Custom Photoshop for multi-ink printing, or just improved previews of multi-ink separations

  • 1
  • Idea
  • Updated 4 years ago
  • (Edited)
My earlier Question was removed because I included contact info.
I'd like to speak with the developers to see if we can get a customized version of photoshop that will allow users to create color seps using alpha channels with more accurate previews and output-or print options from Photoshop for separations. Four color seps from Photoshop do not work well for fabric. Previous versions of Photoshop allowed the user to print alpha channels with adjustable screen angles and halftone counts directly to a rip or post script printer or image setter. Currently this can only be done using a saved DCS eps file placed into another application. That method results in lower quality output and the use of multiple applications to achieve a single goal. There are also a number of manufacturers who previously had intended to make printers to interface with this alpha channel output to address individual print heads on direct to garment printers. I believe I can walk the developers through this and explain what is desired for a very large group of apparel printers. I'd like to have a conversation with the developers to see if this could be done.
Photo of David Robison

David Robison

  • 2 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes

Posted 4 years ago

  • 1
Photo of Chris Cox

Chris Cox

  • 20280 Posts
  • 766 Reply Likes
Most printers these days won't honor the custom screen information.

And I've been using Photoshop to generate silkscreen separations since 1991 - so, yeah, I'd like to see a little more multichannel support as well.
Photo of David Robison

David Robison

  • 2 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
I have used Photoshop since about 1990 or 91. Being able to use the alpha channels as a technique to generate simulated process prints on fabric is far and above the most accurate way to achieve white under prints and color blends for the RGB spectrum of colors to simulate an original art that has much more vibrant colors than can be achieved with process color. When Photoshop 5.5 was the current version of photoshop there were at least three different screen printing press manufacturers that were looking at using alpha channels seps as output directly to pre set print heads. These Heads were single color ink jet heads with 15 inch width designed to only print one each of the 9 basic RGB spectrum base colors. This effect would have revolutionized the industry from traditional screen printing to digital on press printing at high speeds to effectively replace a great deal of screen printing. As it is now all of the ink jet manufacturers are trying to use 4 color process ink jet heads to print 4-8 color simultaneously and that slows down ink jet printing terribly.
If Adobe would listen to what I have to say and even if they charge us to build the program It would allow ink jet textile printers to achieve 400-600 impressions an hour on a carousel press (at 15x19 inches) and turn the digital apparel print world on its head. I know this can be done, and ironically the technology has already been done by Adobe and then pulled out of the last few versions instead of promoting the portability of that aspect into production. I would LOVE to talk to the Developers here and walk them through it. I honestly think its a small thing for them to add back in and it would secure an enormous dependency for them from the manufacturing world. What company wouldn't want a completly untapped new market?