Mimaki has developed three new software tools that between them address various issues with colour for wide format printing.
This includes the Artista Textile Color Collection, essentially a colour reference chart for textile production. For now it consists of 520 colours for sublimation printing, including fluorescent inks, which is targeted at the sports apparel and interior fabrics markets. The idea is that designers can specify colours based on new swatches made available for Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW. An image file based on the selected colour palette is then printed on a Mimaki printer using either the RasterLink6 or TxLink3 RIP software.
It includes detailed information about profiles and settings that can be used to reduce the time required for colour matching, thus enabling colours to be represented accurately across printers and locations. The initial collection is designed for use with the Mimaki TS300P-1800 textile printer with dye sublimation inks.
There’s also a new Mimaki Profile Master 3 colour management software, which aims to reproduce equivalent colours when printing on different types of media with the same printer or when printing with different printer models and inks. Mimaki claims that it can maintain accurate colours over time by measuring colour with a colorimeter during the printer calibration process.
Mimaki has also added the Pantone Color Collection to its RasterLink6 RIP software. This means that the RIP will automatically detect Pantone colours in print files and convert them to equivalents for faster colour matching. RasterLink also includes the Adobe Illustrator-compatible DIC colour collection and Mimaki’s original colour collections including metallic.
Rasterlink6 also lets you set a measured colour as a replacement colour. In addition, this latest version enables the creation of cut marks for Fotoba cutters without any additional software.