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  1. Crinkled htv

    I am not sure what is going on. First thing I thought of was maybe you are not pre-pressing for a few seconds to remove wrinkles and moisture.
  2. Printable vinyl

    I buy the off brand inks for my daily printer. Just for printouts like receipts or other text, and drafts of a project mostly. Some times I am not sure if I come out ahead as it clogs more so more cleaning cycles. But the regular cartridges are 4x as much. That makes up for a lot of cleaning cycles.
  3. Printable vinyl

    A place I used to work used all Roland inks and never laminated. Decals for vehicles, signs, print directly on banner, all just raw. The inks held up just find with out added protection. Added some frog juice on occasion.
  4. Printable vinyl

    Mispost, where do I delete?
  5. Printable vinyl

    It is called HTV, not HTPU. But you are technically right. But I was using the common vernacular just because it is the common vernacular. Standard inkjet inks still don't stick or dry well to PU. The first link to Color Print: "ColorPrint Easy is the easiest weeding print and cut material ever! Compatible with eco-solvent and solvent based printers/cutters" Not standard inks. The second link to brilliant vinyl: "A heat press is highly recommended for applying this inkjet transfer paper due to temperature and pressure requirements. " Says it is a paper, not vinyl or PU since we are getting technical. The third link is more Color Print, sames as first. Forth link: First customer review I saw: "This product flaked off of the printed sheet. Please note several issues:1) The description says it is for inkjet printers. I used a regular inkjet printer. There are special inkjet printers that use Oil-Based & Eco-Solvent Ink. If this is a product for these special printers than it should have said so. I'm also going to report that this product is mislabeled. Is it vinyl or paper? It is listed in the Transfer Paper category. At the time of this review the description clearly says it is "Vinyl". This product didn't say it was for sublimation printing therefore I assumed, and rightfully so, that it was for a regular inkjet printer.2) The product came with two different labels attached to the plastic protective bag, which were "A4 Dark Transfer Paper" and the other says "Printable Heat Transfer Vin(yl). Which product is it?3) This product came with no cardboard insert to keep it from being bent, which it was. I returned this with a cardboard insert. This mailing issue should be on Amazon as it says that it is Fulfilled by Amazon." Seems like a scam.
  6. Printable vinyl

    I still don't think printable HTV, using standard desktop inks exists. Standard inkjet inks won't adhere to vinyl. It is vinyl. I don't know how you can make a vinyl that is but isn't vinyl. It's like making glue that isn't sticky. Printable HTV for eco-sovent inkjets has been around awhile. So yes, there is printalbe HTV for inkjets, with eco-solvent inks. I would love to be wrong. Show a link to anything.
  7. Printable vinyl

    JPSS and 3g opaque are transfer papers not Heat Transfer Vinyl, (htv.) Maybe I am nit picking terms. I think of stuff like https://www.rolanddga.com/products/media/specialty/esm-htm3-heat-transfer-material when one says printable HTV.
  8. Printable vinyl

    Ah I was aware of this kind of adhesive vinyl, https://www.papilio.com makes some I've used, (for short term stuff,) before. It was "ink jet htv" that threw me.
  9. Printable vinyl

    Share a link to some of this stuff. I would love to see it and see how they got around some common problems. Aqueous ink on vinyl has a hard time drying. It will just slide off uncoated vinyl. Solvent inks I think of as almost acid like. They burrow into the substrate. Eco-solvent also, but less aggressively. So please link.
  10. Printable vinyl

    I have never heard of standard ink, inkjet htv. All the printable vinyl I am aware of uses solvent or eco-solvent ink. Those machines run 9k-200k. There are transfers for standard desktop inkjets. but are not vinyl. They are not great I find. Mileage varies. The cheapest entry into full color that still looks good is what Dakotagrafx said, sublimation. It just works on polyester. I would just get a dedicated sublimation printer if I did this, and not try to run sub inks through my daily printer. Maybe look into ordering plastisol transfers for the shirts such as https://www.fmexpressions.com/landing/full-color-program/ among many.
  11. Wet application with 1310G transfer rite?

    You see some guys that have mad knife skills. That can take a knife in hand, swish it faster than the eye can follow and make a perfect cut. They do amazing things with window tint. I am not one of those guys. I mention it because laying down vinyl dry with out bubbles is a like mad skill. I still get bubbles sometimes, but not nearly as many as when I first started. I've seen others that are near flawless. It is hard to define as one thing. You just become aware of when a bubble is going to hit. Some of it is your squeegee technique. Many of those bubbles in your picture I suspect will air out and flatten given a day or two. If you have a huge bubble, poke it with a needle and press it down to get the air out. But yes, wet install can reduce bubbles, or allow you to chase them out with a squeegee easier. But I hate wet installs. You will get better with each one you do.
  12. Why would the vinyl peel off the shirt

    One idea, some shirts have a stain resistant formula incorporated into the fabric. This makes it hard for anything to stick to it, stains or htv. But before that, if you have some mystery vinyl you need to identify it. God forbid it is sign vinyl. But I think that would melt and leave a huge mess. What is the fabric made of? Is it a blend? Does it have high spandex or modal? Those blends might be more likely to have a stain resistant treatment. If it is a sensitive material, MAYBE reducing the heat some, increasing the dweel time and using a cover sheet would help.
  13. Weld, Merge, Union are terms you might encounter for the same thing. Inkscape is a fine vector program for using with cutters. It lacks cmyk and spot color support, so doesn't do the commercial rounds as much.
  14. Time to think about upgrades

    Plastisol transfers can go much faster for large orders like https://www.fmexpressions.com. But ten shirts might not be large enough of an ordeer to go there.
  15. need help on tranverse wave graphic please

    I did this in CorelDraw, but in Inkscape it would be about the same. Just made a 8' line. Added nodes to it. Made the line segments curves. Drew a 8' wide 5" tall rectangle to snap to. On the first line selected alternating nodes and dragged them up to the rectangle to be 5" tall. Used this as a guide: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6npbt6qduxxfhaw/twave.svg?dl=0 The file has my line, the rectangle and a couple versions with a stroke and the stroke converted to path. Some of it is hard to see in a browser as its 8'x8'. I am not sure if this method would work in SCAL, but if it has basic lines and nodes it should. Will your cutter track eight feet?
  16. Rhinestone stick glock

    I am assuming you mean Sticky Flock. https://www.uscutter.com/Sticky-Flock-Rhinestone-Stencil There is a thread here mostly about the SC. The biggest problem I have isn't in the cutting, (I have a TC series,) it's in getting the hole size right for your rhinestones.
  17. Need some help

    Dimensions of the sign? All I did was paste your words into Google Translate and copy paste back into Draw. Export as eps and pdf. I don't see why this wouldn't work in CS4 or probably directly in SignBlazer. https://www.dropbox.com/s/rsh90edwojngmt3/translation.eps?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/og9lv8f2dycot6q/translation.pdf?dl=0 The pdf's canvas size is just the Arabic, but there is English outside the canvas. I have no idea how capitalization works in Arabic. I have no clue what fonts are appropriate. It was just the default font.
  18. Hey Lonnie. I'm the guy that directed you here from reddit. Looks like your getting no feedback. Maybe the LP3 is too new. Thought I would say something and act as a thread bump.
  19. Need some help

    Mr. Peanut. I don't have CS4. I can access CS6 and Illustrator CC 2018. I have CorelDraw X6 through 2018. Inkscape too for inclusion. I don't know how well Illustrators saving in an older version works. I would be inclined to do it in Draw and send eps files. But as you have not gotten any hits on this thread yet I decided to chime in. If you want to send me a list I can try getting some eps files for you that will hopefully work in CS4. They may work directly in SB. I rarely do any kind of translations. So your call seemed a way to practice and for a civilian to aid a small amount.
  20. Help cutting a image file

    That file might be png, but I bet there is a vector version somewhere. If not, I bet there is a native file version like a photoshop file. That would be better to have as it would still preserve fonts and might have real shapes. Even better if it is an AI file. Ask them for the source file.
  21. The warm HTV does make a difference.
  22. Get some help. There has to be somebody. Kids are great. Pay them with a thsirt. If they are your own kids, just bully them or puppy dog eye them or whatever you can get away with. What MZ Skeeter said about auto weed lines is great if your software does it. If not you can add some lines in the design manually. For HTV, it weeds faster warm. Press your heat press with nothing it it for a few seconds. Lay the HTV on it for a few seconds before weeding, (obviously don't press the unweeded HTV.)
  23. Zoom and Snapping

    Ok I've been trying to supplement my Illustrator skills, (usually it is Draw and Inkscape.) One thing I am not sure if it is me or my system but zooming and snapping seem crazy in Illustrator. Does anyone else find it irksome? Inkscape has better snapping that I can tell than all of them. Illustrator just seems slippery. Draw needs more snapping options, but zooms pretty well and the dynamic alignment guides are better than Illustrator, and don't exist in Inkscape.
  24. Wheel Mouse Zoom

    This is about Illustrator. But I put it here as it's more of a CorelDraw thing. Draw defaults to a one handed mouse wheel zoom. I have done this for years. I set Inkscape to this behavior as well. Illustrator can mouse wheel zoom, but you have to hold down alt. This is such a tedious thing to adapt to mentally. It is one of the prime reasons I don't fiddle in Illustrator. On another post a guy said you could now set Illustrator to do this. So I gave it a try. Nope, still can't. Some what undaunted, I began exploring. I found a autohotkey script that makes Illustrator do the one handed mouse wheel zoom. I thought I would post here as I imagine it is a thorn for many Draw users that use Illustrator time to time. The mouse wheel zoom, for those that don't know is like a zoom pan scroll all in one as you can zoom out at one point, (where the cursor is pointing,) and back in at another point, up, down, left or right. Plus you can hold your coffee with the other hand. #IfWinActive ahk_class illustrator { $wheeldown::!wheeldown $wheelup::!wheelup return }
  25. Layering designs.

    You have to read the fine print for the type of HTV your using. Glitter doesn't layer so well, but might sit atop other types. Also, as both the HTV and the fabric can expand and contract, don't make designs that need precise alignment. Leave some wiggle room.