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Whats New in CorelDraw X6

April 15th, 2012

As a Graphic Designer, I am always looking to Digital Image Software for whats new and the worthiness of the addition purchase or upgrade to the existing one. What is important to me is “what is going to make my life easier and save me time in creating my jobs?” I know in the sublimation business we need to be able to continuously find way to save time and to be more efficient. I have been asked by clients what is new in the CorelDraw X6 and is it worth the additional purchase? Well here is some of the things I have found to be useful and appealing.

New! Shape tools:

The new Smear tool lets you shape an object by pulling extensions or making indents along its outline. The size of the brush nib and the Pressure setting let you control the intensity of the effect, and you can choose between smooth curves or curves with sharp corners. Alternatively, you can use the pressure of your digital pen to determine the intensity of the smear effect.

The new Twirl tool lets you apply twirl effects to objects. The size of the brush nib lets you determine the size of the twirls, and the Rate setting lets you control the speed of the effect. You can also choose either a counterclockwise or a clockwise twirl.

In addition, you can use the new Attract and Repel tools to shape curves by attracting nodes or by pushing nodes away from other nodes in close proximity. To control the shaping effect, you can vary the size of the brush nib and the speed at which the nodes are attracted or repelled.

New & Enhanced! Object Properties docker:

In CorelDRAW X6, the redesigned Object Properties docker now presents only object-dependent formatting options and properties. By grouping all object settings in one location, this time-saving docker helps you fine tune your designs faster than ever before. For example, if you create a rectangle, the Object Properties docker automatically presents outline, fill, and corner formatting options, as well as the rectangle’s properties. If you create a text frame, the docker will instantly display character, paragraph, and frame formatting options, as well as the text frame’s properties.

 

Enhanced! Hints docker:

The Hints docker now includes a Videos tab, which provides a collection of instructional videos that cover a range of topics, from creating basic shapes and basic object transformations to applying interactive contours and transparencies. This helpful learning docker appears in both CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT and provides context sensitive information on the currently selected tool. This makes it easier for new users to
learn how to use the tools in the toolbox.

Please be sure to check out our website for documentation and videos that are on our PartnerNet sight that provide detailed instructions on how to find and use the new tools mentioned here.

 

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


Creating the perfect Square or Circle in CorelDraw for Template Use

February 4th, 2012

Here at Condé we attempt to provide a template with every product we provide to to our clients. Sometimes it is easier to create a usable shape on your end that will suffice as a workable template. Not only is it workable it can too save you the time of downloading and importing into your CorelDraw document. All you have to have is the radius of the circle or the length and width of the product. Using the template will be as easy as using any of the templates I design here at Condé. In a few brief instructions I can have you drawing the perfect squares and circles for those time when it would be less time consuming than locating and downloading templates that have simple measurements.

Know the sizes of the product by either measuring or as listed on product page at www.conde.com. Once you have noted the accurate size you are ready to draw your template.

1. From your tool bar select the shape that you wish to draw.

2. Press down on your “Ctrl” Key at the keyboard. Place your mouse somewhere over the document (you should see cross hairs (+)), and hold your left mouse key down and drag until you have a visible shape on the document.

3. With the object selected or in the bounding box, go to your menu bar at the top and find the length and width fields and enter the sizes you pulled for the product page or the measurements you got and enter them into the correct fields. For ex: a 6 inch tile will be 6.225 with bleed.

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Now you have the perfect square. Keep in mind this works with circles too. All you have to know is the radius. If you want to see a more detailed view of this procedure watch my video on Creating the Perfect Square and circle in CorelDraw and exercise what you learned in your application.

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


Experimenting with various times.

February 3rd, 2012

Often we have calls about what time to use when the Condé instructions call for a window of time (ex:6-8 mins.), The time variation is  due to differences in the equipment. I will try to explain what I mean by an equipment variation. Mug presses have have different amps. The higher the amps the hotter the press can get. Low amps can have lower temperatures. This will cause time variations based on the equipment you are using. Thus, causing variations in color or should I say the finished product. I have a simple solution for finding your time based on your press.

Here is How:

From your digital imaging application create four black boxes small enough to fit on one of the products in test. It is always recommended to purchase a couple of additional products for beta testing on your end.

Using one of the additional products you would have purchased for testing, and various times, sublimate one box at a time allow a cooling period between each of the four transfers. For example refer to the image on the right: Cut out each box and transfer each separately using the different instructions within the individual boxes. At the end of the test you will have four black boxes on one product and within those boxes the different instructions your used for press times. After reviewing, determine the better of the four colors and make a note of which one provides the best result. That is your time and instruction!

I also recommend keeping a notebook of any and all instructions so that you can revisit them for future pressings with that particular product. This will save time and we all know time is money. Not to mention the bad product you will eliminate from your “wall of shame”.

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 Do I Have a Red Light on My Printer!?!

October 25th, 2011

Did you know that there is a common place within the print driver that will provide information about errors that generate on your printer? The common name for this place  is called the “Status Monitor”. It doesn’t matter the printer, the only change is the terminology that differs in the printing preferences. For instance,  the tabs in the print driver dialog box will either say “utility” or ” maintenance”. An explanation of printer related errorsSecond, the status monitor will provide an explanation as to what the error is along with a resolution in resolving the problem.

There are many other features that are available in this menu. Often, we can see the ink levels and weather the printer is “online” or “offline”. It will too tell us if there is a communication error with the computer sending the data to the printer.

To get to the status monitor from your PC:

For the Mac:

Finally, errors that appear in the status monitor are generally hinted by a red light on the printer or the LCD will display a short note with a hot topic of the problem. This is to alert you that the printer has either stalled or is about to stall for some reason or another. The status monitor is like a cheat sheet for a resolve to that error. Don’t get stumped by these fault lights. Make sure you are taking advantage of all the features that the peripheral offers.

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


Clearing the 990 on the Ricoh Printers

October 18th, 2011

When you see an error 990

If you see a 990 error on your LCD with the Ricoh printer, there is a procedure that may help in clearing the error. I will first describe the error and then walk through some easy steps that will possibly clear the error and get the printer back in business.

What is a 990?

Error 990 is best explained by air in the lines. How air gets in the lines is undetermined. When you get the error there is not another menu you can go to until the error has been cleared. Even if you turn the printer off and back on the error will still be there.

What can I do to clear a 990 error on the Ricoh?

What we want to do is move ink through the lines, satisfying the printer in an attempt to rid air and then error. At this point the LCD on printer will not display anything but the 990 error. Therefore, in order to move ink in the lines, there is only one option available for us to do.

First, turn the printer off and open the bay door that holds the cartridges. Starting from the far right side, remove the Yellow cartridge; reseat it; close the bay door and turn the printer back on again. If the 990 appears on the display turn the printer off; open the bay door and pull the Magenta cartridge then reseat it; turn the printer back on. If the error returns, turn off the printer for a third time; open the bay door and remove the Cyan cartridge; reseat it; close the bay door and turn the printer back on again. If the error returns, turn the printer off a forth time; open the bay door; pull the Black cartridge and reset it; close the bay door and turn on the printer again. If the error is still comes back, turn the printer off and back on up to five more times.

If there is still an error on the display, call Ricoh if you are under a one year warranty. If you purchased an extended warranty or no warranty, call your account manager or technical support at Condé.

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.


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.

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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

Conde

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


DK3 and Mug11 for full bleed

March 4th, 2011

Pressing mugs can be confusing if we assume they are all pressed the same way with every image. A poor assumption using the same instruction for full bleed as with standard imaging on the mug press will lead to a bad transfer and wasted product. These are errors that will make dips in profit trends.

We have invested well spent time in finding ways to get the perfect result with every mug. Now to let you in on some ways to get you to perfection with pressing all of your 11 oz mugs.

Make sure you have a good mug press…DK3 FYI:

The DK3 has been around for 4 decades and has earned its place in the commercial  mug pressing business. Condé has been supplying customers with the GK3 mug press for over a decade and we believe it is the top of the line in mug presses. Here is why…

Nerd smile The heat element covers more area

Just kidding The design allows for easy mug placement for various mug sizes, including water bottles, steins and many other cylinder shapes.

Flirt female Up to 70 presets (for multiple products), a prepress timer and a user menu.

Adjusting the George Knight DK3 Mug Press

Know the difference of what mug you are using:

Condé sells two types of standard 11 oz mugs. One is MUG11US and the other/s MUG11. You will need to know the press time will vary based on which mug you purchased. Make sure you read the instruction on the product page for each.

Pressing standard images on 11 oz:

Standard images on 11 oz mugs can extend about 1/4 to the top and bottom edges of the mug. The dwell time is about 3.5 mins on MUG11USA and 4.5 mins for MUG11’s at 400 degrees with medium pressure. Pro-spray can be used as an alternative to heat tape. Both sold at Condé.

Pressing full bleed mugs:

The full bleed mugs are the most challenging for transfer. The time may increase up to 6 mins due to the coverage area. After all you will be transferring to the maximum area. To get the best result you will need to trim to the borders of the image. Use Pro-spray as an adhesive. Often, wetting the edges of the transfer will help with adhering to the bottom of the mug. Sometimes the very bottom of the mug/s can be more textured or rippled around the outside diameter. Using the thicker padding (1/8″  vs. a 1/16th” heat conductive rubber pad located around the heat element) and a little more pressure will help with this.

Intro to the George Knight DK3 Mug Press

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,
Condé 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


Getting Started with Sublimation

December 28th, 2010

If you are just affiliating with Condé System’s, Inc., you might be wondering “where do I begin?”  There are some things we have put into place to help get you started on the right path to dye sublimation. If you are a beginner; just setting up your Condé DyeSub system; or just wanting to be sure you are adequately informed, then I believe this literature can be a beginners check sheet.

First, PartnerNet (PN) registration is a requirement to begin the steps below. If you have not been enlightened about PartnerNet, contact you account manager immediately so the below recommendations/tools are obtainable to you and/or your company.

Preparing your Condé DyeSub System for a setup

Now that I have all my files, what do I do with them?

Because everyone is different, we have provided optional ways to receive instructions for configuring the dye sublimation systems for use with Condé ICC Profiles, to include; SubliJet Inks; ArTainium Inks; or, Chromablast Inks.

What will I need to know/have after I get setup?

Using Condé Web Page

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