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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.
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.