Supported Printer: Epson Stylus Pro 3800,3880, 4800,4880,4900 & Epson SureColor P800, P906, P5070
- Mirage single seat license
- Using the software Mirage 5 on one Computer.
- Requires an active account on the Mirage license server and a connection to the Internet.
- Additional workstations
- If you want to use Mirage 5 on more than one computer at the same time, you will need additional workstations.
Get a first taste of what Mirage 5 has to offer.
1. Print templates
2. Template Editor
3. Free layout of files on the spread
4. Clear program interface
5. Improved print preview
6. File & Templates browser
7. Multiple print jobs at the same time
8. “Undo/Redo” function
9. Improved handling/placement of embedded logos
10. New tools for image editing
11. New print mode “Only Black Ink”
12. Settings option “Simulation”
13. Additional print marks
14. Support for current operating systems
1) Print templates
Templates are elements designed specifically to be filled with images. Templates contain slots. A slot is a square area in which an image can be placed. The images can be freely rotated and placed within the slots. Slots can overlap in part or in full, and be sorted in their position upwards or downwards as required.
Each slot is automatically assigned a number. Slots can be automatically filled with images in the Template’s browser as required. The same number can be assigned to multiple slots. If there are multiple slots with the same number and an image is dragged into one of these slots, all slots with the same number
will be automatically filled with the same image – ideal, for example, for passport and application photos.
“Masks” give users a number of image design options.
Masks are pixel or vector images that describe which parts of the slots will be printed. Of course, print layouts you create yourself can be converted
into “templates” and saved.
Mirage 5 features a number of different templates.
2) Template Editor
You can use the newly developed Template Editor to design your own creative and labor-saving print templates. Mirage’s ingenious operating concept
– with functions specially designed for creating templates – is naturally reflected in the Template Editor.
Here are a few examples of the functions:
In addition to the monochrome backgrounds, the settings for the “Template Background” allow you to select your own image files as a background.
You can edit the size and layout of the slots in the “Slot Frame” settings option. Select the slot you want to edit in order to adjust the slot frame.
You can use the “Slot Image Scale” settings to specify how the image files are scaled when inserted into the slot, e.g., proportional filling, etc.
You can use the “Slot Mask” settings to insert individual masks for every slot.
Click on the info button in the settings options or refer to the manual for more information on the settings options.
3. Free layout of files on the spread
In Mirage 5, images can now be freely and independently moved around/arranged on the spread. Because images can overlap, there are many new design options available to you,
allowing you, for example, to create collages and much more. This is particularly useful when designing multipage documents (photo albums, etc.). There are no limits to your creativity.
“Layouts” created in this way can be converted into a template – with a simple click – and used again at any time.
4. Clear program interface
We have tidied up Mirage. The new program interface of Mirage 5 renders the previous window “Drop Files Here” superfluous. Simply drag your files to the “Print Preview” area of the Mirage window. The revised menu bar properly organizes all functions into groups. The “Mirage Job Archive” has also been integrated here. As a result, the previously independent program for managing
previous print jobs is no longer required. Changes to the settings dialog, e.g., adjustment/positioning of images, can now also be undone step by step as required. For instance, if you want to remove all files from the Mirage window without closing Mirage itself, you can use the menu item “File ⇒ Start Over”. As a result, not only are all copies removed from the printable area, but also all loaded documents.
5) Improved print preview
The clear print preview now always shows all print pages beside each other in a scrollable area. You can use the buttons “<<”, “<”, “>”, “>>” to move forward or back or to the start/end of the pages.
6) File & Templates browser
The File & Templates browser offers a much improved overview of uploaded image files and new templates. You can select, place, search, and change image files in the preview size as required. In addition, the “Filter” function offers a quick search, e.g., according to “already placed”, “not placed”, “portrait”, “landscape”, etc. Further images or templates can be placed into the printable area via drag and drop.
7) Multiple print jobs at the same time
With Mirage 5, for the first time, you can create as many print j obs as you want and prepare them separately. You can create a new print job via “File –> New” in the menu bar. Of course, you can also delete jobs that you have started, or that have already been printed. The new flexibility allows you to “pause” more complex jobs during t heir preparation in order to quickly print another file “in the meantime”.
8) “Undo/Redo” function
The last changes applied (e.g., in the settings dialog or by manually moving an image in the layout) can be undone as required. To this end, use the corresponding entries in the“ Edit” menu or the standard keyboard shortcuts (e.g.,“ Ctrl Z” & “Shift Ctrl Z”). Once a print job is sent, the “Print” button changes to “Print Again” provided that no changes have been made.
9) Improved handling/placement of embedded logos
If you want to integrate your own logos into print files, you can scale and freely move the logos in the print and page preview simply using your mouse. To this end, place the cursor over a manually embedded logo in order to display/use the corresponding “handles”.
10) New tools for image editing
There is a new panel under the “Photo” tab if you want to apply Gaussian “blurring” to images.
Please use the “Pixel-Exact Preview” to properly assess the strength of the effect.
The new panel is located under the “Extra” tab. Images can be printed with a drop shadow. You can choose the color of the shadow using a color chooser or pipet (as with colored borders). The drop shadow parameters can be set using sliders:
• Direction (in degrees, relative to the rotated image, i.e., the alignment of the shadow stays the
same even if the image is printed with rotation)
• Softness of the shadow
• Offset between shadow and image
11) New print mode “Only Black Ink”
Some printer models offer a “Black” print mode. When you use this mode, only black ink (no gray ink) is used in the print job. This mode is only available with certain printer models and with certain paper/ink combinations.
12) Settings option “Simulation”
For special applications, experienced users may want to be able to simulate on their printer how the print will look on another printer, for example. This “proofing” function, as it is known, is now a component of all Mirage 5 versions. The “Simulation” settings option can be found under the “Extra” tab. You can select all CMYK profiles available on your system as simulation profiles.
13) Additional print marks
In the “Print Marks” settings menu, you have the option of moving crop marks “inwards” via “Inset…” to help prevent white overlaps. In the new menu “Page Print Marks”, Mirage 5 allows you to create marks for the entire spread in addition to the usual print marks (crop marks per image, etc.). If, for example, two images are placed on the spread, then the new page print marks, will be placed precisely around these two images. Of course, the gaps to the image can be set according to individual requirements.
The settings option “Page Print Marks” is hidden by default and can be made visible by right-clicking on the settings groups.
14) Support for current operating systems
Mirage 5 supports current operating systems such as macOS 13 (Ventura), Windows 11, and Adobe CC 2023. To install Mirage 5, your computer must run on Windows 10 or macOS High Sierra at minimum. For more information on Mirage 5 and affordable upgrades from Mirage 4 to the current version, please visit our website: dinax.com
Important note: Support for Mirage 4.x will end on 12/31/2023!
What does Mirage do?
Mirage sets milestones, defining new levels in print quality, ease of use and productivity. The intuitive user interface enables you to work fast and efficiently as a native plug-in Mirage offers everything, as it should be; smooth and perfectly scaled gradients, fonts and embedded vector graphics.
Who can use Mirage?
Mirage is developed, optimised and used by photographers, fine art printers, print service providers, graphic designers, marketing agencies, layout designers, packaging designers and professional amateurs. Mirage offers professional and “Prosumer” functionality, all at a cost-effective price point.
Real performance, no hidden costs
The intuitive Mirage user-interface enables you to work fast and efficiently. As native plug-in Mirage offers everything, as it should be: smooth and perfectly scaled gradients, fonts and embedded vector graphics. Mirage comes as plug-in for: Adobe™ Photoshop™, Adobe™ Photoshop™ Elements, Adobe™ InDesign™, Adobe™ Illustrator™ and Adobe ™ Lightroom or as a stand-alone droplet based application.
There are no hidden costs for different printer sizes; Mirage allows printing to multiple printers at the same time. Last but not least; We offer a very fair price policy when it comes to upgrades and cross-grades. Mirage‘s modular extensions are a cost-effective approach to expanding its functionality.
Perfect print quality – fast and efficient
Work faster and more efficiently with the most advanced professional print-plug-in for Adobe™ Photoshop™, Illustrator™, InDesign™ or Photoshop™ Elements. In addition, the Mirage Stand-Alone application allows printing of native PDF, JPEG and TIFF files without any host application being required. Simply drag PDF, JPEG or TIFF files or folders with mixed content of supported file formats to the Mirage application ‘Droplet’ icon and the intuitive Mirage user interface opens instantly. All media and printer specific settings can be stored, enabling a simple way to handle multiple workflows and printing environments. Mirage makes printing easy and secure by displaying the clear alignment of all necessary printing settings in one window. Press the “Print” button and thanks to the MZTP™ Technology*, your print will start within seconds. The Mirage Stand-Alone application is part of
all Mirage versions.
Manage your Print Jobs
The Mirage Jobs-Archive enables you to manage already processed jobs perfectly. By simply pressing the Print button, all Jobs stored within the archive can be printed again at any time.
The Mirage Jobs Archive is ideal not only for an uncomplicated reprint, for example of editions of your works, it also allows you, as a Print Service Provider, to make test prints for customers and recreate those prints after his final approval in any quantity requested.
See what Mirage can do for you
1. Image editing directly in Mirage
2. User-friendly settings dialog
3. Adjustment of image sharpness
4. Full 16-bit support of print data
5. The new “Loupe” zoom function
6. Pixel-accurate print preview
7. Support of Photoshop filters
8. Faster print preview
9. Real 64-bit structure even on Mac
10. Improved workflow for droplets
11. Optimized print dialog
12. Support of additional PRO add-on measurement modes
13. Chroma Optimizer selection for Canon PRO printers
14. Loading of custom media
15. Full support of LAB color space
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1) Image Editing Directly in Mirage
Image editing in Mirage can be especially helpful if you open Mirage as a standalone program and therefore do not have access to the image editing functions in Photoshop or Lightroom, for example. All image edits you do in Mirage are non-destructive, i.e. they can be undone at any time and do not change the actual files. Another important advantage of editing images in Mirage is that the setting can be automated using droplets” or “stored settings.” More information on this can be found in the manual.
The following functions are just some of those available:
“Auto Color” adjusts the RGB values to a level that appears optimal for all images. This will not result in color shifts.
“Auto Contrast” adjusts the RGB values separately in order to produce an optimal value spread for each of the three channels. This may result in color shifts. There are also other configuration options for exposure, brightness/contrast, saturation/hue, sepia, and white balance.
You can find the new image editing options in the “Photo” menu of the print dialog.
2) User-Friendly Settings Dialog
Mirage is now even more user-friendly! All of the settings in the print dialog have been divided into three logical configuration groups. The most common print settings, such as the paper source and image size, placement on the print medium, and print markings, can be found in the “Basic” tab. The “Extra” tab contains more specific, but more rarely used settings like “Crop,” “Logo Overlay,” and “Tiles” as well as print job management. The “Photo” menu provides all of the new image editing settings.
3) Adjustment of Image Sharpness
Mirage now provides the option of adjusting image sharpness immediately before printing. This filter works like the “Unsharp Mask” filter in Photoshop and is a powerful tool. You can find the option for adjusting sharpness in the “Photo” menu of the print dialog. What do the individual settings mean? The “Radius” controller determines how many pixels around a particular pixel are analyzed. The “Threshold” controller defines a percentage from which differences to neighboring pixels are detected. The contrast is increased for all detected pixels. As a result, bright pixels become a little brighter, and dark pixels a little darker. The “Amount” controller determines how much contrast is added, based on the two previously defined values.
4) Full 16-Bit Support of Print Data
Mirage 4 internally uses a completely new image data calculation with full (end-to-end) 16-bit support. Even 8-bit image files can be processed at 16-bit precision. The printer receives the final print data at the maximum possible precision. The desired bit depth can be set in the “Settings…” menu under “Advanced.” This setting is not stored with the print job and can therefore be changed at a later point – in the Job Archive, for example – if a print job needs to be printed again. In the paper selection menu, “with” indicates which image data calculation your printer is using on the medium.
5) The “Loupe” Zoom Function
You can use the “Loupe” to view a pixel-accurate print preview at any time, even in the actual print preview, for example. The loupe zooms in to show the actual pixel-accurate print size, regardless of the display size in the Mirage window.
This zoom to 100% of the print data enables optimal control of the sharpness, resolution, and image depth of the actual print. The area shown in the loupe also contains the effects of any image editing done in Mirage. (See section 1, 3, and 7.)
6) Pixel-Accurate Print Preview
The new “Pixel-Accurate Preview” shows an actual print resolution, including all of the applied image and color management settings.
7) Support of Photoshop Filters
Mirage 4 allows for the use of Photoshop filters (tested with Google© Nik filters, for example). To apply the filters, go to the Mirage print dialog and select “Photo” and then “Filter.” Then simply choose the filter and click on “Apply Selected Filter” to activate it.
While filters in Photoshop can only ever be applied to one image, Mirage allows you to apply the filters to multiple images. The filters you select are always applied to the files loaded in Mirage which you selected.
If you choose “Show for a selected document” the filter dialog is opened one time for one file and then applied to the previously selected files. Selecting “Show for each selected document” opens the filter dialog for every file but not for copies of the files. Selecting “Show for each selected copy” opens the filter dialog for all files, even copies.
Tip: Variations of the same image can be given different filter settings. “Don’t show”: If a stored filter setting is selected, filters are applied without the filter dialog being opened. Please note: In the case of filters that cannot be automated in Photoshop, Mirage will only display the option “Show for each selected document”, as these filter settings cannot be saved. As with all other functions, Photoshop filters can also be used as a “Stored Setting” for automatic processes. This allows several filters to be applied in sequence, for example, even during automatic processes.
8) Faster Print Preview
Thanks to OpenGL support, image editing functions are displayed more quickly. Naturally your computer must support OpenGL.
9) Real 64-Bit Structure Even on Mac
Both the “standalone” Mirage program and the Mirage plug-ins are native 64-bit applications. This significantly improves the simultaneous opening of many files or exceptionally large files.
10) Improved Workflow for Droplets
Droplets enable automated workflows. If you have generated a droplet and then drag files to a droplet while the print dialog is already open, the droplet settings are then automatically applied to the new files. If the printer and paper, for example, are already stored in the droplet, these saved settings are applied and the previously selected settings are overwritten.
Our tip: Droplets created in Mirage 3 can also be used in Mirage 4 (by double-clicking). More information on droplets can be found in the manual.
11) Optimized Print Dialog
Printers or new media can now be added directly in the main window if desired. The “on” selection menu now shows a submenu containing the loaded medium. Since some paper types are unfortunately given the same media ID by the printer manufacturers in some cases, several media are sometimes displayed for selection at this point. Please choose which medium is loaded. If the medium selected in Mirage differs from the medium loaded in the printer, a yellow warning triangle is displayed. This helps prevent print errors.
We have also revised the printer wizard in Mirage 4. The new wizard now lists all printers that are detected and supported. You can still add printers in the printer wizard like before using the “Add manually” button. The “Standard Sizes” menu shows the roll width determined by the printer. A yellow warning triangle next to the paper display indicates that the width set manually in Mirage does not match the width determined
by the printer.
13) Chroma Optimizer Selection
When a Canon printer with Chroma Optimizer is used/selected, the “Mirage Print” main window contains an additional selection field, “Chroma Optimizer,” next to the “Finest Details” field.
The following settings are available:
CO Auto: Chroma Optimizer is applied wherever there is ink.
CO everywhere: Chroma Optimizer is applied to the entire printable area (not including print margins).