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Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:02 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Ricoh 5050N Sublimation Printers

Replies: 48

Views: 18886

Am I missing something here, for sure wouldn't be first time....surely an oven is just that i.e. an oven.... set it to temp you want and stick in your ready mugs... what is with special oven scenario peeps......

ian :lol1:

Sat Nov 07, 2009 3:07 pm

Forum: Mimaki Cutters

Topic: Applying bleeds to print and cut Corel> finecut> mimak

Replies: 12

Views: 5670

Thanks for the confirmation Chris..... as you originally stated 'simples'... but it is Saturday in my defense.... off now to go play with some print and cuts... :lol1:

Ian :lol1:

Sat Nov 07, 2009 2:44 pm

Forum: Mimaki Cutters

Topic: Applying bleeds to print and cut Corel> finecut> mimak

Replies: 12

Views: 5670

You got me thinking here Steve... if there is not a simple ticky box somewhere to 'clone' the outer rim of the bitmap (and I think there should be) then... hows about for my example of text with a pattern fill then write text (hairline, no fill), contour outline (2mm should be enough), apply fill to...

Sat Nov 07, 2009 1:54 pm

Forum: Mimaki Cutters

Topic: Applying bleeds to print and cut Corel> finecut> mimak

Replies: 12

Views: 5670

Thanks Chris, very informative.... don't know where I'd be without certain members of the forum working together like a well greasy (oops, should have been greased) machine...

Ian :lol1:

Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:35 am

Forum: Mimaki Cutters

Topic: Applying bleeds to print and cut Corel> finecut> mimak

Replies: 12

Views: 5670

Applying bleeds to print and cut Corel> finecut> mimaki

Hi New to print and cut, would like advice on applying bleeds to an image so that cut line if slightly off doesn't leave a white outline anywhere. To give an example.... Design lettering with a pattern fill, apply cutting outline .. up to now I have been outside contouring this line and filling to g...

Thu Nov 05, 2009 1:08 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Looking for a free picture resizer for vista 64...

Replies: 2

Views: 1266

Looking for a free picture resizer for vista 64...

Hi Microsoft has a great free utility for easy picture resizing in XP but have not found one for vista 64... A search came up with this... http://www.vso-software.fr/products/image_resizer/how-to-compress-photos/how-to-resize-images-guide.php Has anyone downloaded it, what's it like, or are there an...

Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:56 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Epson printer re-juvenating possible?

Replies: 2

Views: 922

Epson printer re-juvenating possible?

Hi

Having a clear out and have an epson A3 R1800 which has had very little use but has been stored a long time (2 years)...

I presume the printhead will be clogged well with dry ink, is there a way to clean it up or is it 'skip' fodder does anyone know???

Ian
:lol1:

Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice on applying vinyl to wood shop front?

Replies: 9

Views: 1584

another option, often cheaper than re-painting is bonding/trapping a panel of ali composite to the facia, pre- flood coated if necessary.

ian :lol1:

Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:27 pm

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: Roll running off track on my Summa

Replies: 29

Views: 14220

as been said... pinch rollers = rubber rollers on top... grit roller = metal engineered knurled thingy on bottom... they need occasional care, if material ruins off after you put it in straight then they do need care Pinch rollers either change or take off and lightly sand till rough... Grit roller ...

Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What is a VCP Banner ?

Replies: 12

Views: 1424

Q: Did you hear about the dyslexic Satanist?
A: He sold his soul to Santa. :roll: :oops:

Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:58 am

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: help with grenadier printing green instead of grey

Replies: 7

Views: 3272

There see, a logical first step from Phil instead of a shot in the dark by meself... :lol1:

Ian :lol1:

Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:56 am

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: help with grenadier printing green instead of grey

Replies: 7

Views: 3272

Hi Craig Maybe way off mark but I had similar problem with me mimaki. Cure was simply to convert my cmyk image to RGB and then import. As I say just one thought, I believe you need to split the fault to narrow it down i.e. is it a hardware or software problem first... More knowledgeable people than ...

Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:47 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: Which type of blade should i use to cut reflective vinyl?

Replies: 21

Views: 7314

Hi Liam A lot of engineering grade will cut with a normal blade even at same pressure. Some needs pressure increasing and I believe a 60 degree blade is best. Bizarrely I used to use old blades saved for this and cutting of reflectives sharpened the old blade up again to re-use for cutting normal vi...

Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:35 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Avery 700 kelly/forest green to 3M colour match?

Replies: 4

Views: 872

Hi John Don't have an account with Avery either but order over phone occasionally..... Avery 500 only costs £2.60-70 per meter I recall... call it £3.00, that's still only £30 + delivery... Think someone at Robert Hornes got their figures mixed somewhere, I would call and try again. Ian :lol1:

Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:45 am

Forum: Pcut Cutters

Topic: Foison c24 plotter cutting rubber, advice?

Replies: 2

Views: 3628

Hi A long winded way but one which works on most design software is A) if image is a vector then select all and make outlines and fill black, then trace... you got an outline. If image is a bitmap then similar but you got to use a bitmap editor before tracing. Of course images will trace but tend to...

Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:58 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Anyone tried laminating vehicle after applying vinyl?

Replies: 20

Views: 3177

please, where is portfolio section?

ian :lol1:

Fri Oct 09, 2009 7:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: easymount 1400

Replies: 3

Views: 613

Hi Got one a month before yourself Colin. Once you get used to it's a doddle but I had 'teething' probs too. Things I can think of :- the collars at either end of the lamination roll should be adjusted for proper drag, when you insert the collars then the tightening disc should be as loose as poss s...

Fri Oct 09, 2009 6:51 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Anyone tried laminating vehicle after applying vinyl?

Replies: 20

Views: 3177

After plenty research went for Nissan Navara double cab Liam , much the best pick up around especially post 2004 (D40 engine), earlier ones (D22) engines suspect to blowing up occasionally. Got a 2005 with only 30K on it, non farmer or contractor (known owner), ended up it's an Outlaw model with pre...

Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:05 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Anyone tried laminating vehicle after applying vinyl?

Replies: 20

Views: 3177

Well I've seen somewhere Karl that there is a printable reflective so can't see why there shouldn't be a printable metallic out there I suppose...

Ian :lol1:

Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:02 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Anyone tried laminating vehicle after applying vinyl?

Replies: 20

Views: 3177

Thanks for input... Yes Chris, experimentation probably is the way forward... was tending towards thinking of a liquid laminate until Steves point of 'why bother to laminate at all', especially if it's our vehicle and we can pull off and apply a new design in a year or so + printer is solvent so ink...

Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:25 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Anyone tried laminating vehicle after applying vinyl?

Replies: 20

Views: 3177

Okay, perhaps my original post is causing some confusion because of the poor way I have tried to explain my intentions.... I shall elucidate.... ah that's better.... :lol1: Just bought a pick up with metallic paint, want to try something a little different from normal to advertise ourselves on it, d...

Fri Oct 09, 2009 2:48 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Anyone tried laminating vehicle after applying vinyl?

Replies: 20

Views: 3177

It would solve the problem that I have Robbie.

Ian :lol1:

Fri Oct 09, 2009 12:23 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Anyone tried laminating vehicle after applying vinyl?

Replies: 20

Views: 3177

Anyone tried laminating vehicle after applying vinyl?

Hi

Have an idea to print onto different coloured vinyls, applying to vehicle as a printed vector cut as it were and then laminating to protect the printed portions (if that makes sense :lol1: )....

Anyone done this or any thoughts welcome

Thanks

Ian :lol1:

Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:10 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Trying to source sign making software?

Replies: 20

Views: 5744

exavtly as Mike says, versions of corel graphics from 6 up to 10 can be had for a tenner and when you're ready to upgrade it is cheaper than buying new of course. The earlier versions are plenty good enough for basic design, later ones just have more bells and whistles to design better and faster......

Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:45 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: problems with application tape. vinyl keeps coming off.

Replies: 46

Views: 6368

Applying to windows dry can be a problem if you're not used to it. Applying to windows in general is a problem at first cos the glass 'follows 'the surrounding temperatures more so then metal + when it's wet and you apply then the water does not escape when squeegying like other substates. I would s...

Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:03 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Looking opinions or advice on this vehicle design.

Replies: 22

Views: 8328

Nicholas.Gormley wrote:Customer now changed his mind on the van he wants done, he wants the logo and web address bigger and wants the whole thing to be a bit catchier. Anyone any ideas?? Help is greatly appreciated.



Probably easier in the long run to just shoot the customer.......

Ian :lol1:

Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:00 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can anyone help match a cyan vinyl please?

Replies: 10

Views: 1957

Olympic blue is close to cyan????... how does that work??? :lol1:

Eco :lol1:

Sat Oct 03, 2009 3:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Need some advice on which materials to use for a shop sign

Replies: 4

Views: 858

Straight forward gloss red ali composite for me Liam...

The money you save on clear as opposed to red acrylic will be more than offset by time taken to flood coat the rear... and I don't think you'll end up with a gloss look anyways, depending on the glue of the vinyl over time

Ian :lol1:

Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:34 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vehicle wrapping course?

Replies: 9

Views: 3253

Another one for the list... I was recommended Grafityps wrapping course by someone in the industry but not connected to grafityp at all.

Ian :lol1:

Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Need some advice on buying magnetic material

Replies: 6

Views: 855

As Tim says Liam, stick with official suppliers... Grafityp are one. You need 0.9 for vehicles, 0.6 are for fridge magnets and Ebayer cheapskates... last 2 of 3 magnettic jobs were for customers who had bought cheap on Ebay and then found one of there mags had blown off while driving along... As you...

Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:27 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Reception Area: Cut Vinyl Floor Graphics

Replies: 25

Views: 10499

Just as an aside, reminds me of when I used to live in Greece; getting off the ferry after 24 hours I always made my way to a friends pretty posh restaurant and they had a similar black and white effect on the floor too, only in marble. It was a 5-10 min walk and I never felt strange until I entered...

Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:56 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle wrap: s cargo

Replies: 11

Views: 2653

Me too likee v much... well done

Ian :lol1:

Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:36 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: New proof printer not printing bevels from corel design....

Replies: 4

Views: 1432

Thanks guys, I did in end convert my drawings to bitmap (have x4 so one click) but it's a bit of a pain to then have vectors and bitmaps to save all over the place. Could be that it's a bit confused with bitmaps (bevels) on top of vectors also I printed the background trucks out to show finished des...

Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:52 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: New proof printer not printing bevels from corel design....

Replies: 4

Views: 1432

New proof printer not printing bevels from corel design....

Hi Just preparing some proofs for a customer for print jobs on my new (or soon to be) Mimaki print & cut. Trying to print proofs to my also new OKi 830 A3 laser, designing in Corel and using the bevel effects quite a lot. Thing is the printer window shows the bevels there but the bloody Oki (ble...

Sun Aug 23, 2009 12:21 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Get the troops out

Replies: 6

Views: 713

Answer as usual - oil

Ian :lol1:

Sun Aug 23, 2009 11:29 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Get the troops out

Replies: 6

Views: 713

Think you're missing one Phill

Maybe fourth choice should be:-

It's more complicated than that - for gods sake don't let the politicans decide.

Ian :lol1:

Sun Aug 23, 2009 11:19 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: laser transfer printing onto dark materials query

Replies: 4

Views: 1010

Cheers Chris will take a look at it... 'the better way will be your new solvent inkjet ' Have been advised to go for 2 x CMYK set up instead of CMYK - LC - LM - White. This because starting out from a standing start with printing, the company I am purchasing from believes I might not initially have ...

Sun Aug 23, 2009 1:07 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: laser transfer printing onto dark materials query

Replies: 4

Views: 1010

Thank you Chris, thought it was a blind alley idea but worth asking perhaps...

Ian :D

Sat Aug 22, 2009 5:05 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: laser transfer printing onto dark materials query

Replies: 4

Views: 1010

laser transfer printing onto dark materials query

Hi

I understand you can purchase transfer paper for printing onto dark (black) polos etc but also understand that the 'feel' of the garment is not good.
Has anyone tried pressing a white flex background onto the material first and then applying a normal transfer print onto this?

Ian :lol1:

Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:07 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: does anyone know a quick way to apply numbers to labels?

Replies: 22

Views: 5508

As Alan and Andy mention, numbergen free here http://www.unleash.com/jeffh/numbering/ + videos to watch also.

Ian :lol1:

Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone help me source price holders for chip shop menus?

Replies: 3

Views: 586

I would expect, having donew many of these, that the customer would not be changing prices daily, so vinyl onto composite, would be no hardship to remove individual vinyl numbers and replace occasionally.... either leave customer a strip of numbers or have customer call you when a change is needed.....

Thu Aug 20, 2009 1:51 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: T shirt printing advice, any money in it

Replies: 31

Views: 5611

'I'm usually busy laying a sign'...

I believe each to their own.....Whatever floats your boat sir, you obviously have a great love of signs.....me, more traditional, boring if you like, prefer nice women.... :lol1:

Ian :lol1:

Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:11 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: which vinyl would you recommend for vehicles?

Replies: 4

Views: 837

Yes Ash... that's about it... just pieces of sticky plastic really..... you know like you get in kindergardens to play wif...

As to which one to use, I'm afraid everyone seems to have their own favourites so difficult to pick one out....

Ian :lol1:

Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for help Pricing a job please?

Replies: 9

Views: 784

oops sorry, now you mention foamex

10mm would be sturdy enough, weak point is the hinges... how to fasten them on, glue and small nuts and bolts perhaps, piano hinge glued and screwed is another option, holes with keyring thingies I've seen...

Ian :lol1:

Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for help Pricing a job please?

Replies: 9

Views: 784

As Peter says, each job usually being unique there are no hard and fast rules for a small sign shop, larger shops tend to have help from sign pricing structures in their systems. You need to make your own basic structure i.e. cost of materials (e.g.cost of print per sq foot/mtr either printed yourse...

Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:13 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: does anyone know a quick way to apply numbers to labels?

Replies: 22

Views: 5508

oops, it should be 00-99 not 01-99 of course....

Ian :lol1:

Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:08 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: New laser, do I need old inkjet

Replies: 9

Views: 1975

a difference in the toner? surely it's just toner!???? Apparently not Hugh.. they had a big problem at TMT I believe of late cos toners were being made to be more 'eco-friendly', colours (especially yellows, were not remaining fast after washing cos all the acetyls or alkyds or sumthing had been tak...

Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:02 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: does anyone know a quick way to apply numbers to labels?

Replies: 22

Views: 5508

I think there is a macro that will do it in Corel... enter Alan from wings.... :lol1: I used to print off 2000 labels a time in ascending numbers for a construction companies induction stickers on their hats... did it this way in Corel. Set up a display of stickers 10 x 10 using move and duplicate t...

Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:35 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help on thin vinyl border around a lorry cab?

Replies: 3

Views: 984

:welcome:


Ian :lol1:

Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:35 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: 3mm aluminium plate, supplier of...

Replies: 4

Views: 1277

Thanks guys, didn't think of William Smith, use them occasionally anyways and they are fairly close to me....

Thanks again

Ian :lol1:

Fri Aug 14, 2009 10:46 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: 3mm aluminium plate, supplier of...

Replies: 4

Views: 1277

3mm aluminium plate, supplier of...

Hi

Does anyone know if any of the major suppliers actually deal in 3mm ali plate, road sign sort of thing.

Otherwise any suppliers in the North East somewhere

Thanks

Ian :lol1:

Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:09 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: New laser, do I need old inkjet

Replies: 9

Views: 1975

That's a very good idea Hugh...... with new equipment coming soon I expect I should be target mailing pretty heavily.... but if I don't get round to it then of course you may have the dear old epson...

Ian :lol1:

Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:25 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: New laser, do I need old inkjet

Replies: 9

Views: 1975

New laser, do I need old inkjet

Hi

Just got our new oki A3 laser set up, prints lovely.... can I ditch our old epson r265 do you think... my thoughts yes cos if we tend not to use it then surely jets will clog pretty quickly

Ian :lol1:

Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:31 am

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: best media and profiles for a JVC or JV33

Replies: 11

Views: 6306

Thanks John, Colin I will be using rasterlink pro 4 as bundled, machine ordered thru Signmaster, of course will be thinking of many things to ask during the 2 days training..

Ian :lol1:

Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:52 am

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: best media and profiles for a JVC or JV33

Replies: 11

Views: 6306

best media and profiles for a JVC or JV33

yipee Looked in my piggy bank this morning, seems I can finally get a JVC 130. Can anyone help me by suggesting which media provider to go for, one that has good profiles available for the Mimakis. Thinking of banner, 5-7, cast, canvas ... One supplier best or pick and mix do you think? Use mactac (...

Mon Aug 10, 2009 6:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Slider Sign advice

Replies: 16

Views: 1142

Actually I don't think that's strictly true... like burglar alarms in residential streets, thieves (dedicated and opportunists) tend to shy away from difficult entries and go for the softer targets... Pal of mine makes security stuff and he does it in reverse to what has been mentioned, 1 inch squar...

Sun Aug 09, 2009 12:43 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: CorelDraw to SignPal problem

Replies: 2

Views: 1066

Hi no idea but you could try converting to curves if it isn't already, breaking it apart,try it, then combining or welding some of it again,.. not scientific reasoning but maybe fiddling with it like this will cure your problem .. I cut with a fill and no outline but I know many cut using hairlines ...

Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:52 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Date imprint removal from photographs

Replies: 15

Views: 1196

Thinking again (dangerous for me, prob just as daft), when you take the pic the date and time stamp is not set to display, i.e. the pic is say a JPEG, you then tell camera to put date & time on it, overlaid on top with another file type. Can you not just go back to original file in camera and do...

Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:46 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Date imprint removal from photographs

Replies: 15

Views: 1196

Your probably right Steve, just thought that since you can access and alter all the different original settings on a raw file then perhaps the date stamp might be held in a separate alterable 'box' too.

Ian :lol1:

Fri Aug 07, 2009 2:12 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Is upgrade of sp 300-540 still available anywhere?

Replies: 13

Views: 3163

Yes Jason, I believe it's that sort of upgrade I am recalling...

Ian :lol1:

Fri Aug 07, 2009 12:20 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Is upgrade of sp 300-540 still available anywhere?

Replies: 13

Views: 3163

Thanks for the responses, sorry to confuse but I don't know the facts either. As I was aware (and could be wrong) the upgrade was/is available for cadets and older versacamms, it included new inks, ink lines jets, updated versaworks (faster printing +) perhaps new mainboard etc etc... converting old...

Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:25 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Date imprint removal from photographs

Replies: 15

Views: 1196

Hi

I think it should be possible if you took the pictures in 'raw' format as opposed to JPEG.... you probably didn't though, but at least it's a possibility...

Ian :lol1:

Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:11 pm

Forum: Mimaki Cutters

Topic: Does anyone run a JV3 on a 64 bit PC?

Replies: 2

Views: 2407

Got told the same Steve, no drivers for 64 bit platforms as yet from mimaki, don't know if there is a private fix for this other than using vista 64 clickable downgrade to 32 platform...

Ian :lol1:

Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:00 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Is upgrade of sp 300-540 still available anywhere?

Replies: 13

Views: 3163

Is upgrade of sp 300-540 still available anywhere?

Hi Versacamm sp300 and sp540, Both seem pretty good machines but I was looking towards having the upgrade to the newer inks and later versaworks put in + 1 years Roland warranty(circa £900) before. I contacted Roland but they said they were no longer doing the upgrades but maybe one of their dealers...

Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:33 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Accurately positioning objects: Corel X4

Replies: 11

Views: 2668

oops that went wrong, use the rectangle (usually) of your sign blank to drag, right click to duplicate and read measurements from this.

Ian :lol1:

Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:42 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: can anyone help please my printer is going slow

Replies: 21

Views: 2957

If the laptop used to do it then it should still do it, so something is slowing laptop down. Try a registery clean perhaps (I use eusing reg cleaner, free to download) Could be something silly like a lead or a dust blocked fan on the laptop, I put my laptops on a couple of blocks of wood to help cir...

Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:03 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Is it okay to use other vinyl for pvc banners?

Replies: 12

Views: 1413

Yes, will be fine indoors.... use matt perhaps.. A lot of people just use ordinary vinyl for banners in any case e.g. oracal 651, I don't cos it can wrinkle in windy positions if the banner is not taught or when rolled up often. However to match a corporate colour for a yearly exhibition I had to us...

Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:27 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Best way to cut and seal reflective.

Replies: 3

Views: 694

Thanks for that info Stuart and Phil... definitely food for thought.

Thanks again

Ian :lol1:

Tue Jul 28, 2009 9:56 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Best way to cut and seal reflective.

Replies: 3

Views: 694

Best way to cut and seal reflective.

Hi What are peoples views on cutting and sealing high grade reflectives i.e. diamond grade, glass bead. My plotters don't really like cutting it even on full force and going slow + knives last about three seconds!. What would be a solution, I only need to cut areas 24 x 24 " approx... Flat bed ...

Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Which is the best hot air gun?

Replies: 13

Views: 1217

Which is the best hot air gun?

Hi

Just lost my last hair drier (had 6 that were in each letting room of an inn that we moved out of)... so for a more professional approach can anyone recommend a good hot air gun, heat sensor etc for moving towards wrapping etc...

Ian :lol1:

Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:31 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Convert logo for Corel X3

Replies: 6

Views: 2218

Hi Tim

just to put your mind at rest it does import as pdf into X4 (some of the shading is out a little though for some reason).

Sorry, don't seem able to put an attachment her (or I'm not trying in correct way), but someone of more knowledge will pop along here soon I am sure.

Ian :lol1:

Wed Jul 22, 2009 9:01 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Stealing of photos

Replies: 12

Views: 1218

As Graeme says Jason.... lawyer/solicitor time, just to see what ballpark figure you're looking at.. sure it's cheaper for them as an out of court settlement, so what? If they've used your pictures without your permission, to compete with you using your pictures as their own then they are in deep (o...

Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:24 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can anyone help me source sandblast vinyl please?

Replies: 6

Views: 706

google for 'Aslan', they do three thicknesses

ian :lol1:

Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:46 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: why is my laminator not powering up

Replies: 12

Views: 1941

Hi If only a cold lam then would think there's no dastardly electronics ... so, as said could be power supply if it has one i.e. motor is not 240ac. Then to the motor Does it had an illuminated panel, does this light Only other thing which is decidedly possible is safety switch/es connections or swi...

Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:19 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Partial wrap of white vehicles - which substrate?

Replies: 4

Views: 856

Yes will do, looking to steer him towards a central theme for the design but each cab different in colour or pictorals.. should be fun and a good showcase for my new gear.

Ian :lol1:

Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:58 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Partial wrap of white vehicles - which substrate?

Replies: 4

Views: 856

That's both the beauty and the scary part Jason, customer will give me a free hand to offer designs. Nothing on paper or PC yet as a design, am meeting him this morning. I've got a month or so to build up this job, pretty good really cos my print & cut doesn't arrive till 2nd week in August.. pr...

Sun Jul 19, 2009 8:30 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Partial wrap of white vehicles - which substrate?

Replies: 4

Views: 856

Partial wrap of white vehicles - which substrate?

Hi and good morning I have been asked to design, print & wrap (well 3/4 wrap) a fleet of trucks, all white cabs. Now since is my first foray into this wonderful area I am pretty green around the gills. My initial question is whether it is better to print on white or clear vinyl.. if white then t...

Fri Jul 17, 2009 10:51 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: sandblasting of sandstone perplexity..

Replies: 6

Views: 5142

Good advice, thank you.

Ian :lol1:

Fri Jul 17, 2009 10:40 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: sandblasting of sandstone perplexity..

Replies: 6

Views: 5142

Aha... neglected to say Graeme that prior to putting on the varnish I applied stone sealer to the block, the varnish peeled off in one lump. With the interior filler I am now thinking of putting in a little yellow (sand ) colouring but I expect I should be able to remove it from the pores with a wir...

Fri Jul 17, 2009 8:38 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: sandblasting of sandstone perplexity..

Replies: 6

Views: 5142

Actually 4 coats of water based varnish and the mask stuck very well..... unfortunately 4 coats of water based varnish DID turn out to be a better sandblast resist than the stencil itself so no flippin joy there.... :( Eureka moment at 4am this morning, shall now try either interior fine filler sand...

Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:03 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can anyone advise on applying vinyl when wet and windy

Replies: 31

Views: 3910

Same as Jill I'm afraid John, never ever used clear since cos in the wet it didn't allow vinyl to stick to surface, no idea why... perhaps they've altered the formula now though, that was some years ago. A small tip for anyone that doesn't know... as well as masking tape keep a roll of duct tape in ...

Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:20 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: sandblasting of sandstone perplexity..

Replies: 6

Views: 5142

Well so far so good, 4 coats of water based varnish (plumped for that in case PVA turned out to be a better sandblast resist than the stencil itself) and now stencil is attached nice to the smooth surface, just waiting for some new grit to arrive then give it a go.

Ian :lol1:

Mon Jul 13, 2009 3:56 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: sandblasting of sandstone perplexity..

Replies: 6

Views: 5142

sandblasting of sandstone perplexity..

Hi A customer for whom I printed t-shirt with a chest logo has dumped out side my door a piece of sandstone which he would like me to re-create his logo by sandblasting it and then put it as a keystone in a wall. Now he knows I have done a bit of sandblasting but I have never tried sandstone, only s...

Sat Jul 11, 2009 9:43 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can someone help with exporting please?

Replies: 11

Views: 2881

Probably a dumb question, I am not so hot with web stuff, but how big is a webpage? I mean if I design a bitmap on an A4 base and then export to a web page the design comes in more than twice as large as I want, leading me to assume that a webpage is less than A5... :roll: As I said, am pretty thick...

Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:48 pm

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: should i buy second hand summa d60

Replies: 15

Views: 8852

All the best with your venture Kev, hope it gives you pleasure.

Ian :lol1:

Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The spirit of Clinton is alive and well??

Replies: 12

Views: 896

I think that's the spirit of any red blooded man Harry.. when faced with that outlook! Like the reaction on the face of the guy on the right....

Ian :lol1:

Thu Jul 09, 2009 4:11 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Removing 5 year old film from a van

Replies: 11

Views: 1288

Hi Michael As you say heat is one of best things to remove the vinyl itself, there are proprietory vinyl removers but I've never needed to try these so can't comment. Removing the residue, depends on how ande when vinyl was put on in first place and what kind of vinyl... worst scenario that it was a...

Tue Jul 07, 2009 5:34 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: How do I work out 'Candelas'

Replies: 4

Views: 1959

Very good idea Kev... especially, and I kid you not, the shop is directly joined onto the main county council offices.. :lol1:

Ian :lol1:

Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:17 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: How do I work out 'Candelas'

Replies: 4

Views: 1959

Ah, I see what you mean Kevin, thanks, of course you are right on that part... Yes will still be 820 candelas/sqm but 1 meter squared showing as emitting light and not 4 meter squared... that's the bit I don't get about the council requirements, they just want size of sign and it seems potential out...

Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:01 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: How do I work out 'Candelas'

Replies: 4

Views: 1959

How do I work out 'Candelas'

Hi County Council now want me to more accurately tell them of a proposed signs luminance, 850 candelas/meter square no longer works with every illuminated facia box. Thing is I have receieved notice of 820 candelas per square meter from manufacturer for 5mm opal acrylic... fine..... but I am proposi...

Mon Jul 06, 2009 6:18 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Suppliers of panel trim for 3mm ali please

Replies: 3

Views: 1228

Thanks Gary & Dan

I use Amari for some stuff anyway, never give them a thought, will look into it.

Found Cherwells myself, Proframe, published trade price about £30 per 6 meter lengths in coloured, so there's another for the list.

Thanks again

Ian :lol1:

Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:46 pm

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: should i buy second hand summa d60

Replies: 15

Views: 8852

Hi Kev Doesn't really matter if it's been worked hard, a summa, even the basic one, is at the quality end of plotters.. much rather an old summa (or graphtec, roland, mimaki) than a new chinese import (unreliable, unpredictable and little support)... so providing price is right then buy it, should l...

Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:28 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Suppliers of panel trim for 3mm ali please

Replies: 3

Views: 1228

Suppliers of panel trim for 3mm ali please

Hi I have a request for a sign to be mounted upon pretty flat brickwork, thinking of using 3mm comp aluminium with a basic/cheapish frame surrounding into which panel will fit. I am sure this trim/framing must be available somewhere in 5 meter lengths with 3mm 'insert', can anyone point me in right ...

Sun Jul 05, 2009 10:29 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: wheel cover suppliers

Replies: 2

Views: 462

Hi Neil Grafityp are certainly one supplier, both plastic and stainless, cheap and quick delivery... In fact ordered and received some several weeks ago, didn't realise one was damaged at the time of receiving but a phone call to them when I did notice resulted in a next day replacement, no question...

Sat Jul 04, 2009 12:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone advise me on copyright laws please?

Replies: 14

Views: 1492

I think for your needs from what you say, you are looking for corporate/ car/bike logos, maybe boy racer stuff as well as other clipart then first stop might be to google 'brands of the world', filled with usually vector logos to download..... site is totally legitimate as far as I am aware but as h...

Sat Jul 04, 2009 12:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone advise me on copyright laws please?

Replies: 14

Views: 1492

Well then go for it Fred, best wishes. You mention vinyl, I presume you have a plotter rather than a vinyl printer, therefore you need to get your head around a vector drawing programme like Coreldraw or Illustrator, that in itself should keep you occupied for several years, I'm still trying to find...

Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:05 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone advise me on copyright laws please?

Replies: 14

Views: 1492

Hi Fred, ........... welcome. Please don't think I'm trying to be flippant but you do not mention if you have skills in graphic design.. it's not as easy as taking something off a web page (which is unlikely to have a good enough resolution) and working on it to output to a printer or cutter and the...

Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: lighting for my unit

Replies: 9

Views: 930

As John has just said, double up the circuits, in one of my rooms (no window), only 5 meter x 4 meter I have put 4 x 4ft single daylights on two circuits, walls and ceiling white..... plenty bright enough after 10 mins warming up (bright enough initially as well), still plenty light with only two ru...

Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: lighting for my unit

Replies: 9

Views: 930

Oh, I am assuming you have small/medium workshop .... there are other industrial light fittings that work for larger areas....

Ian :lol1:

Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: lighting for my unit

Replies: 9

Views: 930

Hi Scott I would stick with the strip lights, maybe double them up and then fit daylight tubes in. Halogens seem brighter but throw out an unnatural, although bright, light, you won't see the true colours with normal halogens. I believe you can get halogens closer to the daylight spectrum (6000+) bu...

Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:35 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: What process do you use for logo design?

Replies: 11

Views: 3477

see where you're coming from but if illustrators anything like Corel then perhaps get a wacom tablet and design on that into Illy, once you get used to it then Illy will be better for this work and you can do much more than drawing a couple of lines or writing text.
Ian

Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:02 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: What process do you use for logo design?

Replies: 11

Views: 3477

As John says Liam, Illustrator would be good for you to get to grips with as your main logo design software, by far the most logos would be designed with a basically vector programme such as illustrator rather than a mainly bitmap editor such as Photoshop.

Ian :lol1:

Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A bit of a request, has anyone done anything like this?

Replies: 15

Views: 1718

Hi Sounds like you'll be losing on this one in hourly rate anyways but if it's a 'friend' job why not try do it good and get more business for the future... You could cut a steel rim in half also, should only take 10 mins or so with a decent stihl saw, then mount rim on facia (suitably so it doesn't...

Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:46 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: How do I get these to cut together?

Replies: 9

Views: 2056

Then again I would copy both colours Paul, then weld one yellow and one burg together, remove fill from this weld and set a hairline outline for the knife but no outline (which there isn't anyway) for either of the colours to be printed.

Ian :lol1:

Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:24 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: How do I get these to cut together?

Replies: 9

Views: 2056

Hi Paul Not sure what you mean, there are 2 colours so they need to be cut seperately and then applied over each other. If you mean to avoid lines/ridges in final result then make a copy of both, weld the yellow and dark red together on one copy which you then cut red and then cut yellow text to fit...

Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:23 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter Options / benefit of your experiences

Replies: 23

Views: 8959

Offset path?............ is that the same as contour that has been in Corel for decades except the illustrator method doesn't seem to have the versatility that contour in Corel has..... :lol1:

Ian :lol1:

Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:00 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vista 32-64 versus XP pro 32-64?

Replies: 4

Views: 1088

Vista 32-64 versus XP pro 32-64?

Hi Looking to upgrade my system and purchase some new equipment, utilise my older stuff too. My question is which operating system to go for, know it's been asked before but maybe there's some new views around now that Vista might have settled. Suppliers I have spoken to lean towards XP being still ...

Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:51 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Will Corel X4 import CS4 files?

Replies: 1

Views: 632

Will Corel X4 import CS4 files?

HI
Having recently decided to go with X4 since I am used to Corel as opposed to Illustrator and photoshop, I need to cover all bases r.e. customer sent and received files.
My X4 manual says X4 will import up to CS3 files but will it import CS4 ones?

Thanks in anticipation.

Ian :lol1:

Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:30 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: How would you guys do this?.

Replies: 11

Views: 3618

As Peter says, trace with 'squared' backing paper (oracal or mactac are two), then recreate in your drawing program with drawing tools (squares, nodes etc). If you try take a photograph of traced area take it from as far away as possible so it does not distort (like about 10 meters) and then magnify...

Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:34 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Trying to fix PC, help needed please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1473

Oh, I did re-install AVG and it worked second time, could then stop it continually finding my 'resident virus' and knocking out my access to programs all the time.

Ian :lol1:

Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:31 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Trying to fix PC, help needed please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1473

Thanks Joseph Yes it did not install correctly, trying to open through programs or with that little button brought up an error message. Most is working Ok-ish at moment, had to re-install a lot of stuff, signlab 5 is causing problems cause it's an old disk and I've long since lost the serial number....

Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:39 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Trying to fix PC, help needed please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1473

Trying to fix PC, help needed please?

Hi been getting annoyed with spam email (aim.com) recently so decided to do something about it. Not ever having worried about viruses, spam, spyware etc before I have no security in place. So my bright idea was to download free AVG anti virus, spyware thingy which I researched was a good product. AV...

Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:52 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cutting/splitting rolls of vinyl in two?

Replies: 15

Views: 1518

Didn't mean supplier to cut Kev, but Owen, carefully on a nice clean table....

Ian :lol1:

Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:21 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cutting/splitting rolls of vinyl in two?

Replies: 15

Views: 1518

HI Owen
Maybe I'm missing something, if so apologies.. to cut 10 meters of 54" vinyl into 2 x 28" or 1 x 30" and 1 x 24" would only take 2 mins with a stanley knife and a 1 or 2 meter straight edge.

Ian :lol1:

Mon Jun 01, 2009 2:53 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Running a cutter from a generator?

Replies: 8

Views: 3161

Cutters don't take much power, a few hundred watts only, big printers take lots more, up to 2000 wattsfor general sign application ones. If only a cutter then as said a geni + ups or leisure batteries and an invertor.... go for more expensive invertors that convert DC to sine wave as opposed to dc t...

Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:35 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: who supplies good wheel covers?

Replies: 6

Views: 712

Grafityp also

Ian :lol1:

Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:26 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Mimaki, Which ink config do you think

Replies: 3

Views: 1216

Thanks for that John, hadn't considered the points you mentioned, very valid ones. Strangely just had a customer call asking if I could run off some (not a lot) clear stickers with white on :roll: , seemed like a job for an edge but he wants them to have a translucent quality, rather like stained gl...

Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:47 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Mimaki, Which ink config do you think

Replies: 3

Views: 1216

Mimaki, Which ink config do you think

Hi Looking to buy a CJV3 in near future. Two of the suppliers I have contacted and asked the question, suggest I configure the printer as 2 x CMYK rather than CMYK - light M, light C, white. I have mentioned that I do not expect to be doing overnight runs at first, probably about 10 hours per week b...

Sat May 30, 2009 12:20 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: help with a scooter wrap please?

Replies: 14

Views: 6268

Hi Dale You don't say if the wrap is a printed one or not, it's the print that has lower life expectancy than cast vinyls used with wraps... with lamination and current solvent (even eco-solv) inks you're likely to get double the 18 months at least for a print in this climate i.e. no sun.... 10 year...

Thu May 28, 2009 7:56 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: Craft Robo

Replies: 8

Views: 3447

Hi Paul
Also depends on how small the logos / letters need to be for a RC, a good quality plotter set up right will cut lettering 3-5mm high, any less and you need a tangentical (sp?) plotter, I doubt the craft robo is such a beast.

Ian :lol1:

Sat May 23, 2009 11:36 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: First Cutter Advice

Replies: 7

Views: 3165

As John says, you might get lucky with a cheapo Chinese but probably won't, too much of a gamble. Again as John says, second hand quality machines are getteble for £400-£500 on Ebay and elsewhere. I can imagine you're itching to get started but experience makes me suggest saving that extra hundred o...

Wed May 20, 2009 1:50 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Thicker than normal vinyl?

Replies: 5

Views: 784

Aslan do sandblast in 3 thicknesses, you only need thinnest for glass but strangely the thickest cuts best on a plotter (very good in fact), set speed low with a 60o blade and you're away.....

Ian :lol1:

Tue May 19, 2009 11:31 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: upgrade to corel x4

Replies: 7

Views: 1799

Hi David Nothing magical, the dreaded Ebay only £155 + free postage for boxed version. A bit of homework and confirming details was needed e.g. UK based seller, full retail boxed version, boxed is important cos there's lots of useful stuff in there. There's a few sellers showing picture of the box b...

Tue May 19, 2009 11:08 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: upgrade to corel x4

Replies: 7

Views: 1799

Thanks for the info Gary, looking forward to seeing the differences I've heard about...

Ian :lol1:

Tue May 19, 2009 10:20 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: upgrade to corel x4

Replies: 7

Views: 1799

upgrade to corel x4

Hi Just bought corel x4 full retail pack (nice price too). Can anyone confirm that when I install it my corel 12 files will open without problems in x4. Also since it's not an upgrade (upgrades don't come with the manuals/clipart books) I presume that corel 12 will remain on my system and I will hav...

Sat May 02, 2009 5:49 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Photoshop onto illustrator

Replies: 10

Views: 4845

mod-edit I agree adobe stuff is used by professionals by and large but that is historic, that was all that was about on macs years ago so colleges taught adobe, print houses used it and nothing else. Then along came corel in PC and messed up adobe's little World, Corel being more user friendly and ...

Sat May 02, 2009 1:56 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Photoshop onto illustrator

Replies: 10

Views: 4845

As John says Iain, illoustrator being vector is easy to use to output to a plotter, with photoshop it is printer territory. My problem, since I am considering getting a printer soon is I have used Coreldraw and corel photopaint for years but most designs from customers seem to come in from illustrat...

Fri May 01, 2009 8:48 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: On the way home

Replies: 31

Views: 2409

You can drive it?? Might I please ask wot is it?
Got something like it out of a kinder egg once but didn't realise it could be scaled up......

Ian :lol1:

Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:00 am

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: does anyone have any updated news on the mimaki CJV3?

Replies: 30

Views: 10984

Any retailers of Mimakis in the North East - North that we could go to for a demo, can't find any on a google search.

Ian :lol1:

Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:02 am

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: does anyone have any updated news on the mimaki CJV3?

Replies: 30

Views: 10984

Good info Aleksandar and others, swaying me away from Roland now. Could anyone give rough buying price for the CJV 130 and 160, not RRP as it seems deals are to be had in this present business climate. Secondly solvent or mild solvent/eco solvent (whichever the CJV can use), which is best, have the ...

Sat Apr 11, 2009 5:19 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Academic versions of Adobe CS4 and Corel X4

Replies: 20

Views: 3930

Thanks folks
Oops, my mistake, didn't realise academic stuff had such restrictions............... thanks Dave

Ian :lol1:

Sat Apr 11, 2009 2:05 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Academic versions of Adobe CS4 and Corel X4

Replies: 20

Views: 3930

Academic versions of Adobe CS4 and Corel X4

Hi Searching to upgrade both abobe and corel on my pcs I notice a lot of academic versions being touted about at around 1/2 price of no academic. Does anyone know if these are full versions or do they have components missing, for example I believe the academic version of x4 does not come with clipar...

Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:14 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Any vinyl match for pantone 'Orange 021' please.

Replies: 2

Views: 781

Any vinyl match for pantone 'Orange 021' please.

Any vinyl match for pantone 'Orange 021' please.

Tend to use Mactac and Avery but any other, Oracal etc fine if it matches closer.

On a side note why doesn't Corel have RAL colour scheme in it's palettes or anm I looking in wrong place perhaps.

Thanks in advance.

Ian :lol1:

Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:51 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Etched vinyl application

Replies: 18

Views: 4186

I often us a half way house technique on glass, mist window lightly with water, no soap, use towels to almost dry window (depending on how cold or hot, direct sun etc) then apply... slight dampness stops it sticking like the proverbial straight away.

Ian :lol1:

Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:09 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Things I don't understand about pdf's

Replies: 21

Views: 3438

Actually Graeme Simon got me thinking when he mentioned the 'ps', I thought at first he'd missed the 'e' off the beginning, was going to look into that...... Now thanks to you I don't have to, imported as you say like a dream in ps filter.... thanks people. I'm going to seriously have to get up to s...

Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:41 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Things I don't understand about pdf's

Replies: 21

Views: 3438

Oh, sorry

Iuse pc John, not mac

Ian :lol1:

Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:40 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Things I don't understand about pdf's

Replies: 21

Views: 3438

Thank you all for your replies, will take on board (Alans as well when I can understand it :lol1: I am creature of small brain but I know for long time that Alan especially knows his Corel stuff). Nearly happened again tonight after I started this thread, customer sent me logo, swore it was EPS, eas...

Wed Apr 08, 2009 2:56 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Things I don't understand about pdf's

Replies: 21

Views: 3438

Things I don't understand about pdf's

Hi Could anyone gently explain to me about pdf's, as our business grows we are getting more enquiries from potential customers that send us pdf files and they expect them in return. Firstly, we design in Corel as a rule, if we publish to pdf at 1:1 size and send to customer can customer always view ...

Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:36 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: how to curve shapes and straight lines

Replies: 9

Views: 1812

click on square - arrange - envelope - click on 'add new' then click on single arc (second pic) - select middle point with mouse, hold down shift key and bend outwards... hope that makes sense Adele...

Ian :lol1:

Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:15 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Everythings turning green

Replies: 7

Views: 2255

Well done for finding it Steve, it's so often the little things that confuse cos we're tending to look at complex stuff beyond that.

Ian :lol1:

Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:13 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Default font in flexi?

Replies: 7

Views: 4204

Can't help I'm afraid Craig, but think yourself lucky maybe..... my bitstream font navigator once un-installed every font on my system including wiondows ones except one Arabic (I think) font..was great fun for a computer illiterate like myself to get stuff back on my system, entirely by trial and e...

Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:30 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Corel Draw "tip of the day" thread

Replies: 40

Views: 8606

Rob, how much of this will go in a paid for section? Alan D Was wondering same, pity if it does cos I got Corel and it's an interesting thread. Ian :lol1: thought i had already explained earlier in the thread. I would be interested in your concerns? Maybe I got it wrong Rob, but I thought you said ...

Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:13 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Corel Draw "tip of the day" thread

Replies: 40

Views: 8606

Alan Drury wrote:Rob, how much of this will go in a paid for section?
Alan D


Was wondering same, pity if it does cos I got Corel and it's an interesting thread.

Ian :lol1:

Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:14 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: CNC Router - AXYZ Second User Machine - Is it worth it?

Replies: 7

Views: 5748

Hi I am looking into similar purchase, approx 30k investment but not sure as yet cos have not started the research into how much work I could obtain. One of biggest drawbacks to me is the extra space I would need, which including rent and rates comes out at about £250 extra per week, I would need to...

Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:54 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: What would make you upgrade?

Replies: 21

Views: 5365

Interesting question Alan. For me.... Presently I work in Corel and export for cutting to Signlab (don't use signlab except for this purpose). I do this because, although I know you cancut direct from Corel (or use an add on) it is a fiddely process compared to Signlab, i.e. in Corel you have to pos...

Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:07 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Printed vinyl for a wheel cover?

Replies: 2

Views: 661

Printed vinyl for a wheel cover?

Hi

I normally use banner vinyls to make designs on spare wheel covers but someone requires a printed design.

Are there special vinyls that will take the possible occasional 'scrunching up' if applied as a disc on a spare wheel cover?

Ian :lol1:

Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:26 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Files for Signlab

Replies: 12

Views: 4214

Hi Mathew Ah, the wonderful world of designers and illustrator. Best scenario, an eps designed in illi will import straight into your signlab. You can ask designer if he would provide a selection of file types for you to try, eps, ai or pdf, but a lot of them are completely unhelpful in my experienc...

Sat Mar 21, 2009 1:03 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyling onto a banner?

Replies: 17

Views: 2022

I presume you know that you have to use banner vinyl not the general stuff

Ian :lol1:

Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:36 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Bizarre font problem

Replies: 4

Views: 1043

Yes Alan, am using FN version that came with 12, and agree it could be that since I have experience of FN being tempremental on other matters (once seems it decided to delete all of my installed fonts inc. windows ones!!!) Thanks to kind assistance I've solved my problem in another way (converted th...

Thu Mar 19, 2009 4:50 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Bizarre font problem

Replies: 4

Views: 1043

Bizarre font problem

Hi just downloaded and installed some open type fonts onto my system. Thing is they show up in Photopaint and even in microsoft word but only about half of them (6 out of 13) show up in Coreldraw (12)... Any ideas, I've tried deleting and reinstg but same results, what on Earth is going on? Ian :lol1:

Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help on Fitting Posts

Replies: 12

Views: 1287

Hello Mathew As Ian says, dig tight hole, no more than 30", plop in post, wet hole with bucket water, chuck in postcrete, pour another bucket water in, you got time to level post with ordinary level if don't have wrap around.. bring some sticks with you and drive a couple nails in post then pro...

Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:15 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Is it possible to sharpen the cutter blade?

Replies: 9

Views: 4627

Not a keen fanof Chinese stuff of course but I got 12 blades for about £12 off ebay and they are not bad at all.

As to sharpening, not really by yourself but strangely I used to find if I used the old ones to cut reflective it used to sharpen them up quite a bit.

Ian :lol1:

Sun Mar 15, 2009 2:17 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: can anyone advise me on buying cutter/printer?

Replies: 6

Views: 2656

Hi Lucy

Would avoid the chinese route at all costs, likely to bring upset soon down the road if not immediately.

If you are doing more than 4-5 prints a week then look for a reasonable second user, any less it is cheaper overall to farm out to a trade printer I would imagine.

Ian :lol1:

Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:29 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help me with corel X4 edge effects please?

Replies: 7

Views: 1522

You need to apply a mask Earl, then 'mask - mask outline - feather'

Ian :lol1:

Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: which sould i choose a wide format printer or CNC router?

Replies: 15

Views: 1567

Thank you all for your thoughts...... yes difficult decision at first but now increasingly heading towards 3d CNC (perhaps both hopefully). As said printed stuff c easier be out sourced, around my area there won't be flocks of people expecting a printed whatever delivered in a few hours for them, bu...

Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:57 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: which sould i choose a wide format printer or CNC router?

Replies: 15

Views: 1567

which sould i choose a wide format printer or CNC router?

Hi Despite the scaremongers of a month or so ago :lol1: pressing people to buy before the prices went up cos of the sterling crisis and World recession, true prices have gone up but I believe they will come crashing down in near future, so am looking to buy capital equipment circa £20,000. Was looki...

Mon Mar 09, 2009 5:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Drop flags, mesh possible?

Replies: 8

Views: 756

Hi guys
Thanks for the input thus far, giving me some good ideas.

They are on flagpoles approx 6 meter high, all that's there at moment is the top horizontal bar, the customer is sending further details of the previous supplier used in next few days.

Ian :lol1:

Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Drop flags, mesh possible?

Replies: 8

Views: 756

Drop flags, mesh possible?

Hi Have a customer wanting several 'drop flags' approx 1 meter width x 3 meters down, held by horizontal bars top and bottom. The location is in a very windy spot and similar flags they have had in the past have not lasted too long, being ripped by the wind. Does anyone know if mesh material would b...

Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:21 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Birthday Pressie To Myself

Replies: 34

Views: 3142

It's annoying cos it seems a sacrilage to suggest even a teensy weeny pinstripe or small class emblem to make it even better.....

Ian :lol1:

Sun Mar 08, 2009 1:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: heat cracking windows

Replies: 8

Views: 954

Glass tends to crack from the bottom centre (but not always) cos that is where most of the weight is upon it + uneven putty support + where it is held unmovable the most. Glass will expand if heated uniformally but if heat is applied locally then it will not conduct throughout and cracking will occu...

Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:40 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Can you wrap all the panels on a smart roadster?

Replies: 26

Views: 7593

2 out of three Dave, but if 0-60 in 11.7 secs and a top of only 109mph is considered very fast then I can only assume you're comparing it with a Rickshaw sir...... :lol1:

Ian :lol1:

Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:41 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: PDF files - editing?

Replies: 3

Views: 469

PDF files - editing?

Hi Downloaded a PDF relating to a business plan template from a bank which I need to fill in at some point. Seems all I can do is print it and fill in by hand but would rather be able to open it and fill in the boxes on screen. Tried copying and pasting into word but boxes (table cells) would not co...

Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:27 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: My 'RESIDENT' HP Engineer

Replies: 13

Views: 1044

looks like it was a hell of a fight!

Ian :lol1:

Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:19 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: My 'RESIDENT' HP Engineer

Replies: 13

Views: 1044

Harry Cleary wrote:
Ian Muir wrote:Probably a cheap Chinese copy... are you sure it's not a Roland?


Roland Rat? That's a mouse, is it not? :D


Poetic licence dear boy... poetic licence... :lol1:

Ian :lol1:

Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:18 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: My 'RESIDENT' HP Engineer

Replies: 13

Views: 1044

Harry Cleary wrote:
Ian Muir wrote:Probably a cheap Chinese copy... are you sure it's not a Roland?


Roland Rat? That's a mouse, is it not? :D


Poetic licence dear boy... poetic licence... :lol1:

Ian :lol1:

Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: My 'RESIDENT' HP Engineer

Replies: 13

Views: 1044

Probably a cheap Chinese copy... are you sure it's not a Roland?

Or perhaps 'Roland and HP amalgamate'........

Ian :lol1: :lol1:

Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:24 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: which one do i use serial/parrallel to usb for cx24?

Replies: 3

Views: 1748

Hi Gert Just from memory LPT is a parallel port outlet so your serial port settings won't makwe a difference. I have cx24 connected to a parallel (LPT) port and you don't need any settings. If you are using a serial connection look for a com 1 or com 2 output and make your settings in there. Hope th...

Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Ezytaper vs Laminator

Replies: 25

Views: 2508

The 'big squeegee' is touted about a lot as a very good tool, will laminate or apply prints to 8x4's without creases and bubbles... not a lot of dosh either.

Ian :lol1:

Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:27 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: What do you think of this T'shirt design

Replies: 17

Views: 5183

Yellow is a lot better in my opinion.... is shirt for an inkjet guy or for an employee who comes round topping up the coffee cups Aaron?

Ian :lol1:

Sat Feb 28, 2009 1:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: You think you had a bad start to the day!

Replies: 24

Views: 1671

Am I missing something here.. is not the picture of the front compartment simply that of the front pulley to which the cooling fan would have been attached... unlike cars (most) with engines in front, modern trucks (with exception of some Scanias) have centrally mounted or even mounted rear to the d...

Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Any other wording for 'Cafe' or 'Tea rooms' ?

Replies: 25

Views: 1708

Healthy eating it ain't Micky, but in this case it is good wholesome fayre.... up here healthy eating is when you don't ask for your Mars Bar to be battered and deep fried.....

Ian :lol1:

Sat Feb 28, 2009 7:43 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Any other wording for 'Cafe' or 'Tea rooms' ?

Replies: 25

Views: 1708

Thanks for all the input guys....... food for thought as they say!

Not so sure about the giant fibreglass Humpty Dumpty on the roof but I can only suggest it to them and see if they like the idea... :lol1:

Ian :lol1:

Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Any other wording for 'Cafe' or 'Tea rooms' ?

Replies: 25

Views: 1708

Any other wording for 'Cafe' or 'Tea rooms' ?

Hi folks Have a customer who had old sign saying 'tea rooms' + other stuff. New sign at first was to say 'Cafe' cos they also do sit down meals, now the family are split, some saying 'cafe' makes it sound too down market others saying 'tea rooms' does not explain what is available. Cafe or tea room ...

Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:48 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Layout Templates

Replies: 8

Views: 2385

Oops sorry George and everyone else, thought a google of 'pudding' or 'proof of pudding' might get there. Software is only small size, hit control and F1 and cursor turns into crosshair to marquee select the screen capture.... you can save as PDF, email capture or print it. Here it is... http://www....

Thu Feb 26, 2009 7:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Gala Day Signs & Bunting

Replies: 3

Views: 667

As do Hmpshire flags (I think)....

Ian :lol1:

Thu Feb 26, 2009 5:44 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Layout Templates

Replies: 8

Views: 2385

On this or another sign forum recently got something called pudding or proof of the pudding, freeware from a recognised sign expert (google it)........ instant screen capture, medium res image to avoid copying with proof written through it as watermark and adjustable copyright wording.

Ian :lol1:

Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: crane operator required

Replies: 15

Views: 997

He has to live up there perhaps cos that's how the others get down and back up.... in the bucket of the crane...

Ian :lol1:

Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:42 am

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: Summacut D60/U

Replies: 6

Views: 7791

I never liked the idea of rollers so close to back of a machine, maybe some are better than others' but I found with full rolls the inertia could cause miss tracking. I just mocked up some brackets on the wall (or under homemade cutter stand) that hold a 70mm piece of plastic pipe 6" longer tha...

Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:04 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Layering banner vinyl

Replies: 10

Views: 1527

I usually apply vinyl to banners wet cos of potential uneven surface, no soap just sprayed water, the vinyl grabs quickly in any event, not had a problem laying layers in the past... not to say I won't in the future though.. :lol1:

Ian :lol1:

Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:50 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Worse than doing my own logo.....

Replies: 38

Views: 11048

dunno???

Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:33 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Worse than doing my own logo.....

Replies: 38

Views: 11048

I might be barking up wrong street John but if it's a logo for his business then would it not be better as a simple 1-2-3 colour logo rather than digi print from point of view of his administration stuff e.g. invoices that may be photo copied into black and white by his customers as one example? A m...

Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: SuppliersAluminium posts, fixings, back rails in N.E. please

Replies: 2

Views: 491

Thank Glenn, will try tomorrow.

Ian :lol1:

Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: SuppliersAluminium posts, fixings, back rails in N.E. please

Replies: 2

Views: 491

SuppliersAluminium posts, fixings, back rails in N.E. please

Hi anybody know of suppliers around this area please; Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham, Darlington EtC Etc....

Ian :lol1:

Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:44 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Why can't I print blue?

Replies: 20

Views: 3225

Morning Karl.. Don't know if it will help (Idon't have vinyl printer) but once before my blues were looking purple on the screen and blues were printing out purple at one point on my normal inkjet. Turned out to be colour mnanagement settings in Corel (tools - color management), no idea what they al...

Sat Feb 21, 2009 1:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Traditional look, aluminium composite and non wood border

Replies: 6

Views: 788

Thinking about it I believe you're right Phil, it's probably my not brilliant painting that always made my new signs look a bit 'rough' if you see what I mean... a well painted wooden sign in one colour does indeed look uniform.

Ian :lol1:

Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:56 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Traditional look, aluminium composite and non wood border

Replies: 6

Views: 788

Thank you very much Phil and Lynn... job sorted so to speak, at those prices it seems stupid of me to consider fabricating a trad look sign from ali composite and 'something else' to frame it. One thing I never liked about fibreglass signs was the same colour surround and face, always looked to me a...

Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:45 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Where can I buy Grade 1 Reflective Vinyl

Replies: 21

Views: 3589

Rob, sorry for confusion, but I did mention triangles within a hexagonal, thought that must be 'honeycomb', didn't realise there was actual stuff called 'honeycomb' (if it hasn't been discontinued). The stuff I meant is shown in bottom right, Wm Smith carry 3m diamond grade (the rounded square patte...

Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:14 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Traditional look, aluminium composite and non wood border

Replies: 6

Views: 788

Traditional look, aluminium composite and non wood border

Hi Have a customer who wants a low maintenance sign on wall above their shop... approx 8ft x 4ft landscape. Not a conservation area but a traditional tearoom and of course it needs to be in keeping. Tried to convince that a trad wood sign painted proper would last years but no go. Therefore advice p...

Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:07 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Looking for design advice on a Mini Wrap?

Replies: 58

Views: 21035

Lot's of lovely designs but have these gone away from the brief, i.e. customers 5 year old use of particular font and 'freefone' word on as Peter mentions on page 1..

although perhaps if Peter shows customer these designs it will convince them to move from their crappy font anyway.

Ian :lol1:

Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:24 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Where can I buy Grade 1 Reflective Vinyl

Replies: 21

Views: 3589

If it has to be the honeycomb (triangles forming 'six sided units') then I'm afraid William Smith do not do it Brian.. there's is sort of rounded squares.... same grade though just different manufacturer.

Ian :lol1:

Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:28 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Very newbie ques about xbike and other outdoors applications

Replies: 6

Views: 930

Hi Gianni, welcome.

As far as I understand you want PRINT and cut, not just cut so I imagine for bike graphics you would be looking for a new Roland 300 (75cm print & cut I think), these are about 7-10.000 euro.

Ian :lol1:

Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:38 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How do you sell your business

Replies: 2

Views: 565

Hi John Is your signwork with brush or with plotter? Do you have a lettered up van, one of best forms of advertising. Very basic website would probably help, need not cost anything, as you grow the signs side of your business the website could grow also. For a small operator word of mouth counts for...

Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:42 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Help please with my own Renault Traffic

Replies: 12

Views: 3990

maybe it's the crystals doing wierd things man..... :lol1:

Ian :lol1:

Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:58 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Best way to remove graphics?

Replies: 16

Views: 2305

One way often used, remove vinyl with or without heat, remove glue with cellulose thinners Ian :lol1: I used to use that to clean the paint out of my spray gun. You would Luke, that's one of things thinners is for (gun wash is just cheap thinners anyway)...... It will also bring back like new, work...

Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:50 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Best way to remove graphics?

Replies: 16

Views: 2305

One way often used, remove vinyl with or without heat, remove glue with cellulose thinners and a soft plastic scraper and cloth (not on newly painted van though)....

Ian :lol1:

Mon Feb 16, 2009 4:25 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Roland CX-24 maximum material thickness?

Replies: 14

Views: 4427

Hi Barbara I have seen this a lot on websites, getting their units completely wrong that is. The thickest stencils you will probably meet are 500 micron or 1/2 mm.. For airbrushing you do not need thick stencils, just a glue that adheres to the material you are painting (sometimes no glue at all). I...

Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:14 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Run time errors, turning them off on pc

Replies: 4

Views: 1251

Great help I think Nick, thanks.. did not disable run time error control but put security to default and deleted temp internet files.

Opened a site I knew I always had problems with and.... no run time errors :lol1:

Did need to log on here again though.

Ian :lol1:

Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:38 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Run time errors, turning them off on pc

Replies: 4

Views: 1251

Run time errors, turning them off on pc

Hi

Recently upgraded my computer system and now it's finding 'run time errors' on almost every web page I look at, sometimes 50- 100 on one page...... is there any way to turn off this facility of looking for them as it's driving me crazy.

Thanks

Ian :lol1:

Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:49 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Truck Wrap: Hydro Cleansing

Replies: 8

Views: 2190

That is one seriously scary truck, hope I never meet it when I'm staggering out of the pub... :lol1: I'd think I'd been transported back to the sixties.... Austin Powers springs to mind...

Ian :lol1:

Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:57 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Learning to wrap...

Replies: 26

Views: 9648

Appreciate your comments Jason and Robert, my original thoughts still stand. Wrapping is not something that requires a 3 year apprenticeship to master, however when you are first shown and go on to do your first wraps alone then, as Jason mentions, 6 months down the line you may find you (and the vi...

Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:01 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Learning to wrap...

Replies: 26

Views: 9648

Wrapping (the physical action, not the design) is not rocket science, it is a skill that can be learnt and one that you will get better at with time. Thing is the benefit of seeing and picking the brains of a person/s who are used to doing wraps and trying to do it with them will save much time in l...

Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:12 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help i need to get some work!!

Replies: 67

Views: 8122

That'll impress Ian :lol1: :lol1: Yes Phil that does leave an impression with me.... :roll: :shake: . Was co-erced into teaching that business studies bull at college once whilst normal lecturer was on extended leave, absolutely hated the psuedo scientific reasoning behind it. Having difficulty put...

Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Is Black Stig coming back to Top Gear?

Replies: 12

Views: 1554

[quote="Shane Drew I actually like the guy..... for the most part. Wish he'd watch his language in TV interviews though :oops: [/quote] Are you talking about our esteemed Scottish (sorry British) PM or that middle class, private educated, chancer, (oh i swore !) Mr Clarkson, Shane? Ian :lol1:

Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:34 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help i need to get some work!!

Replies: 67

Views: 8122

Well put....... well put???? Sorry, sounds like one of those gobbly-de gook- management mantras you buy from a station platform booksellers for 3.95 to try keep you occupied while you're on the train heading to your next '''important''' business meeting.... for example John mentions in his poem 'And...

Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Another Friday Night

Replies: 39

Views: 1901

I'm making my favourite home made scotch eggs... found some sherry too....

ian :lol1:

Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:17 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: turning back from uniform to versacamm

Replies: 15

Views: 5339

Seems on the face of it that you are being 'ripped' off then G if an engineer is trailing out just to change a dip switch setting.. would be interesting to just stand over the engineer and watch how he/her manages to elongate the callout time so he/her proves to you that his/her time is well spent.....

Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:40 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help i need to get some work!!

Replies: 67

Views: 8122

I agree cold calling can be an effective form of getting business Karl, I also agree that only a small proportion of businesses hate it, a larger proportion dislike it, an even larger proportion feel uneasy or intimidated by it. I feel sure that your approach to cold calling is a friendly and non it...

Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:31 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: wire-frame mode in corel draw?

Replies: 3

Views: 1238

Just had a play around Aaron, try opening a new document clicking on 'normal view then go to 'tools' > 'save settings as default'...

Ian :D

Thu Feb 05, 2009 11:43 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help i need to get some work!!

Replies: 67

Views: 8122

Seems my original post has been 'disappeared', although all it meant to do was take a humorous slant at Marks initial post asking for broad information on how to make his first million from picking the brains of people who have worked hard to grow their businesses and at the same time indicating tha...

Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:21 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Straight lines?

Replies: 4

Views: 1063

If it's straight lines you want then I would select all nodes between the ends and delete, then click on curved line that's left and turn into a straight one.

Ian :lol1:

Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:24 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How do you cut layers where images overlap ?

Replies: 5

Views: 627

Like Peter I can't see where the problem is and a picture would be good to solve it if there is one... A cut line usually just follows the outline of all objects so it seems you need to weld all the three outlines together, either across layers or bring them into same layer.. if third tick object do...

Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:09 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: can someone help with this tag line please?

Replies: 10

Views: 2614

Coming from other end of the river, up the dale so to speak, and having catered for our Sunderland tourists (who i love by the way), how about.... 'Buy one chip get two free' '3 pints of gravy with each chip' 'Guaranteed no green stuff or no red stuff (except for orangy coloured chips)' feel free to...

Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:56 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: can anyone help/advise with a roland cutter please?

Replies: 8

Views: 2488

Hi Renee, welcome. Don't know of signmate elite or Macbook pro but most, if not all sign making software will allow import of EPS / wmf files from design software... so export from Illustrator as EPS or AI and import into Elite... that should do it. Apologies if I have got wrong idea of your questio...

Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Has your turnover dropped?

Replies: 18

Views: 2116

This is only our first year since starting up again in a different and difficult part of the Country (middle of nowhere in a deprived area) but I am pleased with the amount of business we are getting over Dec-Jan- Feb (always used to be a very quiet time before). Even had a customer insisting I take...

Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:27 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: 'corrugated tipper bodies... big problem or not?

Replies: 5

Views: 832

Just to confuse issue I've been recommended Avery 900 series to do the job (by Avery, but they would wouldn,t they)... I know it would work but do you think that's overkill since there are no curves or rivets just indents all in the same direction. If I laid the wording flat and then used heat to st...

Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:13 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Applying wide application tape

Replies: 6

Views: 902

In twenty years I've never used anything else to lay app tape except an old core. What I do though is lay the first 300mm or so aligned along the length, don't squeegee it down at this point, then put core behind application tape and use it by rolling it along, and keeping it firm to base of app tap...

Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:00 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: HELP with partial Transit colour wrap

Replies: 10

Views: 2834

I like Mr Egmores design by the way, clean and neat, no need for the multicolour stuf.... except I am off formal serif Capitals at moment and also don't like horses...... :lol1:

Ian :lol1:

Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:36 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: "treat as filled" command on X4

Replies: 2

Views: 638

Hi Marko
Don't know about x4 (have 12) or maybe you know this already but in 12 it's, tools - options - pick tool - then you can check or uncheck the 'treat objects as filled' box

Ian :lol1:

Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:35 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: 'corrugated tipper bodies... big problem or not?

Replies: 5

Views: 832

Thanks for the input Ray.... these tippers are alloy, unpainted, fairly clean and unscratched (apart from they do travel along small country lanes so get branch scrapes occasionally). None of the structural stuff (ribs etc) is on outside and it seems they load from the back up and over the roof with...

Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:05 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: 'corrugated tipper bodies... big problem or not?

Replies: 5

Views: 832

Thanks Peter, just wanted some confirmation really, started to get a panic attack cos there's lots of tipper sides to do. As you say good prep and every yard or so there is a join that curves into the body like a roller shutter door so will slit at these points. How about the chance of a digiprint, ...

Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:18 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: 'corrugated tipper bodies... big problem or not?

Replies: 5

Views: 832

'corrugated tipper bodies... big problem or not?

Hi Have a customer who wants several tipper bodies signed. Approx 6 meter x 2 meter sides. Aluminium I think, but they have vertical grooves every 125mm down them. These grooves are small, approx 2-3 mm wide and only about 2mm deep. Will cast material handle such small indents or should I use thicke...

Fri Jan 23, 2009 10:15 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: applying over new paint work

Replies: 11

Views: 1215

Yes, as all above seem to point towards, there is a risk, which is not clearly defined, of laying on vinyl before the paint has had time to cure properly. There are two businesses here - sign makers and body shop sprayers both have the same interest, that is to get the jobs done and out as fast as p...

Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:18 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: applying over new paint work

Replies: 11

Views: 1215

I always thought 2 or 3 days, but the garages (paint shops) I do work for on a regular basis all have said that because modern techniques 'bake' the paint joband use different from the past then it's fine for me to apply next day..... who am I to argue...

Ian :lol1:

Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:29 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Where to buy Vinyl?

Replies: 25

Views: 3171

We all try to give advice and in this case you are right and I am wrong, I got it wrong way round I'm afraid.......

BTW I threw in the price thing because I had an idea and wanted to see where it led, but no need to follow up on it now.

Sorry again

Ian :lol1:





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Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:10 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Where to buy Vinyl?

Replies: 25

Views: 3171

You did not say that Peter, you said this... Unless you have an account with most of the suppliers mentioned you will be paying the top price and , and many do not sell small quantities. I do not have an account with Amari and their prices, as I mentioned, are 20-25% cheaper than Cherwells who you r...

Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:15 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Where to buy Vinyl?

Replies: 25

Views: 3171

I'm afraid you're wrong there Peter, I have used both Amari (Mactac) and Horne (Avery) over last 4 months since I set up again after being abroad and their prices are 20-25%lower than Cherwells (have just looked in my Cherwells price list) and I do not have an account with either. Just starting agai...

Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:01 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Zooming in X4 creates a blank screen

Replies: 28

Views: 6372

I been looking on google, the corel forums etc, lots of pepes have this but not found a cure that has not been mentioned here. I have 4 pcs and this happens on only one of them (with same corel software installed). It happens on the pc with Vista installed, don't know if that helps pin point it. For...

Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:53 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Where to buy Vinyl?

Replies: 25

Views: 3171

You can order minimum 5 meter lengths (but you pay more of course), they have lots of colours in the 700 series (ask for a swatch with your first order, probably won't get one but keep asking) which is more expensive than 500 series but 500 is really only for flat interior stuff, best to start as yo...

Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:47 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Where to buy Vinyl?

Replies: 25

Views: 3171

It was a long time ago I used Grafityp, found it brittle and even varied in thickness across the width... probably changed now so don;t take my word for it. Call your nearest branch of Robert Horne Matt, they deliver (for a price) or you can collect.. they take credit card payments over the phone. I...

Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:33 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Where to buy Vinyl?

Replies: 25

Views: 3171

Hi Matt
Grafityp are a good company for many things but their vinyl is pants (or at least used to be).

Horne for Avery
Amari plastics for Macmark
Europoint for Oracol

All good vinyls, I am sure there are others which I cannot think of at moment

Ian :lol1:

Sat Jan 17, 2009 1:30 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Reflective vinyl . whats legal on a vehicle and whats not.

Replies: 3

Views: 1070

Yes it's Ok (legal), don't put red on front or white on back though.

you might care to read this which has comments on this subject.

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications ... 7916/24499

Ian :lol1:

Sat Jan 17, 2009 1:05 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Country Logos

Replies: 5

Views: 612

Now that's depressed me, look at all the others, bouncing with vitality, then look at good old UK, positively claustrophobic, like the tax man designed it........

Oh get me out of this damn Country again......

Ian :lol1:

Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:31 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Help with sign

Replies: 5

Views: 1442

Overall I like it, nature of the design says a 'bodycraft' shop to me.

Not sure about the highlight stars though, seem odd if concentrated on, a little false... perhaps rotate them from vertical a bit or elongate a couple of the points on some..

Nice though

Ian :lol1:

Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:58 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Suuplier Reflective Grass Green

Replies: 9

Views: 1172

Interesting, I wonder what a rainbow print on clear design then applied to white reflective would look like on the sides of a vehicle especially at night(perhaps a legal problem with the red though but I think it's a strong recommendation not to do it rather than a law) ....

Ian :lol1:

Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:44 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: My logo Update Help Please!

Replies: 58

Views: 20137

Gotcha, didn't look at the original artwork... fully agree, good point made.

Ian :lol1:

Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:13 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: My logo Update Help Please!

Replies: 58

Views: 20137

Actually, no, I don't know what you mean John...... are you on same wine as me perhaps?..... :lol1:

Ian :lol1:

Tue Jan 13, 2009 7:26 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Business stationary printing - farming it out.

Replies: 2

Views: 491

Business stationary printing - farming it out.

Hi Can anyone recommend a decent business to business stationary printeing company.. I have a customer who wants me to use the logo I designed for their signs to produce business cards, compliment slips and card tags with 'string tails' to tie on their products. Used to use a company whose name esca...

Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:50 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Fitting vinyl over a wheel arch

Replies: 10

Views: 2439

Hi James A good calendered is a poor mans cast if you like, should stretch over a wheel arch fine although I don't know Metamark materials. Monomeric would even do it but would never use it on a vehicle. Cast used to be reserved for rivets and severe contortions, calendered for everything else, mono...

Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:10 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pricing Software...

Replies: 51

Views: 8287

That's exactly what I mean and said John, it's fine for some methods of operation. Even when I used to have quite a big turnover in the past (I've recently returned to this Country and set up again in signs) I used to tell my main clients when I would not be available and any other work that came in...

Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:53 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: connecting, wiring lightboxes etc

Replies: 12

Views: 1514

HI Since it's not a small domestic job e.g. one socket outside of a kitchen or bathroom, then Part P should spring up since it's a necessary qualification in order to do this work. Rightly or wrongly (I believe wrongly since I have qualifications in electronics systems anyway) our glorious governmen...

Sat Jan 10, 2009 9:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pricing Software...

Replies: 51

Views: 8287

I think as usual there are different schools of thought r.e. pricing software and it usually depends upon the individual and the way they work, the size of the company etc. There are just two of us in our operation, bringing in other help when necessary, I don't feel the need for pricing software, m...

Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:43 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: viewing eps files in corel.

Replies: 6

Views: 1511

just googled 'EPS viewer' and loads of free ones came up including this...

http://promote.3m.com/eps_viewer/index.jsp

Ian :lol1:

Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:36 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Fonts and Websites

Replies: 13

Views: 2310

Thanks very much folks, a couple of interesting websites there..... Funny, since I've been investigating this I've come across a couple of websites where the owners must think they are displaying a range of fonts but are only actually viewing them on their own pc's, everybody else is seeing converte...

Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pantone 361c, closest vinyl match please.

Replies: 3

Views: 817

Thanks ever so much folks, the grass green looked the closest on my monitor against the mactac swatch so grass green it is then... thanks again.

Ian :lol1:

Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:44 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Fonts and Websites

Replies: 13

Views: 2310

Good idea John, thanks...

Will do that ASAP, unfortunately at the moment, since I have recently installed new computer system I cannot publish to my remote website for some obscure reason.
When I get that sorted I'll do as you suggest.

Ian :lol1:

Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pantone 361c, closest vinyl match please.

Replies: 3

Views: 817

Pantone 361c, closest vinyl match please.

Hi

Need to find a vinyl closely matching 361c but no pantone swatch available for me.

Avery or Mactac preferred but will use any, oracal etc if necessary.

Thanks
Ian :lol1:

Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:04 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Fonts and Websites

Replies: 13

Views: 2310

Fonts and Websites

Hi Apologies for asking for confirmation of this probably imbecelic thinking.... I am generating a website that shall have several less well known sign making fonts shown within it. Am I right in thinking that, unless the site viewers computer has these fonts installed on their system, then their co...

Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:36 am

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Importing EPS etc

Replies: 3

Views: 2866

Same but other way round Martin, I only found out recently that when importing into Corel you sometimes get nowhere until you actually select the correct import filter rather than import through 'all file types' ..........

Ian :lol1:

Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:33 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Blade marking vinyl

Replies: 6

Views: 2100

As MilosV says, could be a vacuum or vinyl 'bunching' problem or only other alternatives are blade too low through setting or dust at top or blade holder head not returning back up far enough.

Ian :lol1:

Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:22 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Sticking any program or file on the application launcher

Replies: 3

Views: 1002

Corel 12 didn't put signlab 5 in the registry Alan, only things showing were other corel applications. Appreciate what you say about backing up but this is pretty fool proof, I did it in about 1 minute and being uninterested in pc stuff, if anyone was going to co ck it up it would likely be me ........
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