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  1. 6 points
    Made this for a customer 9 in X 40 in mark-s
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    Careful trimming is a big key to success for sure. When I started out I just whacked it off wherever and didn't pay attention. I NOW trim as square and exact as I can. I generally use 1/2" or 1/8" edges so they are consistent and if all your app tape is square to your vinyl then you just have to line up the tape and it's 10 times faster and more accurate than trying to see through the paper and measure to a letter.
  3. 3 points
    In VinylMaster... >File > New Document >File > Import >File Grab the file you want and then it will put you back on the blank new document. Place your cursor where you want it and left click. Click on the image to select it and then >Arrange >Ungroup to make the bits editable. You can actually import multiple SVGs to the same document. { WOOT WOOT! 100 posts! I wish my high school guidance counselor could see me now!!! }
  4. 3 points
    I've learned to do it a different way without the need for extra tools. I have my transfer tape setup so it unrolls with the sticky side up. I roll the long graphics up and only stick about 1-2' down onto the transfer tape and squeegee it down from the back of the graphic. from there I just have to pull more tape out, roll the graphic out, and squeegee the back. Doing it this way you don't need a crazy wide table. I've done a 12' long graphic this way and it was so easy. After I'm done I'll flip everything over so the transfer tape is up and I'll squeegee it again just for good measures.
  5. 3 points
    I used to but stopped unless asked to specifically. I DO have a conversation with the client if I am doing something like a family reunion for instance and generally make a design that fits fine on the really big and squeezes on most of the smalls and a few of the youth and then possibly a reduced size for the much smaller kids. If you explain the cost associated then they usually are a little less picky or they will pay more for the effort.
  6. 3 points
    I really admire the old signmakers - today most "sign" people have no idea what a maul stick is. Found out a year ago that Mack Brush company is about 45 minutes away when taking a pet to a new vet - had to make a stop and pay respects! Salute!
  7. 2 points
    They have some that is resistant to dye migration if you are pressing onto polyester darks and particularly sublimated shirts. There are two levels of polyester and if the outside is dark or colorful and the inside is white they blow a LOT of sublimation off and it will migrate. You can get a little migration from any polyester but most of it doesn't give me problems unless they are the true sublimated or a mix of the two. It will all make sense once it happens to you. That's the school of hard knocks part. LOL
  8. 2 points
    I may see if they can just purchase from US Cutter and get the Siser everybody talks about on here.
  9. 2 points
    With the Text Tool selected, adjust the "Physical Size" of your Glyph(s) where Highlighted in red circle. Use the Select (Arrow) Tool to Adjust the Height or Width (Left of Padlock). Unlock Proportions (Padlock icon) if you need to adjust Height & Width separately.
  10. 2 points
    I think the next thing I have to tape I will try the tape facing up. I’ll just flip my roll on try that. Yeah the static is rough. I usually always use the paper tape, but sometimes I have to make signs that are like 8 rows of text and the height of the sign is 4’. It’s just easier to do a line at a time with the clear so I can see my marks to lay it. If I use paper tape, I trim it and the very bottom of the don’t ans the top to line it up better. It’s just so much easier when you can use the clear and see exactly where the mark is.
  11. 2 points
    I still say was done on a CNC Machine looks to big to have been done on a carvewright. I own a carvewright and a CNC Machine. Besides a carvewright isn`t that accurate. mark-s
  12. 2 points
    Well, this is a year and a half too late but that was likely made on a CarveWright. If you look closely there are vertical lines in the recess of the carve, mine do the same.
  13. 2 points
    That’s my little setup I designed
  14. 2 points
    I may make a video tomorrow to show what I’ve been talking about lol
  15. 2 points
    Second generation sign maker ~ dad(deceased) & mom, stepdad, sister, brother-in-law, nephew, and many family friends are or were also sign painters. Began at age 6, painting snowflakes on Xmas windows with my family and from 16 to 20 took 'Sign Graphics' at LA Trade Tech(seen in 'SignPainters:the movie'). I then left for the Netherlands where, after a few years of bumming around Europe I was employed as set painter at a theater where I then worked for 15 years. Eventually, I began to miss being able to visit with my family more often and so moved back to LA. where I continued working as set painter for several years, until I began to bore of the L.A. film 'industry' and little-by-little began making signs again. Now, for the past couple of years, I can happily say that sign making makes up about 95% of my income(I still do the occasional set paint or faux finish). I'm also thrilled to see so many new sign makers out there and that the trade may not be going the way of lamplighter or switchboard operator after all. As of July I've(more or less) conquered my plotterphobia and am now the owner of a pre-owned Roland Camm-1 Pro GX-300(which I am presently trying to convince to obey me, with limited success). Hoping to tap into some helpful plotter and/or Flexi aficionados, as well as just meet some cool people. Thanks, Alicia Zee
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    At 6' 7" I wear a 3X-Tall. Best friends owned a silkscreen shop until recently and they would throw an extra on for me all the time if they were doing something fun. It was almost always the same screen as they used for everything else and you really couldn't tell. When I would order for our volunteer fire department there were a couple of 4X and 5X, so they created a second screen with a bigger image, but it really wasn't that noticeable so we stopped doing it. Making a larger image can get to be a problem if you're doing multiple colors in silk screen. The weight gets to adding up. A 10x10 image is 100 square inches of ink, but a 12x12 is 144, nearly 50% more ink. You can really tell the difference. The shirt is already heavier and now it has all that extra ink. The bigger image also means a bigger sweaty spot.
  18. 2 points
    welcome aboard, we need some fired up new life on here
  19. 2 points
    Look up the Big Squeegee cut vinyl tool. There are several version but the black edged one it the one for cut vinyl. I use it on almost all my projects. It does take a little practice and I usually burn about a foot at the start to get it going straight and then I use a 24" ruler to align that edge and push. There are two ways to push the tape along and I have best luck with it sitting on the work and rolling backwards as I push it. If there are small lettering I flip it around and place the roll inside the scoop. Watch a youtube and all that will make more sense.
  20. 2 points
    Hey...who you callin' old! Just kidding...thanks! Yeah, I'd heard from another sign painter that Mack was out that way. My friend actually planned his road trip around making a stop by there. I'd love to visit there myself one day!
  21. 1 point
    hmm I am running ve-lxi master plus 10.5 and 12 - interesting . . . . but I have always exported all work in .eps since back when I used signblazer for incompatibility with other programs and customers.
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    Also the actual high end folks sublimate before sewing the shirts together. The ones that they try and sub front and back of a prebuilt shirt end up with shite streaks in the armpits and just don't look that good.
  25. 1 point
    I ordered some vinyl 2 weeks ago and instead of glow in the dark got a completely different color, metallic red. I finally get the replacement vinyl and laid the piece out today for cutting. It is 4 INCHES too short. 3 Feet equals 36". I got whatever was left on the roll, which measured 32". What's the deal? I can absolutely understand a 1/2-1" discrepancy, but 4 INCHES???? Measure your vinyl guys.