March '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 9 M A R C H P R I N T W E A R 5 7 USING A CORELDRAW TEMPLATE Here, we have a simple two-color pocket logo that needs to be output. The artwork may already exist from a previous job. But for correct positioning of a pocket print within the screen frame, we now need to make sure it is positioned correctly on our output template. We start by opening our CTS Corel- DRAW template, in this case for a 23" X 31" screen frame. The template has pre- defined guides for different artwork posi- tions on the shirt. You can see that there are positional guides for the right breast pocket as well as guides defining the top and bottom printing margins. We also printed mark crosshairs already pre-set, which define the top and bottom center positions for aligning the screen on the press. These crosshairs have been defined using registration black so that they will appear on any color separation produced from the template (above left). Additional guides for a right breast pock- et print and other standard print positions such as chest, upper back, or sleeve prints can also be defined on the same template thereby allowing the designer a quick and easy method for pasting and scaling existing artwork designs. The next step is to save the new artwork file with a unique job name. This is an im- portant step as the job file name will be used by the RIP software to name the output files that are sent to the CTS system. If it is a multicolor job and the job is pre-separated when it is sent to the RIP, then the job name will also be automatically appended with the color names. Once the file has been renamed with the job name, it can be 'printed,' or, more ac- curately, a PDF file can be generated to send to the RIP application. This CorelDRAW example is fairly typi- cal of the type of template that designers could use for artwork preparation with a CTS system. If you are using Adobe-based design applications on a PC or Mac, then Adobe Illustrator can be used to pro- duce a similar type of template. Once the design is finalized and it has been saved, it is ready to be sent to the RIP. The best and most efficient way to do this is the 'print' option using a PostScript compatible print driver. These are standard options on Windows and Mac OSX, and this is where the job can be automati- cally separated whether using spot colors or CMYK four-color process, or both. Generating a pre-separated PostScript file from CorelDRAW can be achieved by bringing up the 'print' dialogue menu (above right). To ensure that the resulting PostScript is pre-separated for the RIP, select the 'color' tab and select 'print separations'. This will ensure that the resulting PostScript file is automatically pre-separated with a sepa- rate page of output for each color. The actual color separations that are produced can be previewed in the separa- tions dialogue where the individual colors can be selected for output. In this case, the logo pocket print is made up of orange and gray spot colors. A check box against each color can be highlighted to ensure it is selected for out- put and at this point, screen rulings and an- gles, can also be selected if required (below). Once the template has been opened, the artwork can be dropped into the desired template 'placeholder' location and scaled to the correct size to fit the 'pocket' template holder. (All images courtesy the author) So long as the printer selected is a PostScript device, an extra tab will ap- pear in the Print options labeled 'PostScript'. This will only appear if the printer selected is recognized as a PostScript output device. Once the colors have been selected for output, the CorelDraw file can be printed direct to the RIP Queue or saved as a PostScript file. Once the colors have been selected for output, the

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