What Is a RIP And Why Do I Need It?

What is a RIP Software Program?

The abbreviation RIP stands for Raster Image Processing. The RIP Software converts your digital image created in a graphics software (CorelDraw, Illustration, Photoshop) to a ready-to-print file with the most ideal resolution for inkjet printing. The ripped image can now go from your PC to your wide format printer.

rip-software-infographic Desktop printers don’t need RIP programs, because they come with a print driver that has sufficient amount  of control and options for general smaller format printing. Recall when you click “print” and a box comes up and you can select if you want to print in color, black & white or grey scale – this is your print driver. Wide format printers are a bit more advanced and RIP programs are often needed for exact color output, quality resolution, rasterization and maximum control.

Why Do I Need A RIP?

A RIP program offers a professional wide-format print shop multiple benefits beyond the basic printer driver.

  • Save media and ink cost with advanced ink control and nesting features in many common RIP programs
  • Color profile management for a variety of media, ink technologies, and application purposes
  • Multi-printer management with ability to print up to four printers from a single computer
  • Faster image processing, which handles wide variety of file types, including high-resolution vector and raster images
  • Upgrade features available to add-on with such as variable data printing, automatic color separation & halftone screens, and much more!

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What Else Can The RIP Do?

A RIP program also handles the rasterization of images with an enhanced process that preserves the image details to an optimum level. Rasterization is the process of converting a vector file to a raster file (or in other words, a bitmap image). Vector files are graphics made up of paths, not pixels. They don’t have a resolution and can be enlarged indefinitely without losing information. However, when it comes to printing, a vector graphic needs to be converted to a file type that contains pixels (or small dots) so the printer can read it and print it. The RIP software converts that vector file to a raster file at the highest quality possible and preps it for printing.

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Things To Remember

The program you create your graphics design in, the RIP software program and the printer are all separate entities. They will work together to bring you the end product you want. It is important to make sure that they are all compatible. RIP software programs can be purchased separately or in some cases they are paired with the purchase of your printer. If this is the case, be aware that you are getting the basic version of the RIP software program. Upgrades to be purchased will be recommended to you at a later date.

How to Sublimate Name Badges

Looking for a new market to integrate a familiar product? Take a glance at places you shop: your local eateries, offices or even travel. Each has at least one thing in common… name badges! How would we put a name to the face of our friendly staff or wait service without them?

You may ask yourself how you can provide a step above other name badge offers. The answer is simple: full color, cost effective customization – most places are either getting them engraved or pad printed. With sublimation name badges you can offer a more economically friendly product with better image quality results.

Tools Needed

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Step by Step Pressing Instructions

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Step 1: Set heat press to 400 degrees and time to 40 seconds
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Step 2: Place transfer to name badges using thermal tape, be sure to use the bright white side face up on the transfer – this will be the smooth white finish compared to the non-bright white side
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Step 3: Place taped transfer and product in the heat press with transfer face up. Press for 40 seconds at 400 degrees using medium pressure. Bonus: on a 16×20 press up to 15 can be pressed at 1 time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 4: Using a protective glove remove transfer from product immediately after transferring is complete

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Once products have cooled, apply adhesive magnet fastener to the back of the name badge and press firmly to adhere to produc
Step 5: Once products have cooled, apply adhesive magnet fastener to the back of the name badge and press firmly to adhere to produc
Image should be vibrant and clear, with no smudges or uneven spots.
Image should be vibrant and clear, with no smudges or uneven spots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We offer a variety of sizes and materials to fit the needs of any business!

 

5 Ways to Use a Decorated Mug

Mugs are one of the top holiday purchases. Who doesn’t want a customized mug? Mugs can be used for everyday use, to save as a keepsake, put a variety of items in to showcase (flowers, writing utensils, home goods, etc. ), and to give as a gift with an added special gift inside. Another great bonus if you are transferring with sublimation is that your image will never fade, even when you wash it over and over again.

We have a few styles to choose from that are fully sublimatable in a mug press or with a mug wrap for oven use.

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11oz/15oz Ceramic Mugs
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12oz/17oz Ceramic Latte Mugs
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Multicolor Ceramic Mugs
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Glass Mugs
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Color Changing Mugs
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Plastic Mugs
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Metallic Ceramic Mugs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Personal drinkware

Mugs are perfect for coffee, tea, water, juice and even food items such as cereal or yogurt when a bowl is not available. Add some fun quotes, photographs and graphics to make it your own!

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2. Personalized gift

A mug with the receiver’s name or image that means a lot to them is simple but thoughtful.

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3. As holders for flowers, pens, home goods, etc.

Mugs are not limited to just liquid. They can be used in more unconventional ways as pen holders and flower vases among other things.

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4. Give a gift inside a mug

Instead of using a gift box or a bag for a small gift, get creative with a ceramic or a glass mug to use as clever packaging for presents like gift cards, chocolates, candy, jewelry and other small items. Once the gift has served its purpose, the recipient gets to keep a mug that can be re-used as drinkwear or pen holder.

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5. Commemorate an event

Highlight an event or a moment with a special keepsake.  Add an extra spin to birthdays, weddings, graduation and more by personalizing mugs that can be taken home and serve as a reminder of the good times!

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