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Color/Clarity problem..I think

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks' started by morty87, Oct 20, 2018.

  1. morty87

    morty87 Member

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    A friend of mine asked me to do a print for him. 60" by 40". The original file size was just over 5mb and it came as a jpeg 60x40 -72dpi with those measurements already. I saved it as a pdf with cmyk checked. I put into flexi12 and printed at 1440x1440. When my buddy saw it he was disappointed that the trees in the bottom left hand corner are not really that clear as well as the trees in between the buildings..at least not as clear as his picture. Did I do something wrong, or is there a way I can do it better?

    I know that I have a streak as well in the bottom left hand corner and I have no clue why it does this now and again. I am going to print it again, due to that but if I could get the trees a bit more clear...I will try that as well.

    Thanks for any help/suggestions you could provide. My printer is the mutoh 1624. I ran it 1440x1440 vacuum middle 31/33 an 50 as heat settings. If that matters for this. the first picture is the original and the next 2 are the actual print.
     

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  2. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    The first thing I would say is don't change his RGB photo to CMYK. Just send the original jpg or tif file or whatever it was straight to the RIP. That will most likely fix the color shift and contrast problems. The RIP is designed to handle the processing from RGB photos to the CMYK inks. Doing it in other software will reduce the color gamut and introduce unwanted color shifts.
     
  3. morty87

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    Sorry it was sent as a jpg an when I open in photoshop an see if images right size etc. when i go to save it as a pdf is when i check the cmyk box, so i should just leave as it originally came?
     
  4. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    Correct. The jpg is natively RGB. Don't convert it to CMYK when you save it as a pdf or anything else. For that matter, you shouldn't have to save it as anything else to print it--just bring the jpg directly into the RIP. The RIP handles converting the image to the CMYK ink better than your pdf maker software does.
     
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