October '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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When several vector layers are on top of each other, they often interfere by creating unwanted cut lines. Familiarize yourself with the shaping tools, often found in the property bar of your design software as a short-cut. Learn the difference between Weld, Trim, Simplify, Intersect, etc. Or, as I often instruct, just click on one. If it doesn't do what you want, go back and click the next. Corel remembers 150 undo steps. Some cutters, lasers, and digital print/cut machines require an outline on all art as a specific color in order to identify a cut line or kiss-cut. Other lines and colors may be seen as alternative functions, such as print, burn/depth, or draw. Most require the outline to be defined as hairline thickness. All necessary color palettes can be installed from the corresponding Workspace or Window options in good design software. Make sure your art is production ready before sending to your cutter. Shapes and text should be Converted to Curves. Though not all re- quire this, it is good practice for most export applications. Remove all your outlines or 'strokes', or convert them to additional objects, as scaling with VINYL CUTTING If you're in need of some guidance of where to find free art, email the author at Clipart can help with parts of the design you're build- ing/re-building and help save your client money. When broken down, the American flag is just a rectangle, a square, 13 stripes, and 50 stars, aligned and distributed appropriately. 6 4 P R I N T W E A R O C T O B E R 2 0 1 9 object is probably not relevant for cutting vinyl. Size your resulting vector image appropriately. Keep in mind how difficult tiny detail will be to weed out, while knowing what is too small to be legible anyway. We, as decorated apparel shop owners and managers, more often have a need for perfection than our clients who have little to no knowledge about our industry. Decide how much "perfection" and time is necessary to keep the client happy. If you run into issues while learning these steps, reach out to your equipment company or additional training resources online, at an event, or on-site with them. Personally, I answer dozens of questions each week. Just remember why you are in the imprint in- dustry. Have fun with it, make some money, and keep learning. PW Clay Barbera has been a contributing Industry producer for over 12 years. His experience ranges from graphic design, technical support and software develop- ment, to all production processes such as Screen Printing, Embroidery, Direct Print, Transfer, Laser, Wide-format and more. He has ran digital print shops, hooped garments, and designed from simple to the most complex art for Imprint processes. His ability to simply explain complex steps, and technical information gives him a place as a top educator for us all. With degrees in Advertising, Marketing, and Industrial Psychology, he has found a passion in making Imprint companies as successful as possible. As education director at Clay continues to produce the Imprint Industry's highest quality training resources for Corel systems art design, as well as newly proven "Practical and Successful Marketing for Imprinters."

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