Production Tip Jar: Creating 2-Color Designs with Glitter Flake

Production Tip Jar: Creating 2-Color Designs with Glitter Flake

Hi this is Josh Ellsworth, General Manager
with Stahls’ CAD-CUT Direct and this is a Production Tip Jar, where we’re going
to show you a trapping technique for creating 2 color designs for materials that aren’t
typically recommended for layering. In this case we’ll focus on the CAD-CUT Glitter
Flake product, which looks awesome in a 2-color design. To start we’ll type some text onto
the screen. And we’re working in Corel Draw after I type some text, I’m going to take
it from a font and convert it to curves. So I go up to arrange and convert to curves.
And at that point I can size it proportionally or exactly as I want. In this case I’m going
to make it 3 inches tall and keep it at 13 inches wide. If I want to make this a 2-color
design, typically you do a contour function in Corel Draw. And that’s found up under
the effects menu. Just go to effects and then contour, you can also hit “CONTROL F9”
as the shortcut on your keyboard. Contours are typically done to the outside so you maintain
the integrity of the font. So I will do this contour to the outside and let’s make it
a ? inch outline all the way around the design. And click apply. Ad you can see it defaults
to the color black here, but I will break apart these 2 layers so that I can separate
them. The black and the blue. Click off of my image and now I’m going to assign a gold
color. We’ll do a blue and gold design I’ll assign gold as the background. If you were
doing a normal heat transfer film design with a product that layers, at this point you would
be done and you would be able to drag away, kind of separate your layers. Cut your gold
layer and then heat apply your blue right on top. But with Glitter Flake it’s not
recommended for full layer on layer applications. So I’ll hit “CONTROL Z” on my keyboard
to get that back registered on the foreground there. Click off of my design and I need to
now create that void area in the gold layer. In order to do that I’m going to select
the blue original text 1 more time and this time I’ll go back to my contour menu and
what I’m going to bring in an outline to the inside of the text. So I’ll click on
inside and then I want to specify my offset. Now this offset may differ depending upon
the size of your design. Since I’m dealing with a fairly long piece of text here, 3 inches
by 13 inches, I’m going to default to a 1/16 of an inch offset. Which would be .0625.
And I’ll click apply. Now if I zoom in here, you can kind of see here how it brought the
black layer inside of the original blue text. Let me break those apart so I can assign colors.
And then I’ll assign the gold color that we used prior to that foreground text. Now,
right now this can look fairly confusing but it all will become much simpler when I start
to drag the blue layer away. So I’m going to select that original blue. Make sure I
get the right one here. I’ll zoom in to select the original blue here. And I’ll
kind of drag that away. And zoom out so that I can work with it. And what I’ve done is
I’ve created 2 cut files. I have the cut file here that reads Blue Devils pretty clearly,
that I will send to the blue material. And then I have the gold cut file, which is actually
inclusive of 2 sets of cut lines. If I want to see those cut lines I can simply go to
the wireframe view, and you can see exactly what the cutter is going to cut out. Now in
the weeding process after I cut this I’ll peel away all of these letters and create
void areas where the garments actually going to show through the gold layer. And then the
blue layer will actually inset right into that are giving it a nice adhesion to the
garment. If you want to go back to the normal view, you can actually highlight this gold
layer and combine it by going to arrange, combine. And that will create the show through
so you can visually see it as well. You can see the gold layer with the garment showing
through and then the blue layer will apply right on top of it. And there will be a little
bit of a trap or an offset so you don’t get any of that gap space with the garment
showing through were it goes layer on layer. So I’ve precut this exact design I’m going
to cut now off camera and then I’ll meat you back at the heat press to show you how
it applies. Okay so we have our pieces precut and weeded and laying over here at the heat
press where we have our garment. And you can see the gold layer looks very much like it
did on the screen, were we’ve taken the weeding tool and pulled out all the inside
components where the blue will fit directly over top. And everything will be in perfect
registration. And there’s a little bit of a tolerance there. That’s why we put the
1/16 of an inch outline. I’ll start by just lining this bottom layer up. It’s very important
that you just press the bottom layer for a couple seconds. You want to t=do that just
to get it down onto the garment but limit it’s exposure underneath the heat so it
doesn’t shrink up on you and make alignment very difficult. And you want to peel this
one after it cools down slightly. And this isn’t permanent adhesion now, this is just
tacking it to the garment, so I can bring my secondary color and inlay it. Since I’m
working with the clam shell press I’m just going to pull that out to the edge so I can
see my alignment little bit better. And Glitter Flake has a nice sticky backing so it will
hold in place after you position it. And I’ll just slide it back into the pressing area.
And this time I will cover it with a cover sheet and heat press both layers together
for the full time, temperature and pressure that is recommended. And I’ll let this foreground
cool down and then I’ll peel it off. Once it’s cooled down I’ll peel the backing
off of the blue layer and I’ll have a completed design that’s very durable and gives you
that full bling finish that customers are after. This has been a Production Tip Jar
from Stahls’ CAD-CUT Direct.

8 thoughts on “Production Tip Jar: Creating 2-Color Designs with Glitter Flake

  1. you can do the same thing but much faster and easier in roland cut studio, you dont need to use correl draw for text at all. type out your font, convery it to polylines, set your size and use the offset tool (same as contour), you can do the same process or as many layers as you want in any material, size pending of course. this is also a great way to lighten the weight and thickesss of multiple materials on a garment even for materials that can be layred

  2. i would love to do this but all i have is scal and inkscape can this be done in one of these? also whitch version of corel draw are you using?

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