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How to Apply a mesh to an object in CorelDraw

February 17th, 2012

For those who like to create vector images and blend color into and object, I have a great tool for you to learn and have some fun with. The “Mesh Tool in CorelDraw id an awesome way to create colorful drawings and transition color into something very artistic. People will ask how you did it. I use this tool with flowers and for creating a more 3D effect with some graphics. I hope you find this tool as useful as I do. Here is how…

To apply a mesh fill to an object:
1.

Select an object.

2.
In the toolbox, click the Mesh fill tool .
3.
Type the number of columns in the top portion of the Grid size box on the property bar.
4.
Type the number of rows in the bottom portion of the Grid size box on the property bar, and press Enter.
5.
Adjust the grid nodes on the object.
You can also
Add an intersection
Click once within a grid, and click the Add intersection button on the property bar.
Add a node
Hold down Shift, and double-click where you want to add the node.
Remove a node or an intersection
Click a node, and click the Delete node(s) button on the property bar.
Shape the mesh fill
Drag a node to a new location.
Remove the mesh fill
Click the Clear mesh button on the property bar.
If the mesh object contains color, adjusting the intersection nodes of the mesh affects how the colors blend together.
You can also marquee select or freehand marquee select nodes to shape an entire area of the mesh. To marquee select nodes, choose Rectangular from the Selection mode list box, and drag around the nodes you want to select. To freehand select nodes, choose Freehand from the Selection mode list box, and drag around the nodes you want to select. Holding down Alt while dragging lets you toggle between the Rectangular and Freehand selection mode.
You can add an intersection by double-clicking in a space, or you can add a single line by double-clicking a line.
To add color to a patch in a mesh fill
1.
Select a mesh-filled object.
2.
In the toolbox, click the Mesh fill tool .
.
Drag a color from the color palette to a patch in the object.
You can also
Color an intersection node in a mesh fill
Click an intersection node, and click a color on the color palette.
Mix a color in a mesh fill Select part of the mesh, press Ctrl, and click a color on the color palette.
You can also drag a color from the color palette to an intersection node.

You can also marquee select or freehand marquee select nodes to apply a color to an entire area of the mesh. To marquee select nodes, choose Rectangular from the Selection mode list box on the property bar, and drag around the nodes you want to select. To freehand select nodes, choose Freehand from the Selection mode list box on the property bar, and drag around the nodes you want to select. Holding down Alt while dragging lets you toggle between the Rectangular and Freehand selection mode.

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


Printing to the ByPass Tray by Default Settings

October 29th, 2011

There are those folks out there that desire to do a sheet feed using only the By-pass tray on the Gx7000 of the GXe3300N Ricoh printers. It is not required or useful for those people who use standard paper sizes on a regular bases but would come in handy for those who are constantly changes paper sizes and for those who use unusual paper sizes or unique papers outside of the ordinary settings.

Purposes:

Generally, those who choose to use the by-pass tray as their default setting will either be be using a variety of paper sizes, a variety of paper types, unique paper settings or strictly the use of large media (ex: 13x 19). It would be to time consuming to use tray one or tray two as their default because of the media types or sizes. It is much easier for these folks to load or sheet feed than to continuously change paper in the tray.

How to:

Defaulting the By-Pass tray is a custom setting from the within the driver. It would be mandatory to create a setting by changing the tray source setting to the “by-pass tray” and saving it that way. here is how…

Go to your printer folder:

start

control panel

printers faxes or devices and printers

Select Media Type and Tray Source (By-Pass)

right click on the Ricoh

left click, “Printing Preferences

Choosing Custom Settings:

Choosing Tray Source

Select Media Type and Tray Source (By-Pass)


Paper Type- Ink Jet Plain Paper

Tray Source- By-pass tray

Click User Settings

User Settings

Selecting User Settings

Color Settings – Off

Check- Use Error Diffusion


Click the “Misc” tab the checkPrint as Bitmap

Print as Bitmap

click "Misc" tab the click "Print as Bitmap"

Last click on “OK

Now click on the far right tab “Printer Configuration

configure Printer Configuration

Turn off the "Auto Reduce to Fit..."

Turn off the “Auto Reduce to Fit…”

Deselect the “Auto Reduce to Fit…

Save

Name the Custom Setting "Conde ICC By_Pass"

Go back to the “setup” tab and click Save

Name the Custom Settings “Condé ICC By-Pass

In addition…

Now that we’ve defaulted the By-pass tray there is additional information I believe goes hand and hand with defaulting the by-pass tray as the main paper source. If you don’t already know you can create up to 10 unique paper size settings on the Ricoh drivers. If you are sheet feeding the printer due to having to continuously change paper sizes then this will especially be useful information to know and execute.

How to Create Custom Paper Sizes on the Ricoh:(click for Video)


Create a Custom Paper Size

Printer Configuration- Custom Paper Sizes


Go back to “Printer Configurationand click “Custom Paper Sizes“.

This opens a new Dialog Box:

1. Choose the paper source- By-Pass Tray

2. Give this paper setting a “Name”- for example: Mug11

3. Enter the “Long Edge” size- for example: 9.13

4. Enter the “Short Edge” size- for example: 3.50

5. clickOK“. This will close the Custom Paper dialog box.

"OK" to save and exit out of the Custom Paper Settings

"OK" to save and exit

Now it will be in the paper settings list; under “original size” in the list.

Paper Settings-Original Size List

Paper Settings-Original Size List

As with this custom paper setting, you can create as many as 9 more unique paper size setting. This is one of the many great features to take advantage of with your sublimation printer. Make your printer work for your needs as much as possible. Save time and energy by creating printer settings that fit with production needs and job planning to get the most out of your printer.

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


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


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


Things that make you go, Hummm…! Color Issues !?!

September 22nd, 2010

Color Issues !?!
Have you ever printed an image perfectly fine one day and the next day printed the same image and the color be off? I have had this happen to me. If you have been in sublimation business for any length of time then most likely you too have experienced a color shift. As for me, a call of this nature to support is a typical day on the job. The good news is we can often quickly diagnose and resolve color issues with just a few simple processes of elimination. These are the primary reasons for a shift in color:

There are more defined methods for color correction and fine tuning color. However, statistically a color shift will most often be due to one or more of these common reasons. When this happens, these troubleshooting guidelines can often get you back in business with minimum down time. For more information on color issues, visit our documents section from the support / PartnerNet web page and look for “Street Smart”, “Color Matching Tool Kit “ and “101 Tips and Tricks”~by David Gross. Conde Technicians are extremely resourceful at resolving color issues on Conde DyeSublimation systems.

In addition, you will find informative videos for configuring color management by the support team at Condé by visiting Conde TV at www.condetv.com, 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


Clearing Error 990 and 999 on Ricoh DyeSub Systems

September 16th, 2010

There is not much that I despise more than car trouble. At some point, each of us will get into our automobiles and turn the ignition only to discover it will not start. Despite all our preventive maintenance efforts this can happen to anyone of us. I don’t know about you but without my wheels I am literally “out of business”.

If you own a Ricoh Printer there may come a time when the printer will display a 990 or a 999 error. If this should happen to your Ricoh system, Condé Technicians offers helpful perception to a speedy recovery. I will begin with a little “Ricoh” history about this error.

“ERR (990) or ERR (999) are both error messages which are displayed when a sensor does not work normally due to dirtiness. For example, either may be caused by a dirty maintenance unit or clogged ink nozzles. It may be possible to resolve the issue by cleaning the device as described below

To clean your device, follow these steps.

  1. Turn off the main power switch.

2.     Open the top cover.

Take care not to snag the sleeves of your clothing on the cord (1). Do not touch the feed belt (2).



3.     Clean the part indicated in the image below using a damp cloth or cotton tipped applicator.

Never use tissues because it can contaminate the maintenance unit with loose fibers.

  1. Close the top cover.
  1. Turn on the main power switch.
  1. Print the nozzle check pattern and check that the nozzles are not clogged.

If the problem persists, contact your local authorized service/support representative.”

These visuals are great tutorials, but the support staff here at Condé Systems Inc.  (www.conde.com) has taken your questions about this error quite literal. Conde Support Technicians has accumulated understanding for remedying this error and get you “Back to Business”. If you see this error, visit www.condetv for our timely video, “Cleaning the Capping Station on the Ricoh” and let us get you back to business.

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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


Sublimating a Vapor Polyester Shirt Using a Foam Kit

August 29th, 2010

Using a George Knight® DK20S™ Heat Press, Condé’s David Gross demonstrates the procedures for applying dye sublimation transfers to polyester shirts. The part number for these Safety Yellow Shirts is 4055 at http://www.conde.com. The transfers are created using a Ricoh® GX7000 printer with Sawgrass® SubliJet-R™ sublimation inks on TexPrint-R® Sublimation Paper, with a George Knight™ heat press. The Vapor® Foam Kit (FOAMKIT) is used to eliminate creases. All products are available from conde.com, including the George Knight® DK20™ heat press used in the demo.


Conde donates Water Bottles to Oil Spill Clean-Up Crews

July 1st, 2010

Condé System, Inc. is donating over 8,000 aluminum water bottles for the oil spill clean up crews. The Mobile Chapter of the Marine Corps League and the Coastal Conservation Association will oversee the distribution of the bottles. Condé is a privately held company with corporate offices in Mobile, Alabama. Condé Systems has become the recognized leader in the personalized products market by offering digital color printing solutions for photo gift and awards businesses. Read the rest of this entry »


Working with Conde Templates with corelDRAW

June 21st, 2010

This video demonstrates where to find and how to import Conde CorelDRAW templates and use them with your unique artwork. Created and edited by Conde Tech Support Expert, Vicky Waldrop. Call us for your imprinting supplies: 1-800-826-6332, http://www.conde.com