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Curving Text in CorelDraw

February 3rd, 2012

Most anyone who has used CorelDraw has had to exercise the software in order to continuously sharpen their skills. Some of the more simple needs from the application can  consume a major chunk of time when attempting to design something. Curving text is one of those things that you may not use often but when you need it; you need it! I have a simple method for accomplishing this task from within the application. In this blog entry I will provide a simple instructions using the “envelope” tool to curve text. It is up to you the user to perfect this technique.

Curving Text using the envelope tool:

Curving Text using CorelDraw

Curving Text using CorelDraw

1. Choose your font and type.

2. Select the the object using the “pick tool” from the tools menu.

3. With the text selected, in the tools menu select the “envelope” tool (fifth one from the bottom). If you do not see it. Left click over the tool showing and choose if from the drop down menu.

4. Select center node and, hold the left mouse key down and drag to the desired spot. If desired you can use other nodes to create curvature in other place within the font. Swing the arrow to ad an even more wavy graphic.

5. click off the graphic or on the pick tool again to seal the the deal. You can repeat the instruction to make necessary changes.

I used CorelDraw X4 in this demonstration but the technique should work with any version within CorelDraw. I recommend you test the feature and have fun learning to create awesome designs with this tool. There will be a video to come on our Conde TV page that will demonstrate this technique.

In addition, you will find informative videos for configuring color management by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, the Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Senior Technical Consultant,

Vicky Waldrop


Using Felt with Condé Products

February 3rd, 2012

When I am asked how and when felt should be used, I have to include the rules of pressure and the types of products you have to transfer onto. For instance if you are pressing to a textured surface or some other uneven surface like tile or something with an easel on the

Using felt to create a meshing effect

back you cant exactly close the press evenly. So to accomplish an even surface where the top platen touches the sublimatable area, you must have something in between the hard surfaces to create a meshing effect. When this occurs the felt is needed.

With the right amount of pressure applied by the press the product will mesh into the softness of the felt and allow some resistance for the top surface to adjust to the flatness of the top platen. Therefore, creating equal distribution across the sublimatable area.

Felt is most often used on the bottom of the press just above the bottom platen and Teflon sheet. The felt is then applied and cover with protective paper to prevent ink from transferring onto the your reusable products that are more costly if replaced.

In addition, you will find informative videos for configuring color management by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, the Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Senior Technical Consultant,

Vicky Waldrop


Why Should I do a Nozzle Check

October 4th, 2011

If you haven’t asked the question then I am certain it has entered your mind. Condé Support Technicians will ask you, “perform a nozzle check” usually right after the callers ask, “Why is my color off?” A good nozzle check is vital to the color in your images. It is the balance of color and when it is bad it is not possible for print outs to be at its’ peek output capability.

What are the signs that my nozzle check is bad?

Typically, the first signs indicating the nozzle check could be bad are when you have encountered a color shift or you are experiencing some banding in the output/printed images. When this happens it is time to verify that all print heads are firing. How to do this ins in the instructions “How to do a Nozzle check” or our video on “How to do a Nozzle Check” from “CondeTV”.

How do I know if my Nozzle Check is bad?

Know what to look for in the nozzle check. Depending on how many colors/cartridges the printer has should reflect in the nozzle check pattern. An 8 color printer should have 8 blocks of color; a 6 color printer will have 6; a 4 having 4; and so on…

Check for breaks in the pattern and missing color. See example: The image on the top identifies a good pattern of color; the image on the bottom displays gaps in the pattern, which is a problem.

Example

What can I do to correct a bad Nozzle check?

Usually, performing a head cleaning will minimize or correct the breaks or missing blocks which will improve the color and quality of the print outs. If there is no improvements after two or three cleaning there is likely severe clogging or something other than clogging is going on. Get in touch with support for further help and advice for these types of issues.

In addition, you will find informative videos for configuring color management by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Condé Systems Inc.

Senior Technical Consultant

Vicky Waldrop


Batter Up! Making Sponsor Shirts for Charity

September 13th, 2011

Condé is one of the sponsors for my softball team. “The Hungry Owl” is the other. I have created jerseys using the sublimation process and I wanted to share the project details with those who have an interest in making a professional looking uniform for any type of league. I consider this one of my favorite projects. The reason is that there are so many fun avenues and lots of purpose in brainstorming how to get names and support for “a cause” out to the public eye. I consider it “a win-win” for the sponsors, the cause and the team. I will explain how…

Getting a team sponsor:

I recommend targeting a company that is looking to get their name out there. This is usually a business that has just branched out or has recently opened a business and is looking to find ways to advertise. You CAN have more than one sponsor.   In comparison to the cost of commercials, billboards or ads, sponsoring a league is much cheaper in cost and sports WILL bring people together. We all know “Word of Mouth” goes a long way.

Logo

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Supporting a Cause:

What do I mean by this? I will give an example: Our team has a very dear friend who is fighting Leukemia. So “our cause” is to support the continuous fight for Leukemia, while supporting her cure. Thus, letting people know our passion for life and that there are ones we love that need our help. Whatever we can do to bring awareness at any means possible will provide hope and help with treatment.

A World of Hope

A World of Hope

Brainstorming:

This is the fun part! Jerseys are fun because you can do most anything you want with respect to the businesses that sponsor your team. You will need to use the logo in which they choose to advertise without making any alterations to it. I used a “varsity” font and choose the sleeves for our cause and the “Condé” logo. You can do anything you want in this phase. Keep it simple or go all out. Just be sure the shirt has the meaning that you are wanting to state.

Creating a final project:

Now that you have created the designs, create a template for entering the jersey numbers and printing out for sublimating or transferring. Remain organized and consistent in the placement of the transfer. Be certain to keep the shirts uniform.

The Hungry Owl and Leukemia Logo for Lynn

The rewards:

Game time!!! You have created a sport shirt that is professional and fun. You now have accomplished a walking advertisement that delivers several messages to your audience. Wear it proudly and with pride!!! Your team will too.

Waldrop's Uniform Shirt

Hoorah for The Hungry Owl's

In addition, you will find informative videos for configuring color management by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, the Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Condé Systems, Inc.

Senior Technical Consultant,

Vicky Waldrop


Wall of Shame TIP #2

February 23rd, 2011

Don’t allow these things to happen to you…

Upside Down Image:

The irritating “costly mistake” of sublimating a plaque upside down. We have all done it or at least I have. Getting in a hurry or neglecting to inspect product for “key clues”  prior to placing the image on it can be a “stomach clutching” experience.  upside downUpsideDown

Don’t Forget to Reverse Your Image:

This is probably the most common error in both sublimation and Heat Transfer. Products that transfer / sublimate to the front side of will require flipping the image every time. Cutting boards and most glass will not reqReversing Imageuire this process and to can cause you much grief if you are not “on guard”. Don’t get Distracted from minor details!

Alignment and Centering Image:

Image placement can be a challenge with most product that we press with the substrate facing down and the transfer face up. The image looks perfect but in the final stages of completion to raise the press; turn the image over and find it has slid, moved or misplaced onto the substrate. Reminding ourselves “attention to detail” is a constant practice. Allow yourself the additional time to verify you do not create scrap and waste product.

AlignmentCentering

There are a “few” Benefits of Scrap Product:

If you have it why not use it? There are some scraped products that you could use for the benefit of testing images and color. For example: We, in support are always testing images when troubleshooting color. This can eliminate other variables and possible causes, for instance, product, image, etc…  I recommend getting a ben for throwing reusable scrap product into. Hopefully you will never need to troubleshoot but I can assume that the time will come when you will want something to sublimate on without wasting good product. If nothing else our support staff will often ask you to sublimate a color pallet or a nozzle check to send to use during color management issues.

TIP #2 Wall of Shame

In addition, you will find other awesome videos for sublimation and heat transfer by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Thanks,
Conde Systems Inc.
www.conde.com

Senior Support Technician,
1-800-826-6332
Vicky Waldrop


George Knight Mug Presses vs. some other mug presses…

February 17th, 2011

The DK3 commercial press has been around for over a decade. The DK3 is fully adjustable, accommodating all mugs available on the market. This includes 11 oz, 15 oz, 16 oz mugs & steins. The ability of the press to open extra wide allows for easy and fast loading and unloading of mugs from the press. The clamp assembly can be adjusted for very heavy pressure, allowing for full bleed transfers on even the most demanding mugs. Finally – a mug press that compensates for less than perfectly straight mugs!

George Knight has the winning edge on the heat process because of the engineering specs on their element design.

Rolling on the floor laughing The cylinder is longer and covers up to 5” in height.

Be right back The heating elements will heat faster across the surface of the pressDk3

Smile The padding is easier to replace during preventive maintenance procedures.

The settings a also easy and extremely user friendly. We have videos to follow for setup.  For those folks that just want to set a time, temperature and press this is the press for you!

These are just some of the products that offer for pressing with the DK3. There are additional items that our clients will use with this press. Some of the products require additional padding (heat conductive pad). Those products include some water bottles that have a smaller outside diameter (OD). The additional padding will help make good contact around the surface of the product.

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Some other mug presses made in China can be very unreliable and troublesome. The vertical designs place limitations on mug sizes and image placement. The heating elements not as constant and predictable for high quality results as with the George Knight Heat presses.

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In addition, you will find other awesome videos for sublimation and heat transfer by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Thanks,
Conde Systems Inc.
www.conde.com

Senior Support Technician,
1-800-826-6332
Vicky Waldrop


Using Condé Photoshop Templates

December 16th, 2010

1. Files types:

software for extracting files.

Click here to go to Winzip Official Site

To download templates go to www.conde.com/support/templates. The download will include formats for CorelDraw, Illustrator and Photoshop. Once the Conde template is saved to the desktop or in your desired location, it will need to be extracted (Extraction software is required (ex; Winrar (www.rarlabs.com), Winzip; Zipeg, ect..)).

When using Photoshop the formats will be one of the following extensions:  .eps; .psd; .pdf.

.PSD

2. Preparing image first:

Keyhole

The printable area.

Put thought into the image and image placement first. Size the image so that it will fill the template area. The templates are a “keyhole” that shows how the image will appear on the sublimatable area. It will not reform, re-size or reshape the image in any way. However, you will be able to re-size and reposition it. More on that in step 6.

3. Open the template in Photoshop:

a. Right click on the .psd, .eps or .pdf; left click on “Open With”.  Select Photoshop. The template will open in the application; Orb. From Photoshop; left click on “file”; left click on “open”; then from the browser, find and select the image you’ve prepared.

4. Select the background Layer to Place the image:

Selecting the Layer

Selecting the Layer

Choose the background layer under the layers to the right of the page. It should say “Click here to place image or graphic”. It is important to choose this layer for placing the image behind the template layer.


5. Place the image on the background layer:

Click on "File"; "Place"

Click on "File"; "Place"

Click “file”; “place” for the image to go to the selected layer. When placed inside the template it will have an X across the image and a bounding box around it. This is the editing box that enables you to resize it by …

6. Click and drag the editing box:

click and drag to fit

Left click and drag the corner of the editing box to do any final resizing of the selected image. Also, the image can be repositioned by placing the courser over the image and hold the left button down while dragging. Then left click on the green check mark to complete the placement of the image onto the background layer. Or, left click the red “banned” circle to delete or undo the placement of the image.

In addition, you will find other awesome videos for sublimation and heat transfer by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Thanks,
Conde Systems Inc.
www.conde.com

Senior Support Technician,
1-800-826-6332
Vicky Waldrop


Porcelain Ornaments

November 8th, 2010

Christmas is around the corner. It’s time to break out the old Christmas tree and decorate for the season. Condé offers a variety of items people will be looking for to decorate for the holidays.

When decorating the tree people like to find new ornaments for many different reasons. Some people like to have a keepsake from each year and others just want to replace. Condé has a complete line of porcelain ornaments for sublimation. These ornaments are a great addition to any tree and with sublimation they can be personalized making them priceless to your customer.

Be sure to follow our sublimation instructions for the best results when making these ornaments. When pressed properly you will get a great looking ornament that will glisten from the lights on the tree.

In addition, you will find informative videos for configuring color management by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Thanks,
Condé Systems Inc.
www.Condé.com

Support Technician,
1-800-826-6332
Andy Taylor


Using the Foam Kit and the Teflon Pillow

September 30th, 2010

Clients who sublimate to textile can find this product to be a worthy investment. Here is why: Have you ever sublimated to a t-shirt, raised the press, removed the transfer and found “paper indention’s” indicating the edges of the paper from the heat and pressure during the transfer process? This is unavoidable if you do not use either the foam kit or the Teflon pillow and develop a understanding of how to correctly transfer with these products included in the layers.

Not to mention, those of you who have just given up and excepted the paper lines on fabrics because you thought there is just nothing you can do to remedy this situation. Or, some of you may have purchased all the “bells and whistles” that were recommended for apparel, tried it and still seen the paper creases after sublimating. That’s even more frustrating because there is more invested to produce a flawless product. Maybe I can help change your mind and perfect the end results.

I have seen these lines in my own work and with the appropriate settings we can reduced the visible creases. Even though the teflon pillow is the easiest to maneuver some people have said that the foam kit is the best because it is the softest. With fabrics the softer the better for “meshing”. I will explain:

The adjustment is the same if using the foam or pillow:

  1. Lay either item on the bottom platinum of the press
  2. With no pressure applied at this time, close the press
  3. Get “eye level” with the gap so you can see the edge of the foam between the plates of the closed press.
  4. Turn the dial, closing the gap 9increasing the pressure) until the foam or pillow is compress about ¼ of its’ height.
  5. Lock it in and raise the press. Now introduce our sublimation instructions and the layers and press away.

You can have success by including these layers in your sublimation process if you understand what to do once you have the foam kit and / or teflon pillow in hand and a some guidance about on how to use it. Conde Technicians wants to get the word out on products like these so that they earn there worth. If you have any questions about this or other products give us a call and we will help to get you informed so that you are getting your monies worth from all purchases.

Video:

Using Vapor Foam

In addition, you will find other awesome videos for sublimation and heat transfer by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Thanks,
Conde Systems Inc.
www.conde.com

Senior Support Technician,
1-800-826-6332
Vicky Waldrop


Condé Systems is doing it again!

September 29th, 2010

It’s time to show off your creativity! Participate in our Hanging Mural Contest! Show off your design and see what others are doing with the exciting new Wavy Tile Murals. You guys and gals who took part in the Flip Flop Contest did such an awesome job, we just had to go and do it again. For inspiration, we have anteed up another Apple 16GB iPad for the 1st place winner; 2nd place prize a $200 account credit; 3rd place prize a $100 account credit. To support contestants I have just uploaded all our mural templates for these fun new products. Last, I offer some product perceptiveness and brainstorming ideas to get you going.

Time is money…

You might be thinking, “How do I create a way to use my image in a mural? Where do I begin?” Well, you asked and we answer. Like with all Condé templates, videos, etc…, our goal in support is to create and execute ways that make your job easy and help clients become more productive. Having already created the mural templates in both CorelDraw and Photoshop I have eliminated a lot of the work. Our templates provide the ability to power clip your selected image into the template, print and go. It’s just that easy!

How the product works…

We have already provided instructions for how to sublimate onto the tiles in the “Sublimation Instruction” cookbook on PartnerNet. For those who prefer to watch Britney guide you through our product sublimation process step-by-step, you will find the video for sublimating onto wavy tile murals already online. The assembly of the mural is quick and easy. It includes the rod, “C” rings (no crimping required) and ready to hang tiles in a verity of lengths and widths, (2 across, 3 across, and 4 across. The length is optional.). If it’s the design you concerned with, then call or shoot us an email, we have lots of ideas for that too.

We can’t wait to see our clients at work with their ideas and designs. We get excited about helping to get you motivated with our sublimation products. Like I said before, by using the product templates and instructional videos “we have eliminated a lot of the work”. No excuses… grab your best design ideas and let’s get started on winning a prize! It’s a win win!

In addition, you will find other awesome videos for sublimation and heat transfer by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Thanks,
Conde Systems Inc.
www.conde.com

Senior Support Technician,
1-800-826-6332
Vicky Waldrop