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Sourcing the right software
Color Separation and Film Printing software for screen printers:
• Freehand’s AccuRIP™ Emerald
• Freehand’s Spot Process™ Separation Studio™ NXT
AccuRIP™ and Separation Studio™ NXT are very different software engineered for specific tasks and both are must-have solutions for screen-printers. Users that print directly from mainstream postscript design software need AccuRIP™ to process data over to an inkjet for professional film printing. Stock manufacturer inkjet printer drivers can NOT properly process postscript separations so a RIP software is necessary.
For those looking to color separate their design files choose Separation Studio™. Your best workflow is Sep Studio NXT to color separate and manage design files then printing the films using any version of AccuRIP.
Spot Process™ Separation Studio™
While NOT a film print RIP software like AccuRIP, Separation Studio NXT™ does offer unique options that assist users taking finished separations to film output then to the screen exposure process. With the most robust set of marks, layouts, and abilities the Print Window has multiple styles of registration marks, control over their location, has a large preview window, converts unwanted process colors to useful spot colors, and so much more. This Print Windows is for everyone and not just for AccuRIP users. Hard to imagine how this incredible opportunity works, be sure to take a trial of Sep Studio NXT to understand its power. Everything a screen printer needs and nothing they don’t.
Finally, a proper software built by screen printers for screen printers.
It’s very smart software. Upon opening each file the software analyzes the file format and data then separates the file properly using either Spot Process™ for Sim Process separations or converts vector data to powerful spot color separations with or without halftones.
Expertly handling two of the industry’s most common separation methods has made Separation Studio NXT™ the #1 industry software. Doing it right and doing it fast means you save time and money with every job.
Spot Process™ separates tonal images into its RGB color components as well as developing an underbase, overprint white highlight, and black. Most users know this as Sim Process color separating and know that it is difficult at best to manage outside of Separation Studio™ NXT with reliability and accuracy. Without Sep Studio™ it can take an untold amount of hours to get to the finish line. Sep Studio™ NXT color separates using a mathematical algorithm and in seconds the image is separated as it is being opened in the sim process engine. The user is provided easy to use tools to transform the separation into a ready for film file that will deliver the finest halftone separations on-screen and on-press. Sim Process separations are not only those highly colored and intricate designs you see at trade shows. They can be just a few colors and rather simple in its look.
The PDF vector converter in Sep Studio™ NXT manages vector and raster files delivering spot colors. One of the greatest values of this part of the software is how it auto converts improperly built files with a mix of spot and process colors. Taking in files from clients or downloading from stock sites often leaves artists with files that can take hours to repair and can be confusing and frustrating. This engine also loves a well built file and in seconds the user adds an underbase, reduces the number of press colors, merges data, and much more. With an automated underbase feature and the ability to choke and spread Sep Studio™ is taking over the screen print industry.
Yes, you can print directly to AccuRIP™ Emerald, through previous AccuRIP versions, or save all files as a .psd or export as a DCS2.eps to be printed from any mainstream program. Flexibility, ease of use and control are built-in.
The vast majority of screen print artists create and manage art using Adobe and/or Corel. That’s great news because both of Freehand’s software are engineered to fit perfectly into the world of Adobe and Corel and other mainstream graphics programs.
Mainstream software used by screen printers:
• Adobe Illustrator
• Adobe Photoshop
• Adobe InDesign
• Corel Painter
• Any other software that has a separation feature in its print window
Printing directly from the Print Window of Adobe or Corel using the AccuRIP™ software driver to an Epson or Canon supported printer is easy. Mainstream programs are based in PostScript, inkjet printers are not. AccuRIP™ is the PostScript translator ALL screen printers need to achieve accurate films specific to the needs of the screen printer. AccuRIP™ is NOT a color separation software, it manages the critical part of processing separation commands from mainstream software. Whatever your software can do AccuRIP™ can process it for you. Solids print as solids and tonal aspects (tints, gradients, blends) print as halftones to the specifications setup by the user in AccuRIP™ – WOW!.