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Importing EPS to Omega...??

Discussion in 'Gerber' started by Tim Aucoin, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. Tim Aucoin

    Tim Aucoin Very Active Member

    I couldn't find any specific info on this after doing a search, so I'm gonna post the question, put on my armor and hope for some help! :covereyes: Keep in mind, I've had my Gerber (Edge FX) for a very short time now and am still learning the in's & out's!

    When I import a decal file that I saved as EPS from Illustrator, it doesn't seem to be printing very "crisp"... like it's printing as a raster rather than vector. I am using Omega 3 and selecting the EPS Vector import filter. One particular job had text at around 14pt. which looked terrible. Just for curiosity sake, I upped the resolution from 300 x 300 to 600 x 300, even though (I thought) the file should be printing as a vector and this shouldn't matter. The type looked much better, yet still a little rough. :banghead:

    I'm pretty sure I'm just missing a step in either the import step or I am doing something wacky when I save the Illustrator EPS file. Any ideas?
  2. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

    Mar 12, 2005
    New England
    I think the error is made when you're saving as EPS in AI, sounds like it's making it a raster file.
    Import it into omega and see if it's outlines or an image.
  3. threeputt

    threeputt Very Active Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    washington state
    Agree with Billct. Not all .eps files are vector.

    Secondly, just a side question, but you're using Omega and Illustrator? There both basically draw programs. And both very good for vector stuff.

    I would think Omega would import the Illustrator file and run it cleanly, no bugs.
  4. Tim Aucoin

    Tim Aucoin Very Active Member

    Thanks for the reply's... I'll check into that. My designer works in Illy and saves everything for me in EPS whether it's going to the Gerber or the Roland..... I'll try this same file by bringing in the AI file to Omega and see what happens... I'll post back in a few minutes... Thanks again! :thankyou:
  5. petepaz

    petepaz Major Contributor

    Feb 14, 2007
    i have an older version of omega software for our Gerber edge
    and i have always had issues importing files except for pdf files those are usually fine
    no scaling, no distortion
  6. Marlene

    Marlene Major Contributor

    Jun 8, 2004
    you can select individual letters and look at the points. are the strokes smooth or is there a ton of points used to make a curve or line? the issue may be in the font used in the other program.
  7. Tim Aucoin

    Tim Aucoin Very Active Member

    Okay... did a couple tests, including just typing some text in Omega composer and outputting. I think my expectations are just too high for thermal technology! :doh: At arms length, they look fine, but the printer in me always looks through a loupe, which I've yet to see a customer do!! Meanwhile, I'll make sure I'm importing Illy vectors and not rasters! Thanks again for the responses...
  8. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

    Mar 12, 2005
    New England
    I still think you have something wrong, my old Edge does letters with very sharp edges, though I don't look at them with a loupe, they look fine close up.
  9. signpro

    signpro Manager

    Dec 29, 2008
    Central Wisconsin
    Open file in Illy
    Export as Illustrator Legacy
    save as Illustrator Version 3.0

    in Omega,
    Import File
    find file, import.

    that's what i do all the time for vector or eps files from Illustrator to Omega. did it today, worked like a champ
  10. Tim Aucoin

    Tim Aucoin Very Active Member

    Just when I think I'm out.... they PULL me back in! :ROFLMAO: Yeah, in the back of my mind, I think I can do better... I'm gonna run with what I got for the jobs due today, but you're right... I think there's still an issue. I'll get to the bottom of it if it means pulling all my hair out! :frustrated:Oh, wait a minute... I don't have any hair!!... Thanks Billct...
  11. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

    Sep 11, 2003
    Olympia, WA
    Omega 3 sports several different EPS choices for import. You also have any number of choices for the version your save in Illustrator.

    Try saving in a legacy version around 9 or 10 from Illustrator and then experiment with the different choices in the import dialog of Omega until you find a combination that pleases you.

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