I am using CorelDraw X7. I am having trouble with fountain fills and transparencies. I design prints for fabrics, which are used to make Alpine Skiing race suits. The printing process is a one where the printer prints dye onto paper and then the paper is pressed at a high temperature and pressure onto the fabric; dye sublimation printing.I am creating designs and patterns using Corel Draw and using fountain fills or transparencies to blend on colour/layer into another smoothly. I set my fountain steps at 999 (maximum) and also use the smooth button to blend the colours further. The fills and transparencies look great on screen but as soon as they are printed I have lines across the blend. This is especially bad when the contrast between the two colours is great. It does not print as a smooth seamless blend of one colour into another. Can anyone help me. Thanks Dave
So the process is dye sublimation printing. Without knowing who or how it's tough to give proper advice.
Do you do the printing yourself?
If so what device?
If not printing yourself, do you know what device your provider uses?
Sawgrass devices are popular dye sub devices.
A rough suggestion would be to work in the RGB color mode, even if your given corporate identity items in CMYK or spot color convert to RGB, keep a working CorelDRAW file by renaming the file and saving as, then rasterize the entire file to an RGB image and embed a color profile, sending a TIF file for print. Keeping a vector
This will allow CorelDRAW to handle the conversions and simplify the output which is where the issue if happening.
Dave Stewart said:I set my fountain steps at 999 (maximum) and also use the smooth button to blend the colours further.
In general with dye sub devices the Drivers, Postscript or non postscript and or lower end RIPs have issues with complex files.