-shirt and a Cap
from the same image.
Both slots are set to the same
slot number and because they
are different sizes both use the
Scale to Fit Always, so that the
image will be scaled to the correct size for the shirt board and
the cap board.
The Shirt board is set for rotate
270, as the neck of the shirt will
be loaded on the left and the cap
will be no rotation.
When a job is imported
into FastRIP the job is scaled and
correctly laid out ready for
output for both a T-shirt and a
Cap.
Printing Template Slots
When printing to slots in a template, you may want to scale and position your job in
FastARTIST or application of your choice such as PhotoShop. As the template slots are user
definable, you will still want a way to create custom page sizes to match the slot size.
You can do this using the custom page size feature in the File – Print – page setup dialog (you
will find this in advanced) or in the Page setup in FastRIP setup, there is a custom option.
Setup the custom page to match your slot size and you can then position and size your job appropriately.
NOTE: This only applies if you want to avoid scaling and positioning in FastRIP.
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Templates hot folder
Queue Pull-down Menu>>Properties>>Hot Folder tab
Templates come with their own Hot Folder support, providing an automated way of using
templates. This is ideal for users who want to setup work flows with minimum or no interaction
with the FastRIP workspace. It can be used with Internet front ends, in which customers could
upload files via the Internet and then placed in the correct hot folder for printing to the correct
board or with additional front end software to avoid actual interaction with FastRIP.
To enable the Template Hot Folder:
`` Go to Queue Properties under the Queue Pull-down Menu and select
the Hot Folder tab.
`` Tick the appropriate checkbox.
`` Set the Hot Folder location. A window will open up requesting a Hot
Folder location.
`` You can select whether or not you would like the print file to be deleted
on completion.
Setting up a Hot Folder
1. To setup a Template Hot
Folder, first create a master
folder (directory) on your local machine or across a local
network.
2. Then go to Queue Pulldown Menu>>Properties>>
Hot Folders tab.
3. Tick the Enable template
Hot Folders checkbox.
4. In the Browse For Folder
window, browse for the
master folder (directory) you
created in Step 1.
5. Click OK
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Using the Template Hot Folder
After setting the Hot Folder, FastRIP
automatically creates a subfolder in the
directory for each of your templates.
Simply by adding jobs into the
“named” template folder, the jobs will
be added to your queue, using that
template. The jobs are added in Express mode.
In this example, a 3-up folder, there is a
folder representing each slot number.
So if you add a job to the root of this
folder it gets added to the queue using
this template in Express mode, but if
you add the job into one of the subfolders labeled “1”, “2” or “3”, then the
job will be added to that particular slot
of that template.
It’s easy to use hot folders for templates and have complete control over which template and slot
is used for printing the job.
Layout Manager Tab
Queue Pull-down Menu>>Properties >> Layout Manager tab
To access the Queue Properties dialog, from the Queue Pull-down Menu, select Properties and
then click the Layout Manager tab. The Layout Manager tab is used to schedule jobs and manage jobs that exceed the media size.
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The available controls will vary according to the model of printer, the Layout Mode selection (if
available), and whether Tools menu >> Options >> Show Advanced Settings is enabled.
NOTE: If the queue is Stopped, then all jobs are automatically placed on Hold, regardless of the Output
Scheduling settings.
Setting the Layout and Scheduling
Queue Pull-down Menu>> Properties >> Layout Manager tab >> Output Scheduling
The following sections contain brief summaries of layout and scheduling controls that affect
how jobs are processed when received by FastRIP. From the Queue Pull-down Menu, choose
Properties >> Layout Manager tab >> Output Scheduling to access the Layout and Scheduling
Features.
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Scheduling Settings
Queue menu >> Properties >> Layout Manager tab
The Output Scheduling controls are set according to the type of job. For example, if the printer
and cutter are separate devices, then it would be desirable to hold the cut portion of the job,
until the media has been loaded into the cutter.
`` From the Queue menu, choose Properties >> Layout Manager tab >>
Output Scheduling.
`` The scheduling controls are differentiated according to print jobs, cut jobs
and print & cut jobs (i.e., print jobs that include cutting data).
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Layout Jobs As They Arrive
Queue menu >> Properties >> Layout Manager tab
When jobs are received, the default behavior is that they are “scheduled” (i.e., put in the active
list, and positioned in the Preview Pane). However, this behavior is toggled per the “Layout jobs
on page as they arrive” checkbox.
`` ON = incoming jobs will be placed in the active list, and positioned in
the Preview Pane
`` OFF = place jobs in the unscheduled list
Page Overlay
Queue menu >> Properties >> Layout Manager tab
If the “Process multiple page jobs as overlay” checkbox has been ticked, then the color layers
within a job (i.e., CMYK and spot color layers) will remain “stacked,” as opposed to being nested
as separate jobs.
Layout Mode
The Layout Mode control defines how jobs are nested (i.e., collected and repositioned to conserve media) in the Preview Pane. When the collected jobs fill an entire sheet (or roll), the page is
closed and printing can begin. For jobs that are nested automatically, you can specify that printing begins when a certain portion of the media is full.
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1) From the Queues menu, choose Properties.
2) On the Media Setup tab, set the Type to either Roll media, or Fixed sheet media.
3) On the Layout Manager tab, the Layout mode drop-list will now be available.
`` Manual – Add jobs to the Preview Pane without attempting to conserve
media.
`` Auto Page – Append a page break to each job as it is received.
`` Auto Nest – Reposition newly received jobs to conserve media. When
you are ready to print, right-click an empty portion of the Preview Pane
and choose Print.
Note: If jobs have not been nested (i.e., Manual or Auto Page), then the jobs can still be nested by right-clicking
an empty portion of the Preview Pane and choosing Automatic Nesting >> Auto Nest All Content.
Note: The available controls will vary according to the model of printer, the Layout Mode selection (if available),
and whether Tools menu >> Options >> Show Advanced Settings is enabled.
For more information on the available modes with examples of Nesting, refer to the following
section.
Nesting Jobs
Nesting is when you group jobs together for multiple job printing by grouping jobs and repositioning to conserve media.
Setting the Layout Mode
As described in the previous section, you will need to tell FastRIP to Nest in the Queue
Properties>>Layout Manager tab.
1) From the Queues menu, choose Properties.
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2) On the Media Setup tab, set the Type to either Roll media, or Fixed sheet media. This step is required on initial setup.
3) On the Layout Manager tab, the Layout mode drop-list will now be available.
NOTE: If you have already set the media settings in step 2, you will not have to set each time, unless you want to
change your default selection.
Types of Nesting Layout Modes
Manual Layouts
When Manual is selected, jobs are added to the Active Jobs list without conserving media in the
Media Preview. However, nesting can still be applied, per figures (shown in Figures 1 -3) where
the Auto Nest All Content command is used to reposition jobs and create a page break.
Fig. 1 (left) - When Manual is
selected, jobs are added to the
Preview Pane without repositioning to conserve media.
Fig. 2 (right) - Right-click an
empty portion of the Preview
Pane, and then choose Automatic Nesting >> Auto Nest All
Content.
Fig. 3 (bottom) - The jobs are automatically nested to use the full
width of the media, and a page
break is used to define the edge of
the nested jobs.
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As an alternative to Auto Nest All Content, jobs can be repositioned using the mouse, per
Figures 4 and 5 below. Once the jobs have been repositioned, use the Auto Page Break command
to define the edge of the combined jobs.
Fig. 4 - As in Fig. 1, jobs are added to
the Preview Pane without repositioning to conserve media.
Fig. 5 - However, jobs can be dragged with the
mouse. Then right-click an empty portion of the
Preview Pane and choose Auto Page Break to
define the edge of the nested job.
Once the page of combined jobs has
been defined, right-click an empty portion of the page (in the Preview Pane) and choose Print.
Auto Page Layouts
When the Auto Page option is selected, a page break is automatically appended as each job is
received. Nesting can still be manually applied by using the Auto Nest All Content command
(see Figures 6 and 7).
Fig. 6 - A page break is appended to
each job as it is received.
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portion of the Preview Pane and select, Automatic
Nesting >> Auto Nest All Content.
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Fig. 8 - After the jobs are nested, a new page break is
created to define the page. If necessary, the jobs can be
repositioned by dragging within the page.
Once the page of combined jobs has been defined,
right-click an empty portion of the page (in the Preview
Pane) and choose Print.
Automatic Nesting Layouts
When Automatic Nesting is enabled, the page breaks adjusts automatically to fit jobs as they are
received, while manual doesn’t offer that luxury, but gives you a bit more control.
Fig. 9 - As print jobs are received, they
are nested to fit within the page break.
Fig. 10 - When an additional job is
added, jobs can be rotated to minimize the increase in page size. Otherwise, the page break will move to
accommodate the larger page size.
Once the page of combined jobs has been defined, right-click an empty portion of the page (in
the Preview Pane) and choose Print.
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Page Nesting/Layout Options
Queue Pull-down Menu>> Properties >> Layout Manager tab
The Page Nesting / Layout Options are used specify how incoming jobs should be tiled when
they exceed the media size.
Note: The available controls will vary according to the model of printer, the Layout Mode selection (if available), and
whether Tools menu >> Options >> Show Advanced Settings is enabled.
Remove excess white space from output on Job Import
If there is excess space that trails the page break of nested jobs, then disregard the excess space
(i.e., do not waste blank media that trails the job).
Allow job rotations when nesting
When enabled, jobs can be rotated when nesting.
Space between jobs
Distance to be maintained between jobs when nesting.
Tile large jobs on import
If a new job exceeds the media size, then automatically create tiles and apply the tile options (see
the Options button).
Options - No overlaps
No gap or overlap is applied.
Options - Gaps
The gap is the amount of media that will be left blank between tiles.
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Options - Overlaps
The overlap is the amount of overprint that each tile will contain, such that the end of each tile
includes a portion of the subsequent tile.
Limit page length (Roll media only)
For roll media, do not allow the total length of nested jobs exceeds this amount.
Limit page coverage (Sheet media only)
For sheet media, do not allow the total area of nested jobs exceeds this percentage of the sheet.
Page Overlay
Queue menu >> Properties >> Layout Manager tab
If the “Process multiple page jobs as overlay” checkbox has been ticked, then the color layers
within a job (i.e., CMYK and spot color layers) will remain “stacked,” as opposed to being nested
as separate jobs.
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Printing From a
Graphics Application
Introduction
The following section detail how to from specific software applications like, Adobe Photoshop
and Illustrator as well as Corel Draw. Since the Windows Print Menu works the same no matter
what program you are using, there are very few differences when printing from different applications.
As long as you remember to select the proper FastRIP printer, you will be ready to print. Even if
you forget to go to Properties and select Advanced, FastRIP will work because the Current Setting
default prints the Standard Density function of FastRIP .
Basic Printing
Sending a print job
Printing to FastRIP is like printing to a desktop printer. For example, suppose that your Windows application uses the standard Print dialog.
1) From the Windows application File menu, choose Print.
2) The Print dialog will open.
3) Choose the name of your printer from the drop-list.
4) The printer description should indicate that it is a “FastRIP” type of print
destination, which indicates that print jobs will be processed through FastRIP.
5) If the printer description does not indicate “FastRIP,” then search for another
printer name from the drop-list.
6) Click OK to send the print job.
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Printing From Adobe Photoshop
Here are the steps necessary to print an image created in Adobe Photoshop:
1. Open Photoshop and the
image you wish to print.
2. Create the color separations, called “Channels,”
in Photoshop and place
the “Preview Eye” next to
the channel you want to
output.
3. From the File menu choose
Print with Preview.
NOTE: If you are using Photoshop 6 use Print Options. In Photoshop 5 and 5.5, go to File > Page Setup.
4. A print dialog box will open. Click on Page Setup then Click on Printer and
choose the FastRIP installed printer. Remember, there will be TWO Epson printer
drivers. The one you want to use has lower case characters in the name.
5. While still in the Page Setup dialog box, make sure to verify that the correct Page
Size is selected.
`` Click on the Properties button.
`` The Document Properties dialog for the printer
will open. Click on the Advanced button.
`` Do not make any changes to the Printer Features section.
`` Click on Change Settings under Print Mode.
`` Choose the proper function from the drop down
list.
`` Click on OK to close the Document Properties dialog.
`` Click on OK twice to close the Page Setup dialog.
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6. Click on the Screens button. Uncheck Use
Printer’s Default Screens. Drop down the
Ink menu and select the first channel. Enter
the recommended Frequency, Angle and Dot
Shape information. Do this again for the next
channel until all the channels are set.
7. Click on OK.
NOTE: The “default” setting is Current Setting. This is the SAME as the FastRIP Standard Density function.
This means that if you want to print with the Standard Density ink settings, you DO NOT have to come here and
change it. FastRIP will automatically default to this setting!
8. Your job is now ready to
print. Select the File >
Print with Preview.
`` Check Show More
Options, if not
checked
`` Set the Output
dropdown menu to
Color Management.
`` To get the proper
halftone dots, make
sure the Color Handling (Print Space
Profile in previous
PhotoShop versions)
is set to Separations
or Same As Source.
9. Select Print. The RIP will immediately begin processing the PostScript file. As the
file is processed, FastRIP will perform calculations that convert the PostScript file
into raster data. Once the
print job has begun, the
FastRIP Queue will display
the progress of the printing
job.
10.Watch your image print…
or start working on the
next one.
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Printing from CorelDRAW
Below are the steps to print from CorelDRAW on a Windows-based system.
1. Open CorelDRAW
2. Create the color separations as spot colors or 4-color process
3. From the File menu, choose Print
4. From the General tab, choose the FastRIP installed printer (Epson Stylus Pro
4800, Epson Stylus Pro 4000 PS, Epson Stylus Pro 7800-Full, etc.) Remember to
select the printer with lower case characters in the name. Click on Properties.
5. The Document Properties dialog for the printer will open. Click on the
Advanced button.
6. Do not make any changes to the Printer Features section.
7. Click on Change Settings for Print Mode.
8. Choose the proper function from the drop down list.
9. Click on OK to close the Document Properties dialog.
10.Click on OK to close the Page Setup dialog.
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11.Click on the Separations tab. Put a check by Print Separations. Click on the
Advanced button.
12.In the Advanced Separation Settings window,
put a check by the spot colors to print. Click
on the Frequency and Angle sections to
adjust the settings.
13.Select the Halftone type and Dot Shape.
Click on Ok.
14.Your job is now ready to print. Click on Print
in the main CorelDRAW print window.
15.Watch your image print… or start working on the next one.
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Printing From Adobe Illustrator
The Adobe Illustrator CS versions are the newest editions of Adobe’s graphics application. This
section will outline the steps of printing from within Illustrator CS (or CS2 and CS3) followed
by printing in older versions of Illustrator.
Illustrator CS versions
1. Open the graphics file you wish to print.
2. Go to File > Print and select your FastRIP printer.
3. You will notice that newer versions of Illustrator (CS versions) locate a PPD file
for use so you can leave the PPD at Default (Epson Color Stylus*, Epson Photo
Stylus *, Epson Stylus Pro * PS, etc.)
4. Click on Setup and select your FastRIP printer. Click on Preferences and then
the Advanced button.
5. Set the Paper Size. Under the Print Mode menu select
the proper FastRIP function. These functions are
listed starting on page 51 of this manual. Click on
Ok. In the Layout tab, set the Orientation. Click
on Ok in Printing Preferences.
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6. In the Print window,
locate the section called
Output. Change the
mode to Separations. Put
a Printer Icon next to
the spot colors to print.
Set the page orientation
under Emulsion. Set this
to Up (Right Reading)
and Image to Positive.
Adjust each spot color
Frequency, Angle and
Dot Shape. Click on
Print.
7. Watch your image
print… or start working
on the next one.
Illustrator Versions 10 and Previous
Most programs don’t require a PPD file be loaded loaded when you print. In fact, you don’t need
to load a PPD when printing from Photoshop or CorelDRAW on a Windows platform. However, earlier versions of Adobe Illustrator are an exception to this rule. To print an image from an
earlier version of Illustrator you will need to specify a PPD to use.
In this section we will outline the processes to follow
if you are using Illustrator ver. 10 or below. In the next section we will cover the newer Illustrator
CS versions.
1. Select Print from the File menu.
Choose your FastRIP Epson printer and
then click on Properties. Set the Page
Size and click on Advanced. Choose
your FastRIP function.
OPEN PPD
2. Return to the Print menu and click on
the Separation Setup button.
3. In the Separation Setup window most
of the options are gray and not available. This is because a PPD has not been
loaded yet that will tell Illustrator how
to output color separations. Select Open
PPD.
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4. You will now need to select the Windows
folder where the PPD file is located. FastRIP
has placed PPD’s on your hard disk in a
Printers folder. You will find this folder in the
C:\FastRIP directory.
5. The files are called STYL4000.PPD,
STYL4800.PPD, STYL7800.PPD, etc.
Locate the appropriate file that matches your
printer and double-click on it.
Browse your local C: drive for the folder called FastRIP. Here you will find the Printers folder containing the PPD’s.
6. Now when you click on the Open button,
the Separation Setup menu shows all
buttons, selection boxes and color options.
7. Put a Printer Icon next to the spot colors to
print.
8. Set the page orientation under Emulsion.
Set this to Up (Right Reading) and Image to
Positive.
9. Adjust each spot color Frequency, Angle and Dot Shape.
10.Click on Print.
11.Watch your image print… or start working on the next one.
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Printing from Macromedia Freehand
While most graphics applications don’t require the user to manually specify a PPD file for use
when printing, similar to the older versions of Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand requires you
have a PPD available. This is not a major issue and only requires a couple extra steps in the
printing process to resolve.
In this section we will outline how to print from within
Freehand.
1. To print, select File > Print. Choose your FastRIP Epson
printer and click on Properties. Set the Page Size and
click on Advanced. Set your Paper Size and choose your
FastRIP function.
2. Under Print Setting, select +Quality PS Level 2. Place
a check by Use PPD and click on the box with the three
dots immediately to the right. This will bring up a window as if you had double-clicked on the My Computer
icon your desktop. In this window you will need to locate
the directory C:\FastRIP\Printers. In this folder, locate the
PPD file that matches your printer and select it.
Click on the “three dots icon”(...)
to browse for the PPD file
3. Click on Setup.
4. Choose the Separations tab. Click on each spot color to set the angle.
5. Use the Halftone drop-down arrow to select Other. Set the LPI. Click on Ok.
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6. Choose the Page Setup tab. Set the Page Size for the document.
7. Click on OK to Print Setup window.
8. You will now be able to print your film positives through FastRIP .
Printing Complex Files
Files created in Vector-based programs like Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand, CorelDRAW, or QuarkXPress can create complex files. FastRIP has an option called Complex Line
Art that will send the data to FastRIP as one piece instead of in sections. Not all files will need
the Complex Line Art option, but if your image has complex shapes, gradients, transparencies
or heavy use of the mesh tool then you might wish to use the Complex Line Art option before
printing .
To select the Complex Line Art option:
1. Open FastRIP .
2. Open your file in the graphics program.
3. Set up your separations for printing.
4. Go to File > Page Setup or Print Setup. Select the FastRIP printer. Click on Ok.
5. Go to File > Print. Click the General tab and select Printer Extensions 2. Bring
Current Settings down for Device Select. Choose Complex Line Art.
6. Print the file through FastRIP .
NOTE: If the file still will not print, select one Spot Color to print and allocate more memory to FastRIP.
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FastRIP Print
Options
Introduction
FastRIP has many different options that you can enable and control. This chapter will cover the
basic controls and options features of FastRIP 10.0.
NOTE: If you always rely on your graphics application to open FastRIP you may experience occasional errors or
output issues. For that reason, we recommend you open FastRIP before sending a Print command from your graphics
application.
Print Controls
Starting and Stopping Print Jobs
When print jobs are received by FastRIP, they can be either printed immediately, or they can be
collected for later printing. The main controls for controlling print jobs are the Start Queue and
Stop Queue buttons (available from the FastRIP toolbar). The Start Queue and Stop Queue
commands are also available under the Queue menu.
If the Start Queue button has been clicked, then print jobs will be printed immediately. If the
Stop Queue button has been clicked, then print jobs will be held until manually released.
A held job can be printed by right-clicking the job and choosing Print from the context-menu.
Alternatively, select the job and choose Print from the Jobs menu.
In addition to the Start Queue and Stop Queue buttons, the scheduling settings also control
whether a job is printed or held. The scheduling controls are set via Queue menu >> Properties
>> Layout Manager tab.
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Cancelling a Print Job
1. Pause the job on the printer control panel.
2. In FastRIP 10, right-click the job and choose Abort.
3. Windows will open a Port Locked dialog. Do not close this dialog.
4. From the printer control panel, reset the printer. If there is no reset button (or procedure for
resetting the printer), then turn the printer OFF. After powering OFF, power the printer ON
after a short pause.
5. Return to the Port Locked dialog and click OK to continue.
At this point, the printer should be ready to process new jobs, and buffer data from the cancelled
job will have been cleared.
Printing to a Hot Folder
The Hot Folder is simply a directory on the workstation hard drive that will be monitored for
new print (i.e., PostScript) files. If any print files are placed in the directory, then these will be
added to the queue as new print jobs.
Typically, the Hot Folder is used by other graphic designers on your computer network. They
will copy their jobs into the Hot Folder, and your workstation queue will then be able to process
those jobs. However, please note that other graphic designers will need the appropriate file access
permission (as granted by your network administrator) to copy files into the hot folder.
In FastRIP, a hot folder is designated as follows:
1) From the Queue menu, choose Properties.
2) On the Queue Properties dialog, click the Hot Folders tab.
3) Tick the Enable queue hot folder checkbox.
4) A browse dialog will open.
5) Choose a directory and click OK.
When a PostScript job is placed within the hot folder, FastRIP will use print mode settings that
are contained within the PostScript file. If the print mode settings are missing or incomplete,
then the Queue Properties will be used to complete missing settings.
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Printer Options Tab
Queue Pull-down Menu>>Properties>>Printer
Options tab
In the Queue Properties dialog, the Printer Options tab provides access to printer-specific options within the print mode. These printer-specific options are defined within the print mode,
such as plane order, knife speed, etc. Please note
that these options vary according to the printer
model. For more information about these settings, please consult the operator manual that
was provided with the printer.
Previewing Print Data - View Raw Data
Print data can be examined on-screen prior to printing. This is typically done in order to confirm
the print data that is available in each color channel.
For example, suppose that a grayscale image needs to be printed,
and the expectation is that only the
black (K) channel will receive print
data. This can be confirmed in the
following manner:
1) Click the Stop Queue button to pause the grayscaleonly print job in the queue.
2) Right-click the job and
choose RIP Only. When
the job has finished spooling, its Status will indicate
“Holding [Job spooled]”
4) Right-click the job and choose View RAW data.
5) Click the Plane Select button. Each of the color channel checkboxes will be
checked.
6) Untick the Black checkbox. The preview should now be blank because the
CMY channels are not being sent data for a grayscale-only job.
Note: Colors appear differently on monitors than they appear when printed. As a result, the View Raw Data
feature will not show colors on the screen exactly as they will appear when printed.
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View Raw Data Window Options
In the View Raw Data Window, you will notice a toolbar offering several options. These options
are outlined below.
Zoom
Zoom
Selection
Save
Configure
In
Print
Zoom
Out
Color Plane
Selection
Image
Information
Save
Select the Save button to save the picture as a bitmap image for comparisons or later viewing.
Print
Select the Print button to print the preview. For example, the preview can be printed to a desktop printer for use as a sample.
Zoom Tools
Select Zoom In, Zoom Out, or select a Percent Zoom to view the image as a whole, or particular
sections within the image.
Color Planes
Clicking the Planes Select button opens the Select Planes to View dialog. The color channels
used to print the image will be listed. Unchecking color channels is useful as a means of confirming the inks that will be used when rendering the image.
For example, suppose that a CMYK printer is being used to print a grayscale image using only
the Black (K) channel:
1. Click the Plane Select button. Each of the color channel checkboxes will be
checked.
2. Uncheck the Black checkbox.
3. The preview should now be blank because the CMY channels are not being
sent data.
Substrate Color: The Substrate button (at the bottom) will open up a color
picker window that indicate the media color. Alternatively, the color picker
can be used to simulate different media colors.
1. Click the Background color picker.
2. Choose color that best matches the media color.
3. Click OK to view the spool data on the new media color.
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Configuration
Click the Configure button to open the Preview Configuration dialog.
`` Treat Process as Spot
This option is typically off. However, when viewing color separations that
are a combination of process and spot colors, setting this option = ON
can help to obtain an improved view of the color blends.
`` Show True Pixels Resolution
Many printers have different horizontal and vertical resolutions. The
image that appears in the viewer is automatically adjusted to account for
this, when Show true pixels resolution is unchecked. Checking Show true
pixels resolution will show the image without this automatic adjustment,
which will cause the image to appear stretched.
`` Cache Size
If the viewer is drawing too slowly, and additional memory is available on
the hard drive, then increase the size of the memory cache to increase the
viewer speed.
`` Units
Select the units of measurement from the drop list (pixels, inches, or centimeters). The units of measurement appear in the bottom right corner of
the View Raw Data dialog.
Image Information
Clicking the Image Info button will open an Image Info dialog. The dialog includes a list of
information specific to the image including the printer, resolution, color planes, image size, and
file location.
View as Black
Check the View as Black option to change the background color to white, and all other colors to
black, within the image preview.
Variable Dot Halftone Previews
Variable dot halftone support is incorporated into the print modes provided with FastRIP. By
applying one of the FastRIP-provided print modes, variable dot halftones will be automatically
used with the given print job.
With respect to on-screen previews, note that a monitor display is not capable of previewing variable dot output because a monitor display contains only one size of pixel on-screen. Further, the
limited number of monitor pixels may cause the preview to appear faded, though this fading will
not be present in the actual print.
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Archiving Print Jobs
Print jobs can be archived as a combined JTB file that contains the job data and log data, such
that the JTB can be safety stored (i.e., backups) and then restored at a later date, saving time
from respooling a file as well as preventing any “guess work” in the job settings, etc. Archiving a
job in this fashion is convenient because the log and notes related to the job are preserved, such
that specifics about the job will be available upon restoration.
NOTE: keep in mind that spool files require relatively much more hard drive space than PostScript files.
Enable Archiving
Queue Pull-down Menu>>Properties>>Archiving tab
The Archiving tab in the Queue Properties dialog offers a few functions, one of which allows you
to enable the Archiving function.
This dialog also gives you the option to save the spool file on job completion and gives statistics
of how many jobs have been archived.
NOTE: You can also enable job archiving by right clicking on a completed job and selecting properties>>Show
for page output (or Show for page content)>>Archiving tab.
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Archiving a Job
1. Right-click the job and choose Properties. If the job has already been spooled
(printed) a flyout menu will open; select either Show for Page Output or
Show for Page Content. Both options will open the Job Ticket Properties
Dialog. Note: if selecting Show for Page Content, there will be a few more
options, such as compression settings etc. For typical output archiving, select
Show for Page Output.
2. Select the Archiving tab.
3. Tick the Enable job archiving checkbox (if not already).
4. To cause the spooled print data to be included with the archive (optional), tick
the Spool checkbox. Note that spool files are quite large in comparison to the
corresponding original PostScript file.
5. Under Archive Job Ticket, confirm that the Location indicates where you
want the archive file to be stored. To set the destination, click the
button.
6. Click the Archive button.
7. You will be prompted to name the archive file.
The archive will now be created at the given location (stored as a JTB file type).
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Restoring an Archived Job
Jobs Pull-down Menu>>Restore Jobs: The Restore Job Tickets dialog allows you to restore a selected job or multiple jobs, delete archives or browse other locations for archives saved in separate
locations.
1. From the FastRIP window, select a Queue Tab to indicate which queue you
want the job to be restored to.
2. From the Jobs Pull-down Menu, choose Restore Jobs.
3. The Restore Job
Tickets dialog
will open.
4. Select the job
archive that
you want to
restore.
5. Click the Restore Archive
button.
6. Click the Close
button.
NOTE: The default list of jobs that appear in the Restore Job Tickets window will only reflect the location of the
most recent archived job or jobs. To browse other locations, click the
button.
Printing Direct To Port
Drag and Drop Files Here
Under the Tools menu, selecting Direct
To Port will open a Send to Port dialog.
Image files can be drag-and-dropped into
this window to initiate a print job. The job
will bypass the queue and be sent directly
to whichever printer is connected to that
port, without any processing.
From the drop-list, select the port where
the print jobs will be sent. To the right of
the drop-list, click the
button to edit the port settings.
Note: This is a quick, specialized method of sending a print job, such as testing output.
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Importing a File and Import Options
From the FastRIP 10 toolbar, the Open button can be clicked to import an image file (e.g., EPS,
BMP, TIFF, etc.) or you can select File>>Import.
Alternatively, an image file can also be drag-and-dropped onto the FastRIP 10 window, causing
that file to be imported. In either
case, the File Import Options are
applied when importing the given
file.
`` Scaling:
This Option lets you scale
the image either by preserving the aspect ratio (checkbox) or changing it to fit
your needs.
`` Optimize Image for Speed:
This option will downsize
unnecessary file sizes in
order to print faster.
`` Always use these settings when importing: This option will allow you
to use the same import settings for all file types.
If checked, the Image Import dialog will
no longer open every time you import
an image. In this case, to gain access to
this dialog in the future, go to
Queue>>Properties>>Import Options
tab.
Uncheck the Hide Image Import
dialog and use the following settings
checkbox. This will gray out the screen
and allow you to make the necessary
settings each time you import an image
into FastRIP.
NOTE: Refer to following section for addition Import Options.
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Underbase Settings in FastRIP Using
Transparent Images
Images saved with transparency can be output directly from FastRIP and the Underbase created
automatically from the transparency information.
NOTE: You cannot create an Underbase using the File>Print method because the File>Print process flattens the
file and loses all the transparency information.
FastRIP supports two methods of creating an Underbase.
`` Windows Underbase that can be applied to any job by utilizing the application print options.
`` Underbase from transparency, which can only be applied to bitmap images with transparency information (file types PSD, TIF or PNG)
While the Windows Underbase does allow you to work with any file type and from any program,
the Underbase from transparency does offer major advantages such as choking / trapping the
Underbase, Highlight White and blends between the graphics and the shirt.
NOTE: If using FastARTIST in conjunction with FastRIP 10, refer to the FastARTIST User’s Manual for more
Underbase Options.
Import Options and Settings
File>>Import
The Image Import dialog window opens anytime you import a job into FastRIP. This window
allows control of the image and properties prior to importing. Since FastRIP 10 recognizes
transparent files, the Import Options dialog will include extra options for the Underbase and
other options such as passes and a highlight white option, when importing a transparent file.
1. In the FastRIP window, select Import from the File Pull-down Menu. Another
way to import a file is to drag and drop the file directly into the queue active list.
NOTE: For Hot Folder options, see previous section, Printing from a Hot Folder).
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2. Select Yes to “Do you want to create a Underbase from the transparency layer”.
NOTE: If you do not need an Underbase or do not care about the extra options, you can leave this as No and set
the job up as if the file were a non-transparent image.
3. Select the Underbase Print Mode and other options.
Select Print Mode
Consult your Printer Manual for information on Underbase Print Modes.
Underbase Strength:
This has 4 settings for determining the Underbase to be created.
`` None: Doesn’t create an Underbase, would only typically be used if you
just wanted a highlight white on the image
`` Minimum: Converts the transparency information to an Underbase and
then process’s the Underbase to remove areas of the Underbase were the
colors in the main image are black (as you do not need to print white
under black).
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The Minimum setting uses the least amount of ink for the Underbase
and is equivalent to the Normal Underbase setting in the FastRTIST
Underbase Wizard.
`` Medium: Converts the transparency information to an Underbase and
then process’s the Underbase to remove areas of the Underbase were the
colors in the main image are black (as you do not need to print white
under black).
The Medium setting is best at maintaining colors and darker shadows
and is equivalent to the Heavy Underbase setting in the FastARTIST
Underbase Wizard.
`` Strong: Will create an Underbase from the transparency without modification.
Note: Medium is recommended setting, minimum will use the least amount of white ink.
Gamma adjustment
Gamma is another term for the levels adjustment found in programs like PhotoShop. Gamma
Adjustment applies a gamma adjustment to the white Underbase either lightening or darkening
the midtones and has a small proportional effect on highlights and shadows. 100% pure color
and 0% pure color are not affected at all.
Gamma Adjustment is very useful for controlling the amount of white used when blending in a
graphic with the shirt color and as an additional trapping tool. A low value will put down less
white ink where the image is partially transparent, while a high value will put down more black
ink in the same area.
This graphic shows the gamma effect on a white
underbase gradient with values of 10, 128 and
245, so higher values will use more white under
partial transparent areas (to much can create
a white halo effect) smaller values will use less
white and act as a choke on the white underbase
in these areas. Too little and all that will show
through though is the shirt color. Default is 128.
Choke the Underbase
The Chock the Underbase options have 5 different settings. These settings are used when the
Underbase is created to choke / trap or shrink the white Underbase so that when printing, the
white ink area is smaller than the color print area and stops any white showing due to registration or bleed problems.
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`` None – Applies no choke to the Underbase
`` Minimum – Applies a choke of equivalent to 2 pixels at 720dpi
`` Medium – Applies a choke of equivalent to 3 pixels at 720dpi
`` Maximum – Applies a choke of equivalent to 5 pixels at 720dpi
`` Extreme – Applies a choke of equivalent to 10 pixels at 720dpi
Note: The accuracy of the choke depends upon the resolution of the image, (see the AVI’s on choking for more
information), but typically you want 300/360dpi images to get a good accurate choke. If you choke too much, then it
can cause other problems (most noticeable on lighter color shirts) and create what looks like a stroke color around the
object. Best defaults are Minimum or Medium for Light color shirts and Medium or Maximum for Black shirts. You
should only use this if you have registration issue between the white and color pass.
Highlight White
The Highlight White setting creates a highlight white to be printed as part of the color pass
`` None – Doesn’t create a highlight white
`` Weak – Creates a weak highlight white, uses the least amount of white
ink in white areas only.
`` Medium - Uses more white ink for the highlight in areas of pure white.
The medium setting is similar to the highlight white from the Normal
Underbase setting in the FastARTIST Underbase Wizard
`` Strong – Use 100% white ink in areas of pure white. This setting is
similar to the highlight white from the Heavy Underbase setting in the
FastARTIST Underbase Wizard
Note: Using to much white, especially in the color pass can cause your colors to become washed out. This
happens when the White ink and color inks mix. Its best if you can avoid using a highlight white for DTG and get a
good white underbase instead. If you do use this, use it sparingly to avoid color shifts, unless you are print just white
objects.
Underbase Repeats
Underbase Repeats is the number of Underbase passes to be printed.
Color Passes
Color Passes is the number of Color passes to be printed.
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Always Use These Settings When Importing
This option will allow you to use the same import settings for all file types.
If checked, the Image Import dialog will no
longer open every time you import an image.
In this case, to gain access to this dialog in the
future, go to Queue>>Properties>>Import Options tab.
Uncheck the “Hide Image Import dialog and
use the following settings” checkbox. This will
gray out the screen and allow you to make the
necessary settings each time you import an image into FastRIP. You can also set a default in this window.
FastARTIST Jobs
Jobs from FastARTIST such as those created with the new Fluid Mask feature or PSD files
imported into FastARTIST will have there underbase created in FastARTIST, so you will not
see this dialog. But will have seen a similar dialog with the same options in FastARTIST when
importing the image.
Changing The Print Mode For Color Passes
The Print Mode used for the color pass will be
set using the print mode selected in the queue
properties (Queue>>Properties>>General tab).
NOTE: You can change this for a particular job,
by going to the job properties (right click on job
and select properties).
If you want to setup a different default, then
click the drop-down selection arrow under Print
Mode. You can manually browse for a print
mode by clicking the
button.
The new changes will then be used for all future
imports.
IMPORTANT: The Enable Underbase checkbox is for the Windows underbase setting only. Do not use this option for images with
transparency.
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Setting up the Substrate Color
Queue Pull-down
Menu>>Properties>>General tab
By default FastRIP will show you a preview
of your image on a white shirt, but you can
configure your queue for any color shirt. From
the Queue Pull-down Menu, select Properties
and click the General tab.
`` Under Default Device Settings,
Substrate Color, click on the Choose
Color... button.
`` Select any color from the color picker
to use as your shirt color.
All previews will now be displayed with the newly selected background color (shirt color).
Note: If you select black and add a job with no underbase then it will display as solid black and you will not be
able to see your image (just as it would print..).
Note: For the substrate color preview to work correctly, you must keep Preview Options set on 1-bit per pixel. See
Tools - Options – Preview Options
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Costing Interface
Queue Pull-down Menu>>Properties>>Costing tab
This new feature of FastRIP 10.0 allows you to keep track of costs in several different variables.
To access the Costing Interface, select Queue from the Pull-down Menu and choose Properties.
The Queue Properties window will open. Under the Other Tabs, select Costing.
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Material cost
The material cost can be calculated in one of three ways using the drop down box.
`` Per Unit
A fixed price per print and typically used for T-shirts and other fixed price
items when printing and will calculate the price using the value entered
`` Per Square Foot
This option, will calculate the price based on the actual area printed using
the value per square foot.
`` Per Square Meter
This will calculate the price based on the actual area printed using the
value per square Meter.
Surface Treatment Cost
This can be used for a number of different material treatments, such as a pre treatment for t-shirt
printing or lamination in large format sign printing
`` Per Unit, is a fixed price per print and typically used for T-shirts pretreatment and other fixed price items when the surface treatment is fixed or
largely an estimated fixed price
`` Per Square foot, will calculate the price based on the actual area printed
using the value per square foot.
`` Per Square Meter, will calculate the price based on the actual area printed
using the value per square Meter.
Black, Colored and White Ink costs
This is always entered per liter, if you don’t buy your ink buy the liter then you will have to calculate the per liter costs by dividing your volume purchased into a liter and multiplying this by
your cost. Because on some printers Black ink is cheaper, black ink has been treated as a special
case. Also on some machines White ink is more expensive so it also has its own separate costs
from other colors used.
Notes
Allows you to add a text description, containing any notes you wish.
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Color and White Ink passes
This is so you can enter the number of passes the printer makes when printing color pass or the
white pass (if printing white). With some printers you select the number of passes when you
print (or in the general tab), but some printers can control the number of passes internally. For
this reason the number of passes you use with print jobs should be set manually in the costing
interface and match the number of passes you use when you print.
Note: You can always change this on a job by job basis or you can setup different queues, say one for 2 white
passes when doing black shirts and another queue with 1 white pass when doing lighter colored shirts.
Ink Contingency
With all inkjet printers, there is a certain quantity of ink waste that occurs during head cleaning
and other routine maintenance tasks. The amount of ink used in these tasks will depend upon
the printer and also the amount its used (the more you print, normally the lower the ink wastage
as an overall percentage). Entering a % in this field will add this to the total ink used and effect
the cost, so you can factor in the running costs including head cleaning and other maintenance.
Labor Cost
All printing requires some labour, from loading the materials, to pre treatments, lamination and
packaging for shipping. You have three ways you can calculate this.
`` Per Unit, is a fixed price per print and typically used for T-shirts and other fixed price items when the labour is typically the same for each item.
`` Per Square foot, will calculate the price based on the actual area printed
using the value per square foot.
`` Per Square Meter, will calculate the price based on the actual area printed
using the value per square Meter.
Tax 1
This allows you to apply a tax to the total cost of the job. Its added as a percentage of the total
cost of the job
Tax 2
This allows you to apply a tax to the total cost of the job. Its added as a percentage of the total
cost of the job when you select regular tax and is includes that costs of Tax 1 when you select Additive tax as in some countries / states.
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Time
This does not effect the cost and is just for information purposes.
`` Per Unit, is a fixed time per print and typically used for T-shirts and other
fixed printing and application timed items.
`` Per Square foot, will calculate the time based on the actual area printed
using the value per square foot.
`` Per Square Meter, will calculate the time based on the actual area printed
using the value per square Meter.
Record Costing Data
You can select to record the costing information automatically, either at the queue level, job level
or both. The data is then exported to this location in a .csv format, suitable for importing into
Excel and relational databases for account and reporting. Using this feature you can further customise the costing as required. For example if you wanted you can use the information in Excel
and add time as an additional cost item or process all jobs in a week and calculate total labor
time.
Dot Profiles
In order for the costing to be calculated, it required that the software knows what the dot volumes are when printing and these will vary depending upon the resolution and other factors.
This information is normally provided in the driver (when available). However you can change
the dot volumes (based on a per print mode) and / or if they are absent, add your own estimates.
Note: Its often the case that different printing requires different costing, this can be from different material costs,
labor costs, pre treatment costs. The benefit of using the multiple queue system is that you can setup different
queues for these cases and enter different costing appropriately for the jobs.
Job Properties – Costing
In order to see the costing, you must first RIP the job (right click and RIP only), you can then
see the costing tab in the job properties (Right click – properties – show properties for page content for singe jobs).
This costing will reflect the information entered in the queue properties, but it can be changed.
For an example, if, for a particular job, you want to change the tax or ink contingency you can.
You can also change the number of passes, if it differs from the defaults you setup in queue properties.
It is also possible to get a quick simple print of this information to your desktop printer or export
the CSV file for use in another program.
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Print Mode Introduction
Each FastRIP Print Mode has been painstakingly crafted to obtain high quality output that
takes into account the absorbency characteristics of the given media, so as to avoid under-inking
conditions (i.e., pin-holing) and over-inking conditions (i.e., bleeding). As such, the expectation
is that reliable reproduction will be obtained from your given model of Epson printer, per version
of FastRIP.
There are 6 types of Print Modes available depending on your model of printer. Each type will
have different versions or settings (such as Lines Per Inch - lpi) to choose from. Refer to your
specific printer model in this chapter for more information.
`` FastRIP SD: Standard Density
The Standard Density Print Modes are the default modes for Current
Settings and the settings you will use for most output. Use these modes
for printing on clear film that is smooth or on waterproof inkjet film.
These options may show more banding or streaking when used on poor
quality film that has a rough surface.
`` FastRIP DD: Double Density
If you need a denser image, use this setting to print a heavier deposit of
ink. Double Density works best on poor quality film but will lay down
too much ink on waterproof film, such as FastPOSITIVE WP.
`` FastRIP TD: Triple Density
When printing with select printer models only, you will have the option
of using a function called”TD” or Triple Density. These Print Modes
work well on inexpensive film, however they have a significantly longer
drying time.
`` FastRIP HS: High Speed
FastRIP allows you to print twice as fast by selecting HS (High Speed)
mode. High Speed modes only come with a High Speed version of
FastRIP and only work with select printer. In HS mode there might be a
slight decrease in the amount of ink laid down and there could be minor
registration issues on large prints.
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`` Inkjet Proofing
These modes are only available for specific printers and are used to create
custom proofs before printing. These modes are great for sending to the a
client for final approval of a job.
`` Heat Transfers
Some model printers and versions of FastRIP support Heat Transfer
Printing.
Setting Applying and Saving Print Modes
The following sections will cover using Print Modes and applying them to your designs, hassle
free. Most of these methods are newly introduced in this version of FastRIP 10.0
Setting The Print Mode From The Print dialog
1) From your Windows graphic design application, choose File menu >> Print.
2) The Print dialog will open.
3) Choose the printer name from the drop-list.
4) The printer description should indicate that it is a “FastRIP” type of print destination, which indicates that print jobs will be processed through FastRIP.
5) If the printer description does not indicate “FastRIP,” then search for another
printer name from the drop-list.
6) Click the Properties button.
7) The Properties dialog for the driver will open.
8) Click the Advanced button.
9) The Advanced Options for the driver will open.
10) Click the Document Options >> Printer Features >> Print Mode field.
11) The Print Mode drop-list will become active.
12) Choose the Print Mode that is most appropriate for the type of job being printed. Print
Modes are named according to media, print resolution, ink density, halftone frequency,
and ink set.
13) Click OK to close the Advanced Options.
14) Click OK again to close the Properties dialog.
15) From the Print dialog, click OK to send the print job.
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Changing the Print Mode Within a Held Print Job
Once a received job is held in a queue, the choice of Print Mode can be changed within the job
properties.
1. Right-click the job and
choose Properties.
2. The Job Ticket Properties dialog will open.
3. On the General tab, note
the Print Mode field.
4. Next to the Print Mode
field, click the ellipsis
button.
5. The available Print
Modes are categorized
and named according to
media, print resolution,
ink density, halftone frequency, and ink set.
You can also quick-select
these with the drop-down arrow.
NOTE: If in doubt concerning an appropriate Print Mode, then a small print test is recommended.
Copying a Print Mode
If you would prefer to give custom descriptions or names to Print Modes to make it easier to
remember which Print Modes are for what, the following methods should be used.
1. From the Printers menu, choose Manage Print Modes to open the Print Mode
Manager dialog.
2. From the drop-list, choose the printer model. The Print Modes for that printer
will then be listed.
3. Click the Print Mode, such that the name is highlighted.
4. Along the top of the Print Mode Manager dialog, click the Copy Print Mode
button.
5. When prompted, type a meaningful name for the copy.
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Editing a Print Mode
1. From the Printers menu, choose Manage Print Modes to open the Print Mode
Manager dialog.
2. From the drop-list, choose the printer model. The Print Modes for that printer
will then be listed.
3. Click the Print Mode, such that the name is highlighted.
4. Along the top of the Print Mode Manager dialog, click the Edit Print Mode button.
5. The Properties dialog for the Print Mode will open (see Queue Properties).
Setting the Default Print Mode Within FastRIP
If there is a Print Mode that you use most often, you can set this Print Mode as your printers
default Print Mode, saving you time in the future of having to select it each time you set up a
print.
1. From the Queue menu, choose Properties.
2. On the General tab, note the selected Printer.
3. In the following information box, set the queue to either Protected or Unprotected mode.
4. To the right of the Print Mode drop-list, click the ellipsis button to open the
Print Mode Selection dialog.
5. Choose from the drop-list categories to narrow down the list of Print Modes (i.e.,
what ink set, what resolution, etc.).
Protected Queue Mode
`` On the Queue tab, Protected mode causes all jobs received by that queue
to use the Print Mode that is set within that queue.
`` For example, if you have a specific media loaded into the printer, then
you likewise know the precise Print Mode that should be used with that
media.
`` For a designer that does not know what media is being used, their choice
of Print Mode will be ignored in favor of the Print Mode that you know
to be correct.
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Unprotected Queue Mode
`` On the Queue tab, Unprotected mode assumes more responsibility
from the designer for choosing a Print Mode that is appropriate for their
design.
`` Letting the designer choose the Print Mode can be acceptable when they
understand the loaded media and Print Mode choices that are available.
Marking Print Modes as Favorites
1. In the FastRIP 10 Queue window, choose Printers >> Manage
Print Modes.
2. Next to the Print Mode names
column, there is a “Favorite”
column (as indicated by the
5-pointed star).
3. To mark a Print Mode as a favorite, click within the Favorite
column.
4. Later, when using the Print
Mode Selection dialog to
choose a Print Mode, the
“Star” column will indicate the
Print Modes that are considered to be favorites.
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Hiding Print Modes
To prevent users from selecting the wrong Print Mode, the Print Mode Manager dialog can be
used to hide Print Modes.
1. In the FastRIP 10 Queue window, choose Printers >> Manage Print Modes.
2. Set all of the drop-lists to “All,” so that the full list of Print Modes are displayed.
Note: As a memory aid, it may be desirable to use the Favorites column to mark the Print Modes that will not be
hidden in the subsequent steps
3. Next to the FavorItes column
(the 5-pointed star), there is an
“Approved” column (as indicated by the checkmark within
a red circle).
4. By default, all of the Print
Modes are approved.
5. To hide a Print Mode, click to
remove the circled checkmark
within the Approved column.
6. Click Close to finish editing
the Print Mode Manager.
In FastARTIST, only approved
Print Modes will be selectable via
the Print and Cut Setup dialog.
In third-party graphic software
applications, only approved Print
Modes will be selectable via the
Print dialog.
Overriding the Print Mode Setting of a Print Job
When a print job is being held in the queue, its Print Mode properties can be edited prior to
print. These edits will apply only to the given job without changing the original Print Mode.
1. In the FastRIP 10 Queue window, click the Stop Queue button. This will cause
new print jobs to be held pending.
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2. Print a job to the FastRIP 10 Queue window.
3. The print job will now be listed in the FastRIP 10 Queue window.
4. Right-click the print job and choose Properties.
5. The Job Ticket Properties dialog will open.
6. Any changes to these dialog settings will override the Print Mode for this job.
Print Mode Manager Toolbar Options
Along the top of the dialog are several Toolbar buttons, which are used to rearrange, copy, edit,
and organize a selected Print Mode. Please note that it may be necessary to create a copy of a
Print Mode before it can be edited or moved.
`` Folder Editing refers to the folder icons that are used to indicate a
category of Print Modes, such as from a specific manufacturer. After a
folder has been created, your custom Print Modes can be dragged into
the folder using the cursor.
`` The Print Mode Editing tools are Delete, Copy, Rename, and Edit.
Before editing or moving a preset Print Mode, it is necessary to make a
copy of that Print Mode, which can then be edited.
`` The Package Editing tools are used to export and import your custom
Print Modes, such that they can be backed up or sent to another workstation. When creating a package, all of the custom Print Modes will be
listed. Choose the Print Modes that should be added to the package, and
then click Save.
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Printer Specific Modes and Functions
The following sections will cover printer-specific Print Modes and other printer information that
will help along the way of printing great film positives.
Epson R1400
The Epson Stylus Photo R1400 is a pigment based printer that is capable of printing film positives on media up to 13” wide. The printable area is 12.5” in width by 19” in length. Below are
some tips to assist in printing with the Epson R1400 printer and FastRIP.
Ink
The Epson Stylus Photo R1400 printer is shipped from the factory with UltraChrome (Pigment)
inks. UltraChrome ink will ONLY work on waterproof film when printing film positives. UltraChrome ink will NOT adhere or dry on standard film transparencies.
However, U.S. Screen Print & Inkjet Technology has developed a dye based ink that will work
with your printer when printing transparencies. This ink is called FastINK and it can be used
to replace the UltraChrome Black cartridge. The Black ink is the only cartridge that need be
replaced since film positives are only printed in black.
FastRIP Functions
FastRIP has a wide variety of Print Mode options for printing dense Black print on clear film
for screen making. These are selected under the Device Options or Advanced menus in the Properties Menu.
Listed on the following pages are the available Print Modes for the Epson 1400:
General Film Output Print Modes for Epson R1400
`` Standard Density
1440 x 720 SD or 1440 x 1440 SD at 40 LPI
1440 x 720 SD or 1440 x 1440 SD at 60 LPI
1440 x 720 SD or 1440 x 1440 SD at 80 LPI
`` Double Density
1440 x 720 DD or 1440 x 1440 DD at 40 LPI
1440 x 720 DD or 1440 x 1440 DD at 60 LPI
1440 x 720 DD or 1440 x 1440 DD at 80 LPI
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`` Triple Density
1440 x 720 TD or 1440 x 1440 TD at 40 LPI
1440 x 720 TD or 1440 x 1440 TD at 60 LPI
1440 x 720 TD or 1440 x 1440 TD at 80 LPI
High Speed Output Print Modes
FastRIP allows you to print twice as fast by selecting HS (High Speed) mode. In HS mode there
might be a slight decrease in the amount of ink laid down and there could be minor registration
issues on large prints.
`` High Speed Standard Density
1440 x 720 SD HS or 1440 x 1440 SD HS at 40 LPI
1440 x 720 SD HS or 1440 x 1440 SD HS at 60 LPI
1440 x 720 SD HS or 1440 x 1440 SD HS at 80 LPI
`` High Speed Double Density
1440 x 720 DD HS or 1440 x 1440 DD HS at 40 LPI
1440 x 720 DD HS or 1440 x 1440 DD HS at 60 LPI
1440 x 720 DD HS or 1440 x 1440 DD HS at 80 LPI
`` High Speed Triple Density
1440 x 720 TD HS or 1440 x 1440 TD HS at 40 LPI
1440 x 720 TD HS or 1440 x 1440 TD HS at 60 LPI
1440 x 720 TD HS or 1440 x 1440 TD HS at 80 LPI
Installing FastINK in Your Printer
1. Open the output tray, the printer cover and the cartridge cover.
2. Shake each unopened cartridge 4 or 5 times. Then remove them from their packages. (Don’t shake them after removing the packaging)
3. Slide each FastINK cartridge into the appropriate slot with the Green circuit
board facing the back.
4. Gently press down on the cartridge until it clicks into place.
5. Close the cartridge cover and printer cover.
6. Press the Ink button. The Green power and Red ink lights will flash for about 90
seconds as your printer charges its Print Head with the new ink.
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Changing Ink Cartridges
After swapping out the UltraChrome ink, the printer’s lines must be flushed completely of the
old ink BEFORE printing film positives.
1. With FastINK in the Black ink slot, run 3 head cleanings through the Epson driver or by using the Ink button. Hold down the teardrop button for three seconds.
2. Create a solid Black box in any graphics application that is about 6” x 6” in size.
Print Black box out on at least three sheets of paper to expend any remaining
UltraChrome ink.
3. Repeat Step 2 again if necessary.
NOTES: If the printer is ON, push the tear drop button. This will slide the ink cartridges and Print Head to the
left allowing easier access when changing ink cartridges.
If the printer is OFF, open the top cover. On the lower front left side of the Print Head is a white lever that is designed
to prevent the Print Head from moving. Push the white lever toward the front of the printer, releasing the Print Head.
Move the Print Head to the left for easier access when changing ink cartridges.
Shake all ink before inserting the cartridge into printer and remove the pull tab from the FastINK cartridge.
Film
FastPOSITIVE waterproof film will allow you to use a Dye based ink while giving you dense
Black film positives.
`` When loading paper in the sheet feeder make sure the sticky side is facing
out of the sheet feeder.
`` Because of the nature of the film, it is prone to double feeding (two sheets
at a time). If you encounter this problem, load one piece of film at a time
through the sheet feeder.
Loading Film
1. Slide the left edge guide to a width slightly greater than the width of your film.
2. Fan your film and place it in the printer, pressing it against the right side of the
sheet feeder.
3. Slide the left edge guide to fit lightly against the film, ensuring the film lies beneath the arrow inside the left edge guide.
4. Pull out the output tray extensions.
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R1400 Printer Tips
`` Execute a Head Cleaning cycle on your printer each morning.
`` If streaking occurs, do a Nozzle Check, Head Alignment and Head
Cleaning from the standard Epson printer driver. You can perform up to
TEN head cleaning routines in succession. Select your EPSON Stylus
PHOTO R1400 printer and click on on Properties > Printing Preferences. Select the Maintenance tab.
`` Cover your printer at night to prevent dirt and dust from fouling the
Print Head.
`` Remove all ink cartridges before moving the printer to a new location.
`` Hold down the Ink button to move the Print Head for ink cartridge
replacement.
Miscellaneous
`` The imaging side of inkjet film is the sticky side if you touch it with a wet
finger.
`` Fan the sheets of film before loading them in the paper tray. It is best to
feed film sheets one at a time.
`` In high humidity conditions, do not stack output films before they are
dry. You may use a hair dryer to speed the drying process.
`` Handle film by the edges and store it in a cool, dry location.
`` You may use a Film Opaque Pen to do minor touch-up work.
Troubleshooting
If the printer will not print:
Make sure a job is not hung-up in FastRIP. You can check the status of a print job in FastRIP’s
Queue Window. If a print job is listed as ”Pending”, go to the Queue menu and select Start.
The RIP or Printer Driver may not be set to correct port. Open FastRIP and go to Printers/Manage Printers. Select the Epson 1400 printer. Change the port to match the one to which the Epson
printer is connected. If you are using a USB cable, the correct port would be Epson Stylus Photo
1400_USB00*. Click on Ok and attempt to print again.
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If the Green light (Power button) is blinking and nothing prints:
Ensure no ink cartridge lights are indicating an”empty’ status on the printer. All empty ink cartridges need to be replaced before printing.
Open FastRIP and check the status of the job.”Holding”,”Pending”, or”Holding with Error”. If
listed as Holding or Pending, right-click on the job and select Print. If the job is listed as Holding
with Error, right-click on the job and select Remove. Go to Printers/Manage Printers and ensure
the correct port is being listed for connecting the printer and computer. Try printing the job
again.
If the image prints outside the page border or is cut off:
Make sure that you have the Page Size set correctly within your application.
Epson 1520/3000
Epson Drivers for Windows
You must download the most recent Windows compatible driver for your printer at epson.com.
After you have installed the printer driver, add your printer through the Control Panel
1. Go to Start > Control Panel > Printers and Faxes.
2. Select Add Printer. Follow the on screen prompts.
3. Select your Epson Stylus COLOR 3000 or 1520 printer.
Feeding Film through Your Printer
The Epson 3000 and Epson 1520 printers have a sensor that identifies the media on which you
are printing. If the printer feeds film without printing, the Pause light will come on. This means
the print job is still in the printer queue, but the printer did not recognize the media. After adjusting the film, press the Pause button and the printer will feed the film through.
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Here are some tips to help the Epson 3000 or Epson 1520 recognize film transparencies.
`` Place additional sheets of film in the printer. For example, if you are
printing a 6 color separation, put 8 sheets of film in the printer. Sometimes, if the film has built up a charge of static electrify, the printer may
feed 2 sheets of film at a time. Shuffle and fan the film to reduce any
static electrify.
`` Place regular white paper beneath the sheets of film. This allows the Epson printer to recognize and feed the film.
`` If the problem persists, dust or debris may be covering the sensor. Run a
cleaning sheet through the printer. Cleaning sheets can be found at local
computer stores.
`` Place the film in the paper tray and send a print job. Hold on to the film
and let the printer try to grab it. When the printer tries to grab the film a
second time, release the sheet and the printer should feed the film.
Epson Stylus RIP
The Epson Stylus RIP is designed exclusively for color management and does not have the capability to print halftone dots. The Epson Stylus RIP may also cause conflict with the FastRIP. DO
NOT install the Epson Stylus RIP. If the Epson Stylus Rip has been installed, you must uninstall the RIP before installing FastRIP.
Paper Settings
`` Ensure the paper-release lever is set to”single sheet.”
`` Set the paper thickness to 0.
`` If using roll film, set your printer to Banner Mode. Refer to the Epson
User Guide for more details.
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Epson R1800/2400
The Epson R1800 and R2400 are pigment based printers that are capable of printing film positives on media up to 13” wide. The printable area is 12.5” in width by 44” in length. Below are
some tips to assist in printing with the Epson R1800 or R2400 printer and FastRIP.
NOTE: For best results when printing film positives, we recommend that you only use FastINK along with
FastPOSITIVE WP film.
Ink
The Epson R1800 and R2400 printers are shipped from the factory with UltraChrome (Pigment) inks. UltraChrome ink will NOT work for printing film positives. UltraChrome ink will
NOT adhere or dry on film transparencies.
However, U.S. Screen Print & Inkjet Technology has developed a dye based ink that will work
with your printer when printing transparencies. This ink is called FastINK and it can be used
to replace the UltraChrome Black cartridge. The Black ink is the only cartridge that need be
replaced since film positives are only printed in black.
FastRIP Functions
FastRIP has a wide variety of Print Mode options for printing dense Black on clear film for
screen making. These are selected under the Device Options or Advanced menus in the Properties
Menu.
General Film Output Print Modes for Epson R1800 and 2400
`` Standard Density
FastRIP 720 SD 45 LPI
FastRIP 720 SD 55 LPI
FastRIP 720 SD 65 LPI
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Epson 2200
The Epson Stylus Photo 2200 is a pigment based printer that is capable of printing film positives
on media up to 13” wide. The printable area is 12.5” in width by 44” in length. Below are some
tips to assist in printing with the Epson 2200 printer and FastRIP.
“Pizza Wheels”
The design of the machine’s paper feed creates an inherent problem for the screen printer. Internal rollers create ”tracks” on film, ruining the film positive. However, there is a very simple,
inexpensive and reversible method of solving this problem. Visit our support section on www.
screenprinters.net.
Another solution is to use waterproof film like FastPOSITIVE WP. Ink will adhere to and dry
instantly on the film before it has a chance to get to the “pizza wheels.”
Ink
The Epson Stylus Photo 2200 printer is shipped from the factory with UltraChrome (Pigment)
inks. UltraChrome ink will NOT work for printing film positives. UltraChrome ink will NOT
adhere or dry on film transparencies.
However, U.S. Screen Print & Inkjet Technology has developed a dye based ink that will work
with your printer when printing transparencies. This ink is called FastINK and it can be used
to replace the UltraChrome Black cartridge. The Black ink is the only cartridge that need be
replaced since film positives are only printed in black.
FastRIP Functions
FastRIP has a wide variety of Print Mode options for printing dense Black print on clear film
for screen making. These are selected under the Device Options or Advanced menus in the Properties Menu.
General Film Output Print Modes for Epson 2200
`` Standard Density
FastRIP 720 SD 45 LPI
FastRIP 720 SD 55 LPI
FastRIP 720 SD 65 LPI
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`` Double Density
FastRIP 720 DD 45 LPI
FastRIP 720 DD 55 LPI
FastRIP 720 DD 65 LPI
`` Triple Density
FastRIP 720 TD 45 LPI
FastRIP 720 TD 55 LPI
FastRIP 720 TD 65 LPI
High Speed Output Prnt Modes for Epson 2200
`` High Speed Standard Density
FastRIP 720 SD HS 45 LPI
`` High Speed Double Density
FastRIP 720 DD HS 45 LPI
FastRIP 720 DD HS 55 LPI
FastRIP 720 DD HS 65 LPI
`` High Speed Triple Density
FastRIP 720 TD HS 45 LPI
FastRIP 720 TD HS 55 LPI
FastRIP 720 TD HS 65 LPI
Heat Transfer Print Mode
This setting is designed for standard T-Shirt heat transfer paper that has a coating on it. The print
may appear slightly weak when printed but will get brighter when the transfer is applied to a
shirt. This setting will also mirror (reverse) the image.
Proof Print Modes
`` FastRIP- Proof 45 LPI
Print a color calibrated paper proof with a 45 LPI halftone dot frequency
applied to the image to simulate how the print will look when screen
printed.
`` FastRIP- Proof 55 LPI
Paper proof at 55 LPI.
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`` FastRIP- Proof 65 LPI
Paper proof at 65 LPI.
`` FastRIP- Generic Proof
Print a color calibrated Inkjet Paper proof. You can also use the standard
Epson driver for this.
Using a Bulk Ink System with the Epson 2200
A Bulk Ink System comes in the form of easy-to-use 90 ml. bags for continuous flow printing. To
get the best performance from your Bulk Ink System:
`` Replace all of color the cartridges with special ”always read full” bulk
cartridges.
`` Conserve ink by keeping the printer ON when not in use. When the
printer powers ON or when it’s performs a Head Cleaning cycle, it uses
ink to prime the Print Head. (Always have extra cartridges available in
case you run out of any inks.)
`` Keep the ink bag at the proper height. When mounted correctly, the
supply tube attached to the bulk bag should be about 2” above the print
surface.
Installing FastINK in Your Printer
1. Open the output tray, the printer cover and the cartridge cover.
2. Shake each unopened cartridge 4 or 5 times. Then remove them from their packages. (Don’t shake them after removing the packaging)
3. Slide each FastINK cartridge into the appropriate slot with the green circuit board
facing the back.
4. Gently press down on the cartridge until it clicks into place.
5. Close the cartridge cover and printer cover.
6. Press the ink button. The green power and red ink lights will flash for about 90
seconds as your printer charges its Print Head with the new ink.
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Changing Ink Cartridges
After swapping out the UltraChrome ink, the printer’s lines must be flushed completely of the
old ink BEFORE printing film positives.
1. With FastINK in the Black ink slot, run 3 head cleanings through the Epson driver or by using the Ink button. Hold down the teardrop button for three seconds.
2. Create a solid Black box in any graphics application that is about 6” x 6” in size.
Print Black box out on at least three sheets of paper to expend any remaining
UltraChrome ink.
3. Repeat Step 2 again if necessary.
NOTES/TIPS: If the printer is ON, push the “tear drop” button. This will slide the ink cartridges and Print
Head to the left, allowing easier access when changing ink cartridges.
If the printer is OFF, open the top cover. On the lower front left side of the Print Head is a white lever that is designed
to prevent the Print Head from moving. Push the white lever toward the front of the printer, releasing the Print Head.
Move the Print Head to the left for easier access when changing ink cartridges.
Shake all ink before inserting the cartridge into printer and remove the pull tab from the FastINK cartridge.
Film
FastPOSITIVE waterproof film will allow you to use a Dye based ink while giving you dense
Black film positives.
`` When loading paper in the sheet feeder make sure the sticky side is facing
out of the sheet feeder.
`` Because of the nature of the film, it is prone to double feeding (two sheets
at a time). If you encounter this problem, load one piece of film at a time
through the sheet feeder.
Loading Film
1. Slide the left edge guide to a width slightly greater than the width of your film.
2. Fan your film and place it in the printer, pressing it against the right side of the
sheet feeder.
3. Slide the left edge guide to fit lightly against the film, ensuring the film lies beneath the arrow inside the left edge guide.
4. Pull out the output tray extensions.
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Epson 2200 Printer Tips
`` Execute a Head Cleaning cycle on your printer each morning.
`` If streaking occurs, do a Nozzle Check, Head Alignment and Head
Cleaning from the standard Epson printer driver. You can perform up to
TEN head cleaning routines in succession. Select your EPSON Stylus
PHOTO 2200 printer and click on on Properties > Printing Preferences.
Select the Maintenance tab.
`` Cover your printer at night to prevent dirt and dust from fouling the
Print Head.
`` Remove all ink cartridges before moving the printer to a new location.
`` Hold down the Ink button to move the Print Head for ink cartridge
replacement.
Miscellaneous
`` For best results you must use FastPOSITIVE WP film with FastINK.
Regular Epson UltraChrome ink will not work for printing film positives.
`` The imaging side of inkjet film is the sticky side if you touch it with a wet
finger.
`` Fan the sheets of film before loading them in the paper tray. It is best to
feed film sheets one at a time.
`` In high humidity conditions, do not stack output films before they are
dry. You may use a hair dryer to speed the drying process.
`` To make imaged films water resistant on non-waterproof films, spray
them with an Artist’s Fixative.
`` Handle film by the edges and store it in a cool, dry location.
`` You may use a Film Opaque Pen to do minor touch-up work.
Troubleshooting
If the printer will not print:
Make sure a job is not hung-up in FastRIP. You can check the status of a print job in FastRIP’s
Queue Window. If a print job is listed as”Pending”, go to the Queue menu and select Start.
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age Printers. Select the Epson 2200 printer. Change the port to match the one to which the Epson
printer is connected. If you are using a USB cable, the correct port would be Epson Stylus Photo
2200_USB00*. If you are connected via a Parallel cable, it would be will be LPT*. Click on Ok
and try to print again.
If the Green light (Power button) is blinking and nothing prints:
Ensure no ink cartridge lights are indicating an”empty’ status on the printer. All empty ink cartridges need to be replaced before printing.
Open FastRIP and check the status of the job.”Holding”,”Pending”, or”Holding with Error”. If
listed as Holding or Pending, right-click on the job and select Print. If the job is listed as Holding
with Error, right-click on the job and select Remove. Go to Printers/Manage Printers and ensure
the correct port is being listed for connecting the printer and computer. Try printing the job
again.
If the image prints outside the page border or is cut off:
Make sure that you have the Page Size set correctly within your application.
Epson 4000
The Epson Stylus 4000 is a Professional Wide Format printer. Before configuring FastRIP, read
the Epson Stylus Pro 4000 User’s Guide for Print Head alignment, paper loading and printer
management instructions.
FastRIP PRO version 10.0 for the Epson 4000 supports:
`` PostScript Level 3 Images
`` Printing images up to 17” in width and length
`` Left and Right borderless bleed printing on certain page sizes
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Requirements
FastRIP is a 32-bit Windows application. The following system configurations are the minimum
requirements:
`` A PC equipped with a Pentium processor 1.5 GHz or higher
`` 512MB of RAM (1 GB or more is highly recommended. User’s of the
new Windows Vista OS should have 2 GB of RAM for proper functionality.)
`` 200MB free hard drive space recommended
`` FastRIP Pro will only operate on a Windows Vista/XP/2000 platform
`` USB 1.1 port (high speed 2.0 recommended)
Processor Speed
Processor speeds will determine how fast files will be processed through FastRIP. If your processor
is slow and the image is large and/or complex, it will take a long time for the job to be completed. Since most graphic intensive images qualify as large and complex, we recommend you have a
fast processor. Simply stated, ”The faster the processor speed, the quicker the file will print to the
printer.”
Installing Ink Cartridges
When setting up your printer, make sure the FastINK cartridge is inserted into slot #5. If the
message ”Wrong Ink” displays on the Epson 4000 Control Panel, look at the white sticker on the
FastINK cartridge. The top line will start with”US....BLKD110U.” If there is not a ”U” at the
end of the product code, contact the Support Department to exchange the FastINK cartridge. If
you find an Epson Matte Black cartridge in slot # 5 of the printer, contact the Support Department to exchanged the cartridge for a FastINK cartridge that has a Matte Chip.
FastRIP PRO Print Modes - Epson 4000
FastRIP has a wide variety of output Print Mode functions, whether you want to print a full
color proof on inkjet paper, a T-Shirt Heat Transfer or a dense Black print on clear film for
screen making.
`` General Film Output Print Modes
FastRIP 720 SD - prints up to 65 LPI
FastRIP 1440 SD - prints up to 65 LPI
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FastRIP 2880 SD - prints up to 65 LPI
FastRIP 2880 SD85 - prints up to 85 LPI
FastRIP 2880 SD100 - prints up to 100 LPI
FastRIP 2880 SD133 - prints up to 133 LPI - use this mode for most output,
including clear film that is smooth and waterproof inkjet film. This option may experience more banding or streaking when used on poor quality film that has a rough surface. This is the default for Current Settings.
FastRIP 720 DD - prints up to 65 LPI
FastRIP 1440 DD - prints up to 65 LPI - if you need a denser image, use this
setting to print a heavier deposit of ink. Double Density works best on
poor quality film but lays down too much on waterproof film. Use Standard Density for waterproof film.
`` Heat Transfer Print Mode - Epson 4000
This mode is designed for standard T-Shirt heat transfer paper that has a
coating on it. The print may appear slightly weak when printed but will
get brighter when the transfer is applied to a shirt. This setting will also
mirror (reverse) the image.
`` Proof Print Modes - Epson 4000
FastRIP-Proof 45 LPI
FastRIP-Proof 55 LPI
Paper Proof at 55 LPI
FastRIP-Proof 65 LPI
Paper Proof at 65 LPI
FastRIP- Generic Proof - Prints a color calibrated inkjet paper proof. You
can also use the standard Epson driver for this.
`` CMYK Sublimation Mode
Since FastRIP uses the 5th photo Black slot for film, you can put standard sublimation ink in the left side CMYK ink slots and print sublimation transfers.
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Epson 4000 Hint and Tips
`` Service Req. error 00010007-This occurs when the Green tab becomes
locked on the Print head. Lift the top lid of the Epson 4000, Locate the
Print Head and pull this Green tab out. Turn the printer OFF then back
ON.
`` Film curl - If the film curls up, toward the ceiling, the Epson 4000 printer
will have a difficult time recognizing the film. It helps to have the film lay
flat or curl down, toward the floor. FastPOSITIVE has the correct curl.
`` To Remove Jam or Reload film - On the rear of the printer is the Roller
Release Lever. Pull the lever back, away from the printer. Now you pull
out the film or straighten it. Once the jam is cleared or the paper is reloaded, push the Release Lever forward.
`` Reset - Sometimes it may be necessary to reset the printer. To do this,
hold down the Pause button for 3 seconds.
`` Clear horizontal lines through the image - If you have clear horizontal
lines running through the image, a head cleaning will need to be performed. A general head cleaning can be done through the regular Epson
driver. Resolving this issue may require up to 10 Head Cleaning cycles. If
10 head cleanings do not fix the problem, run a Power Cleaning. A Power
cleaning is done from the interface of the Epson 4000 printer.
`` To run a Power Cleaning, your ink cartridges need to be more than 50%
full or you cannot run a Power Cleaning. The status of the printer must
say Ready. On the printer interface, push the right arrow button or Enter
button. Push the Up or Down arrow button until you see Maintenance.
Push the right arrow button. Push the Down arrow button until PWR
Cleaning. Push the right arrow button. Push the right arrow button again.
Follow the menu messages.
`` Excessive Dot Gain - If you have excessive dot gain in the halftones, run a
head cleaning on the printer.
`` Ink button light is solid Red - If the Ink button light is solid red, then
one of the ink cartridges is empty. If any color ink cartridges read empty,
you will NOT be able to print through FastRIP. We recommend you have
extra color cartridges on hand.
`` UltraChrome Ink - The Epson 4000 printer comes with UltraChrome
(Pigment) ink. Pigment ink does NOT adhere to non-waterproof film.
Pigment ink will only work with waterproof film like FastPOSITIVE WP
film available from U.S.Screen.
`` Maintenance Tank - We recommend you have an extra Maintenance
Tank on hand. If the Tank is full, you will not be able to print using the
Epson 4000 printer.
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Printing Sheets
On the printer’s LCD Display, ensure the status reads as Ready. Push the Right ARROW until
Printer Setup appears. Push the Right ARROW again and then press the Down ARROW until
you see PPR Size CHK. Push the Right ARROW button once and then press Down ARROW
until you see the word OFF. Push the Right ARROW again and you will see an asterisk ”*” next
to OFF. The printer will now read what size of film is in the printer.
Halftone Frequency, Angle and Shape
FastRIP creates an excellent halftone at a line count of up to 133 lines per inch (LPI) using
FastRIP Standard Density 2880 and a round dot shape. As you get higher than 133 LPI, slight
banding may occur. This is due to the fact that at a printer resolution of 2880 x 1440 DPI, a
higher line count will produce more gray levels.
FastRIP does a good job of creating whatever dot shape you set. While it has been a commonly
held belief that an elliptical dot was better, you might find that with an inkjet printer, round is a
better dot shape choice.
When printing halftone dots on or next to halftone dots, optical patterns can form called ”Moiré
Patterns.” These patterns look like checker boards and are not desirable. To minimize Moiré
Patterns, use a halftone angle of 25 degrees for all screens on photorealistic jobs. This is called
”Simulated Process Color.” For normal CMYK Process Color, try angles of Cyan 15, Magenta
45, Yellow 75 and Black 75 (Yes, the Black and Yellow are the same angles.)
Epson 4800 and 4880
FastRIP PRO version 10.0 for the Epson 4800 and 4880 support:
`` PostScript Level 3 Images
`` Printing images up to 17” in width and length
`` Left and Right borderless bleed printing on certain page sizes
System Requirements
The Epson Stylus Pro 4800 is a Professional Wide Format printer. FastRIP is a 32-bit Windows
application. The following system configurations are the minimum requirements:
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`` A PC equipped with a Pentium processor 1.5 GHz or higher
`` 512MB of RAM (1 GB or more is highly recommended. User’s of the
new Windows Vista OS should have 2 GB of RAM for proper functionality.)
`` 200MB free hard drive space recommended
`` FastRIP will only operate on a Windows Vista/XP/2000 platform
`` USB 1.1 port (high speed 2.0 recommended)
Processor Speed
Processor speed determines how fast files will be processed through FastRIP. If your processor is
slow and the image is large and/or complex, it will take a long time for the job to be completed.
Since most graphic intensive images qualify as large and complex, we recommend you have a
fast processor. Simply stated,”The faster the processor speed, the quicker the file will print to the
printer.”
Color Images
The regular Epson driver for the Epson 4800 will NOT print color images correctly. To create
film positives, U.S. Screen modified the placement of ink cartridges. The Epson 4800 requires
the use of 2 ink slots for FastINK, slot # 5 (Light Black) and slot # 8 (Light Light Black). This
causes color photographs to print dark in the gray areas.
Installing Ink Cartridges
When setting up your printer, make sure the FastINK cartridge is inserted into slot #5 (Light
Black) and slot #8 (Light Light Black). If the message”Wrong Ink” displays on the Epson
4800 Control Panel, look at the white sticker on the FastINK cartridge. The top line will start
with”US....BLKD110U.” If there is not a”U” at the end of the product code, contact the Support
Department to exchange the FastINK cartridge.
FastRIP PRO Print Modes - Epson 4800 and 4880
FastRIP has a wide variety of output Print Mode functions, whether you want to print on inkjet
paper or create a dense Black print on clear film for screen making.
`` General Film Output Print Modes
FastRIP 720 SD at 45 LPI
FastRIP 720 SD at 55 LPI
FastRIP 720 SD at 65 LPI
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FastRIP 1440 SD at 45 LPI
FastRIP 1440 SD at 55 LPI
FastRIP 1440 SD at 65 LPI - Use this mode for most output, including
clear film that is smooth and waterproof inkjet film. This option may experience more banding or streaking when used on poor quality film that
has a rough surface. This is the default for Current Settings.
`` High Speed Output Print Modes
FastRIP 720 SD HS at 45 LPI
FastRIP 720 SD HS at 55 LPI
FastRIP 720 SD HS at 65 LPI
FastRIP 1440 SD HS at 45 LPI
FastRIP 1440 SD HS at 55 LPI
FastRIP 1440 SD HS at 65 LPI
`` Proof and Heat Transfer Print Modes
FastRIP does not support Print Modes for Heat Transfer or color Proofs
on the Epson 4800 or 4880. Please check our website: www.screenprinters.net for updates.
Epson 4800 and 4880 Hint and Tips
`` Service Req. error 00010007-This occurs when the Green tab becomes
locked on the head of the printer. Lift the top lid of the Epson 4800 and
locate the head of the printer and its bright green tab. Pull this green tab
out. Turn the printer OFF then back ON.
`` Film curl - If the film curls up, toward the ceiling, the Epson 4800 printer
will have a difficult time recognizing the film. It helps to have the film lay
flat or curl down, toward the floor. FastPOSITIVE has the correct curl.
`` To Remove Jam or Reload film - On the rear of the printer is the Roller
Release Lever. Pull the lever back, away from the printer. Now you pull
out the film or straighten it. Once the jam is cleared or the paper is reloaded, push the Release Lever forward.
`` Reset - Sometimes it may be necessary to reset the printer. To do this,
hold down the Pause button for 3 seconds.
`` Clear horizontal lines through the image - If you have clear horizontal
lines running through the image, a head cleaning will need to be performed. A general head cleaning can be done through the regular Epson
driver. Resolving this issue may require up to 10 Head Cleaning cycles. If
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10 head cleanings do not fix the problem, run a Power Cleaning. A Power
cleaning is done from the interface of the Epson 4800 printer.
`` To run a Power Cleaning, your ink cartridges need to be more than 50%
full or you cannot run a Power Cleaning. The status of the printer must
say Ready. On the printer interface, push the right arrow button or Enter
button. Push the Up or Down arrow button until you see Maintenance.
Push the right arrow button. Push the Down arrow button until PWR
Cleaning. Push the right arrow button. Push the right arrow button again.
Follow the menu messages.
`` Excessive Dot Gain - If you have excessive dot gain in the halftones, run a
head cleaning on the printer.
`` Ink button light is solid Red - If the Ink button light is solid Red, then
one of the ink cartridges is empty. If any color ink cartridges read empty,
you will NOT be able to print through FastRIP. We recommend you have
extra color cartridges on hand..
`` UltraChrome Ink - The Epson 4800 printer comes with UltraChrome
(Pigment) ink. Pigment ink does NOT adhere to non waterproof film.
Pigment ink will only work with waterproof film like FastPOSITIVE WP
film from U.S. Screen.
`` Maintenance Tank - We recommend you have an extra Maintenance
Tank on hand. If the Tank is full, you will not be able to print using the
Epson 4800 printer.
Printing Sheets
On the printer’s LCD Display, ensure the status reads as Ready. Push the Right ARROW until
Printer Setup appears. Push the Right ARROW again and then press the Down ARROW until
you see PPR Size CHK. Push the Right ARROW button once and then press Down ARROW
until you see the word OFF. Push the Right ARROW again and you will see an asterisk ”*” next
to OFF. The printer will now read what size of film is in the printer.
Halftone Frequency, Angle and Shape
FastRIP creates an excellent halftone at a line count of up to 65 lines per inch (LPI).
FastRIP also does a good job of creating whatever dot shape you set. While it has been a com-
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monly held belief an elliptical dot was better, you might find that, with an inkjet printer, round
is a better dot shape choice.
When printing halftone dots on or next to halftone dots, optical patterns can form called “Moiré
Patterns.” These patterns look like checker boards and are not desirable. To minimize Moiré
Patterns, use a halftone angle of 25 degrees for all screens on photorealistic jobs. This is called
“Simulated Process Color.” For normal CMYK Process Color, try angles of Cyan 15, Magenta
45, Yellow 75 and Black 75 (Yes, the Black and Yellow are the same angles.)
Epson 7600/7800/7880 – FastRIP XL and
Epson 9600/9800/9880 – FastRIP LF
FastRIP XL version 10.0 supports:
`` PostScript Level 3 Images
`` Printing up to 24” in width and length
`` Left and Right borderless bleed printing on certain page sizes
FastRIP LF version 10.0 supports:
`` PostScript Level 3 Images
`` Printing up to 44” in width and length
`` Left and Right borderless bleed printing on certain page sizes
The EPSON Stylus Pro 7880 and EPSON Stylus Pro 9880 are Professional Wide Format printers. Before setting up FastRIP, read the applicable Printer Guide for Print Head alignment, paper
loading and printer management instructions.
System Requirements
FastRIP XL and LF are a 32-bit Windows application. The following system configurations are
the minimum requirements:
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`` A PC equipped with a Pentium processor 1.5 GHz or higher
`` 512MB of RAM (1 GB or more is highly recommended. User’s of the
new Windows Vista OS should have 2 GB of RAM for proper functionality.)
`` 200MB free hard drive space recommended
`` FastRIP will only operate on a Windows Vista/XP/2000 platform
`` USB 1.1 port (high speed 2.0 recommended)
Processor Speed
Processor speed determines how fast files will be processed through FastRIP. If your processor is
slow and the image is large and/or complex, it will take a long time for the job to be completed.
Since most graphic intensive images qualify as large and complex, we recommend you have a
fast processor. Simply stated,”The faster the processor speed, the quicker the file will print to the
printer.”
Installing Ink Cartridges
When setting up your printer, insert an Epson UltraChrome Photo Black (T-5433), Epson dyebased ink or FastINK cartridge in slot number 1.
Print Modes- FastRIP XL and FastRIP LF
FastRIP offers a variety of functions for output. These are selected from the Advanced menu in
the Properties menu.
Specific Print Modes will need to be selected for the Epson 7800/9800 ink system. There are different Print Modes for use with UltraChrome inks and Photo-Dye ink. If you select the wrong
Print Mode, you will receive a ”Command Error” message in the printer interface window.
`` Epson 7600/7800/7880/9800/9880 with Photo-Dye ink
FastRIP XL and FastRIP LF have five functions for clear film output.
Standard Density 720 Prints up to 75 LPI
Standard Density 1440 Prints up to 100 LPI
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Standard Density 2880 Prints up to 133 LPI
Double Density 720 Prints up to 75 LPI
Double Density 1440 Prints up to 100 LPI
NOTES: For a high quality film such as FastPOSITIVE, use the Standard Density setting. Films with a rough
coating need a heavier deposit of ink in order to produce dense Black images- use the Double Density 720 or Double
Density 1440 setting.
The higher the resolution the print, the slower the printer will output the file. If you need to print at a certain LPI,
make sure to use the appropriate resolution.
`` Epson 7600/7800/7880/9800/9880 with UltraChrome ink
When using UltraChrome ink, FastRIP XL and FastRIP LF provide 10
output functions.
FastRIP Generic-Ultra
Standard Density Print Modes
SD 720-Ultra
SD 1440-Ultra
SD 2880-Ultra
Double Density Print Modes
DD 1440-Ultra
DD 720-Ultra
`` FastRIP Heat Transfer-Ultra
FastRIP XL is calibrated for most off-the-shelf, coated T-Shirt transfer paper. It does color correction and mirrors the image before output so it can
be used with most T-Shirt Transfer papers from Canon, Avery, EPSON,
etc.
`` Inkjet Proofs
Both FastRIP XL and FastRIP LF allow you to print a color calibrated
inkjet proof to show a customer. You can print a standard inkjet proof or
you can print a proof using standard halftone dot settings of 45 LPI, 55
LPI or 65 LPI to simulate the look of halftones when the image is actually screen printed. The halftone dot proof is much better to use than the
regular inkjet proof because it provides the customer a truer representation of the final product.
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FastRIP Proof at 45 LPI-Ultra
FastRIP Proof at 55 LPI-Ultra
FastRIP Proof at 65 LPI-Ultra
Halftone Frequency, Angle and Shape
Both FastRIP XL and FastRIP LF create an excellent halftone at a line count of up to 133 lines
per inch (LPI). As you get higher than 133 LPI, slight banding may occur. This is due to the
fact that at a printer resolution of 2880 x 1440 DPI, a higher line count will produce more gray
levels.
FastRIP XL and FastRIP LF do a good job of creating whatever dot shape you set. While it has
been a commonly held belief that an elliptical dot was better, you might find that with an inkjet
printer, round is a better dot shape choice.
When printing halftone dots on or next to halftone dots, optical patterns can form called ”Moiré
Patterns.” These patterns look like checker boards and are not desirable. To minimize Moiré
Patterns, use a halftone angle of 25 degrees for all screens on photorealistic jobs. This is called
”Simulated Process Color.” For normal CMYK Process Color, try angles of Cyan 15, Magenta
45, Yellow 75 and Black 75 (Yes, the Black and Yellow are the same angles.)
Outputting from Applications
When using FastRIP XL ,select printer Epson Stylus Pro 7800-Full or Epson Stylus Pro
7800-Sheet. When using FastRIP LF, select printer Epson Stylus Pro 9800-Full or Epson Stylus
Pro 9800-Sheet. The ”Full” is for full roll and the ”Sheet” is for sheet fed. Make sure you have
installed both drivers.
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Introduction
This chapter will cover outputting your files to the printer and getting the correct results, such as
line count, dot angle and dot size as well as color correction, adjustments and additional output
features available with FastRIP 10.
Obtaining Photorealistic Prints
Screen printing of hand-drawn art is traditionally performed through the combination of spot
colors, where each color is applied to a specific region of the substrate (i.e., paper, t-shirt, etc.).
Having an overlap between color regions can be useful in achieving a specific visual result, or to
create the appearance of more colors than the number of inks used.
For computer generated art and photographic images, the complexity of the artwork can produce
difficulties in obtaining the desired quality. If the customer expects photorealistic prints, then
using spot colors can risk a print that appears too posterized (e.g., splotchy with abrupt color
shifts).
To produce photorealistic prints, a common technique is to prepare the artwork as a set of
CMYK separations, which are then used to print the artwork on a 4-color press (i.e., spot cyan,
spot magenta, spot yellow, and spot black). Overprinting these spot colors will reproduce the
colors of the original artwork.
The printing of CMYK separations uses halftones, which are a classic printing technology that enables
the printing of detailed images with a minimum of inks. Indeed, each color separation is a halftone.
`` A halftone is a means of applying gradient dot patterns using a single ink,
such that the dots form different shades (tints) of the ink.
`` Where the dots are small, they will appear further apart, which produces
a light shade of the color that is closer to the substrate color (i.e., a white
or black shirt).
`` Similarly, larger dots will appear closer together, which produces a darker
shade that is similar to a solid fill of the ink.
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Shadows, Highlights and Midtones
There are three distinct regions that are crucial to quality printing: Shadows, Midtones,
and Highlights.
Shadows
The Shadows are the darkest regions of
the image, where halftone dots are largest
and risk blending together.
`` On a tint scale of [0..100%], shadows would consist of (roughly) the
[85..100%] tint region of the image.
`` The challenge with shadows is that the dots blend together and obscure
the darkest details of the image.
Highlights
The Highlights are the lightest regions of the image, where halftone dots are smallest and appear
spaced apart.
`` On a tint scale of [0%..100%], highlights would consist of (roughly) the
[0..15%] tint region of the image.
`` The challenge with highlights is that the individual dots, when used to
expose emulsion, can be inadvertently washed away with the unexposed
emulsion.
`` It is often difficult to retain dots in the 5% range, and there are often
challenges with any dots less than 10% tint.
Midtones
The Midtones are the mid-range regions of the image between the shadows and the highlights.
`` On a tint scale of [0%..100%], midtones would consist of the [15..85%]
tint region of the image.
`` For midtones, the individual dots will vary according to the image details.
A concern with midtones can occur when too much ink has been absorbed by the substrate, such that image details are lost (e.g., the detail in
a person’s hair, or the texture of a grassy field).
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Choosing Halftone Settings
Each CMYK color separation has is its
own halftone. As such, each separation
will have its own shadows, midtones,
and highlights according to the strength
of that color component in the original
image.
Each separation is like the dot pattern for
the given color channel. Combining the
separations reproduces the desired color
image.
`` During the final printing process,
cyan ink is printed using the cyan separation, magenta is printed atop this
with the magenta separation, and so on.
`` Correct alignment of the separations is crucial to reproduce the original
image.
Note: The actual order in which the colors are printed can vary. The general rule is that yellow is printed last to
avoid obscuring the yellow halftone dots.
Depending upon the application, there can be several methods of producing CMYK color separations. When creating such separations, the halftone settings for each separation must be specified. The terminology can vary, but generally the halftone controls will be Dot Shape, Frequency,
and Angle.
Dot Shape
Depending on the software application, there are a wide variety of shapes to choose for your
halftone dots. The choice of shape depends on what you consider to produce good detail in your
prints. For example, round and elliptical shapes are common, though test prints can determine
whether other shapes are valid for a given artwork.
Frequency
The halftone frequency is measured in Lines Per Inch (lpi), which indicates the resolution of the
dot shape.
`` There is a Ratio between the frequency of your halftones, and the mesh
count used when printing.
`` As a rough guide for screen printing, this Ratio varies from 3 to 5, and it
is used to avoid losing the highlight dots of the halftone. If unsure, then
use a ratio of 4.
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`` If you have already chosen a mesh that is appropriate for your artwork,
then the Frequency = Mesh Count / Ratio.
`` Conversely, if you know the halftone frequency that is appropriate for
your artwork, then the Mesh Count = Frequency * Ratio.
Note: When designing artwork in your graphic software application, the best image resolution can be determined
by Resolution = Frequency * 2.5, which will help to avoid creating undersized dots in the highlight areas of the
halftone.
Angle
To avoid unexpected patterns from appearing in the final print, each of the CMYK separations
must be printed at a specific Angle. The choice of angles is quite subjective, though specific
angles may be preferred according to the printing technology being used.
Offset Printing
As a starting point for comparison, a typical set of (CMYK) angles for Offset Printing is (108,
161, 90, and 45). Other combinations of angles can be equally valid, provided that consistent
results are produced. For example, guidelines for other offset angles are:
`` Black is always set at 45º
`` The halftones should be offset by 30º from each other
`` No two angles should be at right angles to one another (i.e. 90º between
two halftone angles)
`` To help prevent right angles, Yellow is set at 90º (i.e., 45º between Black
and Yellow). Yellow is chosen for this angle because it is the least noticeable color at this angle
Screenprint and Flexography (Flexo)
In comparison to typical offset printing angles, here are typical (CMYK) angles used with screen
printing in combination with flexographic techniques:
Cyan
(C)
7.5
22.5
20
22.5
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37.5
52.5
50
112.5
Yellow
(Y)
22.5
7.5
5
52.5
Black
(K)
67.5
82.5
80
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`` Spot colors are typically printed at the same angle as Yellow.
`` Though screen printing typically makes use of an Elliptical dot shape,
flexo generally uses a Round dot shape.
Lithography and Flexography
For lithographic techniques in combination with flexography, typical (CMYK) angles are:
Cyan
(C)
15
105
0
0
Magenta
(M)
75
75
60
30
Yellow
(Y)
90
0
15
15
Black
(K)
45
45
30
90
`` Spot colors are typically printed at the same angle as Yellow.
`` Flexo generally uses a Round dot shape.
T-shirt Graphics
Common (CMYK) angles for T-shirt printing are:
Cyan
(C)
15
22.5
Magenta
(M)
45
52.5
Yellow
(Y)
75
82.5
Black
(K)
75
82.5
`` Though unconventional, good results are achieved by printing spot colors
(including spot white) at an angle of either 15 or 22.5 degrees.
`` Typically want to use an Elliptical dot shape.
`` For an automatic press, use a Frequency of 65 lpi in combination with a
355 Mesh Count.
`` For a manual press, use a Frequency of 55 lpi in combination with either
a 305 or 330 Mesh Count.
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Printing Separations
The creation of separations is enabled within your graphic software application. For best results,
the halftone settings (angle, frequency and spot function) should also be set for each separation.
Otherwise, FastRIP will use the black channel halftone that is defined within the print mode.
For the procedures in this section, the following is expected:
1. From the Installing FastRIP section, you have chosen the FastRIP-related
printer driver within the application Print dialog.
2. From the Media Profiles section, you have chosen an appropriate print mode
via the application Print dialog.
3. From Appendix A - Printer Notes, you have reviewed the comments about FastRIP print modes.
Note: The controls described in the following sections can vary between software versions. It may be necessary to
refer to the documentation provided with your software.
Configuring PPD Files
A PPD File (PostScript Printer Description) describes the fonts, paper sizes, resolution, etc.
for the given printer. Relatively new Windows applications will automatically load the PPD
data. However, older Windows applications require the PPD file to be manually selected before
preparing separations. For older Windows applications, the PPD file can be found within the
FastRIP >> Printers directory.
The following procedure provides an example of choosing a PPD file in Illustrator 10. This technique is similar to other (older) Windows applications.
1. From the File menu, choose Print.
2. Click the Separation Setup button.
3. The Separations dialog will open.
4. Click the Open PPD button. A Windows browse dialog will open.
5. Browse to the FastRIP >> Printers directory and choose the PPD file that
corresponds to your printer.
6. Click the Open button. The view will return to the Separations dialog.
7. Note that the Separations dialog has now been populated with printer settings from the PPD file.
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Separations in PhotoShop®
The following procedure was written using PhotoShop CS2. For other versions of PhotoShop,
please refer to the PhotoShop help file or your software documentation.
1. Before creating separations, verify that the design is in either CMYK Color mode
(for CMYK separations), or Multichannel mode (for CMY separations).
2. From the Image menu, choose from the Mode flyout.
3. Use the Channels palette to control which separations to print. The Channels
palette is activated via Windows menu >> Channels. Click the eye icon beside
each channel to show/hide its contents.
4. From the File menu, choose Print with Preview.
5. The Print dialog will open.
6. Use the [More Options / Fewer Options] button to show all of the dialog controls.
7. From the drop-list,
choose Color Management. The “Color
Management” controls
will become available.
8. From the Color Handling drop-list, choose
Separations.
9. From the drop-list (that
currently reads Color
Management), choose
Output. The “Output”
controls will become
available.
10.Click the Screen button.
11.The Halftone Screen dialog will open.
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`` Use Printer’s Default Screen = OFF (unchecked)
It is recommended that you uncheck the Use Printer’s Default Screen
option. Doing so will enable the Halftone Screen controls and sets custom halftone settings for the print. Refer to the PhotoShop help file for
an explanation of these controls.
`` Use Printer’s Default Screen = ON (checked)
Enabling this option will cause FastRIP to use the halftone information
from the print mode.
12.Click OK to close the Halftone Screen dialog.
13.Click the Print button to proceed.
Separations in CorelDraw®
The following procedure was written using CorelDraw X3. For other versions of CorelDraw,
please refer to the CorelDraw help file or documentation.
1. From the File menu, choose Print.
2. The Print dialog will open.
3. Click the Separations tab.
4. Tick the Print separations checkbox.
5. Beside each color channel is a checkbox. Tick the channels that should be printed
as separations.
6. The Use advanced settings checkbox determines how halftones will be applied, as
follows:
`` Use advanced settings = ON (ticked)
(Recommended) This enables custom halftone settings that can be adjusted by clicking the Advanced button. Refer to the CorelDraw help file for an explanation of these controls.
`` Use advanced settings = OFF (unchecked)
This will cause FastRIP to use the halftone information from the print mode.
7. Once the Print dialog settings are ready, click the Print button to print the separations to FastRIP.
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Separations in Illustrator®
The following procedure was written using Illustrator CS2. For other versions of Illustrator,
please refer to the Illustrator help file or documentation.
1. Before creating separations, verify that the design is in CMYK color mode. From
the File menu, choose Document Color Mode >> CMYK Color.
2. From the File menu, choose Print. The Print dialog will open.
On the left-hand side of the Print dialog are several categories of controls. The
categories are General, Setup, Marks and Bleeds, Output, Graphics, Color Management, Advanced, and Summary.
3. Click the Output category of controls.
4. Set the Mode, Emulsion, and Image according to your workflow.
5. Beside each color channel is a printer icon. Tick these icons to indicate the channels that should be printed as separations.
6. For each color channel, double-click to edit the halftone settings. Refer to the Illustrator help file for an explanation of these controls.
7. Click Print to print the separations to FastRIP.
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Additional Output Features
Output Scheduling
Output scheduling is used to choose how jobs are scheduled when received by Visual Production
Manager. Common scheduling scenarios are:
`` For print jobs, spool print jobs as they are received, but holding the
spool file until the appropriate media has been loaded.
`` For print and cut jobs, printing the jobs as they are received, but holding
the cut portion until the printed media has been loaded into the cutter.
`` For print-laminate-cut jobs, holding the cut portion until after the
printed media has been laminated.
Note: If the queue is Stopped, then all jobs are automatically placed on Hold, regardless of the Output
Scheduling settings.
Adding Crop Marks
Queue Pull-down Menu>>Properties>>Crop
Marks tab
Crop Marks are standard registration symbols
that are printed along the bounds of a print job,
which can then be used for either cutter alignment, or aligning printed pieces in a layered
assembly.
By default, the crop marks are flush with the job
edge, though this can be varied by increasing the
offset.
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In-RIP Cutting
Queue Pull-down
Menu>>Properties>>In RIP Cutting tab
When printing from third-party
software graphic applications
like CorelDraw or Illustrator, the
queue can be set to interpret line
art (of a specific RGB or CMYK
color) as being cutting path
information. For example, cutting paths could be designated to
be CMYK colors of 100% cyan,
100% magenta, 100% yellow, and
100% black. This color (100%
CMYK Black) would be excellent
because it is a color that is usually
avoided in print jobs.
It is not possible to interpret color
within a bitmap object as being
cutting information. However, a
bitmap can be imported into a vector-based graphics software application, and then a vector line
(in the cutting color) can be drawn about the bitmap.
When specifying the color (RGB or CMYK) that will represent cutting lines in the job, choose
a color that is not otherwise used in the original artwork. This color may then be added as an
outline around the artwork, which will be cut after the illustration is printed. The cutting color
itself is not printed.
Example of In-RIP Cutting
1. To perform In-RIP Cutting from a third-party graphic software application, the
queue must be available as a print destination in the Windows Control Panel.
Please refer to the Add a Printer to the Windows Control Panel section.
2. From the Queue Pull-down Menu, choose Properties>>In RIP Cutting tab.
3. From the Output mode drop-list, choose Print and Cut.
4. Click Add Pen to open the Define Color dialog.
5. Set a cut line color that will be unique (won’t be confused with non-cut lines).
6. Click OK to close the Define Color dialog, and then click OK to close the Queue
Properties dialog.
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7. In CorelDraw or Illustrator, create a shape that will represent the cutting line.
8. Set the shape stroke color to the In-RIP Cutting color that was set in step 6.
9. From the File Pull-down Menu, choose Print.
10.In the Print dialog, select the appropriate printer and click Setup. You may need
to click the Preferences button to access the Printer Preferences.
11.Click the Advanced button to access the Advanced Options for the printer.
12.Set the Cutter Control to Print and Cut.
13.Click OK to close each dialog.
14.On the main Print dialog, click Print to send the job.
15.The print and cut job will now be received in FastRIP.
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Output Adjustments
The following section will guide you through the process of adjusting the output, whether it is a
density, highlight, ink or profile adjustments. You should use the “Printing a Test Page” feature to
test your results. Refer to Printing a Test Page, later in this chapter.
Separation Curves
Queue Pull-down Menu>>Properties>>Separation Curves tab
Some printers are capable of printing a wider range of color hues for cyan, magenta and black, by
mixing inks of the same hue together. For example, a printer might use two inks, cyan and light
cyan, or three inks, light, medium, and dark cyan. By using two or three different inks of cyan,
and mixing them together, the color is adjusted to give the maximum range of color density. For
these printers, the color calibration is adjusted automatically so that the correct amount of ink is
used for each color plane, for example cyan and light cyan.
For this example, the default print mode
settings are shown for the selected
printer. The straight line on the graph
represents cyan, while the curved line
represents light cyan. The percentages of
cyan ink are shown in the Curve data
section.
`` The x axis (horizontal line)
represents the percentage of ink
input into the curve data (for
example, to get 50% cyan).
`` The y axis (vertical line) represents the percentage of ink output from the particular printer
in order to get the ink density requested through the curve data input.
`` The top right corner of the graph represents 0, 0 where no ink has been
input or output.
`` The bottom left corner of the graph represents 100,100 where maximum
ink has been output.
NOTE: Changing the separation curves will invalidate the color adjustment settings for the corresponding
curves. The color adjustment settings will likely require adjusting following any changes to the separation curves.
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Color Adjustment (Shadows, Midtones and Highlights)
Queue Pull-down Menu>>Properties>>CMYK Color Adjustments tab
The CMYK Color Adjustments tab adjusts the color levels of the print job. These adjustments
are not typically required because the ICC profile is created for use with a specific calibration. As
such, performing color adjustments will actually distort the color accuracy of the ICC profile.
One reason for color adjustments would be to create an artistic effect.
The Shadows Slider
The Shadows Slider adjusts the black point, which is the lower end of the curve. Increasing the
Shadows value causes the darkest parts of the print to be recognized as pure black, which also
causes the darkest details to be lost in the shadows.
Generally, the purity of
printed black depends on
many factors, such as how
many colors are being
used.
Use the mouse to adjust
the Shadows slider.
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The Midtones Slider
The Midtones Slider adjusts the gamma curve, which affects the midtones without changing the
black and white points (the lower and upper ends of the curve, respectively).
Raising the midtone of a
color plane results in laying down less ink on the
media for that color.
Use the mouse to adjust
the Midtones slider
The Highlights Slider
The Highlights Slider
adjusts the white point,
which is the upper end of
the curve.
Lowering the Highlights
value causes the lightest
parts of the print to be
recognized as pure white,
which causes the lightest
details to be lost in the
highlights.
Use the mouse to adjust
the Highlights slider.
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Multi-adjustments
When both Highlights and Shadows are adjusted, the contrast between light and dark areas will
be more pronounced. However, light and dark details will be lost as those tones were forced to
either 0% or 100%.
The Highlights and
Shadows controls are useful for preserving details
on printers that are incapable of differentiating
the darkest and lightest
pixels accurately.
By adjusting the white
and black point values,
more of the image details
will fall within the range
that the printer is capable
of rendering.
Density Curve
The Density Curve is used to
set densitometer values for each
color plane.
This curve is similar to using
the X-Rite colorimeter, though
lower-cost hand held devices
may instead be used, and the
data must be entered manually.
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Image Adjustments
Queue Pull-down
Menu>>Properties>>Image Adjustments tab
The Image Adjustment tab provides
some additional controls for improving the image quality of the printed
output.
Image Sampling
The Image Sampling slider is used to upsample images, such that their resolution meets a minimum percentage of the printer resolution (i.e., the resolution set in the print mode).
For example, suppose that the Image Sampling slider is set to 10%. If the printer resolution is
set at 720 dpi, then 10% of 720 is 72 dpi. So for an image of less than 72 dpi, it will be automatically upsampled to 72 dpi before printing. If an image were already 72 dpi or more, then no
upsampling will be performed for that image.
For designs that contain two-or-more images of varying resolutions, the Image Sampling slider
is a convenient means of automatically enforcing a minimum image resolution. However, note
that the Image Sampling slider is capped at 40% to avoid losing image definition (i.e., upsampling by an excessive amount risks losing fine detail within the image). Though upsampling images will require more processing time, the trade-off is greater uniformity in print quality.
Sharpen / Blur
The job may be set to either Sharpen or Blur the printed images.
`` The Sharpen setting is useful to compensate for devices that otherwise
produce mediocre output.
`` The Blur setting is useful as a means of creating the effect of a painted
image.
Image Saturation
The saturation is the colorfulness of an area in consideration of its brightness level. For example,
as a color falls under increasing levels of shadow, the color appears darker, even though its saturation remains constant. The Image Saturation slider is used to create an artistic touch. As with
the tonal settings, the saturation may be applied to each color plane separately.
`` Increasing the Saturation produces a more colorful print.
`` Decreasing the Saturation produces a more grayscale print.
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Max Ink Tab
Queue Pull-down Menu>>Properties>>Max Ink tab
Ink Volume Adjustments
The ink volume is the physical quantity of ink that is applied when printing, which is regulated by the MaxInk
setting within the print mode. Each
print mode is assigned a MaxInk
setting (Fig. 38) that is appropriate
for the inks and media that the print
mode was designed for. Sometimes the
MaxInk settings need to be adjusted
when the print mode is considered a
“close” match for a substitute media.
For example, a print mode for glossy
white media (from one manufacturer)
can be sometimes be appropriate for
glossy white media (from another
manufacturer). In such a case, the
Max Ink setting would be adjusted to
compensate for the slightly different
absorbency of the substitute media.
`` The Maximum Ink Level setting is the target ink volume that will be
used when ink volume needs to be reduced.
`` The Blend In Ink settings (From, To) are the range of inks for which
the Max Ink setting will be enforced. If the volume of ink falls within
this range, then the volume will be adjusted to below the Maximum Ink
Level. Though the ink volume is reduced, the proportion of blended inks
will be maintained to avoid harsh gradient transitions.
`` The graph (within the dialog) depicts the Maximum Ink Level and
Blend In Ink settings. The horizontal axis represents the Total Ink Volume Requested, and the vertical axis represents the Total Ink Volume
Delivered.
`` For the range of the graph that falls within the Blend In Ink bounds,
note that the graph typically becomes a horizontal line to indicate how
ink volume will be attenuated to the Maximum Ink Level.
Note that the graph has adjustment handles that can also be used to modify the Max Ink settings.
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ICC Profiles
Queue Pull-down
Menu>>Properties>>ICC Profile tab
The ICC Profile tab indicates the
color profiles used in the RIP process.
During the RIP process, the input and
output profiles are used to preserve
color quality between the original
design and the resulting print.
`` The input profiles represent
the colors as seen when displaying the design on a monitor.
`` The output profile represents
the colors that the printer is
capable of reproducing.
NOTE: We do NOT recommend changing the default settings unless you are familiar with how ICC profiles
work.
NOTE: If all else fails, return settings to the default settings; mark down the default profile names (i.e. Cadlink
Unified RGB.icm) for each adjusted profile. The profiles are located in a folder on your main hard drive where
FastRIP was originally installed. For example: Local Disk C:/FastRIP/System/clinks. If you are using FastRIP in
conjunction with FastARTIST, the FastRIP folder will be located inside the FastARTIST 2 (or version number) folder.
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Printing a Test Page
Under the Printers menu, choose Print Test Page.
The Print Test Page dialog provides several types of target charts for testing your printer output.
More than one test page can be printed at a time. Check each test page that is required and then
click OK.
Quick Print Test
One or more of the charts from the Print Test Page dialog can be designated for the Quick Print
Test. The charts are selected as follows:
1. Under the Printers menu, choose Print Test Page.
2. Select each chart that should be part of the test (Use [Shift] and [Ctrl] to select
multiple charts).
3. Tick the “Use current selection for Quick Print Test” checkbox.
4. Click OK.
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Print Test Page Options
From the Printers menu, choose Print Test Page to print the selected charts.
Test Page
This Test Page is specifically designed to help recognize
changes due to tonal adjustments. For example, the individual tints can be checked by referring to the tint percentage
boxes, whereas the overall balance is checked by looking at
the color graduation. For advice concerning how to interpret
this test page, please refer to the Color Adjustments settings
that are available through the Queue Properties.
Ink Limit Target
The Ink Limit Target is primarily used by the Advanced Calibration Wizard to determine a good
“starting point” with respect to ink limit settings when creating a new media profile.
For example, here is how the Ink Limit Target is used in the Advanced Calibration Wizard to
profile new media:
1. Begin by choosing an existing
print mode that is
“close” to what is
desirable for the
loaded media and
inks.
2. This will be your
“starting point” for
creating the new
print mode.
3. In the Advanced Calibration Wizard, proceed to the Print Mode Options page
and indicate the “Starting point” print mode.
4. Click Next to proceed to the Print Calibration Chart page.
5. Click the Adjust Ink Limits button to open the Adjust Ink Limits dialog.
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6. Each of the CMYK color channels is represented by the percent ink that can
print. By default, each channel is set at its maximum 100%.
7. Click the Print Test Chart button. The Ink Limits Chart will be printed to the
FastRIP 10.
8. After the Ink Limits Chart has been printed, inspect the quality of the chart.
Each swatch should contain three white rectangular hairlines.
9. If the white hairlines are not visible for a given range of tints, then this is an
indication of bleeding that needs to be resolved by reducing the ink volume.
10.Back in the Adjust Ink Limits dialog, reduce the ink volume for the color
channel that is producing bleeding.
11.Click the Print Test Chart button to print another Ink Limits Chart.
12.Repeat steps (8) through (11) as necessary to obtain a good quality chart.
13.When good quality has been obtained, click OK to close the Adjust Ink Limits dialog.
14.Proceed with the remainder of the Advanced Calibration Wizard.
`` When examining the quality of the Ink Limit Target, inspect the three
white rectangles that should be present within each swatch.
`` For swatches that do not have white rectangles, this is an indication of
bleeding that needs to be compensated for by reducing the ink volume.
`` Each row of the chart represents the tints of a particular color channel, or
a combination of channels.
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`` The hue of the swatches is less important than inspecting the quality of
white rectangles that should be present within each swatch.
`` The top four rows consist of your CMYK swatches, varying from 100%
to 5% tint.
`` The CMY row indicates the tints produced using only the CMY
channels.
`` The MY, CY, and CM rows each consist of only the two channels combined, which are then varied from 100% to 5% tint.
`` For the rows “MY+C” through “CM+K,” in each case there are the two
channels combined, with the third varied from 100% to 5% tint.
`` The final row, CMYK, indicates the tints produced using all four CMYK
channels.
Max Ink Page
The Max Ink Page is used to help identify the
best Max Ink setting for your printer. By comparing this chart when printed at different Max Ink
levels, the optimum Max Ink can be determined
simply by choosing the chart that looks best for
the given media. This choice is based entirely
upon your own judgment and preference. The
Novice Calibration Wizard, which includes a facility for printing a series of these Max Ink targets, also includes comments to help you make an informed choice.
CMYK Test Page
The CMYK Test Page is an older target for internal use by
CADlink Tech Support. For a newer target, please refer to the
Profile Test Chart.
`` The gradient bars along the bottom are a useful indicator of problems in grayscale gradient (should be uniform).
`` For the various images, there are many fine details that
can become blurred if there is not enough ink being laid
down.
`` Likewise, the image colors are used to confirm that good
saturated red, orange and yellow are being produced.
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Agfa IT8 Target
The Agfa IT8 Target is a legacy target for internal use by
CADlink Tech Support. The original use of this target was to
produce ICM files. In troubleshooting output, CADlink Tech
Support may request that you print this test page.
Profile Test Chart
The Profile Test Chart is recommended for testing your media
profiles (i.e. print modes).
`` The gradient bars along the bottom are a useful indicator
of problems in grayscale gradient. The gradients should
remain uniform.
`` For the various images, there are many fine details that
can become blurred if there is not enough ink being laid
down.
`` Likewise, the image colors are used to confirm that good
saturated red, orange and yellow are being produced.
Profile Test Chart Extended
The Profile Test Chart Extended includes the Profile Test Chart and additional testing sections, as
follows:
`` A selection of PANTONE® color swatches.
`` A collection of progressively smaller
sentences, which are used to confirm
that small text details are not being
lost.
`` A grayscale image of a watch, which
is used to verify that details are not
becoming blurred.
`` Several spiral patterns that are part of
a line test to verify that line fragments
are not being created.
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Inkjet Concerns and Issues
Overspray and Dot Shape
Generally speaking, an inkjet printer will print a fairly clean image. However, an inkjet uses hundreds of tiny little nozzles to spray out the ink drops and occasionally a few random drops are
deposited outside the image area. If you look at a typical inkjet print with a 30X magnifier, you
may see a few random dots scattered very close to the actual image area. These dots are extremely
small and will not burn or expose on a screen or plate. These dots are also generally only on one
side of a halftone or image edge.
Another quirk of an inkjet printer is its dot shape- it’s not an exact “dot” or “ellipse.” However, if
you compare inkjet dots with those from a laser printer or lower resolution dry thermal system,
the inkjet dots are much cleaner. If you are concerned about the lack of a perfect shape to halftone dots, you need to compare the cost investment against how critical an exact dot shape is for
printing. Even in Imagesetter output, the dots are not perfect.
Many very successful companies use inkjet output to print high-end Process Color and Simulated
Process Color on light and dark shirts. If you didn’t know better, you would think the films came
off an Imagesetter. Even if you use FastRIP for Flexo or basic offset negative images (newspapers
and low LPI halftone usage), the dot is clean enough.
Output Speed
There may be some concern about the speed of printing when using an inkjet printer because
inkjet’s typically don’t have as much memory as a laser printer or dry film system. Don’t be concerned. FastRIP uses your computer’s memory when “RIPing” the image. If you print to a 17”
x 22” piece of film, the actual printing time may take up to nine minutes. That may seem long,
but FastRIP actually processes the image much faster than RIP’s that are built into laser printers.
Therefore, the actual rasterizing of the image is much faster and technically speed IS NOT an
issue when printing with an inkjet.
Inkjet Film
FastRIP is designed to print on specially coated inkjet receptive clear film. There is a wide variety
of coated films on the market and some have better coatings than others. Some even have a back
coating that prevents static and keeps the film from curling.
NOTE: Figuring out the proper side to print on with these films is often hard to tell. If the film has a notch in
one corner, the printing side is facing you if the notch is in the LOWER right corner. Another way to determine
which side to print on is by moistening your finger. The side that is sticky is the printing side. If both sides are sticky,
you may have to do a test print.
For best results, use a film with a smooth coating, such as FastPOSITIVE. It has been specially
designed to work with FastRIP and produces excellent black areas, clean halftone dots and is
quick drying when using standard Epson inks.
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Film Drying
The coating on standard films is not waterproof, so if the film gets wet, the ink will run. After
removing your film from the printer, make certain the ink is thoroughly dry before stacking.
When cameras and film processors were the standard, the only way to dry films was to hang
them. Things have not changed much, with hanging films still being the best way to dry them. It
is strongly recommended you devise a simple clothesline setup with film clips, however you can
just leave them on a table or other wide flat surface.
If you have a lot of solid areas, you may need to dry films up to 30 minutes before stacking them.
To prevent them from sticking together, place a paper slip-sheet between the films. You may also
use a small hair dryer to assist in speeding up dry times.
NOTE: Each film is a little different and you might need to experiment with drying times for your shop and
conditions. High humidity levels can significantly lengthen drying times.
Water Resistant Films
If a more water resistant film is needed, or if you plan to store films for a long period of time,
you can spray them with a standard “artist’s fixative” designed to fix paintings. This is the same
fixative applied to vellum or laser acetate to make the image darker.
Waterproof film is also available. It is EXCELLENT, but generally costs about three times as
much as standard film. Most standard film is 4 mil polyester, whereas waterproof film is generally
5 mil and has a coating that causes the ink to dry IMMEDIATELY. It also has a special coating
that gives the final print a smooth high-gloss look, just like a photograph.
Note: You can purchase a low cost, high quality waterproof film from U.S. Screen called FastPOS WP.
Film Handling
You should try to keep from touching the coated edge of the film. Also, keep the imaging areas
free from dust. If you are using cut sheets, fan them before loading them in the printer.
Registration
The Epson 4000, 4800, 4880, 7800, 7880, 9800 and 9880 will print in perfect registration with
roll film.
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Roll-Feed
When outputting in Banner Mode, the printer will advance the film a few inches after printing
so you can cut it with the optional paper cutter (available from Epson.com). It then pulls the
film back in when you start the next print routine to minimize film waste.
Film Loading
If using large sheets, slide the paper guide all the way to the right. Also, make sure the film goes
UNDER the small paper feed holder. See your Epson Manual for more details.
Using Your Inkjet Printer for Sublimation Purposes
Many users feel that once they have invested in the Epson printer for FastRIP they can then also
use the sublimation cartridges and create sublimation transfers for mugs, caps, shirts, metal, etc.
You DO NOT want to use the same printer for both. The sublimation cartridges are over $500
per set and when you flush the ink line to change from sublimation to regular ink, you can loose
up to $75 in ink. You may also find sublimation inks create clogging issues.
We highly recommend dedicating a second EPSON Printer if you want to print sublimation
transfers.
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Frequent Troubleshooting Topics
Test Files
The FastRIP CD contains a folder with CMYK test files that will help you determine how well
you can print halftone dots. Instructions for using these tests can be found in the Readme.txt file
contained in this folder.
RIP Doesn’t Print
If FastRIP doesn’t print, or if you continue to get PostScript code output even after you cancel
a print routine, you may need to re-install the program or the printer driver. It is possible the
program or printer drivers have become corrupted.
Re-Installing the Printer Driver
Open FastRIP and go to Printers > Manage Printers. Uncheck the box under the Control Panel
for the Fast T-Jet printer and click Close. Return to the Manage Printers screen and check the box
under the Control Panel for the Fast T-Jet printer. Click Close.
Other Dongle or RIP Conflicts
If you are printing to other devices that use a dongle, or if you have another RIP installed for
other applications, there may be conflicts. Try removing other dongles or disabling other RIP’s
before printing. This should resolve any conflicts.
Check Your Computer’s Resources
Make sure you have enough RAM to run FastRIP. The minimum System Requirements are listed
on page 10 of this Manual. If you find that jobs are taking too long to process or just not processing at all, you may have to add RAM to your PC.
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Start FastRIP BEFORE Sending a Print Job
If you get errors when FastRIP opens while a job is being sent from within an application, try
opening FastRIP before you print to it. When you open the RIP it will remain idle until a Print
command is given.
When All Else Fails....
Certain devices and computers like to see things turned on in a specific order. Generally, you
should turn the printer ON before you boot your computer. TURN EVERYTHING OFF AND
UNPLUG EVERYTHING FROM THE WALL OUTLET. Computers and printers still receive
current when they are shut off, but unplugging them prevents any current from reaching them.
As a last resort, this should clear out any “bugs” still left.
Prints show random thin HORIZONTAL lines through image or INK lines
appear on the outside of the image.
90% of the time the clear horizontal lines are caused by clogged nozzles on the printer. Try the
following steps to see if you can get rid of the clear lines.
`` You may have a Parallel port issue with the port sending data too fast for
your printer to output. This is a communication problem that can be
fixed by slowing down the data transfer rate of the parallel port.
`` If you are using a USB connection, or you have changed the data rate and
there are still thin horizontal lines in the image, run 4 or 5 head cleanings
and do a test print to see if the problem is fixed.
`` If the horizontal lines remain, print a Nozzle Check on film using the
regular Epson driver. Check to see if there are any breaks in the black.
If there are breaks in the black, run 3 or 4 head cleanings for the black.
`` If you did not notice any breaks in the black pattern created by a Nozzle
Check, create a small, solid black box in a graphics program, like Photoshop or FastARTIST.
`` Print this box on film through FastRIP. If you still notice horizontal lines,
run 3-4 more head cleanings and print out the black box again on film. If
the clear lines improve, try running more head cleanings until the problem is resolved.
`` If the clear lines remain visibly unchanged when the second black box is
printed, the nozzles are clogged with dust/debris/dry ink. You will need to
have your printer professionally cleaned by an Authorized Epson Repair
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Technician. They may be able to clean the nozzles or they may have to
replace the print head. When they replace the print head, it replaces the
nozzles on the printer.
To locate a service technician near you, contact Epson Support at (562)
276-7202.
Can’t find RIP driver or access advanced print options
Open the FastRIP program. In the toolbar, go to Printers > Manage Printers.
In this window, ensure the box for your printer underneath the heading Control Panel is
checked. This will put your RIP driver into your control panel so you can access the advanced
printer options through your graphics program. Click on Ok. You should now have the RIP
driver available.
Printer-Specific Troubleshooting Tips
Epson 7800 & 9800
Q: Film positives do not register when printing by roll film.
A: Make sure the Epson printer is level and check the tension on the film roll.
Q: Image is clipped on one side of the film.
A: Check Page Setup for the paper size and ensure the image fits in the printable area. If your film
is not a standard size, create a custom page size in FastRIP .
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Epson 4000
Q: FastINK cartridge reads as Wrong Ink.
A: When setting up your printer, make sure the FastINK cartridge is inserted into slot #5.
Look for the white sticker on the FastINK cartridge. The top line should start with “US....
BLKD110U.” If there is not a “U” at the end of the product code, contact the Support Department to exchange the FastINK cartridge. If you find an Epson Matte black cartridge in slot # 5
of the printer, contact the Support Department to exchanged the cartridge for a FastINK cartridge that has a Matte Chip.
Q: When using sheets, the printer gives an error of Wrong Page Size.
A: On the printer interface ensure the status reads Ready. Push the right arrow until Printer Setup
appears. Push the right arrow. Hit the down arrow until you see PPR Size CHK. Push the right
arrow. Hit the down arrow until you see the word OFF. Push the right arrow. You will now see an
asterisk “*” next to OFF. The printer will now read what size of film is in the printer.
Q: The Green light (Power button) is blinking and nothing prints.
A: Check to see if any ink cartridge lights are out on the printer. If this is the case, the ink cartridges need to be replaced before printing.
A: Open FastRIP and check the status of the job for “Holding,” “Pending,” or “Holding with
Error.” If “Holding” or “Pending,” right-click on the job and select Print. If “Holding with Error,”
right-click on the job and select Remove. Go to Printers > Manage Printers and set the port to the
correct port for the printer cable. Try printing again.
A: The RIP or Printer Driver may not be set correct port. Open FastRIP and go to Printers >
Manage Printers. Select your printer and change the port to match the one to which your printer
is connected. If you are using a USB cable, it would be Epson Stylus Photo 4000_USB00* or
TCP/IP. Click Ok and try to print again.
Q: The print job freezes in the middle of printing.
A: Check the ink levels on the printer. If the red light is solid for any of the ink colors, the file
will not print. Replace any color cartridges that are out and try printing again.
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Epson 4800/4880
Q: When using sheets, the printer gives an error of Wrong Page Size.
A: On the printer interface ensure the status reads Ready. Push the right arrow until Printer Setup
appears. Push the right arrow. Hit the down arrow until you see PPR Size CHK. Push the right
arrow. Hit the down arrow until you see the word OFF. Push the right arrow. You will now see an
asterisk “*” next to OFF. The printer will now read what size of film is in the printer.
Q: The Green light (Power button) is blinking and nothing prints.
A: Check to see if any ink cartridge lights are out on the printer. If this is the case, the ink cartridges need to be replaced before printing.
A: Open FastRIP and check the status of the job for “Holding,” “Pending,” or “Holding with
Error.” If “Holding” or “Pending,” right-click on the job and select Print. If “Holding with Error,”
right-click on the job and select Remove. Go to Printers > Manage Printers and set the port to the
correct port for the printer cable. Try printing again.
A: The RIP or Printer Driver may not be set correct port. Open FastRIP and go to Printers >
Manage Printers. Select your printer and change the port to match the one to which your printer
is connected. If you are using a USB cable, it would be Epson Stylus Photo 4800_USB00* or
TCP/IP. Click Ok and try to print again.
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