Diluent is a product that makes ink penetration easier. It is used in printing of silk scarves, carpets, upholstery and advertising banners.


Calibration is started normally and the moment we get to Color Mode diluent must be entered in the inkset and set in Mask.


Do not change anything so far and move to print the calibration Step 1 chart. Intensity should be set as the patch in the ink limit chart which does not require diluent. From that point more and more diluent is applied up to 100%.


As a start leave Minimum at 0%, it is possible to turn it up later on if the penetration of colors with more ink is not enough. Leave the Fill white pixels checkbox unflagged to avoid bleeding out problems and not waste product. When no Minimum is set the sum of ink plus diluent equals always the Intensity value.


Intensity=Ink limit=300, Min=0, Don’t fill white pixels

Ink

300

275

250

225

200

175

150

125

100

75

50

25

0

Diluent

0

25

50

75

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

0


Intensity=200, Ink limit=300, Min=0, Don’t fill white pixels

Ink

300

275

250

225

200

175

150

125

100

75

50

25

0

Diluent

0

0

0

0

0

25

50

75

100

100

100

100

0


Intensity=200, Ink limit=300, Min=20, Don’t fill white pixels

Ink

280

275

250

225

200

175

150

125

100

75

50

25

0

Diluent

20

20

20

20

20

25

50

75

100

100

100

100

0


Since a Minimum value was set in the table right above, ink amount can be modified so that the sum of ink plus diluent is never higher than the ink limit.

If colours with more ink didn’t show enough penetration a Minimum Value should be set as per the color patch in the ink limit chart where ink amount shows the less penetration needed.


Once the profiling chart is printed out watch the penetration degree in the garment back is as wanted. Colors with more ink take less diluent, which may cause less penetration. On the other hand, colors with less ink take more diluent, which may cause dullness.


Have in mind that any change in diluent parameters takes a re-calibration from Step 2 printing.