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Discussion in 'Gerber' started by stoliker, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. stoliker

    stoliker Member

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    Ok, bought Omega 4.0 to go with a used envision / edge 2 combo (off of the :signs101: classified) and am trying my first print. I have read the 900 page manual and tried to follow it, to no avail. Just white printed on black, and :banghead: isn't working. Anyone have a website video or basic step by step how to import the cmx file ang get it to print/cut?
    :thankyou:
     
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  2. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    export as eps from corel...open in composer, apply fills/strokes, make sure all vinyl is same color, send
     
  3. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

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    What jhill said except CMX export works just fine with Omega. It sounds to me like you need to get more familiar with vinyl and foil assignments in Composer. Depending on your background with things like Illustrator, CorelDRAW, screen printing and digital printing, the learning curve for Omega Composer and Edge printing can be anywhere from a couple of weeks to a year or more.

    There's a traveling roadshow that Gerber puts on advertised at the top of the page here that would help you some but the first seminar anywhere near you is in the Spring. In the meantime, here's a link to what's offered at the Gerber website.

    With regard to Edge printing, the main features to master in Composer are:

    1. Spot colors vs. process colors.
    2. Vector attribute assignments: Cut only, print only, print and cut.
    3. Handling images.
    The secondary features to master are:

    1. Halftones and LPI
    2. Choke and Spread
    3. Bleeds
    4. Overprints
    There are lots of details to each and lots of other features, but if you focus on those things you'll be off to a good start.

    Hot Tip!!! The 1234 dialog in Composer is your friend.
     
  4. stoliker

    stoliker Member

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    The advice has once again been a great help! A phone call from a great guy that runs this program helped walk me through almost all of it also. It was the print/cut and cut only buttons that where the largest hold up. I am quickly friending the 1234 button as well. To many years of coreldraw and getting pigeon-holed in one program is hard to break. First job is half done, but the white foils that came with the equipment purchase ran out and didnt cover very well to begin with. I did a base white and a regular white so I will guess that is because the ship date on the box said 2003.
     
  5. Malkin

    Malkin Very Active Member

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    Sounds like you have a good running start...

    BTW - Anytime you print a light color foil onto a dark color vinyl, it should have a primer undercoat of white. So white onto black will need 2 passes to cover correctly.
     
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