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    Does anyone have feedback/suggestions about 1 bit tiff rips for large format Screen Printing direct to screen?

    We currently use Harlequin, and it's ok, but I would really like a better FM dot than HDS.

    Anyone using anything else? If so, how do you like it?

  • #2
    You can also try their HXM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Joseph Donahue View Post
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      We currently use Harlequin, and it's ok, but I would really like a better FM dot than HDS.
      What don't you like about their FM dots?


      Originally posted by zombie View Post
      You can also try their HXM.
      HXM is AM screening from 5%-95%.

      best, gordo
      Last edited by gordo; 10-24-2012, 12:38 PM.

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      • #4
        Well, it has a repeating pattern, (which isn't a deal killer, as we use it for yellow only) but I think the "worm" pattern is a little tough to keep from bleeding on a screen print. Also, there isn't a lot of flexibility as far as micron size. We are planning to upgrade to a 1270 dpi device, and we'll need the "double dot" plug in to get a pattern coarse enough to screen print cleanly. Finally, (this falls under the category of "pet peeve") it's a little annoying that you have to set up separate page setups and hot folders to get a halftone cmk/stochastic yellow combination.

        I've seen output from other rips (Esko, ColorGate, even Wasatch) that have really nice random FM patterning, but they have drawbacks as well (i.e. price, speed, flexibility, etc.). That's why I threw the question out there. I've never really been in love with Harlequin, but I haven't found anything that screams "better mouse trap".

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        • #5
          Drawbacks aside, you might find that the licensing for FM screening options is significantly more expensive compared to HDS, let alone the cost of the RIP.

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          • #6
            You may want to test the new digital modulation screenings for harlequin instead.

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            • #7
              Why are you using FM for the Yellow?

              best, gordo

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              • #8
                Originally posted by gordo View Post
                Why are you using FM for the Yellow?

                best, gordo
                It's fairly common to print the Yellow in FM to help avoid moire. Unlike offset you have to fight lpi to screen mesh issues. You can't run the lpi angle in parallel with the mesh.

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                • #9
                  Also, with screen printing, "pile height" is an issue. Since the ink tends to be like paint, and sit on top of the substrate, rather than soak in, the yellow can create a moire against the other colors as they tend to fill in the low spots between dots.

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                  • #10
                    I've read a little about it and emailed back and forth with a rep. It looks pretty interesting, but the rep seemed to think it wasn't a good fit for resolutions as coarse as we require. I'm not sure why though.

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                    • #11
                      Hello,

                      You could take a look at Studiorip, it offers wide options of screening solutions, Hybrid comes as standard, FM, with control of dots sizes, shapes etc, which should the control you want in your screen printing situation.

                      Regards,

                      Rolf
                      Studiorip.co.uk


                      Originally posted by Joseph Donahue View Post
                      Does anyone have feedback/suggestions about 1 bit tiff rips for large format Screen Printing direct to screen?

                      We currently use Harlequin, and it's ok, but I would really like a better FM dot than HDS.

                      Anyone using anything else? If so, how do you like it?

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                      • #12
                        +1 for StudioRIP. By configuring it correctly it works well for screen printing, offset or flexo.

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                        • #13
                          We have a Luscher Jet Screen, we are also using Harlequin also. Not the best but it gets the job done. We print 63, 85 and 133 line. One 63 and 85 our yellow is FM, Super C. We are running 390 mesh

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                          • #14
                            "Also, with screen printing, "pile height" is an issue" indeed! That is why it is important to clean the screen after so that it won't cause stain.
                            Last edited by heidythompson; 11-29-2012, 03:17 AM.
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