AnaRIP Basics for RICOH Ri1000 – Your 1st Print in 5 Easy Steps
One of the most challenging aspects of buying a new machine, is learning a new software. Often learning a new software interface is like learning a new language. It takes practice and repetition to shorten the learning curve so you can truly understand how to get the most out of a new language or in this case a new software. When AnaRIP was designed, careful planning went into the development of the software in order to make this learning curve as short as possible. Many hours were spent with mature print shop customers and new customers to learn the most used and needed aspects of the software in order to make the software as intuitive as possible. As a result, the AnaRIP software is relatively easy to learn and use the basic settings and get started printing right away.
However, there are many print setting options in AnaRIP, and with more options, comes more learning curve. In this article, we will try and break down some of the more basic features of AnaRIP to give you a head start on creating super vibrant prints. Keep in mind, this is just a good place to start, you can tweak these settings depending on the garment color and type. However, for most 100% cotton tees, the following is likely to result in a great print!
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Step 1 – Basic Preference Settings
The first step to ensuring your graphics print as expected is to make sure your RIP preferences are set properly. AnaRIP is designed to operate multiple printer types, so selecting the correct printer and color profiles that match your device is essential. To start, go to the “preferences” tab in AnaRIP. Here you can input the cost of ink for accurate pricing and select the correct color profile. For the Ri 1000, you should have SWOP selected as your profile.
Step 2 – Graphic Placement & Print Settings
Once you’ve set the proper preferences, move to the “Print settings” tab. This is where you can select where to print, and properly size and position your graphic. This is also where you will select the color pass quality and drop size. We find that for most graphics and substrates, quality should be set at “Fine” and dot range set to “Wide” or “Extra Wide”
If you’re printing on a white or light-colored shirt, you can jump to step 5 and hit print. Then enjoy the result!
Step 3 – Check If White Ink Is Needed
If you’re printing a colored shirt, but are not sure if you need white ink, you can select a textile color in the software, and view the finished product in the “TrueView” view box to determine if you want a white underbase. In this example, you can see that the image is too dull to print on a grey shirt without an underbase; therefore, we will need to move to white underbase settings in step 4.
Step 4 – Enabling White Underbase & Settings
Because our textile color is dark, we will add a white underbase to our print. This will ensure your lighter colors show up as intended. It is typically suggested that users keep the underbase settings in “content based” mode to print a greyscale white pass. This will improve the finished image quality, and will use significantly less ink, saving you money.
Go to the “White ink” tab in AnaRIP. Check the box marked “Enable white underbase.” Then change your view to “Color, Underbase and TrueView.” This will give you three views, the graphic input (color view), the white underbase view and the finished simulated view or “TrueView.”
Any changes will be made in the “White Ink” tab. Here you can adjust the following settings:
- “Highlight” to add white ink during the color pass which highlights any bright white in the graphic.
- You can choke the white underbase so that you avoid a white outline on your finished print.
- Increase the amount of white ink under dark colors like reds, blues and greens. We recommend that in underbase adjustments, select each drop down and increase the amount of white ink for reds, magentas, greens, blues and cyans be increased to “55.” It is not necessary to change the number for greys and yellows.
Step 5 – Time to Print
Now that your settings are dialed in, hit PRINT to send the graphic to the printer! Grab your shirt and pre-press the garment if you are using white ink. We suggest ~20 seconds with firm (Standard) pressure on your heat press. This will flatten the print area and ensure the fibers of the garment do not disrupt the finished quality. Put the shirt on the platen and push the print button on the printer. You will notice that after these changes, your white ink pass has slightly more ink improving the vibrancy of the finished product.
DTG Connection has a more in-depth training available for all the AnaRIP features. We can provide advanced instruction on the “Color Adjustments” tab which allows you to adjust colors and even remove backgrounds. If additional instruction is needed, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or wait for Part 2 (Coming soon!).