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At 06:05 PM 8/27/99 +1000, Dale Weedman wrote: >Can anyone help as to where I should go to obtain more understanding. What >do they do? Advantages of use? How does one use a RIP? Dale, I'll let some of the experts here fill in the major details of your question. I don't use a RIP, and I suspect that many others on this list don't use one either. (But then again, many do!) I've worked with a couple of RIPs, and decided against their use, at least for now. If you're simply printing photos, or scans of artwork, and if you're mostly happy with the results you're getting now, you probably don't need a RIP. If you're printing on one of the newer 6-color Epsons (eg., Stylus Photo, 700, 750, 1200, etc.) then you will have a hard time finding a RIP for your printer, in any case. And even if you do find one, you may be a) disappointed with its output quality, and b) rudely amazed by its price. The pros on this group are using RIPs for a number of purposes, but one of the more devious of these is to circumvent the Epson print driver, so that they can hand-tune the CMYK components of the images they're printing. They do this for any number of reasons -- to get deeper blacks, or to optimize the printing of a certain range of colors, etc.) This is no trivial task, even once you've acquired an appropriate RIP for your printer. rafe b. - Please do not include an entire message in your response. Delete the excess. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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