Imaging Solutions for Direct To Garment Printing to Save Money and Improve Quality
iProof's PowerRIP DTG for DTG printers based on Epson's Stylus Photo R3000, Artisan 1430, Stylus Photo 1500W/1400/1410/1390 and L1800
What was just installed
On the "C" drive of your computer you will now find thee folders and 2 to 4 printers in the devices and printers
The main folder that contains the RIP's program and data files, a DOCS folder and a set of PPDs (PostScript Printer Descriptions) used by Applications like Corel, Photoshop and Illustrator.
This page covers basics. iProof developed and owns the MultiRIP GP brand, an earlier project.
There are a number of MultiRIP GP training videos on YouTube covering common RIP features used here. After the RIP installs, there will be a Docs folder in the main RIP folder with detailed user guides that cover most questions.
PowerRIP Hot folders
Has internal printer folders that hold application print files sent to the RIP for processing.
PowerRIP Layouts folder
Contains master templates and platens used for Step and Repeat options.
In Control Panel/Devices and Printers "Input Print Queues" were installed to capture incoming PostScript print files for processing
PR_DTG 3000 (CMYK plus White)
In Control Panel/Devices and Printers "PowerRIP Output Print Queues", are installed. Output Queues send Rasterized data from the RIP to the printer on the SAME USB port the EPSON Driver uses.
If your printer requires jobs paused, until the printer is ready. The controls are in program settings. The jobs are released from "Pages to Printer"
The two basic ways to print with PowerRIP DTG Print
First way-Print From the RIP and use the new masking controls
The Simplest way to print a T-shirt - Open an image like a PSD, Tifs, BMPs, jpegs, or pngs
and print directly from the RIP
1) Simply Open the RIP and go to the word "File" in the upper left corner and choose "Create Print Job"
2) The screen will change and a new screen will appear. Then go to the word "File" again on the new screen under file choose "Import Graphics".
3) You can import a Photoshop PSD file, a tiff, a jpeg, a BMP, or a png file. The four corner controls allow you to resize the imported image.
4) Now to the tab control panels on the right. These 5 tabs can be Predefined or edited for each job individually. The settings used for the last job rasterized, will be there for the next job
Print Settings Tab
Under Media you will find basic Tshirt types. Print Quality equals Color Layer resolution setting
Print Density white layer, Normal 720x720, Medium1440x720, Heavy 1440x1440. You can print multiple passes for color or white. One-Pass choose Same As Color.
Seldom needs to change.
RGB has many choices. Try sRGB. CMYK source's default is SWOP. Output Profile stays Auto Select unless you add a custom ICC Appearance Photo Normal is best. Brightness controls all colors
A very powerful control, start by clicking on the image. The best artwork is a PSD a transparent background. Next best is an all Black background. If you have a color logo for a pocket, try 100% white under any colored pixel. You can import a white layer or export a white layer you made for special editing. The density and contrast controls will effect the white layer you create. Click create to generate the white layer. Select One-Pass, the job prints as One-Pass. White under black deals with the deepest shadows. Remove Black is done for a Black T-shirt. Create White Highlight for two pass, brightens pure whites by printing more white ink with the color layer. Select a preview color, click the preview button,.and see your color and white image combined.
First Tab opened when you Import a Graphic. If the image is larger than the selected platen, the RIP will shrink and center the image to fit. Buttons on the artwork tab are easily understood.
Printer & Print Area Tab
Displays the Printer and the Output Queue you are printing through. PowerRIP DTG can print to multiple printers using different Output Queues. Pick the platen size, assign a step and repeat number to activate templates. See explanation of templates/platens in the docs folder
After Install check your printer
Some R3000 and 1430/1500W printers require a user to home the platen and then tell the RIP to print. To do this:
1. Download and install the Epson driver for your printer, the RIP will find the port the printer is connected to using the Epson driver.
2. Go to our download and choose the version of our RIP for your printer and "Save" the downloaded version.
3. After the download is finished, allow the installer to run. If it does not auto start go to your download folder and click on it.
4. RUN the download and tell Windows to allow it to RUN if asked.
5. During the install on the validation page, just leave it on "Evaluation" fill in any blank windows and proceed. You can activate it later, if you purchase it.
6. On all other screens accept the RIP's default suggestions.
7. When the installation is finished restart the PC.