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If you have hundreds of fonts installed on your computer – or dare we say thousands – it may take some time to discover which fonts are ADA-compliant and which ones aren't. By following these simple steps, you can set up and organize a folder that automatically houses all of the currently compliant fonts on your computer, making things much easier from a design perspective.
Color Byte RIP 9 is equipped with a costing feature that accurately calculates the anticipated cost of ink used for single- and multi-layer jobs. Once your art or file is completed and ready for printing, follow these simple steps to accurately cost your job for better supply management and/or quoting processes.
The biggest difference between a queue or job with layer profiles enabled and one without them enabled is where to make print mode selection changes and print mode edits. Users must adjust layer profiles to edit or change print modes for jobs that enable layers. Applications like ADA or printing from 3rd-party applications may require these steps. Click here to see how to adjust layer profiles.
The Manual Ink Maintenance function performs ink maintenance when it is required on the Direct Jet 1024UVMVP. The Color Byte RIP should be set to automatically prompt the user, prior to sending a print job, if it is necessary to perform this function. If manual ink maintenance is required, it must be performed prior to printing. Any user who has installed an MVP device into Color Byte RIP 9.1 Build 3 prior to May 12th, 2014 will need to update their license files via the RIP and manually turn this dialog box ON. All license files issued after May 12th, 2014 will have this option defaulted to ON. Click here to see how to enable this function.
Color Byte RIP 9 Build 3 has new and improved plug-ins for supported third-party applications: Adobe Illustrator®, Adobe Photoshop® and CorelDRAW®. These plug-ins have been designed to work more seamlessly with DCS's RIP software and printers. They are only available in Build 3 or higher, and they support versions Adobe CS5 or higher and CorelDraw X6 or higher. Click here to see how to use these new plug-ins.
Prior to designing your own ADA-compliant/Braille signs with the new DJUVADA printer package (rel: 2/6/14), this short video will introduce you to the tools that will be used in the front end of Color Byte. Knowing where each tool can be found, acclimating yourself with what they do and learning how to utilize them will streamline the entire process – regardless of your proficiency level. Click here to watch the video now.
Combining a Direct Jet UV LED inkjet printer with our Color Byte RIP software provides users with a powerful tool for creating custom, full-color designs. Utilizing the latest software build provides access to the latest software features and print modes designed to maximize the output of your machine. This video outlines the steps involved in ensuring that you have the latest software installed for your Direct Jet Printer. Click here to watch the video now.
Setting up and completing jobs like awards, signs, cards, or badges for teams, schools, or companies can be a time consuming endeavor when laying out each piece individually. As the old adage goes, time is money. With Color Byte, you can drastically reduce set up and production time with the Badge Function. In this Tech Tip, we provide guidelines for this function when completing jobs with repeating images/graphics and variable data such as name and/or number. Click here for step-by-step instructions to reduce set up time with the Badge Function.
All images are not created equal. From time to time, images you receive or find will undoubtedly be of subpar quality. The question is: Do you go back and request new files? Or, do you spend your valuable time correcting these issues to ensure that you are producing the highest-quality product? Don't sweat: In this Tech Tip, we provide guidelines for three Color Byte Design Tools to help users quickly and easily correct common issues and improve image quality. Click here to learn more about the Clean Up White, Knock Me Color and Noise Shampoo tools.
With nearly 50 different print modes to choose from in Color Byte RIP 9, understanding when to use certain print modes and settings will be vital to achieving the desired output. The key is finding a balance between production time and quality. Below are application samples that were printed on DCS Direct Jet UV LED printers. These examples represent a diverse range of substrates, production time requirements, adhesion and quality expectations. Click here for tips on selecting print modes for 3D objects, fine-point text, high-speed printing, industrial printing/adhesion, photographs and texture printing/fine detail.
DCS has made it easy for any user to create and print ADA-compliant / Braille signs with its Direct Jet 1024UVHS printer. RIP 9 has been finely tuned to require just a few simple steps for an ADA sign to be printed. Click here for easy step-by-step instructions for designing your sign, setting up the necessary priming, sending your job to the RIP, viewing it in the Queue and preparing your substrate for printing – whether it's on our new InkMark™ UV Acrylic or your own cast acrylic paired with our new Acrylic Adhesion Promoter.
Depending on your substrate, there are various ways to achieve better adhesion when using your Direct Jet UV LED printer. DCS has prepared a flow chart that offers a number of variables to test in order to achieve improved adhesion. Click here to download the complete flow chart diagram outlining different processes to use to improve adhesion.
Your purchase of a Direct Color Systems printer may be one of the significant investments you make in your business. With a little dedication to maintenance, you can keep your printer working like new for years to come. Click here for some basic tips related to setup, clearning, maintenance and extended warranties.
There are many reflective, shiny and/or mirrored (RSM substrates) surfaces that you may wish to use with your UV printer for personalization and/or decoration, including glass and crystal products. Printing to these RSM substrates presents a specific type of challenge. You must avoid allowing the UV light to bounce back into the print head. The light can cure the inks in the nozzles and on the nozzle plate, which can cause serious damage that can significantly decrease the life of your print head. Following the simple procedures outlined in this Tech Tip will help you minimize this risk.
Color management is one of the most important aspects of inkjet printing. There are many variables that come into play when trying to accurately match colors. This Tech Tip will give a brief description of the elements of color management, followed by how to troubleshoot color matching issues on a case-by-case basis. Click here for our easy color management tips.
It's easy to create textured, 3-dimensional prints that make your projects stand out with a DCS Direct Jet UV printer and our powerful RIP 9 software. Follow these step-by-step directions to import your image, control the amount of texture in your output and create stunning TEXTUR3D™ prints inline, in a single pass!
If you ever need to print duplicates of a single image at once, you'll be grateful for the Array function in Color Byte Rip 8 and Rip 9. The Array feature creates patterns using selected shapes as a basis. Copies of the original shapes are used to fill out the array. By using arrays in your workflow, the need to manually gang-up multiples of the image to be printed is eliminated – the Array feature does all the work for you. Click here for easy step-by-step instructions.
A Direct Color Systems Direct Jet UV printer and our Color Byte Rip software combine to provide you with a powerful tool for creating custom, full-color designs. You can create brilliant acrylic awards, plaques, signage and more. Learn how to add depth that turns a simple award into a stunning piece of art.
Use your DCS Direct Jet printer in conjunction with DuraJet™ open-pored aluminum from Horizons for revolutionary, quick and easy sub-surface color printing on aluminum. Click here to see how easy open-pore aluminum printing and sealing can be!
You can quickly and easily set up and print custom name badges using Color Byte's Badge Layout and Serialization tools. Click here for a step-by-step demo.
You can use our Color Byte software to supersize and contour cut your low-resolution image. Click here to learn how.
Direct Jet printer packages are now available for automatic download or update from Direct Color Systems' Auto Updating FTP site. Click here to find out how, plus see how to select the correct USB port for your printer in ColorByte.
Watch our demo videos to see how you can create your own custom print modes or ICC profiles. Watch the videos here.
With ColorByte Rip Pro 8, users can simultaneously print clear and color inks, in a defined and measurable amount. Click here to see how to do it!
Watch our demo video to see how to take advantage of our variable-size dots and adjustable nozzle count options to control the amount of ink and density in your applications. Watch the video here.