Aﬀects Version/s: Available from nS 9.0.X to 10.0
When installing and running neoStampa for the first time on your computer, you need to install a printer driver first. To do this, click on 'Yes' in the dialog box that asks you to do so when the program starts, otherwise it will close.
Once the 'Printer configuration' window is opened, click on 'Add...'. Select your printer brand from the list of manufacturers, then the model from the list on the right.
The selected driver will define the default connection type. In most cases, it is TCP / IP for these types of printers. Click on 'Options' to configure in neoStampa the IP address that appears in the menu of your printer after connecting it to the local network.
Perform a connection test using the 'Test' button.
A calibration must be done for each required resolution and alignment.
The first step is to determine the opacity of the ink under the specific plotted conditions of the calibration.
Open a blank job (File / New) in neoStampa in 'Separation Printing' mode.
Create a K color mode printing scheme at the required resolution ('Quality') from the default color setting ('None'). In the 'Ink' tab, check that the 'Ink Usage' is 100% and save it.
Below is an example of a density chart. (Attached file. If you don't have one, you can contact Inèdit Software.)
Open the density chart file within the open blank job with the previously saved color settings. To do this, go to the 'File / Insert' menu and double-click on the file. A pop-up window ('Photoliths Separation') will open to set the screen ruling and angle for each target color. Please select 'None' and enable only Black in this case as it is only about calibration.
Measure the most saturated patches on the chart with the densitometer to determine the black ink limit. Those in which the density value of 100% is repeated should be excluded so that the limit will be the first one that appears in ascending order. Open the 'Printer Scheme Manager' and go to the 'Ink' tab. Under 'Ink Usage', make the cut corresponding to the preset value for that patch and save it.
With this, the opacity of the ink for the chart printing result would already be determined.
Go back to the print preview and double-click on the density chart. Apply the ordered pattern and print it again. The amounts of ink in each patch will be totally different from those previously obtained, which makes this step essential.
Once printed, double-click the image preview in neoStampa to open the separations window. Check the 'Linearize black ink' box and click on 'Edit'. The window will open to configure the curve from the densitometer readings, which must be entered in this way:
Input: Value obtained from reading with the densitometer.
Output: Predefined percentage value in the patch that has been measured.
Validate each point you create on the curve to move on to the next. Give the curve a name and click on 'Ok' to save it when exiting the window.
In the separations window, check the box 'Linearize black ink' and select the curve you have just created from the drop-down menu next to it.
Print the density chart again and measure it to verify that the density values entered on the curve coincide this time with those indicated on the densitometer. If so, the calibration can be terminated.