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How to Change Kerning in Vision Software

Feb 13, 17 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

Vision Software Tips and Tricks

How to change kerning in Vision Software

The Kern is the spacing between characters in Text.  This needs to be adjusted according to what tool and tool path you are using for text engraving so that characters are not too close and overlap, and in general for appearance.

This first section is for changing the kerning in non-V9 text.

You can adjust the kerning before or after you type out text.  For this example we’ll type out text then change the kerning.  Type out your text, highlight all of the text (left click and hold at 1 end of text and drag over or use Control A), go to Kern (at the top) and use either the little arrow keys to the right of the box or type in a number).  When done, just deselect to get out of text mode and apply tool path.

 

This section is for changing kerning in V9 text.

You can adjust the kerning before or after you type out text.  For this example we’ll type out text then change the kerning.  Go into text mode, then click on Toolbar Mode (the line), and then click on Character.

Type out your text, highlight all of the text (left click and hold at 1 end of text and drag over or use Control A), go to Kern (at the top) and use either the little arrow keys to the right of the box or type in a number).  When done, just deselect to get out of text mode and apply tool path.

 

Type out your text, highlight all of the text (left click and hold at 1 end of text and drag over or use Control A), go to Kern (at the top) and use either the little arrow keys to the right of the box or type in a number).  When done, just deselect to get out of text mode and apply tool path.

 

Now we can add an online tool path using a .060 FLX cutter at a depth of .010.

As you can see, this will not work because the letters are hitting each other so we need to adjust the kerning.  First, delete the toolpath, then go back into text mode, highlight the text, adjust the kerning to 107, and reapply the tool path.

When adjusting kern or anything else in text mode (font height, etc.), just remember to highlight what you want changed, whether that is all the text or just between 2 characters etc.

How to “Undo” in Vision Software

There are various ways to undo in the vision software:

  1. Click the “Undo” icon:
  2.  Use the window’s shortcut Control+Z
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  4.  Go to Edit>Undo from the dropdown menu

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– Vision Engraving & Routing Systems, Admin

International Awards & Personalization Expo

Feb 6, 17 • News, Front PageNo Comments

International Awards & Personalization Expo

Schedule a demonstration with us during the show and receive a $25 poker chip!

Universal Laser Systems: Booth #1818
Vision Engravers: Booth #1414
Direct Color Systems (Johnson Plastics): Booth #1623

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Join Us in Las Vegas February 7-10

Experience it all at the 2017 International Awards & Personalization Expo – dedicated to activating ideas to enhance your business. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend dedicated time learning about processes and products, experiencing hands-on training, and connecting with industry colleagues.

If you’re involved with engraving, sublimation, sand carving, UV printing, or any personalization process, this is THE event for you!

Why Attend?

  • Network with an exclusive community of suppliers, distributors, and peers.
  • Discover innovative solutions to your most pressing business challenges.
  • Expand your training base and knowledge levels.

Check out the brochure for more information on the International Expo experience!

Registration is open.

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Upcoming Events!

Feb 1, 17 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

ASI Show Dallas • Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center • Halls E & F
Education: Wednesday, February 1 • Exhibits: Thursday-Friday, February 2-3

 

International Awards & Personalization Expo •  Las Vegas February 7-10  •  February 7–10, 2017Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino

Vision Software Tips: How To Nest Letters/Objects in Vision Pro

Nov 28, 16 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

Vision Software Tips: How To Nest Letters/Objects in Vision Pro

(Only available in Vision Pro)

 

The nesting feature in the Vision software can help you be more efficient with material and time when cutting out letters/objects.

 

For this example we are using text and shapes that we are going to cut out using a 1/16” endmill.  Type out your text, add your shapes, select the text, click on Arrange at the top, then click on Text To Graphics (to break the text down to individual pieces), then deselect.

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Now select all the text and shapes, click on Arrange, and then Nesting.  Starting from the left on the toolbar, pick the corner and direction you want the nesting to work from, 90 degrees to allow for some rotation when possible, distance for margin (from the plate edge), 1/8” space between parts, .050 for error, and then Apply.  The group of icons circled in red are something you can try out later.

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After hitting Apply, all your objects are fit together to be more efficient for the material.

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Now apply tool paths to everything and run it.

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So with just a few clicks of the mouse, you can be efficient in material and time.

– Vision Software Admin, 2016

REDUCE YOUR TAXES: Tax Benefit for 2016, Section 179 Deduction

Oct 17, 16 • Front Page, News, TipsNo Comments

REDUCE YOUR TAXES: Tax Benefit for 2016, Section 179 Deduction

2016 is flying by and before you know it 2016 will come to an end. However, for many companies this is one of the busiest times of the year.  Production is in full demand!   Now is the time to purchase new and/or additional equipment for your business! Not only can it benefit production time but also provides BIG SAVINGS!   The “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act) expanded the Section 179 deduction limit to $500,000, and made it permanent.  This means up to $500, 000 in qualifying new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software, may be expensed this year if it is placed into service by the end of the day, December 31, 2016.

The PATH Act also reinstated the 50% Bonus Depreciation, and extended it through 2019. Businesses of all sizes will be able to depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired and put in service during 2016 and 2017; even after the Section 179 deduction is taken, and all in the first year!

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LIMITS OF SECTIONS 179

Section 179 does come with limits – there are caps to the total amount written off ($500,000 for 2016), and limits to the total amount of the equipment purchased ($2,000,000 in 2016). The deduction begins to phase out dollar-for-dollar after $2,000,000 is spent by a given business, so this makes it a true small and medium-sized business deduction.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR SECTION 179

All businesses that purchase, finance, and/or lease less than $2,000,000 in new or used business equipment during tax year 2016 should qualify for the Section 179 Deduction.

Most tangible goods including “off-the-shelf” software qualify for the Section 179 Deduction. To qualify for the Section 179 Deduction, the equipment and/or software purchased or financed must be placed into service between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

The deduction begins to phase out if more than $2,000,000 of equipment is purchased – in fact, the deduction decreases on a dollar for dollar scale after that, making Section 179 a deduction specifically for small and medium-sized businesses.

2016 is flying by and before you know it 2016 will come to an end. However, for many companies this is one of the busiest times of the year.  Production is in full demand!   Now is the time to purchase new and/or additional equipment for your business! Not only can it benefit production time but also provides BIG SAVINGS!   The “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act) expanded the Section 179 deduction limit to $500,000, and made it permanent.  This means up to $500, 000 in qualifying new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software, may be expensed this year if it is placed into service by the end of the day, December 31, 2016.

The PATH Act also reinstated the 50% Bonus Depreciation, and extended it through 2019. Businesses of all sizes will be able to depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired and put in service during 2016 and 2017; even after the Section 179 deduction is taken, and all in the first year!

LIMITS OF SECTIONS 179

Section 179 does come with limits – there are caps to the total amount written off ($500,000 for 2016), and limits to the total amount of the equipment purchased ($2,000,000 in 2016). The deduction begins to phase out dollar-for-dollar after $2,000,000 is spent by a given business, so this makes it a true small and medium-sized business deduction.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR SECTION 179

All businesses that purchase, finance, and/or lease less than $2,000,000 in new or used business equipment during tax year 2016 should qualify for the Section 179 Deduction.

Most tangible goods including “off-the-shelf” software qualify for the Section 179 Deduction. To qualify for the Section 179 Deduction, the equipment and/or software purchased or financed must be placed into service between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

The deduction begins to phase out if more than $2,000,000 of equipment is purchased – in fact, the deduction decreases on a dollar for dollar scale after that, making Section 179 a deduction specifically for small and medium-sized businesses.

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Application Tip of the Week: Creating Multi-Tile Murals

Sep 12, 16 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

Application Tip of the Week: Creating Multi-Tile Murals

Not very long ago, commissioning a personalized, multi-tile wall mural was a costly undertaking reserved for the relatively wealthy. Today, however, thanks to CO2 laser technology, one-of-a-kind engraved murals are available at prices nearly anyone can afford.

Creating multi-tile murals on your Universal laser system is fast, easy and fun. In this easy-to-understand, step-by-step tutorial we will show you how to quickly and easily create beautiful, multi-tile murals using CorelDRAW and your Universal laser engraving system. We think you will find the process to be both rewarding and profitable.

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GETTING STARTED

1.1: Before you start creating a mural, there are some important choices you must make:

  • Choose a suitable photograph or artwork to engrave;
  • Choose the type of material to engrave, such as marble, granite, acrylic, wood or laser tile;
  • Choose the engraving tile size and finished mural size.

1.2: Some important questions to ask yourself:

Is the image a good candidate for engraving? Getting high-quality images and artwork from customers has always been a challenge for engravers. The image your customer provides must be capable of 250 dpi resolution at the actual size in which you plan to engrave it.

At what distance will the observer typically be located when viewing the tiled mural?

If the viewer will be standing just a few feet away, a smaller engraving tile size should suffice; if the viewer will be standing farther away, a larger size tile may be more appropriate.

Will the mural be located indoors or will it be exposed to the elements?

If the mural is to be located indoors, you can safely engrave on materials such as soft acrylic (invert the image and engrave on the back side of the acrylic to provide scratch protection), wood and even mat board. However, if the mural is to be located outdoors, you may want to consider using granite, marble, travertine or other lasting materials to provide long-term protection from the elements.

Okay… you’ve made your choices… now it’s time to create the mural!

DOWNLOAD THE TIP SHEET FOR STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS. 

 

CorelDraw Tips: Creating A 3D Effect Using Drop Shadow

Aug 29, 16 • Tips, Front PageNo Comments

CorelDraw Tips: Creating A 3D Effect Using Drop Shadow

A three-dimensional, or 3D, object brings more realistic depth and perspective to an image.  There are a number of ways to achieve the 3D look in CorelDraw but today we will learn how to create this effect through Drop Shadow.  The Drop Shadow effect can be made by making an offset shadow behind an object to show that it is floating above the background.

TO ADD A DROP SHADOW

  1. In the toolbox found on the left side of the screen, click the Drop Shadow tool
  2. Select the object.

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  1. Drag the cursor from the center or side of the object until the drop shadow is the desired size.

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  1. Specify the attributes on the Property bar.

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  • Drop Shadow Offset – To set the distance between the drop shadow and the object.
  • Drop Shadow Angle – To set the direction of the drop shadow.
  • Drop Shadow Opacity – To adjust the transparency of the drop shadow.
  • Shadow Feathering – To sharpen or soften the edges of the drop shadow.
  • Feathering Direction – To soften the shadows edges toward the inside of the shadow, toward the outside of the shadow, or both of the direction.
  • Feather Edge – To choose the feathering type.
  • Shadow Fade – To adjust the amount of fading at the edges of the drop shadow.
  • Shadow Stretch – To adjust the length of the drop shadow.
  • Transparency Operation – To choose how the color of the drop shadow blends with the color of the underlying object.
  • Shadow Color – To choose the color of the drop shadow.

A Drop Shadow can create great depth and dramatically change the appearance of an object when used correctly.  For best results, use a drop shadow on a white or light colored background.

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If you want to revert the image back to its original state you can remove in a few easy steps.

TO REMOVE A DROP SHADOW

  1. Select an object’s drop shadow
  2. Click Effects -> Clear Drop Shadow

ATTENTION: ALL VISION OWNERS – Join Us in Arlington, Texas! 8/25 & 8/26

Aug 22, 16 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

ATTENTION: ALL VISION OWNERS – Join Us in Arlington, Texas! 8/25 & 8/26

Engravers Network will present a two-day training workshop featuring Cliff Cabral, Applications Specialist with Vision.  Whether you are new to Vision engraving & routing machines, our two-day event is tailored to your experience level, and designed to inspire new ways for you to achieve your specific business goals and objectives.

Vision for BEGINNERS

Day 1 – Thursday, August 25, 2016
1:30 p. m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $25

Topics Included:
-ADA
-Routing techniques and bit selection
-Sacrificial materials and techniques
-Deep metal engraving
-Reverse engraving acrylic

Vision for ADVANCED

Day 2 – Friday, August 26, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $50/includes lunch

Topics Include:

-ADA in exotic materials (metals, woods, corian, granite, glass)
-Thermoformed ADA
-Inlayed ADA tactile
-Part marking
-Rotary engraving on the 2550
-Surface mapping
-Jewelry cutout
-Fixture making and multiples

 

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CorelDraw for Laser Engravers – SIGN UP NOW!

Aug 8, 16 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

CorelDraw for Laser Engravers – SIGN UP NOW!

Join us for a TWO DAY CorelDraw Seminar! As the owner of a small business, there are a number of tools in the market to aid in completing your projects and making them stand out from the competition. CorelDRAW is one powerful tool that should not be overlooked or dismissed lightly. CorelDRAW is a complete graphic design suite that has applications for illustration and design, raster to vector, page layout, web graphics and photo-editing and is unsurpassed when sending to the laser.

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AUGUST 19TH & 20th, 2016

Where: 637 107th Street, Arlington, Texas 76011

Time:  9:00AM – 4:00PM (both days)

The TWO-DAY training and lunch are $175 per participant.

Click here for more details!

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INDUSTRY EVENT ALERT: MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Jul 11, 16 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

INDUSTRY EVENT ALERT: MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – Engravers Network Technology Showcase

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Where: 637 107th St, Arlington, TX 76011

When:  August 8, 2016 from 1pm – 5pm and August 9, 2016 from 9am – 4pm (hourly appts)

For more information click here

CorelDRAW Training Seminar w/ Roger Wambolt

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Where: 637 107th St., Arlington, TX

When:  August 19th and  August 20th, 2-Day Event!

Time: 9:00AM – 4:00PM each day

Cost: $175 per person (includes lunch)

For more information click here

VISION Training Seminar w/ Cliff Cabral

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Location: Engravers Network ARLINGTON Facility, 637 107th Street, Arlington, Texas 76011

Vision for BEGINNERS

Day 1 – Thursday, August 25, 2016

1:30 p. m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $25

 

Vision for ADVANCED

Day 2 – Friday, August 26, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $50/includes lunch

For more information click here.