February '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 P R I N T W E A R F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 2 0 P R I N T W E A R F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 Station to Station Creating a practical and ergo- nomically friendly digitizing station EMBROIDERY EMBROIDERY EMBROIDERY EMBROIDERY Erich's Embellishments E r i c h C a m p b e l l enough, but pixel density isn't the sole measurement of utility. Resolution may regulate how crisp lines appear on screen, but a 2K or even a 1,920 X 1,080 monitor has enough resolution for a reasonably smooth appearance, even at fairly large sizes. As beautiful as they may be, 4K monitors require graph- ics horsepower to run, and users with even moderately older computers, integrated graphics, or those using mul- tiple monitors, may find their hardware can't support 4K. Thus, I favor using the largest 2K monitor I can afford that will run at 60hz refresh rates on my system for my primary display. My current setup consists of a 27" dis- play assisted by a secondary specialty display, which mer- its deeper discussion as we progress. W hen that same-day turnaround, custom job hits and you need to digitize quickly to get pro- duction underway, the last thing you want is to have your tools get in your way. Though the days of the wall-sized tablet and puck are largely over, op- timizing even our relatively streamlined workstations does more than help productivity and efficiency. It also reduces bodily strain and can potentially prolong our careers. Though I tend to work under any conditions I find, I can admit digitizing can benefit from some specialty equipment and preparation. Whether talking about specific technologies or physical layout, the way in which you interact with your software makes a dif- ference. Having a setup in place that allows you to work comfortably and gives you easy access to your system reduces friction when it comes time to create. THE VIEW Working in a visual medium makes displays impor- tant. Extremely high-resolution displays are common Above: I used a pen tablet/mouse combination off-screen in my commercial digitizing career, but I found that I didn't like the disconnect between the tablet movement and the cursor, so I stuck with the mouse for most work. For my part, the display tablet was neces- sary to make me want to do more work with the pen. (Image courtesy Celeste Schwartz) Left: Back in the day much of my work was done with a mouse, but I did occasionally use a pen. Even in the days of big, hot moni- tors, I was a multi-screen guy, with job information and commu- nications on my left and digitizing/art on the main screen. (Image courtesy Karen Kuehn)

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