All the print mode options that Polyprint’s RIP software offers for direct-to-film printing with the TexJet echo2 printer. Learn the characteristics of each mode and the use they’re destined for.
Digital Factory Apparel Polyprint Edition supports the direct-to-film printing method with a variety of print resolutions to choose from. These print modes have integrated color management, specifically developed to complement the different substrate used in this technique, that being the film. These print modes can be found in the DTF print queue. The user can either choose according to the substrate’s color or select from different printing resolutions depending on the design’s needs.
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Caution: All mentioned print queues and print modes have integrated specific color management to complement Polyprint’s new ink range, the Texjet Inks. Make sure that you are using the correct driver according to the ink configuration that are loaded to your printer.
DTF print modes for light & dark-colored garments
DTF 1p White Production
This mode was created for light-colored garment DTF printing, when the film doesn’t require a white layer for the colors to be transferred. This mode prints only the CMYK inks in a single pass at a 1440x1440 dpi resolution.
- For designs that have large blocks of colors, you can increase the ink passes from 1 to 2, to have a more solid coverage. You can easily adjust this by right-clicking on the job and following the path: Properties> Color layer> Printer Options> Ink Passes. Make sure you have enabled prior the Advanced Settings.
- For CMYK solid designs, a white layer isn’t necessary. A 10% white ink layer could be added when there are gradients present or the user wants a truer representation of the design (depths, shadows, color accuracy, etc.). The white layer is a necessity when the film cannot accept just the colors in order to be transferred.
DTF 1p Black/Color Production
An inline printing mode, where the CMYK inks and the white layer are printed simultaneously at a 1440x720 dpi resolution. It offers a good balance between quality, printing speed, and ink consumption, making it a very good choice for your production needs.
DTF 2p Black/Color Production
The CMYK layer is printed first with a single pass at 1440x1440 dpi and the white layer follows second at the a 1440x720 dpi resolution. The CMYK ink quantity that is laid down is bigger than in the 1-pass Production mode, hence the two layers must be separated to avoid bleeding. These settings result in increased printing quality, as the colors appear even more vibrant.
DTF 2p Black/Color Speed
The color layer is printed at 1440x720 dpi whereas the underbase afterwards at 720x720 dpi. The printing quality is higher than the 1-pass Speed mode, as CMYK inks have a higher resolution. This mode is recommended for garments that don’t require a large ink quantity for the print to show up.
DTF 2p Black/Color High
A very high-quality double pass printing mode was created for ultimate color coverage. The CMYK layer is printed with 2 ink passes at 1440x1440 dpi. The white layer is single passed at 1440x720 dpi. Delivering extremely rich outcome for demanding designs.
Tip: Depending on the design and the outcome you want to achieve; you can always regulate the white layer’s coverage. To do so, go to Color Adjust at the Job tab and at the Underbase After layer alter the white ink percentage. The lower the amount, the more toned down the colors of the design might look. If you wish to increase it, we recommend up to 50-60%, as bleeding with the CMYK layer can occur, especially when the colors are printed in a very high resolution or 2 ink passes. To avoid this from happening, you can let the CMYK layer airdry for a while and then proceed with the white layer.