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Working With Your Colour Profile

Recently we discussed what colour profile we use to print your images (Adobe RGB 1998), and why. Here is a visual reminder that the Adobe RGB 1998 colour space encompasses a much wider range of colours than does the SRGB colour space that most images use by default.

In this diagram, the coloured area represents visible colour, and the triangles inside it represent the range of colours within each colour space. It can be seen that more colours, especially at the blue/green end, are included in the Adobe RGB (1998) colour space than are included in the SRGB colour space. ProPhoto colour is another option, but you can see here that it extends beyond visible colour space, so choosing that profile can cause other problems that are hard to deal with.

Colour Space Comparison
Colour Space Comparison

So, when we print your image, what happens to the visible colours in that image that are not part of the selected colour profile? It is hard to determine what will happen without trying it, i.e. experimenting with printing. This is why we offer custom samples, and printed colour maps.

You can, however, check which of the colours within your image are not present in your selected colour profile. To do this, in Photoshop select View, Gamut Warning from the menu. Any colours that are outside of your selected colour profile will turn grey. Select View, Gamut Warning again to turn the warning off. Here is our colour map with the Gamut Warning on:

Our Colour Map with the Gamut Warning showing (the greyed out colours are not present in the  selected Colour Profile )
Our Colour Map with the Gamut Warning showing (the greyed out colours are not present in the selected Colour Profile )

What can be done to have more control over your printed colour?

To take control of this issue, you could try changing those colours in your image that are not present in your colour profile to other colours that ARE present.

Or, just be aware that those colours that are not present in your colour profile may print in a way that you can not anticipate in advance, which is what sampling is for.

Oh, and then we print with a different, printer profile, which translates the Adobe RGB (1998) colour profile of the image to match what our printers are capable of! But luckily you do not need to worry about that.

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Printer DPI and Image and Colour Quality

Although most short run fabric printers can only print using up to 720 ink droplets per inch, at Liberty Press we use different technology and have chosen a different route: we print your fabrics with a super high quality 1440 ink droplets per inch.

This is not something you have to worry about when you place your order – whatever dpi you select to print your image at (thereby determining the scale of your image) our printer still prints it out at a super high quality 1440 ink droplets per inch.

What is better about printing at 1440dpi?

When printing at 1440dpi, the printer uses twice as many ink droplets to produce your print than if it was printed at 720dpi. This has the effect of making your printed image more clearly defined, and, most importantly, it vastly increases the range of colours that can be printed. This is because each colour can be mixed more accurately when twice as many ink droplets are being used.

Print dpi does not affect the most basic colours so much (for example our printed colour map looks the same printed using 720 or 1440 dpi), but you may find that if your image is printed using 720dpi, where that image contains a more varied range of colours they may not all be evident in your print.

Budget option – Print at 720dpi

Printing using 1440dpi takes twice as long as printing using the lower print resolutions up to 720dpi used by most short run textile printers. That is why we have decided to offer a budget fabric option for those of you for whom our super high quality 1440dpi is not a requirement.

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How We Machine Hem our Silk Scarves

How we machine hem our silk scarf edges

  1. We trim very carefully exactly around the edge of the scarf. Here is a top tip we have learned the hard way: if your scarf has a white background, put a small border around it that you can cut along because it is awfully hard to cut your scarf square by eye.
  2. Using either white or black thread according to which matches best the colours and shades of your scarf, we use a rolled hem sewing machine foot to hem along each scarf edge separately.
Silk Scarf Corner
Silk Scarf Corner
The back!
The back!

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