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Signlab Changes Colors

Discussion in 'Signlab' started by Steve Prince, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. Steve Prince

    Steve Prince Member

    Feb 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA
    When I render to bitmap the color changes.

    Thanks for any ideas as to why?

    Setings: Color management - Roland VersaWorks US
    SignLab 9.1

    Superfast SIgns
  2. shoresigns

    shoresigns Very Active Member

    Nov 1, 2011
    Vancouver, BC
    The colour changes on your screen? Or the printed colour changes?

    If it changes on your screen, I would suggest opening a support ticket or bug report with SignLab so they can fix the problem.

    If it changes the printed colour, it's because Versaworks processes vectors and raster separately, so you need to ensure that you're using the same settings for both. Here's a doc from Roland that explains it.
    http://support.rolanddga.com/Docs/Documents/departments/Technical Services/Manuals and Guides/Color_Management_Presets_in_Roland_VersaWorks.pdf

    EDIT: it could also just be that you're rasterizing something that has a spot colour in it. That could potentially change how it looks on screen and would more than likely change how it prints.
  3. OPENSignsInc.

    OPENSignsInc. Member

    Aug 23, 2015
    Greenville, PA
    Been using signlab since 6.0 (8, 8.1,9) and am now using 9.1 for edge2 and 10 for our mimakis.

    It's a vicious circle, but the problem probably lies in the profiles/calibration of your monitor & signlab.

    Signlab uses different profiles for bitmaps (even rgb & cmyk are different) and vectors and both need to be calibrated to your monitor (you will need a calibration device like x-rite, spyder, etc.) and usually just defaults to a generic rgb profiles for both. This gets even more complicated when you try calibrating your monitor to your printer, as now you're dealing with 2 different types of light (subtractive rgb vs additive cmyk).

    Another issue is that signlab still can't render cmyk/spot color vectors into cmyk bitmaps(only grayscale or up to full color rgb) nor can it edit the cmyk bitmaps either.

    You'll also have to keep in mind that these values change (ever so slightly) over time as your monitor and printer wear out.
  4. heyskull

    heyskull Very Active Member

    Sep 2, 2007
    One of the main reasons why I don't use Signlab for Printing.
    The built in RIP is way to complex and expects you to tweek and make your own profiles.
    Most RIPs have a generic set of profiles that will come close to printing decent matches, sadly you will spend months getting it almost right and then print one colour and it is way off.
    Buy another RIP and ignore Signlabs.


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