Print quality vs ink usage

wwpro

Member
hi there

Printing a banner for a birthday party, and playing with versaworks settings I came across the fact that my VW does not display the ink consumption for each job in the Preview Window, and I'm up to date with the program (4.6.0).
I find a way to check the ink usage going to the menu View > JobLog and there I can see the amount of ink to be used when the job went through the RIP.

Now to the question ... I've been printing a few banners in high speed mode with good results, and while checking the ink usage I can see that for this particular case it uses less ink in standard mode than in high speed .... 15.38cc standard and 15.48cc in High, what's the deal here ? All this using the same file and profile, also compared using Pre-press US and Sign&Display.

Any info would be appreciated, that would help me to keep learning more about how RIP works

take care
 

jasonx

Very Active Member
I'd guess you have higher ink limits set for the high speed versus standard quality.

Different quality modes does not equal the same profile. There would be a separate ICC generated for each print mode. They are just grouped under one 'profile' to make it easier for the end user.
 

wwpro

Member
you're right, seems like the same profile but it isn't. Need to read up about ink limits, because that's also new to me
 

jasonx

Very Active Member
Each print mode is actually a different profile. In versaworks and other rips they group the profiles by media to make it easier for the end user.

When you select generic vinyl 1 that isnt the profile thats the media. When you select high quality or standard quality its selecting a different profile with different ink limits.

Hope that clears it up.
 

wwpro

Member
yep, it is, thanks a lot. I realized why I was wrong as soon as started to read your post, but still need to read about ink limits :)
 
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