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  1. I haven't gotten into the sublimation stuff yet. I'm at the "research" phase of it. I've learned a lot from the posts on what I am thinking of getting, but I'm stuck on the graphics. There has been mentions of using Corel for the images, but don't see anywhere where it mentions that it needs to be a CDR file. Can it be a png file or even a jpg? Is the only reason that Corel is recommended because of the quality of image? If a person has a good quality jpg file, does it need to be converted in Corel? I apologize if it has been addressed, but I came up with more questions, so I thought I would ask. Thanks for any info.
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    inkscape file won't open in corel

    I made my brother's business logo in Inkscape and the embroidery place wanted the file in .eps or.ai and I saved in both formats in inkscape and they can't open them with coreldraw. Anyone know if there is something different I need to do to save them so they can be open in CorelDraw?
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    inkscape file won't open in corel

    The ai file was one that I've had for years. I made a new logo and saved as eps, thinking I would be able to use it on the vinyl cutter and what ever else I needed. The version I am using is 0.92, so I don't think it is too old. I have no idea what version Corel they are using or how it is set up. I'm at the point where I'm gonna wash my hands of it and let them figure out what they want to do. I've provided them with the files in eps, ai, png, pdf and even in Brother's embroidery file .pes If they can't figure it out, then I don't know what else I can do. I was just thinking maybe there was something I needed to do, for Corel to be able to open the eps file. I'll try saving it in Illustrator and see what happens. Thanks.
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    Anyone do any large format printing?

    I might have to check with HP. The problem is, it's way bigger than anything I want to do. Not even sure what to do with it. I might put it on Craigslist and see if someone in the area might want to mess with it.
  5. I aquired an HP 4000PS Designjet and it's huge. I ended up with a ton of inks, papers and stuff and not sure I really want to mess with it. So anyone know anything about these and what a person should ask for it with inks and stuff?
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    Outdoor Work Shirts

    These work? http://www.automotiveworkwear.com/RedKap/SP24/automotive-technician.html
  7. So I got some "beverage insulators" and did a test one and it came out great, but because of the way I did it, I didn't get the paper centered and ended up with a gap. So it got me thinking, How are you doing these? Do you make 2 images and press them one at a time, flipping it over when you press? And how are you making sure you are lining up the image to do both sides? I have an idea of how I think I want to do it, but I don't want to re-invent the wheel if someone is already having success with a certain way of handling these. My little brother builds rat rods, so a lot of folks have shown interest in having some beverage insulators with their rat rods on them, so I might be doing a bunch of them. It's funny that more have shown interest in the "koozies", than in the coffee cups. But then again, the fire department guys are more interested in the coffee cups, than the koozies.
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    Koozie, mug wraps or what ever you call them.

    Oh man, that opens up numerous possibilities. LOL!
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    Opinions please on new design

    Yes, thanks!
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    Opinions please on new design

    Yes please. I showed it to a friend and all he could say was, "What can you put that on? I don't care, I want one."
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    Koozie, mug wraps or what ever you call them.

    ROFL! Hadn't thought about that. I see the reasoning now. Thanks!
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    Go-C Graphics

    The glass work is pretty awesome. But I have to wonder how cost is on using it. I'm assuming that the laser is a wear item. So is it a better value vs sandblasting? I still want one. LOL!
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    Koozie, mug wraps or what ever you call them.

    I think I got it now. Thanks! Now, the other question. Are more folks asking for the foldable or the wraps with the velcro? I kind of like the ones with the velcro, but most the guys I deal with said they like the foldable ones.
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    Opinions please on new design

    So you find it offensive? You are in a business of visual things. If you were to not deal with anything you don't like, you'd go broke real fast. If you'd have asked me 5 months ago if I ever thought I would put butterflies on something, I'd have said, not a chance. Yet the other day, I made money making a fire kindle cover with [sigh] butterflies on it. Not only that, condemning someone's creation just because of it's content isn't seeing the art in it, nor the creativity in it. On that note, I find it pretty cool and would love to put it on a t-shirt if Macon would allow it.
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    A couple of fun Tees for contractor friends.

    Awesome! I will most likely use them on sublimation stuff. My cutter is put away and unfortunately, to get it out would require pretty much emptying the garage and I haven't found the ambition to tackle that yet. LOL! Plus my son lost the dongle for the Flexi program and the cost to replace it is almost the cost of another purcahse. But yes, I will definitely post the pics. And Thank you!
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    Koozie, mug wraps or what ever you call them.

    I do have a template. I think the problem I'm running into is how to line up the overlap from one side to the other. Are you taping it off?
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    Free Clip Art Sampler

    Nice sampler. Thanks!
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    A couple of fun Tees for contractor friends.

    Those are great! Do you mind if I use the tree hugger one for some loggers I know? They will love that.
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    Cobra Inks. Their budget kits are pretty reasonable and work great for starting out. And you get customer service with it, so if you have a problem, there is someone to call. Epson3620 with sub ink CIS system Epson3640 with sub ink CIS system
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    Looking for Advice- Simple Number

    It's kind of like the Ford/Chevy debate with NASCAR and NHRA. They say, Real racers drive STRAIGHT to the finish line. All the others drive round in circles looking for it.
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    My first Sublimated shirt

    Thanks guys! Looks like I'll be needing to make up some orders. LOL!
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    My first Sublimated shirt

    Can I ask where you are getting your shirts? Most of the ones I am finding are 50/50 and the print doesn't come out as well as 100%. If someone has a good source that doesn't cost a fortune, I'd appreciate it.
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    wrap recommendations

    Not certain on the silicone wraps. You might want to use the paper folks recommend over the transfer paper if it's bleeding through. I thought it was craft paper or parchment paper. Some folks have recommended alcohol to clean the ink off. Being a mechanic, I always have brake cleaner around and have used it on the Cactus wraps, but you have to be very careful to only use enough to wipe the ink off and then use a clean towel/cloth/paper towel to wipe the BrakeClean off. While I've never had a problem using it, there are 100 different brake cleaners out their and their chemical make ups are all different. Meaning that while one may not be any problem with silicone, another one might be a problem. But I would see if there is something that someone else may know about that is a little less aggressive.
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    Whats your most popular top 5 fonts

    Usually the ones the customer wants, that you don't have.
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    Airbrush tutorial video

    Alfaro, You'll have to understand that with most any forums, when a person makes their first post on the day they sign up, with what could be considered an advertisement, it is often met with resistance and some distrust. Beings that you replied and were still around, it is a pretty good indication that you are a valid poster. Realize that it wasn't personal, just something that happens with forums. Stick around, you might learn something or be able to teach something. The airbrush video was actually pretty good for beginners, but I cringed when he went to the paintbrush. If you are going to teach folks to use an airbrush, you should teach them how to do the highlights with the airbrush and not go to the paintbrush. The reason I say that is that a good number of folks want to paint for automotive or motorcycle painting and the problem with a paintbrush, while it is great for pintstriping, not so much on graphics that you will clearcoat over. Just my opinion.