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Notes from the Road

I recently had the opportunity to lead a couple of VersaWorks® training sessions for end users in the Pacific Northwest – one in Seattle and one in Portland.  The attendees had varying knowledge levels of our RIP software, which made for a great interactive experience.  This week’s Friday Fare will touch on three session topics that were very well received.  I encourage you to share this information with your Roland inkjet customers.

Synchronize Your Color Workspace in Your Design Software
We all know that there are many output factors that can affect colors produced using a Roland device (heat, resolution, ink limit, profile, spot colors, etc.) There are also factors on the input side (occurring before you even bring a file into queue) that can change the way a file will print. Creating a synchronized color workspace within your design software will give you the best chance of having predictable color across different design platforms and file types.

When using Adobe CS (Creative Suite) or CC (Creative Cloud), the software comes defaulted with North American General Purpose 2 color settings and does not prompt you to change the color space if you open a different type of file. To be consistent with the Prepress US default in VersaWorks, we recommend changing the color settings to North American Prepress 2. Follow these steps to synchronize your color spaces:

  1. Open the “Edit” menu in Adobe Bridge and click on the “Creative Suite Color Settings” tab.
  2. Scroll down to “North American Prepress 2” and click apply.
  3. Your color settings will now be synchronized through all of your Adobe applications (AI, PS, ID) to have the same color workspace as Prepress US in VersaWorks.  You’ll also receive prompts when a file you are opening or pasting into your chosen  Adobe  program has a missing or mismatched profile.

Create a Color Management Preset Comparison File
In addition to Prepress US, VersaWorks includes other color matching settings, such as Max Impact, Sign & Display, etc., that allow users to quickly select an alternative setting ideally suited to the application. A side-by-side comparison will provide a visual benchmark for determining which setting is best for the specific assignment.

Here’s an easy way you can test these settings to determine which one you should select for your media and print mode.

A. Drag the same file into VersaWorks multiple times (one file for each color match setting you want to test).

B. Nest the jobs and arrange them to be side by side.

C. Click on the nested job to allow the job settings window to open.

  1. Highlight the first job and select a Color Management Preset from the scroll down menu.
  2. Highlight the second job and select a different Color Management Preset from the scroll down. (continue steps for additional jobs)
  3. Click the “Quality Settings” and “Color Management” boxes under the Mark folder to print out the different settings for each nested file. Then RIP and print the job.

Upon completing these steps, you’ll have a side-by-side comparison of Color Management Presets to present to the client for review.

When Tiling, Print Your Tiles Alternating
Tiling is a great tool that can really speed up the process of creating graphics larger than the width of the device. VersaWorks allows you to set the tiles any way you see fit, depending on the task at hand.   When you do so, it’s highly recommended that you set your tiles alternated.  This will help eliminate any possible color differences from one side of the printer to the other. In VersaWorks under the “Clip & Tile” tab, simply check the box marked “Place Alternated” under the Tiling section and let VersaWorks do the rest.

Written by:
Eric Zimmerman
Roland DGA
Product Manager – Color Products