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In need of an explanantion about Print Quality!

Discussion in 'Mutoh' started by SwiSh, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. SwiSh

    SwiSh Member

    Mar 7, 2007
    First off I'm using a Mutoh Falcon II Outdoor, and for 2 years now I've printed everything at 360x360. I have a huge job coming that will require printing photographs at approximately 48in.x96in on banner material. My question is if the Print Quality set up on my printer will factor into the image quality of the photographs? I'm curious if someone can explain exactly what the Print Quality does for me?
    I have some images that I will play around with, probably printing one at 150 dpi, another at 300 dpi, one at full size, and another blown up through my rip program, etc. I'm just wondering if the Print Quality on my printer will help with image quality of the photo's? What's the advantage of printing things higher than 360x360? Mostly, everything I do is vector art, but these will be high-res, 300dpi photographs. My appreciation to anyone that can help! Thanks! :thumb:
  2. Jackpine

    Jackpine Major Contributor

    From my printer I print 720x720, high quality, normal, bi-directional or high speed. From the file it depends on the quality of the bitmap. It is the pixels that count in the file.....the printer prints the DPI.
  3. randya

    randya Very Active Member

    Apr 6, 2007
    360 x 360 in one square inch is 129600 drops
    720 x 720 in one square inch is 518400 drops
    Drops may be smaller (or Variable sizes) in 720 giving you the ability to increase the quality of your print.

    It takes roughly the same amount of ink to get the same density on the same media.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2008
  4. Posted this once before. We print 720 x 720. This may help.

    Dither Types
    Came across this today and thought I'd pass it along.
    For FlexiSIGN-PRO and PhotoPRINT​
    Dither Types really do influence the results of your finished prints!​
    Here are the basics to help you understand the differences:
    Here is what they do…​
    is the pattern in which the individual dots that make an image are applied onto the media. The RIP
    translates the screen image into the ink dots to be laid on the media. A fast processing Dither Type will lay the color dots in a
    pattern, and sometimes we can see the pattern effect. More “random” looking patterns actually take much longer times for
    the calculations, but generally result better print results, and less moiré pattern. Each of the various Dither Types had
    advantages in terms of print quality and RIP speed; usually with speed and quality being a trade-off. (The default Dither
    Type is generally the best for that selected device). Below are the various Types, rated for RIP time and print quality:
    Here is what they mean…​

    Generally the highest quality Dither (least likely to show a dot pattern). This is an enhanced version of
    Error Diffusion. While it takes the longest to RIP (5-6 times longer than FMXPress) it provides the highest detail and
    contrast for most inkjet printers. RIP 5; QUALTIY 1
    For high-quality images, this enhanced method requires intensive processing (3-4 times more than
    FMXPress). RIP 4; QUALTIY 2
    For good quality images. This Dither Type is a balance between print quality and RIP time. This
    method takes 2-3 times longer than FMXPress. RIP 3; QUALTIY 3
    This is the default Dither Type for most Inkjet printers. This offers the fastest RIP time, and is
    suitable for most popular print types. RIP 2; QUALTIY 4
    This method has the fastest RIP time. This Dither Type is a good choice for large prints that will be
    viewed from a distance. RIP 1; QUALTIY 5
    This Dither Type was designed to be used with Thermal Transfer printers (Edge? and

    ? ) to produce vibrant saturated colors. This method is also the choice for printing positives for screen-printing.

  5. SwiSh

    SwiSh Member

    Mar 7, 2007
    So does the Dither Type come from the printer or the RIP program? I can't seem to find any info through my printer information that tells me a Dither Type. But, basically, the higher dpi resolution I print at on my printer, the better image I will get? Right? And if I change that res on my printer, than I would assume I would have to match that up in my RIP program? (I'm using Onyx)

    The Dither info is quite interesting! Thanks for posting that Sing-Man!

  6. randya

    randya Very Active Member

    Apr 6, 2007
    Dither is in the RIP, you SHOULD use the one the profile is designed with for best results.

    The RIP will rip a file in whatever resolution you like (whatever profile you have). Onyx will automatically override the printer settings.
  7. javila

    javila Active Member

    Jul 30, 2006
    Print resolution : 720 x 720 8 pass bi directional
    File resolution: 100 ppi @ final size

    You should get more than sufficient "quality" out of that considering it's going on a banner.