“In Illustrator, why can’t I combine individual Layers into a Group folder like in Photoshop?
“Illustrator’s Layers panel may not have Layer Groups, but you can do something very similar to what you like doing in Photoshop. To give it a try, open a new document (File>New) and click twice on the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel, so that you have a total of three Layers. Click on each Layer listing in the panel, one at a time, to draw some objects on that Layer. Now, click on the top Layer listing in the panel and Shift-click on the bottom Layer to select all three. Look under the Options menu of the Layers panel and choose ‘Collect in New Layer.” All of the Layers will be collected into a new Layer. This is really quite similar to a Photoshop Layer Group.”
The heat is on.
Yes, slowly and steadily, I am getting a feel of it and insecurity that in future the traditional line film which we so call Positives used to expose the image on screen will not be so popular and may also be difficult to procure.
Even if its available maybe it would be as precious and expensive as diamonds, ha ha…
Do anyone today are buying a roll camera or shoots a transparency or also do you find any camera consumable retailers stocks reel/roll???
So what’s the matter with conventional line films…
Let me explain, that from last several years many offset printers are moving towards CTP because of few reasons:
1. Cost of film not involved hence reduces printing cost.
2. Avoids storage of films.
3. Does not require vacuum exposing machine to expose plates.
4. Its economical for short runs.
As offset printers and service providers moves towards CTP technology, its but obvious that the overall consumption will definitely go down keeping in mind that offset printers consumes more conventional line films than screen printers.
Even today screen printing industry’s major share is within industrial segment, which does not consume conventional line films as compared to offset printers because in screen printing many jobs are repeated due to that reason screen printers stores their films.
If one compares offset v/s screen’s film consumption, definitely offset rules over in qty and numbers.
As CTP taking over the market in offset, companies producing films are either forced to stop or reduce their conventional line films production.
In case the manufacturers reduce the production than I am sure the prices of conventional films will shoot up. But if they stop than CTS (Computer to Screen) or Ink Jet Films using Ink Jet printers is the only option left for screen printer. Even if cost of SILVER goes up conventional film becomes costly.
Already many service providers have stop their production and are selling their image setters because of this reason. Many have said that the cost of running the image setter is becoming expensive due to spares they get from manufacturers or market are expensive mainly due to non availability of spares because the quantity of image setters production have gone down and are not a priority product for those producers.
Taking all this into consideration I have installed EPSON 9900 Ink Jet printer from TECHNOVA to make my positives at DMI and I would use TECHNOVA’s POSIJET films and their advance proprietary “POLIRIP” software to output my halftone films.
Actually I have been using it and experimenting their product since couple of months and I can definitely say at DMI we have successfully screen printed up to 100 LPI using complete ink jet system to make positive.
By installing the RIP in house, not only I got full control on my output which was difficult earlier, but I am now able to choose suitable LPI, ANGLES and DOT SHAPE to avoid moire pattern in screen printing.
Installing RIP’s in-house I am able to linearize complete process right from film output to color management.
POLIRIP’s advance features allows me not only to compensate my films dot gain curves with the use of transmission densitometer but it also allows me to compensate my press dot gain curves easily to maintain my color as per proof. Using POLIRIP and EPSON 9900 I am able to achieve good solid density over 3.1 and it is adjustable to suite as per my requirement.
Linearization helps me to get full control on my printed jobs and POLIRIP does not bother me to open my files first in Photoshop etc. to compensate dot gain using curves or convert color profiles. In fact the software is very easy to operate. It allows me to dump any CDR, AI, PDF, EPS, PS, JPEG, TIFF, PSD files directly into POLIRIP.
To linearize my process I just have to make a setup file properly there after POLIRIP’s advance feature automatically compensates film dot gain curve, press dot gain and converts the original files color profile to our DMI’s set color profile suitable for particular ink and substrate and then it output the films considering all these parameters.
I think if the RIP does the color management than we can save lot of time and avoid errors. Thanks to the TECHNOVA’s advance technology POLIRIP.
As an institute we have geared up, as a screen printer have you?
Think it over before its too late…
Take care & good night
In the Color Settings dialog box select an appropriate RGB working space. If you output to a four-ink inkjet, sRGB is fine. If your inkjet uses six or more inks, use Adobe RGB or (if you have one) your custom monitor profile. Set the RGB color management policy to Convert to Working RGB. Uncheck the mismatch warning dialog boxes.
When you’re ready to print, output with Print with Preview. Click the More Options button. In the Options area, make these selections:
–Color Handling: Let Photoshop Determine Colors
–Printer Profile: choose the profile for the paper on which you’re printing
–Rendering Intent: Relative Colorimetric
–Black Point Compensation: selected
After clicking the Print button, you’ll see the printer’s Print dialog box. Make sure that the printer’s own color management is disabled.
To determine the proper resolution, you need two pieces of information: the final output dimensions and the resolution. (For Web, you need only the pixel dimensions and can ignore resolution.) You determine the resolution based on the image’s output device.
If the image will be printed on an inkjet printer, use an image resolution that’s one-third the printer’s rated resolution. For example, if the printer is listed at 1440×720 resolution, the image should have a resolution of 240 ppi. If the printer has a resolution of 1440×1440, the image resolution can be 480 ppi (although 240 ppi is probably fine.) You almost never need to go over 300 ppi. (Print some test images to determine what your printer is capable of doing.)
If the image will be printed commercially on an offset press through screen printing process, you need to know the line screen frequency of the press, measured in lines per inch (lpi). Multiply that number by 1.5 or 2 to find the appropriate image resolution.
Have a nice time…