RIP software can significantly improve the way you work – allowing you to get the most out of your printers with increased versatility and productivity, faster print speeds, and more effective colour management.
In this guide, we’ll look at what RIP software is, what it does, and why it’s important, as well as the best RIP software for large format printing.
RIP stands for Raster Imaging Processor. This software is similar to the print driver included with a printer but provides much more control, converting vectors into rasters.
Vectors are digital files comprised of paths and points, typically used in applications such as InDesign, Illustrator, and Quark. Rasters are pixel-based, high-resolution images that are used for high quality, highly detailed images and photos.
Also known as bitmaps, raster files are composed of a matrix of dots, which can be easily understood by the printer.
RIP software can send instructions directly to a printer, bypassing other programmes.
The process follows the steps below:
RIP software can be installed and used with inkjet and large format printers.
It’s important to use RIP software that is compatible with your printer(s) and it is recommended that the same RIP software is used across the entire print room, to ensure consistency of quality and colour.
RIP software plays an important role in the printing process. It determines the colour, screen pattern, and resolution of the final print, ensuring reliable colour reproduction, saving time, and reducing waste caused by multiple reprints.
Any business that prints materials such as labels, banners, flyers, and brochures will benefit from RIP software.
You may need RIP software if you:
RIP software offers a number of benefits, including:
With RIP, you can process multiple files at the same time, regardless of how large the files are. This results in a more efficient workflow, saving both time and money.
If you are working with multiple printers, RIP software ensures consistency across all devices. This means fewer reprints, which means less paper and ink, and less waste. It also saves time, allowing you to print the same file from multiple printers at once.
RIP software allows you to create ICC profiles, adjust ink capacity, and control linearisation, providing superior colour management for accurate reprints.
RIP software gives complete control over print files, including scaling, rotating, colour correction, dot size, opacity, and more.
RIP software includes nesting features, which allow you to combine multiple different files into one print job.
At Perfect Colours, we supply a range of RIP Raster Image Processing software solutions for large format printers, from leading brands such as Caldera, ONYX, Poster Jet, and Proofmaster. Explore the best RIP software for large format printing here.
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