A Digital Printing Network
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Thanks for the video steve,I am still confused how you put the 2 inch blur fade around the outside 2 inches in class. I remember you used the gaussain blur at 65, and you power clipped it but how did you contain the blur to the outside of the picture edge ?
Hi John, if I remember correctly, the graphic that he created the blur with was a copy and put in background. The original picture was still on top and at the correct size for the front of the frame. I'm not sure he even power clipped anything. Just take the graphic you want, copy and paste it back on top of itself, select the bottom layer, increase it's size to I believe 2" around all edges (that number could be wrong), go under bitmap, effects, gausean blur and apply it.
I will work up a video on that tomorrow - I have 2 new ways to do the edge of the graphic and will show them both!
Kathy, The way you described it makes sense, i will give it a try.. thanks John
Great video Steve. I do my canvases slightly differently. I always have to think about how to do things as quick as possible. I realized one of the things that was taking me a long time was lining up the stretcher bars so the print was going to be stretched squarely on the bars. I of course am designing my canvases - but I would think the measurements would be somewhat the same.
For 11x14 canvases - I am using a stretcher bar that is approximately 3/4" thick.
My print is 14" x 17".
I cut the print out along the lines.
I have made a 'frame' of sorts from Coroplast. It is 14"x17" big and has an opening to put my 11x14 frame in. I can then extremely quickly drop my frame in and line it up to make my print ready to stretch. You do not have to trim the canvas afterward and it makes it look very neat on the back. (OK - I get I'm a little bit of a perfectionist so I may be the only one who cares about the back!) Saves canvas too - you can print them side by side and get more on your canvas.
I have a frame for every size canvas I make.
I'm uploading a picture of my frame so you can see. And the next picture show you the stretched canvas and how 3" excess fits perfectly for stretching over a 3/4" frame.
Kelly that is a GREAT idea, and thank you sooo much for sharing! So if I understand this correctly, you line up the cut canvas over your coroplast frame, and then push the frame though the opening of the corolplast? where do you get your stretcher frames from?
I lay the canvas down (print side down).
Then I line up my coroplast frame with the outside edges of the canvas - it will line up perfectly.
Then I place the wood frame down on the canvas on the inside whole of the coroplast frame.
Then I lift away the coroplast frame leaving the wood frame lined up perfectly over your canvas print - ready to stretch.
Hopefully that makes sense.
I purchased frames from a new place this time. MUCH cheaper (almost by half) than I was paying from the Canadian Stretcher Bars place. Here is the place I purchased from:
Thanks Kelly, I totally get it now! Question though how did you cut out the center of the coroplast frame so perfectly?
I just measured. I drew lines. I have quilting rulers I use all the time for things like this. I used my see through quilting rulers for a long time before I ever knew about the big super edge rulers. They have the markings all the way through. I do think I gave like a 1/8" gap so that it lifts up easy over the wood frame.
Did you just use scissors or the coroplast cutting tool?
I cut with an exacto knife. In my former sign life I used to make these cute little yard critters from coroplast. I hand cut the designs. I had the strongest fingers in the world. LOL! Picture attached of my little cows so you can see how adept I became at cutting coroplast! :)