Silkscreen workflow

The following steps are to be observed when setting up a silkscreen workflow next to the normal set-up procedures.

  1. Frame sizes
    Only a few frame sizes are default defined after setting up the printer. Go in the RIP to the menu File > Edit Media Sizes to add the frame sizes used (netto imageable size) and remove the frame sizes not used.
  2. Calibration
    Calibrating a silkscreen workflow has a few difference with other digital devices. Check the page about calibrating silkscreen printers.
  3. Layout
    Preparing jobs in Layout feature a palette that is by default not visible: “Screen Settings”. Chose the palette from the Window menu to make it visible.
    By default all channels are visible defined in the chosen PMM and the channels defined in the jobs added to the canvas of the Layout application.
    The halftone settings are those as defined in the PMM but can be freely changed in this palette.
    The checkbox in from of the channel indicates if the plate will be generated when the job is send. Switching it off will inhibit a plate for that channel.
  4. RIP Queue
    In the RIP it is possible to set-up dedicated queues for automatically processing jobs for silkscreen printers. During the creation of the queue select as queue type “Silkscreen”.
    This queue has in its setting the option to define additional default settings for specific channel names. They will take the halftone settings as set-up in the queue but the linearisation from the Black channel when none is defined in the PMM.
  5. Output Inspector
    The Output Inspector shows a composite view of all the plates. During the printing process the plates are printed individually.
  6. Negative plates
    Negative plates can be selected in the Silkscreen palette in Layout or in the Screening tab of the RIP Queue.
Updated on May 19, 2022

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