How IC-Split Works.
Forever IC-Split was created specifically for use with garment decoration. It analyzes image files and tiles them according to the color content. The image separation differs depending on whether you’re going to apply it on a dark or light garment. And it allows for a wide area of overlap in order to hide the tiles for a seamless transfer. And it does all of that in five mouse clicks. That’s the general overview. Here’s a step by step summary of the process.
- Download the Forever IC-Split Software.
- Open IC-Split and browse to an image file. Double-click on the file to add it to the IC-Split workspace. The application supports .png and .tiff files.
- Determine the desired transfer size (ie. 11 x 17). Rotate the image in the preview window to maximize the tile sizes and make optimal use of the work space.
- Use the tile border sliders to preview sizes of tiles. Because each page size is displayed as you slide the borders, you can make sure each tile fits on a sheet of transfer paper. The borders overlap. The larger the overlap area, the less visible the seam will be.
- Click the Split button. A pop-up window asks if the image will be applied to a light or dark surface (Fig 1). This determines where IC-Split places the seams.
- If preview looks okay, save as. If not, click revert, adjust the sliders and try again. Some images are easier to split than others.
- Save as a multiple page PDF or a pair of png files. If you choose the png, IC-Split creates two versions of the file labeled L and R (left and right). PDF is simpler because you only have to import one file into TransferRIP, but the .PNG option has an advantage.
- If you’re working with a complex image, it’s a good idea to open the files in Photoshop or some other graphic design application and position them to make sure the seams match. This is the advantage of the .PNG option. You can manipulate the tiles separately and do a ‘soft proof’ to verify alignment before committing to A Foil.
- If your tiles align properly, you’re good to go. Open TransferRIP, add the PDF or .PNG files, and process them as you would normally. There are a few other wrinkles in the application process.