Real-World Training – Color Management for Wide Format Printers
MUTOH ANNOUNCES AN ALL NEW ONLINE COURSE: “Color Management for Wide Format Printers”
Most shops struggle with matching the design they see on a computer monitor with the output from their wide format printer! Well, we have the answer. MUTOH new online course on color management for wide format printers, take a practical approach to color printing. Less theory and more things you can use to get the best color possible and even match your monitor in less time! Interested in learning more?
We cover the 8 parts of color management in this 5 hour course which is great for any model printer, any design software and any RIP used in wide format printing:
- Setting up and calibrating your monitor for soft proofing,
- What you need to to do on your printer for better output,
- Understand media choices and finding, testing and using output profiles,
- EOM or third-party inks and how they affect output,
- How to set up &use Adobe, Flexi, VerteLith and Other RIPs,
- How to deal with customer files, bitmaps, PDFs and Eps issues,
- What to do to have the best printing & viewing environment in your shop,
- How YOU can become a better judge of color.
Cost: $149 lifetime access, $99 for 6 Months or $29.95/mo. cancel any time
We don’t just teach MUTOH users! We want to share our knowledge with all shops in the wide format print market. If you want to learn about topics related to wide format printing, then our online course are for you. Course range in topics from Adobe, Corel, Flexi, Media, Inks, Vehicle Wraps, and much more.
MUTOH Learning Experience subscribers receive access to ALL MUTOH course, even ew one like this! Just $19.95/mo. and you can cancel any time!
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This is a reprint of an article that can be found here. I wanted to reprint because I think every sign and print shop could benefit from this app. I use it and over about 4 weeks have made about $7. Doesn’t sound like much but I’m just one car. If you have a lots of installs and traveling or a fleet of vehicles, I highly recommend you give it a tray as it could at least offset some of the costs! BY the way it’s not just gas, its also groceries and restaurants.
Are you always looking for cheap gas in your neighborhood but end up going to the same place every time? You can find gas stations and other participating businesses near you that offer cash back with Upside (formerly GetUpside).
Editor’s note: GetUpside rebranded to Upside on April 26, 2022. This review was originally written when the app name was GetUpside. All references to GetUpside have been updated to Upside.
Everything You Need To Know About the Upside Cash Back App
Upside partners with businesses to give you cash back on everyday purchases. Most of them are gas stations, but in some areas there are restaurant, grocery and convenience store offers as well.
The program started in 2016 and continues to expand its partnerships with more cash back options. Over the years I’ve used it, Upside has added and notified me of new offers in my area.
In this article, I’ll outline the six steps you need to use Upside:
- Download the App
- Find Participating Businesses in Your Area
- Claim an Offer
- Complete Your Claimed Deal
- Upload the Receipt or Check In
- Cash Out
Step 1: Download the App
Using the Upside app is the only way to participate in this cash back program. Once you download it, create an account using your email, Apple ID, Google login or Facebook login information.
The app will also ask to access your location so that it can identify relevant deals for you.
Step 2: Find Participating Businesses in Your Area
Once you enable location services in the app, Upside will show you the deals closest to you. You can view the offers on the map or in a list.
The available categories are gas, restaurants, groceries and convenience.
These categories show you where to find participating businesses and how much cash back you will get on your purchase.
There is also a gift icon on the right side of the map screen: This is the “Free Gas Referral” section. It gives you additional rewards every time someone you refer to the app buys gas.
Step 3: Claim an Offer
It’s best to claim offers just before you make your purchase. That’s because Upside puts a timer, which typically lasts a few hours, on each offer.
Before you claim an offer, make sure to comparison shop. If the deal is for gas, use an app like GasBuddy, or take a look at local prices on Google Maps.
Comparison shopping for the lowest overall price is always a better deal. Don’t go somewhere just because it offers an incentive.
If you see an Upside deal that looks good to you, click the “Claim” button to activate the offer and start the timer.
Step 4: Complete Your Claimed Deal
To view offers that you have claimed, go to the “Claimed Offers” section of the menu in the upper left-hand corner.
This list also tells you how long you have to claim each offer. To successfully complete the deal, you need to make your purchase in the set time frame and use a credit card.
If you don’t think you’ll be able to complete the deal in the time you have left, click the “Unclaim” button in the upper right-hand corner on the offer page.
Step 5: Upload the Receipt or Check In
One of the best things about Upside is that you don’t need to enter your credit card or banking information to get cash back. Instead, you just upload the receipt from your claimed deal.
To upload your receipt and complete the deal, go to an offer you’ve claimed and click “Upload Receipt.”
Take a picture of the entire receipt and wait for Upside to scan it. After it’s finished, a checklist pops up to tell you if the app was able to read the information it needed from your receipt.
At some establishments, you can check in rather than scan your receipt. In order to use this method, you must have previously scanned receipts into the app.
Check-in enabled offers are indicated by a blue shield icon next to a deal.
To check in, claim an offer with the blue shield icon. Then make your purchase and check in on the app.
When you check in, Upside will compare the offer location to your current location. If you’ve left the offer location, you’ll have to upload the receipt instead. However, if you’re still there and your GPS is accurate, you can click “Check In” and Upside will verify your offer.
Upside verifies your purchase by comparing merchant records to the last four digits of credit cards that you have in your Upside wallet.
Upside says it never has access to your entire credit card number.
Upside says it can take up to 10 days to process the receipt and for the money to be available in your account. Each time I’ve used Upside, the cash back showed up in my account within a day. I was notified by email when my cash back had been credited.
Step 6: Cash Out!
You can take out your money by going to the menu in the app and clicking “Cash Out.”
Upside gives you the option to cash out via PayPal, your bank account or digital gift card. Some payment methods require a minimum dollar amount in order to withdraw any money from your account.
If you want to get your money via PayPal or bank account, there is a $1 service fee unless you meet the minimum withdrawal. The fee-free minimum is $15 for PayPal and $10 for a bank account. You can also eliminate this fee by referring a friend to Upside.
Digital gift cards are available only in round, pre-set dollar amounts.
The Upside app is a legitimate way to earn cash back at participating gas stations, restaurants, grocery and convenience stores. My area does not have grocery offers yet, but there are tons of gas and restaurant deals available and a few convenience store offers in the app, too. Here are a few tips and perks I enjoyed while using the Upside app:
Easy claim and upload process: Upside provides clear instructions to help you along the way.
No credit card or bank information necessary: I like that I did not need to link a credit card to participate and that I didn’t need to link a bank account to get the money out of my Upside account.
Comparison shopping: Remember that an offer on Upside might not always be the best deal for your wallet, so always comparison shop deals with other everyday prices.
Have you used Upside or another cash back program? Share in the comments!
Introducing the ultimate course on the workflow for print and cut applications using the Flexi MUTOH Edition and MUTOH VerteLith RIP.
FREE Print & Cut Course
MUTOH Printer owners will want to watch the free course with over an hour of video that will show them how to setup, design and output contour and perfcut decals. Expert mark Rugen, Director of Education for MUTOH America, will guide you through updating your VerteLith to the latest version. Then he will explain how to setup your printer and cutter and finally he will show you an example of designing a contour and perfcut application in the MUTOH Flexi Edition as well as the correct way to output that job to your MUTOH printer and cutter.
Even those of you NOT using a MUTOH printer can benefit from the design portion of this course! Of course, you’ll see why most MUTOH printers are product of the Year award winners as well!
Either way, take a look at this FREE online course.
The MUTOH Learning Experience
If there is one thing we’ve learned here at MUTOH it’s that education is at the core of success. That’s why we started The MUTOH Learning Experience. that’s the place where we have developed courses on numerous topics related to the wide format printing market.
Here is a list of just a few topics we cover:
- All About Braille ( ADA signage for profit!)
- Vehicle Wrap Mistakes
- Inkscape for new and advanced users
- Designing Vehicle Wraps in Adobe or Corel
- Soft Proofing in Adobe and Flexi – Print What you See On Your Monitor
- Wallpaper Installation for Beginners
- Overview of Common Vinyl Medias
We are not done! We are continuing to add courses each month and soon we’ll have a full vehicle wrap design and installation course! You have to check it out!
ISA 2022 is going to be like no other tradeshow. Come join me as I show attendees how to handle all the terrible customer images they get from customers in my full one hour educational seminar.
Convert low resolution images to high quality, printing images.
Remove complex backgrounds easily.
Remove unwanted object and replace them with images that match the photo.
Trace small, low-resolution images perfectly.
Color correct any image easily and perfectly.
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The New MUTOH XpertJet 1341SR Pro Product Details
The MUTOH XpertJet 1341SR Pro 54″ Eco-Solvent printer, with it’s small footprint and high-quality output, is ideally-suited for the production of vibrant graphics and signage. It is powered by MUTOH’s new genuine VerteLith™ RIP Software, bundled with FlexiDESIGNER MUTOH Edition 21, a $2,199.00 value. VerteLith RIP optimizes all of the capabilities the XPJ-1341SR Pro has to offer and produces the best-possible gradients, skin tones and vivid colors. This printer features MUTOH’s new AccuFine Print Head, which achieves best-in-class dot placement accuracy and an increased nozzle row length for higher productivity. Also included with the XPJ-1341SR Pro is i-screen optimizing technology, which reduces banding to create smoother looking images. Automated processes like Nozzle Area Select, Feed Master, DropMaster2 and Media Tracker make this printer an excellent choice when looking for an entry-level, roll-to-roll machine that balances performance and cost.
MUTOH’s genuine VerteLith RIP software bundled with FlexiDESIGNER MUTOH Edition 21 optimizes the XPJ-1341SR Pro through these key features:
• Auto-population of named Pantone coated/uncoated spot colors.
• MUTOH Clear Tone half tone technology.
• MUTOH CMYK wide color gamut ICC profile.
• Automated layout processing and printing.
• Soft proof.
• “What-you-see-is-what-you-get” RIP preview.
• FlexiDESIGNER MUTOH Edition 21.
• Tab customization.
• Color management function.
• Finishing bleed processing function.
• Printing log function.
XPJ-1341SR Pro printer features include:
• New extra-long piezo AccuFine print head increases productivity and improves the accuracy of dot placement by 20% over the previous print head.
• i-screen technology reduces banding.
• DropMaster2 automatically calibrates bi-directional alignments, saving time and reducing adjustment variations.
• Nozzle Area Select uses blocks of active nozzles to temporarily print if clogged nozzles fail to recover.
• Feed Master sensor allows for automatic feed adjustments.
• Media Tracker prints a barcode prior to removing media and when media is loaded again, recognizes the amount remaining.
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The XpertJet 1642WR Pro 64” is a high-speed dye-sublimation inkjet printer with a new platform that inherits the properties of the XpertJet series. The XPJ-1642WR Pro features new extra-wide MUTOH AccuFine print heads with best-in-class dot placement accuracy, enabling high print speeds and quality.
MUTOH’s original DH21 dye-sublimation transfer ink provides optimum media transfer, achieving high density colors with less ink consumption. Fast ink-drying times enables printing on thinner and lighter transfer papers, while excellent jetting and color stability support prolonged print times. MUTOH DH21 ink is available in a CYMK configuration in 1,000ml or 2,200ml capacity ink bags.
The XPJ-1642WR Pro delivers high-quality graphics onto a wide range of materials such as trade show graphics, flags, banners, custom interior designs, apparel, sports uniforms and more.
XPJ-1642WR Pro printer features include:
– AccuFine dual print heads.
– Feed Master.
– Media Tracker.
– Nozzle Area Select.
– DH21 dye-sublimation ink.
– Economy 66lb take-up system.
– Heavy-duty 220lb take-up system.
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- Finance for only $516/mo.