Adobe has been transforming the world of printing and graphic design since the 1980s. Be it for large or for small format applications, Adobe’s wide-ranging portfolio has played a critical role in the evolution of printing industries, including textiles. In the last two decades, the textile printing market has evolved following the emergence of inkjet technology and Adobe’s design-to-manufacture workflow. This end-to-end workflow comprises of the Adobe PDF Print Engine, Adobe PDF and various creative software solutions, including Photoshop and Illustrator. It is inspiring not only textile print mills, print service providers and OEMs that produce digital textile devices and digital front ends, but also brands, converters and textile designers across the digital textile printing landscape.
Adobe invented the Portable Document Format (PDF) to present and exchange documents reliably. Adobe PDFs look exactly as it were intended to and preserve all the data in the original file format even when colour, artwork, mixed content, metadata and more are combined in a single file. PDF is the most trusted file format for printing around the world and it is increasingly popular in all digital textile printing workflows.
Adobe’s market-leading print solution, the PDF Print Engine, continues to answer to the growing needs of the inkjet textile printing market. Competing with analogue processes in terms of speed and cost per square metre has been a long-term ambition of digital textile printing OEMs and so far, PDF Print Engine (RIP software) has been a weapon that the industry has used to its advantage. The technology has been a triumph and it has directly improved the performance and efficiency of both low and high-volume inkjet textile printers. PDF Print Engine can reproduce prints of any colour, size or gradient, particularly when paired with Adobe PDF because it employs the same core technologies as in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat. Everyone benefits when the end-to-end design-to-manufacture workflow employs the same core technology at every stage, from design to approval to final output.