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Old March 21st, 2009 Mar 21, 2009 11:38:04 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Thank you all who have helped me. I've learned soo much from everyone here, and everything is slowly but surely coming along.

The dillemma I'm having now is that I have about 200 designs. I want to be able to line them up in Print Preview in Corel Paint X3, and then save them exactly where I put them on the X and Y coordinates. This way, anytime I get an order, all I have to do is pull up my saved print placement setting. For some reason, I can't figure out how to save the placement in Print Preview. Does anyone know how to do this? Thanks a ton everyone.
 
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I think Corel and Windows saves them alphabetically.
 
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I would just place it where you want it on your template (page) and then use the save as function, rename it in the order you want. It will save them alphabetically, so make sure to name it something that will stay in order, such as A1, A2 and so on. Renaming the file will give you a copy of your original file, but placed where you want it.
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I would actually take it one step farther then saving it in Corel. I would save the actually ripped file when it is in the RIP. The benefit of this is you don't have to worry about making the settings in RIP or any changes that you might make to your color management. It will also make printing time decrease. Here is a video on how to do this process:


If you sell your designs on an online store, you might want to save the ripped file as the product # of the design in your online store as this will help when it comes time to selecting the correct design. Althought he saving of the ripped files might take additional time upfront, it can save you a lot of time later one.

Good luck,

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P.S. Make sure that your nozzles are firing at 100% before you print as well. Otherwise, you colors will be off.
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Great info.... Thanks Mark
 
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Not a problem. The key to dtg printing is truly understand the software and the printer so that you can know how to get the most out of them. This is why the training classes are so important and why the users should really examine the manuals that come with the printer. Also, make sure that you check out the Print From application that comes with the new RIPs. This application will allow you to preview the underbase, color and white highlight layers... as well as process the information faster. There is a new feature that some of the large online dtg printers are using now that will be released soon that will make it even easier to print.

It all comes down to finding ways for you to minimize your costs (including time) while providing a high quality product that will let you get an appropriate selling price for your target market. In some cases, it comes down to deceasing the amount of time spent messing around with the computer. I also tell a lot of people that dtg printers are a great tool that can lead to other ways for you to make money. You just need to determine when it is best to switch from using a dtg printer to decorating with a different method (i.e plastisol transfers, screen printing, outsourcing,...). A dtg printer is not the only way to make money and sometimes, it can cost you more money. My experience is that around 24 dark garments, there are more profitable ways to decorate shirts than dtg printing depending on the graphic.

I wish everyone the best of luck with their printers!

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