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Why Test Draw

by: Stephen Crichton on

You know the function is there, and your supplier has probably told you to do it regularly. But why? So often I receive calls from clients telling me that they are seeing banding in their print. The first question I ask them is "what does your test draw look like" I still find it surprising that operators don't perform a test draw before they start printing for the day. It's almost like not checking your fuel gauge before going on a long drive. So what is it and why is it important? The test draw is a pattern that is made up s  ...read more

Order Bordeaux Ink Online

by: Stephen Crichton on

Order Bordeaux Ink Online Do you use Bordeaux ink in your Mimaki®, Roland® or Mutoh®? Now you can order your ink online through our new online store. Easily order and pay. No need for phone calls, emails or faxes. Try ordering online for your next order!   ...read more

Why is there colour in my black and white prints?

by: Stephen Crichton on

Have you ever printed out an image in black and white only to see what appears to be shades of cyan and/or magenta? This can not only ruin a print, but can be very frustration to try to get right. So why is it happening? Unless specified, the default setting in most RIP software is to use CMYK in all prints, including B/W. The benefit of this with a B/W image is seen in the light grey areas of a print. When viewed up close these areas are printed using equal values of CMY to give the appearance of grey and allowing for a nice smooth finish. However if the profile isn't correct  ...read more

Why use light tints

by: Stephen Crichton on

So you have seen printers that use Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black, and some that include Light Cyan, Light Magenta and Light Black (Grey) but has anyone told you why? Too often I hear people requesting a printer with CMYKLcLm believing that that ink configuration will provide a larger colour gamut (greater range of achievable colour). Unfortunately this is not the case. The lighter tints are literally just that, a lighter version of the full colour e.g light cyan is the light tint of cyan. This will not give you a larger colour range, but rather allow you to have a soothe  ...read more