Orafol Color Pallets for Graphic Design Software

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Orafol provides color pallets for graphic design software.
Color pallets for leading design software be downloaded from
Orafal and added to your design software, such as Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw.
Select the series and type of vinyls that you use and incorporate that into your designs.
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The selection of software and product series can be downloaded here.
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To add the color pallet, in Illustrator select the Window Tab
Then towards the bottom of the list you should see Swatch Libraries , from the fly out list you will then have Other Libraries … as an option select Other Libraries and locate where you saved the color pallet swatch. You will now have that selection of colors available to add to your designs.
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Setting a Default Media in VersaWorks

To increase your efficiency you can make an adjustment to the what type of media settings you are using for your most common job in Roland VersaWorks. This is done by editing the queue A and B settings.
Under the Edit tab select Queue A Settings (A)
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The Queue A Properties window will open
Click on the Quality Tab on the left column.
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At the top of the window you will see the first section of options
Media Type with a drop down menu select the type of media that you commonly use.
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Make any other adjustments to other settings that you may use frequently such as the
Print Quality or other adjustments that you want.

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Click OK at the bottom of the window. Your preferred settings are now saved in that Queue, now when you open a job in that Queue the job will have the properties settings that you have just selected. You can make an adjustment to Queue B an efficient work flow is to use one Queue for the most commonly used material, and the other Queue for a different material such as banner or back light.

VersaWorks is printer RIP management program used for Roland Printers.
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Use Newer Version of Illustrator Files

Use Adobe Illustrator Files That Have Been Save In A Newer Version Than Your Own.
Often you will be provided with Adobe Illustrator files that were saved in a newer version than the version that you are currently using. Your customers may provide you with Illustrator files that could have come from a different source such as a different designer or
a different branch location and you are unable to have them save it down a version so you can open the file. When you try to open the file you will be faced with the warning message that the file was saved in a newer version. This will happen with both .ai and .eps files.
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Create a New Document, File then New to Create a New Document
File > Place
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This is what your file will look like when you Place it
Once the file is in Illustrator click on Embed
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This will allow you to edit and use the file.
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This is the file after you have selected Embed allowing you to edit the file
If the original file was created using some of the special effects and features that exist only in that newer version such as drop shadows, and other special effects it may not render correctly. It is really defendant on what was done with the file and the version of Illustrator used to create the original art work and the version that you have.

Roland Printer Assistant App for iPad

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Roland has an App for controlling your Roland printer on your iPad.
The App is available as a free download from the iTunes store.
Compatible with an iPad running iOS 6.0 or newer.
Roland Printer Assistant App is a convenient efficient tool for monitoring your printer from the easy access of your iPad. Access the printing status and check your ink levels and other common displays from the menu systems from the interface of the iPad app.
Manage multiple printers from the your iPad and  monitor the status of the printer and make adjustments to a number of settings such as heat and other user preferences.
The current version supports Roland VersaEXPRESS RF-640. Additional printer support to be announced when available.
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To add a printer once you connect to the network that you printer is connected to you can either search for available printers or add manually by clicking on the Plus symbol in the upper right corner, and input the ip address manual, that you obtain from the printer menu or that can be found in Roland VersaWorks software.
Cleanings, Test Prints, Heat Settings, Presets and other easy access features are done right from the iPad app.

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Perf Cut using Roland VersaWorks and Illustrator

Creating a Perf Cut using Roland VersaWorks and Adobe Illustrator.
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A Perf Cut is a perforated cut line is type of cut that resembles dashes. Typically used to tear away portion of the page, such as a tear off coupon.
Set up your design in Illustrator.
If you wanted a contour cut as well as the Perf cut, add an appropriate path where you want each of the cut line types.
Separate them into layers for better organization.
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Updates Available for Mimaki FineCut 8 for Illustrator

 

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Mimaki releases update for FineCut for Adobe Illustrator Version 8.4.1

It is always important to keep all of your software, programs and computer operating system up to date. This will often give you new features, address bug fixes and provide a better operation between hardware and software. Mimaki has recently released updates to it’s FineCut 8 Plug-in Cutting Software for Adobe Illustrator. This Plug-in Software provides you with the connection between the Illustrator design software and Mimaki RasterLink RIP and Print program for out put of your file to you Mimaki Printer.

The latest release of the FineCut 8 is Version 8.4.1 Which can be found from Mimaki Here.
Be sure that you are downloading the correct version of if you have a 64 or 32 bit  operating system with Windows PC or the corresponding version of your operating system for MAC.
Your will be require to have the original CD installation disk when updating the software.
Further information on installation can be found on the instructions that will be included in your download.
For all versions of the program and the updates from please visit Mimaki for downloads.

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Different Mark Types In Roland VersaWorks

There are many types of marks that can be applied to your print job in Roland VersaWorks software. Identify what the different styles are and what is best suited to your job.
From the Mark tab in the VersaWorks software you have a drop down menu and a Check box with the options available to you. The type of Marks available to you are:

  • Trim Marks
  • Margin Marks
  • FOTOBA Cutline Marks
  • Crop Marks (Print & Cut Alignment)
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The Drop Down menu has the first option of No Marks this as it says is no marks at all.
The next option is Trim Marks this will place marks on the corners of your art work
that you can use to align when trim and cut your graphic from the page. These trim marks will have the point of the marks at the corner of your image with the lines going out and away from the image.
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Adding Roland VersaWorks Swatches to Illustrator

Color and special swatches that are used in Roland VersaWorks can be loaded into Adobe Illustrator. These swatches from Roland have the proper settings for Cut Contour, white inks,The Roland Color Library and other special print settings.
These unique swatches will be placed on your computer when you install Roland VersaWorks. They will be located in a folder depending where you installed VersaWorks will be something similar to this path:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Roland VersaWorks\Swatch\Illustrator
You can load the swatches in Illustrator by opening from the top of illustrator
Window tab Swatch Library then Other Library then navigate to the folder the Swatch folder in the Roland VersaWorks Program Files and select the swatch you want to open.
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To have all the Roland Swatches ready to access every time you open Illustrator.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Roland VersaWorks\Swatch\Illustrator
Select all the files that are in the folder, copy all use CTRL+C
Navigate to the folder in where the files will be accessed in Illustrator.
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS5.1\Presets\en_US\Swatches
Paste, the files into this folder, Use CTRL+V. This will allow you to have them easily accessible every time you restart Illustrator.
The different swatch libraries will be located with access from
the Window tab then Swatch Libraries the fly out will have all the Roland Swatches available by click on the library you wanted to open, this will then open the  Swatch Pallet with all the available swatches that you can add to your design.
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