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Welcome To Cora’s Corner, where every month I am going to help you with your artwork issues. This month I would like to discuss what are manual halftones and what are automatic halftones.

The simplified answer about the difference between the two is, Manual halftones are created in the design before output and Automatic halftones use RIP software to create halftones during output.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nearly everybody is carrying a smartphone these days so why not make the most of the apps available and let them help you to organize your life? From work to your home life, there is an app (usually free!) to help you with everything and these are just a few of our favorites.

Post-it Plus

We’ve all used Post-it notes in work and we know how useful they can be. In meetings and brainstorming sessions we often produce boards filled with these little sticky notes then we leave the meeting and have to leave them behind. This app will capture an image of the notes and allow you to keep working on your ideas. You can rearrange the notes on the app and refine them as needed. The app allows you then to send this on to other people so your colleagues can see the work you have done. You can even upload this to other apps such as PowerPoint or Excel. (more…)

Greetings everyone,

I hope everyone out there is having a fantastic  summer.  Before I say anything else let me take a moment to thank each of you for making Qdigitizing a success.  Without you guys, we are just a web site.  We don’t get a chance to say it enough so I want you to know how much all of us at Q appreciate your continued support.

One feature on our web site that many of you are not aware of is we store all of your designs and related material “in the cloud” in your own private account.   All you need to access your design archive is your private login credentials.  From your archive you can download any or all of your entire design history.  If you want, you can use us as a failsafe back up.  If you lose your designs we will have them for you 24/7/365. Following is a quick tutorial for how to access. (more…)

Welcome To Cora’s Corner, where every month I am going to help you with

your artwork issues. This month I would like to discuss what can help you use your time more efficiently. We’ve discussed this before, however it bears repeating. Knowledge needs to be updated too.

Wasted Time, Expense and Opportunities!

One of the biggest, if not the biggest expense to a company is wasted time. One of the main reason time is wasted is because the company is not using the right tools to do the job. Don’t forget time is money. Your company only makes money when the presses are running. Everything else is an expense. One of the most common mistakes an owner makes is not to account for the time it takes to do a task as an expense. As an owner you need to look at the expense of the tool and the time it takes to use it. The question becomes, “Will this tool save you time?” The more efficient your time is spent, the more money you will make and the less expensive the tool becomes. Most of what I am about to discuss can apply to all parts of a company, however for the point of this newsletter I am going to keep the discussion to the Art Department. (more…)

The digital world moves along at a very rapid pace and this is especially true of digital marketing. Over the last few years one of the major factors in digital marketing has been the increased use of visual material. As more and more people can access visual material on smartphones and tablets, it makes sense to embrace this trend and use it as part of your marketing strategy.

 Social media images

 Social media should be the first port of call for anyone considering digital media. It is very inexpensive to use and the increased use of social media by the general public means that visual media is very well received on it. Studies have shown that posts with visual content such as images and video are viewed more often than text-only posts. Greater emphasis on visual content has been seen in recent years on Twitter and Facebook, and image-based Pinterest and Instagram are also growing wildly popular. (more…)

Greetings everyone,

Cora’s corner is so good this month I am going to shamelessly borrow from her content as with minor adjustments it applies as much to your digitizer as it does with your artist.

There are several elements involve to creating quality digitizing. The obvious information would be what elements in a piece of art should be included in the finished design should be. However other factors can affect the outcome just as much.

You need to tell your artist;

1)     How many colors in the design.

It might seem obvious, but it isn’t.  Be sure you let your programmer know which colors need to be stitched.  This is especially important if there are large white areas in your design.  Should these white areas be stitched or should they be left negative (fabric showing through) to help reduce overall stitch count..

2) What colors are in the design.

If your programmer is going to sample your design for you and your intent is to use that sample to show your customer, make sure you let your programmer know what colors she should use when sampling your design.  This will save you and her and you time (money!). (more…)

Welcome To Cora’s Corner, where every month I am going to help you with your artwork issues. This month I would like to discuss what your artist needs to know to create your artwork..

There are several elements involve to creating artwork for screen printing. The obvious information would be what elements or theme the image should be. However other things affect the image you end up with.

You need to tell your artist;

1)     How many colors in the design.

It’s always best to know how many colors are in the design upfront. There will be less time involved in reworking the design later. (more…)

As summer approaches are you planning to make any changes to your marketing strategy? Or are you just expecting there to be a lull in business as people go on vacation and start spending more time outdoors? With the right strategies, you can actually curb any slowdown and maybe even increase your business. Lets explore how…

Think mobile

Last month we discussed responsive websites and this could be just what you need at this time of year. More and more people will be spending time outdoors – in parks, on beaches and generally away from home. Ensuring that your website is responsive will ensure that more people can access it on their smartphones and other devices. As the trend it edging towards increased mobile usage anyway, if you haven’t already made the move to a responsive site, then now would be a good time to get started. (more…)

Welcome To Cora’s Corner, where every month I am going to help you with  your artwork issues. This month I would like to discuss how screen print screen mesh count affect your artwork.

Screen mesh counts are how many threads per inch. Generally screens for garment printing run from 25 threads per inch to 305 threads per inch. The lower the mesh count the more ink can flow thru the openings in the mesh.

The mesh count you use depends a lot with how detailed your image. The more detailed your image, the higher the mesh count of your screen needs to be. (more…)

While similar, digitizing for Multi-head embroidery machines can present its own unique set of challenges.  However, one thing that is nice about evaluating a digitizing project on multi-head embroidery machines is this; regardless if the machine has 2 heads or 30 heads, if a problem is apparent on all sewing heads then the issue can almost certainly be attributed to the digitizing.  If the problem only shows up on one head, but embroiders nicely on all of the other heads, there is almost certainly a mechanical issue on the head showing the failure.

This might seem obvious but one of the first questions I will ask when presented with the question, “why isn’t this design sewing nicely on my machine?” is, “are you embroidering on a single-head or multi-head machine?”  This is never meant as a method to shift responsibility from the programmer to a piece of equipment but it is really helpful to know the facts in order to provide the best solution to the problem.
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