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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Printed sublimation transfer of designed name badges
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.
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!
2. Personalized gift
A mug with the receiver’s name or image that means a lot to them is simple but thoughtful.
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.
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.
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!