[How to] Window film

window film

Model: CJV150 Series, CFL-605RT
Ink set: SS21 [C,M,Y,K,Lc,Or,W,W]

1. Data creation

Using the design creation software Illustrator, with its plug-in cutting software [FineCut], create a Print & Cut  EPS-format document.

1.1. Create your desired design using Illustrator


Size and color etc. can be modified at this operation.

1.2. Once your design is completed, create a cutting line around your design using [FineCut] and its [Frame Extraction] option.

*The image shows the FineCut8 setting screen.

It is also possible to create your own cutting lines without [FineCut] tool (settings: color: black; width: 0.001mm) for files without an anchor point (JPEG, TIFF).

FineCut8: Frame Extraction

1.3. After setting the cutting lines, set the Register Marks using [FineCut].

What is the Register Mark ?
The Register Mark is for setting the final layout of the printing and necessary to correctly position the printing during the cutting process.

FineCut8:Register Mark Creation

Figure: setting the Register marks with FineCut8

1.4. Save the data as an EPS file

Make sure to save the data by EPS.

2. Print the data

Using Mimaki RIP Software [Rasterlink], create the necessary printing plates.

*The image shows the RasterLink6 setting screen.

2.1. After starting [RasterLink], open your EPS data by selecting [Open] from the [File] menu.

RasterLink6: Open File

2.2. Create a special color plate (White layer in this case) for your data using the [Special Plate] function.

[Special Color]
Ink: White
White: 100%
[Create area]
Valid Pixel

RasterLink6: Layer 

2.3. Duplicate your color plate (Color layer in this case) by selecting [Duplication]

RasterLink6 :Duplication

2.4. Then, using the [Composition] function, select the output order :
Color [3]
White [2]
Color [1]

RasterLink6: Composition

3-layer print

Having a white layer between the two colors plate give more vivid colors and a nicer appearance in front of the window but also from behind. Without the white layer, the colors appear lighter.

Set the printing conditions before printing

2.5. Set the printing condition and the position on the [General Print] screen

There is no special settings required.
*Note: the printing time gets longer when increasing the printing resolution and/or the number of passes.

RasterLink6: Edit the data ([General Print] button)

2.6. Print

During printing, keep the heater ON for sufficient drying.
When the printing process is completed, the printed film needs to be left to dry completely. If it is touched before drying, the print might be spoiled.

*Laminating after printing is recommended for outdoor applications.

RsterLink6: Execution

3. Cutting the data

Cut the data using a [CFL-605RT] flatbed cutting plotter.
[CG-FXII Plus Series], [CG-AR Series], [CJV150 Series], [CJV330 Series], [UCJV300 Series] can also be used for this operation.

Set the printed film on the [CFL-605RT] cutting plotter

3.1. Set the film on the table of the cutting plotter

Use the vacuum function to keep the film pressed well against the table.

Set the media to [CFL-605RT].

3.2. Use the sensor to set the position of the left-below printed register mark

Adjust the light pointer inside the corner of the register mark.

Set the red pointer inside the corner of the register mark to recognize it.

3.3. When the register mark is detected, select the [Remote] mode

Select the [Remote] mode

When the data is ready, start cutting !

3.4. Connect the cutting plotter to the PC by USB and open your data in Illustrator.


3.5. Hide every layer except the cutting lines and the register marks layers

Click on the eye symbol in the layer menu to close the eye to hide a layer.

3.6. After selecting all cutting lines and registered marks, click on the [Plot] button to open [FineCut] cutting menu

FineCut8: Output Conditions Set-up

Be sure to set the data like they are positioned on the cutting table.

3.7. Click on the [Register Mark] tab and select [Detect Mark] to detect the register marks

FineCut8: Detect Mark

3.8. Click the [Plot] button to start cutting !

FineCut8: Plot

3.9. The window film is ready to be used !

Fully cut and completed.

4. Apply the film to the desired window or glass

Let's apply our original film on a window !


4.1. Clean the window with alcohol and spritz the glass with the spraying solution

Fingerprints or oily traces remaining on the glass might prevent a good film application.

Cover the floor with towels to protect it from the water.

Clean well the glass.

4.2. Remove the protection layer on the window film and spritz thoroughly the surface of the film, as well as the surface of the window

Moisten by the spraying.

4.3. Carefully apply the film

The film position can be modified as long as both the film and the window are still wet.

Apply the film.

4.4. Remove the surplus water and the air bubbles between the film and the surface of the glass using the squeegee

Remove the water and air from the center to the sides of the film.

4.5. Wipe out the water to finish !

The window film offers a nice appearance from both sides of the window thanks to the white layer.

View from the application side / opposite side

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