A Digital Printing Network
So I am finally back and working on catching up. We have a big job for a trailer wrap and of course are running behind on it. I started running a ton of prints for it and commenced laminating yesterday afternoon.
First big print - 8 feet - lamination gets screwed up - ARRRGGHHH!
Re-print - laminate and yup! screwed up again!
Third re-print - lamination goes good. Send to cut and realize that I forgot the bleed around some of the small lettering. Crap, crap, crap, and oh yeah CRAP! - oh well, the job is cutting.
Get it out of the printer and start checking the cuts - all were dead on exact with no media showing on the edges. I gotta tell you guys, it pays to calibrate your machines and check everything prior to running big jobs. If I had not checked the print cut accuracy, had not added all the additional rollers, had not checked cut pressure and speed, it could have been another frustration and reprint etc.
I make mistakes like everyone else and got a bit lucky on this one as I had done all the steps just like normal - doing a little happy dance right now that I did!
Is there a video or tutorial that explains the "bleed line" I have been learning on the fly since the first of the year, we are swamped here...and I have tried to figure it out on my own and can't seem to see how to do it.
Bleed printing is the process of printing a solid color or patterned background that has no chance of a 'white edge' when cutting. You do this by making your background pattern or color larger than the area you are going to cut by an eighth of an inch past the 'cutpath' or 'contourcut'. That way it prints the full area, then when it comes back to cut, your 'cutline' is now inside the printed area. Printshops do it all the time and some printers will charge extra for a 'full bleed' print job. It's easy to do but also depends on what program you are using to create your design.
I am using Corel draw. I have tried doing it a couple different ways, but non that I am very happy with.
I use Illustrator so I can't help much with CoreDrawl. I did find this explanation that looks pretty straight forward to set-up your file:
This YouTube video on CorelDraw might also help you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eD3e3g2Dp7Y
I am thinking in corel it has something to do with overprint fill, but I am not seeing were it overprints in the actual graphic.
What I do is make a cut line(outline) make it into an object and move it then bump up the size of the image or bump down the size of the cut line then stick it back on. OR go to the effects drop down select contour and go to Dockers to enable the hints docker and it will tell you how to use it. Steve has a short video on how to do it under video's, never had any luck with the overprint fill thing.
Beginner's guide to print/cut with CorelDraw on our webinar archive - www.rolanddga.com/webinars covers the bleed for print/cut.
It's comforting to know that even you occasionally waste material; I hate when it happens.