Hi. 

I am wondering what the best setting and best way to export/save files from illustrator to print.

This is how i am doing it now, but i am unsure if this is the best way?

I am making contour cut stickers.

I get PNG files from my customers some good and some bad. As i want a white outline around the sticker i put the file into Illustrator and make cutlines(perforated and contour).

The document setup is: Rgb Color, High(300 ppi).

After i am finished with the file i save it as eps. file, but here is where i am unsure about the settings. 

Firstly i get this popup when i save:

Here i continue. 

Then for the setting:

And Preset:

I really don´t feel like this is the best practice and the right way of doing it:

Anyone here that can help me understand this abit better? And give me an insight into what setting i should use?

Printer: Roland Versacamm vs-300 Print&Cut

RIP: VersaWorks

Thanks in advance,
Lloyd

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Hi Lloyd,

I have been using Illustrator and Versaworks for several years now. The settings you noted are fine but I will provide more information.

For the first and third windows, they both are specifically dealing with colors that have transparencies. Basically when a file is saved in .eps format you can lose the transparent colors or layers when it is opened in another program.

Since you are dealing with images and are likely printing on a white vinyl material you shouldn't run into any issues.

The second window is merely giving you the additional options you can make available when opening the .eps file in other programs. If you saving in Illustrator then opening the file in Versaworks so that you can print your decals, without any steps in between, then you don't need to change anything here.

Hi Adrian, 

Thanks for the quick response! 

Ok, i understand. Is there another type of file that is better to save in than eps for printing?

Yes, i am mostly printing on white vinyls. But sometimes i print on transparent vinyl, should i change anything then? 

When i print on transparent vinyl, the colors are very transparent, is this because my printer does not print white, is this normal or is there anything i can do different?

Thanks again, 
Lloyd

  • Ok, i understand. Is there another type of file that is better to save in than eps for printing? - I always use .eps files. I really wouldn't recommend other file types for Versaworks.

  • Yes, i am mostly printing on white vinyls. But sometimes i print on transparent vinyl, should i change anything then? - Use the appropriate profile in Versaworks when you are printing on transparent vinyl but unless your printer can print white or metallic, there are no other steps you need to take.

  • When i print on transparent vinyl, the colors are very transparent, is this because my printer does not print white, is this normal or is there anything i can do different? - The colors are transparent because the material is transparent, the only way to avoid this is if you can print white and the color on top of the white.  In order to print white your machine has to be setup for it but unless you will have a substantial number of orders where that is required I don't recommend it. White is a hassle to maintain on these machines.

Thanks for all of the information! 

Looks like I’m doing something right! 

Agree with all Adrian stated in both posts. 

If you need a cutline - you have 2 options - EPS or PDF

You can print raster formats without cutlines.

All CMYK colors are transparent - however you can darken them up by using the overprint feature. You can overprint up to 3 times.There is a procedure for printing on clear vinyl and then using white vinyl on top of it. Too much trouble for me.


Thanks, i will try the overprint method. Does the ink have to dry before you print again or how does this work?

Select the overprint and the machine does the rest.

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