A Digital Printing Network
i am totally new to digital print and i need some advice from you here.
alright here is my little info:
OS: Win 7 64 bit Ultimate Edition
Software: Illustrator CS5.5
Machine: VS420 (updated to latest version)
RIP : Versaworks (updated to latest version)
i created a new doc with CMYK mode and added a drop shadow effect using AI, all colors assigned with roland spot color. Flatten the whole artwork and saved as eps (refer to image attached)
sent to VW and the print result was bad on the effect area. it looks like washed out! (refer to image attached # flatten transparency)
Any ideas what is going on? thanks.
here is the print result,
Buth Method : better than yesterday test result black is darker but hard to see the effect.
Josh Method : didnt change to RGB. use Max Impact on VW and the result look pretty good!
Normally when adding some effect like drop shadow/blur need to do flatten transparency in order to get rid of the weird box.
I dont know why there is no bounding box around the effect when the transparency/effect object is not flatten. Can anyone explain this?
Ya I saw the weird edges.
Is there any tutorial on how to send artwork directly from Illustrator to VersaWorks?
I always save as eps,send to VW and print from there.
I don't have time to explain - but something to try - when working with effects you might want to try to use RGB instead of CYMK or Roland - you do need flatten the effects or change to a bitmap and then print.
Also you are using the Roland library you might want to in Job Settings - QualityTab - Color Management Settings - properties tab - Simulation Target Profiles - RGB - Roland SignRGB and the CMYK - to Roland SignCMYK
It has been my experience that CMYK does not handle effects well - if you make it a bitmap then you are straight printing.
To print directly to Versaworks - you send your files - to Input - A or Input - B - folders are located in the Versaworks folder and are placed there on install. You set the qualifications in the Queue Settings.
Lady Di, I have so much VW and VC knowledge locked in my brain and now no way to let it out - so it just runs out recklessly. Well I keep both the A&B on my desktop and just randomly drop things there and watch them go. So you ask are there advantages. There are if you set the parameters.You can have it auto gang jobs and print, you can have it start printing at a certain time, Great if you are using one media and have your queues set so helps automates. That is all I can think of now.
Oh a thought - You know in Job Settings the tab that says Job Management - we normally do not use - well in there you can see all of the things you can do - You notice that it is greyed out - right - but if you open the queue - you can set it up in there and when you drop the files in - you would step back - shake your head and then say in your (make up your favorite actress) voice - WoW!
LOL - not to fret - I might be taking the show on the road again. hehehehe
just wanted to say thanks for all your advice and sharing here =D