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Gerber Edge Fx and Omega 5.0 help

Discussion in 'Gerber Omega, Graphix Advantage & MacImprint' started by jameskwiksigns, Jul 10, 2017.

  1. jameskwiksigns

    jameskwiksigns New Member

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    I have recently started work at a local sign shop as the production manager. I am familiar with most of the equipment that this shop uses, as it is similar to other shops I have worked at over the years. The one main piece of equipment that i have found that we have all set up and ready to go is the Gerber Edge FX hooked up and running on a system with Omega 5.0.

    It turns out that the old manager knew the machine really well but didn't train anyone on how to use it before he left. so now here it sits... a valuable asset just gathering dust. I have managed to print on it twice but haven't figured out much... how do I change the order of the colors to make black last? how does choke/spread work? and how do I apply a contour for the plotter?
     
  2. TimToad

    TimToad Active Member

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    Are any of the Omega manuals around? Ours has entire chapters dedicated to these topics.
     
  3. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    You can try looking on line for tutorials.
    The "123" icon both in the design window and the plot window allows you to change the order of the colors printing.
    Choke Spread works by selecting the two objects you want to apply it to then click choke/spread and set the amount of overlap you want, you can also select which is the top color.
    Also learn about bleed, it helps a lot when printing simple outlines/colors on letters/objects
    For Contour cutting I assume you mean around a complex abject, not just lettering. I usually create an outline around the whole object, delete any unnecessary cuts then do a with a slight inset off of that outline.
     
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  4. jameskwiksigns

    jameskwiksigns New Member

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    After looking around all I have found so far is the Getting started guide for Omega... but it deals more with updateing to 5.0 rather than actual operations. Im still looking around.
     
  5. Jburns

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  6. Sando

    Sando 10 years and trying to forget how to count...

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    As someone who has painfully become fluent in Illustrator, Flexi and Omega Composer, I found Composer to be the most counter intuitive and difficult to learn. It is the only of the 3 that I would say requires having the manual handy. It would probably be to your advantage to get a jump start by having someone who knows it give you a 2 hour tutorial. Feel out your suppliers if they have a tech and a buddy deal situation or if there is someone in your community willing to show you the ropes so to say. The interface is set up for a very specific way of designing where you designate materials and process as you are building. You may fall in love with it once you learn it as it is fairly savvy, but you'll keep some hair on your head if you get a little coaching up front.
     
  7. jameskwiksigns

    jameskwiksigns New Member

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    Thank you all for the information and support. I'm going to call on one of our suppliers to see if they can teach the willing.
     
  8. geb

    geb Premium Subscriber

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    "found Composer to be the most counter intuitive and difficult to learn."

    Couldn't agree with you more.

    George
     
  9. signage

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  10. geb

    geb Premium Subscriber

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    Thank you for the links, lots of good information.
     
  11. signage

    signage Major Contributor

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    Glad I could help you :)
     
  12. Marlene

    Marlene Major Contributor

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    I've been using Gerber software forever. when I got Illy, I was totally lost and had a hard time doing anything as nothing made sense. must be my brain is now wired for Gerber:)
     
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