Specialty Printing Software and RIPs

Direct printing from Photoshop, Aperture, Lightroom, or similar applications using standard drivers is not always the best solution, because:

  • Photoshop can only print directly using manufacturers’ own printer drivers.

  • Photoshop offers no easy way to print multiple images on a single page.[167]

  • Printing black-and-white photos in color requires special settings that are not available in Photoshop.

  • If you don’t want to make individual settings for every image, you need a print server to color convert and print your work.

This is where specialty print software and RIPs come into play. These two types of software often overlap in terms of functionality.

Print Software

Dedicated print software prepares image data for printing ...

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