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How many Sublim Colors?

 
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mammuth



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:35 am    Post subject: How many Sublim Colors? Reply with quote

I have two possibilites for sublim:

1.

4 color ink CMYK via RIP

2.

7 color ink C LC M LM Y B LB

(on a epson 7600)


How many colors do you guys use for sublimation? As many as your printer allows or just the reduced set?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's often a question of what inks you can get. Many sublimation inks are only made in CMYK which forces you to use a RIP on many printers. We have an Epson 4880 and were lucky to find a manufacturer that has all colors for this model available. This saved us from buying an expensive RIP. I don't think the difference in color gamut is that much between CMYK and printers with more colors, especially for sublimation. If I were to buy a new printer, I'd probably get a CMYK printer to save money on RIP Software.

For high volume production it makes sense to use a RIP though as it may be able to save you ink if you calibrate, linearize and profile your printer correctly.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

J-Tek can deliver enough colors for 7 or even 9 color printers. So thats not the problem. The 3 colors more for my printer will be still cheaper then the time needed to setup a rip.

But ... my question was targeted more towards the results. I have not much experience with sublim right now. For photo like designs more colors should be better. In theory. Thats why i ask.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like I said, IMO the difference is not that much. I guess this test can be applied to sublimation as well: http://www.signindustry.com/digital/articles/2003-01-31-NUR-8colorDigitalPrinting.php3

And not all j-teck inksets are available in that many colors.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe they have new colors, the J-Teck Next is now avail in 15 colors Smile

Thanks for the link
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jep, that's the only inkset that has those colors and many of them are just different variations of black. All the other Sublimation inks they make have less colors.
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