I use Corel 9 for just about everything, including designing, tracing, layout and yes cutting with my Camm 1. So many people have asked how that I’ve filed a brief overview in mydocs to show what can be done. There is a limited demo of Signtools 2 that helps with outlining and weedbox plus a few other tools enabled but it is not essential for cutting. For those who can’t find a printer driver for their plotter search the web for Kwik kut which is free and allows cutting from Corel without a driver.
Anyhow here’s some basics………….
Okay ……….. I use a Roland Camm 1 x 24″, and Core9 but the principle should be the same.
Make sure you have a parralel cable not a serial to the plotter, I use a switchbox without problems but others say it can cause hiccups.
Install the driver to your printers folder.
In Corel create and save some custom pages, for my Camm 1 they are LANDSCAPE 22.9″ x 24″ and 22.9″ x 72″, name them roland or ?? (your brand) 1 + 2 you can alter the length before cutting to save vinyl. Dont know the width of your machine but if it has pinch rollers the cut width is probably 1″ less than roll width. Check the manual.
Create your sign text or graphics on this new custom page or paste parts in from another page.
Marquee select or use [Select all] in EDIT rollup and remove the colour from the graphics and then outline with the finest default outline.
I use the weedbox facility from Signtools 2, you can download a demo version with that tool enabled from http://www.smartartz.com it is a plugin for Corel but not sure if they have vers 11 yet. Otherwise resort to the old make a rectangle 6mm bigger than the text measurement.
Go to > MY COMPUTER > PRINTERS FOLDER and right click on your plotter, set as default printer, right click all other printers and select > Pause printing.
Back to Corel and hit PRINT which will open the dialogue box for the plotter. I always do a print preview before continuing, there was one time I didn’t……. S#xxx!%T.
Big trap is to set your measurements to inches or centipedes and always work with one or the other.
I have presumed you are Corel savvy and will remember all the align to centre commands and other goodies.
While I’m on a roll, here’s more, I take measurements of cars and shop windows etc plus a digital photo. Open the jpg in Corel and use the rulers to bring it to full size view. Design my sign on this, copy the text into the cutting page and resize the original to 5″ wide, export as jpg to email to customer for approval. Only do this if you trust the customer not to shop around with your design.