Perf Cut using Roland VersaWorks and Illustrator

Creating a Perf Cut using Roland VersaWorks and Adobe Illustrator.

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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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)

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.
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.



Initialize Roland VersaWorks Software

Reinitialize Roland VersaWorks Software
Under certain situations it may me necessary to Re-initialize the Roland VersaWorks Software application. Corrupt files and may be causing the program to crash. This is a good way to reset the program without reinstalling the program. First thing you should do is get the IP address of your printer, if you do not already know what it is. You can find this from VersaWorks by selecting from the Printer Tab, Printer Settings. This will show what the IP Address is currently set for your printer. It is important that you make note of what this number is, it will be needed later. Before Initializing the application you should backup and save all of your jobs from the RIP, they will be cleared out when initializing.

Go to the Start Menu under All Programs you will see a folder Roland VersaWorks with in there is you will see Initialize Application . Click on Initialize Application to begin the Initialization of the program.

You will now have to input the settings in VersaWorks. When opening VersaWorks type in the IP Address of the Printer. Enter the Numbers that you made note of earlier. Click Verify, then Apply
Enter the Preference Settings. From the Edit Tab select Preferences. This will give you a pop up window with Preferences. Under the General Tab if you like to work in Inches or Centimetres this can be changed here. Under Tab Roland@Net   Check the Box for “Check for Updates Automatically and Notify”.
Select the Frequency Every Week is a Good option.
Under Update options Have the Check Box Selected Download Media and Color Profiles
Select the Button “Only for the Current Printer and Ink Type” otherwise you will be downloading files you don’t need.

To Set your Queue Settings
From the Edit Tab then select Edit Queue A Settings
From the Pop up Window Queue A Properties
in the File Format Tab section Change the EPS margin to 0.03 to ensure your cut lines or edges are not hidden.

Check both Boxes for Convert Spot Color and Convert Special Color From the Printer Controls Tab Section Change all Drop Downs to Use Printer Settings

Do the same settings for Edit Queue B Settings