Ryonet | #PoweringThePrint
Maybe the first question that comes to your mind is, “What’s a RIP?” Most screen print designs are one or two colors, or spot color. In other words, they are created without shading or tonality. A large flat area of one color printed the same way across.
However, if you have a detailed design with shading or realistic looking effects, then you will probably have to use halftones to achieve the look you want. Halftones will help to enhance your design’s detail and depth. But halftones also require that make a few digital adjustments to your design before taking it to the press. That process, a “RIP,” is accomplished with Raster Image Processing (RIP) software.
You don’t always need to use a RIP when printing halftones though. There are two ways to create halftones that will allow you to burn and screen print them properly:
Both of these methods will give you halftones. With a bitmap, you have less control and less detail with your print. With AccuRip you have more control over details, it will look clean, and you don’t have to manually set the greyscale.
Simple right? Below we outline how to accomplish halftones with each method:
Here’s how to turn a design into a bitmap using Adobe Photoshop:
Now you have your halftones!
Then just click print and you have halftones!
Check out the video below to learn the easiest way to decide whether you should use a RIP in your design or not: