It typically takes many printer dots to make a single image pixel. I think it is just maybe are you unhappy with what you are producing now. You don’t have JavaScript enabled. I print on an Epson I am still confused as to what exactly this is and whether it is needed for fine art printing. Please enter a title.

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Thus, some software somewhere along the line must compute what color ink dots to put where in order to reproduce your image pixels. You don’t have JavaScript enabled.

ColorBurst RIP

Hi Srishti – thanks for the links – I’ll look into them. Is this really true? Please type your message and try again. I don’t think the value is there to buy the packaged RIP’s with the printers, as they don’t allow profiling or updating profiles, the last I checked. If you are printing to postscript on the mac the generator is the same, but your settings here might be different.

The other issue with cmyk proofing has to do with certification, which the Colorburst RIPS offer, if you really want to go through all of that as it colorbuest rather complicated and time consuming–besides, unless the person doing the oclorburst printing does it, he will find a reason the press doesn’t match it!

Whenever you print to the RIP printer, the RIP software detects the incoming data and goes to work converting the image pixels to ink color dots and ink flow instructions to the physical printer. If you have a printer with a currently supported driver and are not worried about maximum color representation for any give paper, then skip the RIP and just use the bundled driver.


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You must log in or sign up to reply here. Would save you the time and file management of an extra. Normally your printer driver does this conversion for you whenever you print.

Otherwise, you can just use the print driver.

ColorBurst Systems –

Eyedropper tool causes crashes Photoshop CS6. Your name or email address: She asked me what paper they were on and stood there with her mouth open when I told her. Do you need a rip? This content has been marked as final. Colorburst has a new RIP out for photographers and I believe you can download a 15 day trial of it.

I’ll look a little more carefully at colorburxt Postscript options when outputting. I haven’t looked at the features of Overdrive, so I don’t know if it has the ability to make custom profiles or to re-linearize any given profile.

I haven’t used X-proof, but I would be surprised if there isn’t instructions or a manual download that is available. Although I really like the output of the ABW driver, QTR is a much more flexible solution for colorurst printing and is more archival too less prone to differential fading.

Also, some older printers Epson and come to mind no longer have Epson supported OS drivers and must rely on an aftermarket RIP to remain functional these days. The RIP has such a fine screen that you have to feed it files at around the dpi level a little lower maybe or it will actually print the pixels, unlike the print drivers that will allow fairly low dpi prints to be printed without the same issue.

Like any new software, it might be a bit confusing at first, so take a few days to get used to it. I am not saying that the standard drivers don’t produce good results, I just know that on both of my printers that the RIP produces better prints. Andrew, I understand that for proofing, in the sense of perfect alignment with the final offset print, you will need an colorburt RIP.


The latter keeps things consistent over the life of your printer, as it wears and its characteristics may change or inks change–also not complicated once you do it a couple of times.

A friend, who uses the Colorvurst drivers came over and was eip at several large work prints I made on a paper she has used a cheaper paper I use for proofing those larger files before I commit them to my fine art paper. It typically takes many printer dots to colorbusrt a single image pixel. She had never gotten results she liked with clorburst paper and couldn’t stop walking around looking at them and the crisp details she felt were lacking in her own results.

No one needs a rip, except as maybe suggested by those above, but the reality is that all of the fine art printers I know use them. It is called Overdrive and uses the paper manufacturer’s own RGB profiles.

I just create Tiff files of the image I want to print and drag and drop them into the print queue of the rip.