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Plotter Art™ Voodoo Graphix Extreme

PAVGE User Guide

The Plotter Art™ Voodoo Graphix Extreme Collection is a library of high quality digital artwork. Each image has been skillfully created by the original artist with the primary aim of being used in the making of printed and cut vehicle graphics. The images make extensive use of gradients and blends which provide a level of complexity, depth, detail and realism that sets them apart from the more basic clipart commonly used in vinyl cutting and other forms of graphic design and production.

Plotter Art™ Voodoo Graphix Extreme files are intended for use in systems designed for printing with process colors on various films such as vinyl and then, as required, plotter cutting them to shape using the separate, matching cutpaths provided. They are fully suitable for all forms of process color printing and for incorporating into larger designs by simply not using the matching cutpaths or by using the cutpaths as clipping masks.

The collection contains 171 images in TIF and JPG format to suit your preference. The TIF versions are in CMYK color mode and the identical JPG versions are in RBG color mode. Of these, 150 images have been reversed, or flipped, for user convenience bringing the total image count to 321 in both TIF and JPG format. In addition, there are 57 matching vector cutpaths which are provided in both Illustrator 3.0 EPS and AI formats.

The collection size totals almost 4 GB of data and is provided on DVD-ROM with a 35 page full color printed user guide or as a downloadable collection with the user guide in PDF format.
All images in the collection may be viewed online. Click to View Images.


Preparing Your File for Use

To prepare a file for production, start by opening both the image file and its matching vector cutpath (See Figure 1). The vector has a 10% gray fill which should be considered temporary and changed to the requirements of your program and the job you are planning. Since this varies from one program to the next, the exact change you make must be determined by you.

For example, if you are setting up the job in FlexiSign, you might be applying a "Contour Cut” to the vector. In Omega, it might be simply turning off the gray fill. In other applications, you may have a designated stroke that causes your software to recognize the vector as a cutpath. Or you may simply want to make the vector into a clipping mask in Illustrator or a powerclip in CorelDraw.

The image files in Voodoo Graphix Extreme have an extra amount of black around all edge surfaces that gets cut away in a print and cut situation. When an image is only being printed then the vector cutpath can be used to create a clipping mask which reduces the thickness of the black edges and makes them smoother for print. If you compare the image in Figure 1 with the image in Figure 4, the benefit of a clipping path should be evident.

Determine whether or not the vector is to be on top or on the bottom in relation to the image. In the below example, we made a clipping path in Adobe Illustrator so the vector should be on top. In other situations it may need to be on the bottom. The principles remain the same if you are setting the image up for some other requirement. Select both objects (See Figure 2). Justify (align) both objects on their center axes (See Figure 3). Apply any other effect required by your job situation (See Figure 4). Finally, Select All and Group as one object. The file may now be brought into your layout and is ready for production.

Figure 1 - Opening both the image and the vector file into your workspace.

Figure 2 - Set layer order for desired result, select both image and vector and center justify on both axes.

Figure 3 - Justifying the two objects results in near perfect alignment.

Figure 4 - Finished file as image and clipping path.

Plotter Art™ Voodoo Graphix Extreme is available on DVD-ROM or as a download.



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