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Adding text to your designs is about more than just inserting a few words. Proper text designs can elevate your creations and make them stand out from the rest. Programs like SignLab and EngraveLab offer powerful text composition tools. The Text Toolbox dialog can be opened by clicking the Frame, Menu, Line, or Character buttons on the Text SmartBar when using the Text…

Duplex printing is a printer feature that reverses a piece of paper after the first side has been printed. You can duplex print in the queue using templates if your machine supports it. To get started, let’s take a look at: Types of Duplexing Media Setup Template Setup dialog Short Edge (SE) and Long Edge…

You don’t need to be Monet to capture right textures and brush strokes in your work. UV Printing allows you to print textures, either stylized or as part of the design in your graphics and productions. When creating a textured UV print onto clear media, often, the graphic will have areas of transparency and areas…

Want more accurate colors? Swatch charts involve printing one-or-more sheets of material (i.e., garments), and each swatch has a color value. Lab charts are printed with Lab values, CMYK charts are printed with CMYK values, etc. By printing your own charts, values are accurate for your specific printer, including its inks, substrate, and operating environment….

Looking to add customizable aging and a vintage look to your prints right from the queue? The Distressed effect plug-in allows you to apply a filter over your image or design, which adds a weathered and worn look. You can create these masks and save them as presets for future use.  For an example, we’ll…

Working with your objects can get confusing, especially when stacking different layers. With the weld tool, you can join objects, either to simplify your design, or as a tool to create entirely new design options. The weld tools can be used to weld objects together in different styles. For information about configuring nodes for welds, see our Compass article…

If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that the variable data wizard is a powerful tool for quickly serializing and replacing data, eliminating some tedious design work and saving you time. We can use the same features for text replacement, but for images! To walk through this, we suggest using a tab delimited text file…

When printing your film separations, there are a few things to consider. Too little ink can cause fuzzy appearing dots on your print. Too much ink increases drying time, and can risk leading to bleeding issues. Before starting a large job, we suggest printing an ink density test page. Test pages determine optimum ink density,…

Knowing what tools to use when can make you a master of your production. While there’s nothing wrong with clicking and dragging every change you want to make, there are easier ways to get results in SignLab, EngraveLab, and ProfileLab.  Take a look at the keyboard shortcuts below. We recommend bookmarking this page or downloading…

With your variable data, applying cutlines can sometimes break the overall fit of your design. This can happen with text or detailed images, resulting in marooned sections that if cut as is, would result in separate pieces. The Merge feature of the contour cutting function in the Variable Data Wizard allows you to bring these…