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Printing Halftones on Edge 2

Discussion in 'Gerber' started by Ricardo Gonzalez, Feb 20, 2020.

  1. Ricardo Gonzalez

    Ricardo Gonzalez New Member

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    Hello,

    I am wondering if there is a way to print halftones of spot colors by changing the temperature and thus getting a solid color instead of having the prints as per the attached picture, with patterns to emulate the tone. Thanks!
     

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  2. MikePatterson

    MikePatterson Head bathroom cleaner.

    No. The head temp is relatively set. It is some what controlled by the RIP software (IE orange needs a little more heat than black). If you turned the heat down on the head it would not melt the ink from the liner to the vinyl.
    It's not like using a inkjet that can lay down less ink to create a lighter color.
    It burns the foil in at 100% all the time. That's why the dot pattern is smaller to simulate a lighter color.
     
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  3. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    You can select "darker" or "lighter" in the settings and also try different halftone setting, Fine will often given a smoother look.
     
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  4. Ricardo Gonzalez

    Ricardo Gonzalez New Member

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    Thanks guys, unfortunately that was what I expected
     
  5. Joe House

    Joe House Active Member

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    You can use different halftone settings. That looks like a large dot size. The Edge2 can go pretty fine. Try setting the halftone setting to a finer setting. The trade off is usually in gradients though. Larger dots give smoother transitions in larger printers and smaller dots will give more banding (I know, it seems a little backwards, but that's how it is.) If this is just a shade of of a color that remains constant, you should be ok though. Another option is to use a spectratone combination to get lighter shades.

    Good Luck,
     
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  6. Ricardo Gonzalez

    Ricardo Gonzalez New Member

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    Thanks Joe I will try to play with the dot size.
     
  7. WhiskeyDreamer

    WhiskeyDreamer Professional Snow Ninja

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    I almost always print with Fine Dot because it's not as "dotty," but it's a halftone, so it's going to happen.
     
  8. jfiscus

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    There are tint colors also that are thanslucent, but they'd achieve a similar effect on a fade.
     
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