A detailed guide for the print mode options that Polyprint’s RIP software offers for direct to garment printing with the TexJet shortee2 printer.
Digital Factory Apparel Polyprint Edition, apart from a variation in the print queue tabs, includes several print mode options that the user can choose from, depending on the printing job and the outcome he wants to achieve. These modes are incorporated in the three main DTG print queues (White, Color, and Black tabs) and according to the substrate’s color the user chooses to print on, a different selection of printing modes will appear.
Caution: Those print queues - and print modes included - 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.
DTG print modes for light-colored garments
When choosing to print on the TS2 DTG White queue, three options of printing modes are available:
Offers the best balance between print quality, productivity, and ink consumption. Perfect for the average user, as it achieves the best printing quality in the lowest time possible. The color is printed in a single pass at 1440x720 dpi resolution.
The CMYK inks are printed in 1440x720 dpi but in double pass, meaning that the printhead performs smaller steps. This way, the ink consumption is increased, alongside the printing time. This print mode is recommended for more absorptive type of garments, like hoodies and pique polo shirts, as they require more ink for the print to be vibrant.
The resolution drops to 720x1080 dpi, along with the printing time. With this mode the ink quantity is lowered, when in comparison with Production or Quality, hence it’s more economic. Suitable for thinner garments and fast production.
Note: If your printer's ink configuration is double CMYK, then two print modes are available: the 720x360 and the 720x720 resolution. Both provide up to 40% faster production time, when compared to the regular CMYKW ink setup, making them ideal for high-volume runs.
DTG print modes for dark-colored garments
When printing on the Black or Color queue tab, two ink layers (white underbase plus CMYK colors) will be laid down. The software offers you three main print modes to choose from. Keep in mind that the Black queue removes by default black elements, so it is better used on black or dark-grey garments.
An ideal printing resolution that offers balance between print quality, productivity, and ink consumption. The underbase layer is printed in 1 pass at 1440x1440 dpi and the CMYK layer also in 1 pass at 1440x720 dpi.
The White layer is laid at 1440x720 dpi with three ink passes and the CMYK inks at a higher resolution of 1440x1440 dpi but in a single pass. The printhead performs smaller steps to apply the higher amount of ink, so the production time is slowed down. Recommended for thicker fabrics, like hoodies, so the printed design can be more vivid. The ink consumption is bigger, as the cost per print.
The white layer is printed at 720x720 dpi with three ink passes and the color layer follows at 1440x720 dpi in a single pass. An economic and faster solution destined for substrates that don't require a strong underbase, like pastel-colored or light-grey garments.
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For the available DTF print modes for the TexJet shortee2 model, check our guide here.