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Color Management: Reproducing the Same Colors Everytime:

o Photoshop Color Chart Kit

o CorelDraw Color Chart Kit

o Postscript Color Chart

o Color Managment Tips

 

Whether you are digitally printing using inkjet transfers, sublimation transfers or using a direct-to-garment (dtg) machine, you probably know that it can be tricky to get the correct color to print out on substrate.A lot of factors could play a roll in how the colors look on your finished product:
*  Color Space - the color environment where your graphic was created in
* Color Gamut - making sure you choose a color in gamut for the ink
*  Rendering Intent - how out-of-gamut colors are adjusted when printing from one color space to another. Click here for more details on rendering intent.
*  Printing Profile - the profiles used by the printer to reproduce your graphic
*  Printer Performance - making sure 100% of nozzles are working properly
* and much more
...

To help get around all these factors, use a Color Chart for each type of substrate. See below for several different Color Management Tools provided by iProof Systems and MultiRIP.

RGB Color Charts, Swatches and Color Table for Photoshop:
This RGB color kit for Photoshop contains
* Two color charts (510 colors on an 8.5" x 11" sheet and 2040 colors on an 11" x 17" sheet),
* Matching swatches for the 510 color chart
*  An RBG Color Table for the 2040 color chart.

510 RGB Color Management Chart for Photoshop

To download this file, click on the link below.  It is a zip file, so we recommend that you save it to your desktop. www.multirip.com/Photoshop_RGB.zip

Here is a video on using the Photoshop Color Kit

RGB Color Charts, Color Palette and Color Table for CorelDraw:
This RGB color kit for CorelDraw contains
* Two color charts (510 colors on an 8.5" x 11" sheet and 2040 colors on an 11" x 17" sheet) for CorelDraw X3,
* Two color charts (510 colors on an 8.5" x 11" sheet and 2040 colors on an 11" x 17" sheet) for CorelDraw 9
* Matching color palette for the 510 color chart
*  An RBG Color Table for the 2040 color chart.
RGB Color Management Chart for CorelDraw

To download this file, click on the link below.  It is a zip file, so we recommend that you save it to your desktop. www.multirip.com/Corel_RGB.zip

Here is a video on using the CorelDraw Color Kit

Postscript Color Charts and Color Table:
This CMYK color kit for Photoshop contains
* Two color charts (510 colors on an 8.5" x 11" sheet and 2040 colors on an 11" x 17" sheet),
*  An RBG Color Table for the 2040 color chart.
To download this file, click on the link below.  It is a zip file, so we recommend that you save it to your desktop. www.multirip.com/Postscript_RGB.zip

NOTE: Things to Consider When Using These Color Management Tools!
1. Different Substrates, Different Colors
It is important to understand that when you switch between different substrates (i.e. shirt to a piece of sublimation metal or a white shirt to a yellow shirt), your colors are going to be different.  Thus, you should consider having a color chart for each of your different substrates.
2. Same Print Settings (Color Space, Rendering, Printing Profiles / Settings)
In order to reproduce the same colors as your color chart, you will need to know the exact settings you used when you printed the color chart - whether you use a standard printer driver (i.e. photo setting,...) or a RIP (rendering, profile,...). Thus, we recommend you writing on the back of the color chart the settings you used to create it.  This will help you when it comes time to reproduce a specific color on the color chart several months later.
3. Use the Photoshop Swatches / CorelDraw Color Palette
We created both Photoshop RGB Swatches and CorelDraw RGB Color Palettes that we included in the color kits above. These items have been labeled to match the 510 color charts X- and Y- axis coordinates. Thus, when you find the color you want to reproduce on the color chart, determine its location by using the X- and Y- axises. For example, if you have a color that is in the vertical column R3 and on horizontal row T14, then the color's name is R3-T14 in the color swatches or palette. By using these swatches or palette, you will not have a color that goes out of gamut
4. Printer Operating the Same
The final important thing is to make sure that you printer is operating at 100%. You need to make sure that everything is working properly before you print your color chart and before you print on your susbstrate. Here are just some of the things you should look for:
A. If all of your nozzles are firing 100% - run a nozzle check
B. Check to make sure you don't have air or other containments in your ink lines.
C. Make sure that you have enough ink in all the cartridges / bulk feed bags.  You may notice that your colors can change when you start to get low on ink.

RECOMMENDATION: There is an inexpensive tool that is coming out (called Printer Jockey - www.printerjockey.com) that allows you to save money when you get nozzles clogged or ink in your lines.  Printer Jockey is a tool that allows you to run a single or multiple channel flush when you get a bad nozzle check or need to recharge an ink line. This will prevent you from wasting ink from the other channels of ink that are operating correctly when you do a head cleaning. Basically, Printer Jockey is a maintenance program that picks up where the Epson Utility program has left off. Printer Jockey only works with Epson printers.

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