We often observe that the color of a picture seen on computer screens fails to match with the printed copy of the same. This more often happens in sublimation. Managing the color in sublimation is instead a difficult task. All the devices including the scanners, digital cameras, monitors and printers turn out to reproduce color differently.
In sublimation you will never witness the case of what you see is what you get. There will always be color mismanagement. The colour displayed often turns out to be different when compared to the color printed. But in between of all this, there are some basic rules which you need to follow and you are sure to get back the accuracy. Rules which you should abide by are as follows:
1) RGB V/S CMYK:
Choosing the wrong color model can turn out to be your biggest mistake as a sublimation decorator. CMYK is considered to be the ideal one color palette if you wish to get good returns. Using CMYK colors you will get the expected results on the finished item as CMYK is set of predefined color instructions. Other options are RGB can help you create exactly the same image you see on the computer screens. RGB give exceptional results and is the primary color which has now been accepted by many industries.
While undergoing the decoration process with the help of Sublimation, lot of precautions needs to be taken considering that you are working with semi-translucent dyes. It is very common to decorate White items as they are plain but the points vary significantly between different sublimation items available. Complications arrive when the garments are colored and that can significantly change your artwork. This simply states that each substrate requires different outputs to get same color results.
3) ICC Profiles:
ICC (International Color Consortium ) is a group who are responsible for defining the standard guidelines for color management in the printing world. ICC profiles are being used and followed by all monitors, scanners, printers and digital cameras. Color Profiles are quite useful using these profiles one hardware can help the other one to know the process of creating the colours by that respective device. This gives them an idea of interpretation and reproduction of the colours.
a) Colour Chart: The most basic and a necessary tool for accurate colour output is the simple colour chart. All the substrates which are in use should get the color charts printed and pressed on it so as to achieve the accuracy in the colour printing. After choosing the colour of your choice just enter the corresponding RGB number back into the graphics program. No matter what color is being displayed on the screen you are sure to achieve the desired color output.
b) RIP softwares: These types of softwares acts as a tool for all the printers which belong to professional series. It aids them the page in layout, duplication, inserting variable item etc. It is usually used as an after step in graphic designing program. RIP gives a significant amount of fine tuning. It is a process that involves printing out and pressing a color target followed by using a spectrophotometer so as to read the colors back into the program.
Many decorators have spent lot of their time in understanding the sublimation system and still not getting the color they always look for. All that can be avoided by understanding the color management. Multivision can make the sublimation process quite easy for you and can effectively do this process without any hurdles.