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Gradient Problem with Photoshop

Discussion in 'Adobe' started by Creative_Lance, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. Creative_Lance

    Creative_Lance Very Active Member

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    Hello All,
    i have encountered a problem while printing on my VersaCAMM using Photoshop CS2 to design and print with Flexi 7.6. for some reason i can't get the Gradient effect right.it looks good on the screen but after printing it looks like the attatched picture.
    is it something i'm missing on Flexi or photoshop? and is there a plugin i can buy to RIP from Photoshop?

    PS: that goes for all the brush Gradients too.
    thanks
    Lance
     

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  2. Sites&Signs

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    what type of file are you exporting as?
     
  3. Creative_Lance

    Creative_Lance Very Active Member

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    i either save as JPEG or import the PSD file into Flexi
     
  4. Geary

    Geary Very Active Member

    Rasterize the image first at 150 or greater dpi. Then open it and print it.

    ~Gear
     
  5. WYLDGFI

    WYLDGFI Active Member

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    some of that could be the Printer profile as well. Its not allowing the lighter colors to reproduce accurately. It could be the Magenta dropping off at 5% or higher causing that abrupt break. Do you have a 4 or six color printer?
     
  6. bob

    bob Major Contributor

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    Are you saving it as CMYK or RGB? It has the anemic look of CMYK . If so try saving it as RGB and let your RIP do the final translation, you'll get better color. Mostly.
     
  7. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

    There are a couple of things that I would try.

    1. Try several profiles to see which gives the best results

    2. Save it in different formats to see what works best. .eps, .tif, .jpg, .ai
     
  8. OADesign

    OADesign Active Member

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    I agree. I stopped making CMYK images a long time ago. Work in and save as RGB and let the rip to the math. you may also want to try adding a third step to your gradient. I bet your only uses two colors right? try added a third or fourth marker with an in between color to ease the transition. Your rip will have an easier time smoothing out the transition.
     
  9. thewood

    thewood Very Active Member

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    I second all those who recommend working in rgb mode. Flattten the image and export as a tif with the icc profile (Adobe rgb, s rgb, etc.) embedded. That should help.
     
  10. Chad.

    Chad. Active Member

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    it also looks like it was created at 72dpi
     
  11. javila

    javila Active Member

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    It's a pretty good bet that you're working out of the printers workspace.

    To try and fight that some try printing on "perceptual" instead of "colorimetic". It'll bring that gradient back in better.
     
  12. Creative_Lance

    Creative_Lance Very Active Member

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    thanks all, that was very helpful.
     
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