Canvas Size...again!!

Discussion in 'Raves and Rants' started by grafXguy, Apr 5, 2005.

  1. grafXguy

    grafXguy

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    Hi everyone,
    ...I've read many posts (Same Problem!):blahblah:
    Seems ALOT of people have difficulty with canvas size
    ...the "VALUES" to Enter for Specific Document Formats;
    Business Card, Ltr Head, etc.

    Most if the time we get a Very Generic answer, again..
    ...is there any Table (with Values) to follow for the Basic
    design uses:
    ...Business Card
    ...Letter Head (8.5 x 11)
    ...8.5 x 5.5
    ...etc.

    ...for now I'll just be happy with the Values to enter
    for a Business Card!!...or how to calculate the pixels
    into inches information : o_please

    ...sorry to rant, but setting the canvas size really should
    be an easier thing to do and a way to do it! :spaz:
     
  2. KD-did

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    and will be with the free update that is coming to your favorite TLC shortly
     
  3. grafXguy

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    Hi Katie,
    ...thanks for the come-back, but do you
    know the "value numbers" to enter for
    the canvas size for just a 3.5" x 2" business
    card? :( ...I'm "REALLY GLAD" to hear
    about the Free Update...how soon??...but in
    the meantime any suggestions for the Business
    Card size Values??
     
  4. Lats

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    How big is the business card?

    If it was 4 x 3 inches @ 72 dpi...

    72 x 4 = 288

    72 x 3 = 216

    Change the coloured numbers depending on what you're doing.
     
  5. grafXguy

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    Hi Lats,
    THANKS! for the comeback.
    the business card size is 3.5 x 2
    @ 300 dpi.
    ...and what if I want to add an
    1/8" bleed around it?
    ...do I set the canvas size prior
    to creating (adding) TLC elements?
    I've tried reducing the canvas by the
    corner of the window, but the artwork
    doesn't reduce with it?
    ...if I use the values you suggest, is
    the edges of the canvas (window) area
    the exact size of the finished piece?

    Thanks again for the reply, Much
    Appreciated!!!...any idea as to how
    soon the free update to this problem
    mentioned by Katie will be available?
     
  6. KD-did

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    grafXguy, sorry I don't know off the top of my head and I have tried finding the information for you by surfing ... After I developed my business card using TLC( regular canvas size) I have always used other programs to print my cards. I have more options using other programs such as having a verticle card, double sided printing and even having a folding card and a host of cardstock to choose from.

    As for getting the bleed you want may I suggest try adjusting the printer's margins approach.

    You should be able to resize your canvas and design with pushing or pulling the corner after you have choosen More export options and the format for exporting.
     
  7. Flotsom

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    Avery 8873 Clean Edge

    Hi grafXguy!

    I just finished printing 40 cards, using Avery Clean Edge, which are 3.5" wide x 2" tall. My Canvas size is showing 1050 x 600. They came out perfect. :banana

    I wish I could tell you where I came up with those numbers to begin with, but I set the canvas in October of last year, and I just don't remember. May have been suggested on the Avery template itself ... don't know.

    Before you actually put any card stock in your printer, print out a test sheet on plain 8.5 x 11 paper and hold up to your card stock or template to be sure everything is within the margins you need.

    I printed using the Print Business Cards command in the File menu of TLC. As I recall, the very first test I did required that I nudge a couple of things in a bit, but I almost nailed it out of the gate ... so to speak. Sample of the card is below.

    Hope this helps
    -flot

    P.S. This was the layout she chose ... so don't scold me for it's balance :NoNo:

    Note: Export resolution is showing 72 dpi (default ... not adjusted)
     
  8. Lats

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    Did you settle on some numbers grafXguy?
     
  9. grafXguy

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    Hi lats,
    ...going to go with 3.5 x 2 @300dpi
    ...flotsom suggested 1050 x 600...
    going to give that a try.
    ...if you have other suggestions,
    please reply/advise
     
  10. Flotsom

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    hey Flot,
    ...just got your newest reply to the tutorial link, thanks
    it's printing out as I"m writing this.
    ...I also just sent you an email moments before your
    latest reply...speak to you soon.
     
  12. Flotsom

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    got it! one comin' back to ya ... :)
     
  13. cybrnetico

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    The business cards looks good Flotsom :Koolaid: I am gonna give a try :)
     
  14. Flotsom

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    Cybrnetico,

    Check that link I posted for grafXguy ... it shows the pixel size I used as appropriate for 300 dpi. Not sure why my export was showing 72, but since the size is appropriate for a higher resolution, I suggest going with 300!

    That link will take you to a tutorial originally posted by Jami and explains the whole process from start to finish. Worth looking at. :)
     
  15. cybrnetico

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    i actually did the math with a calculator after what I read. I saw you post the info in another section for other to read, should help other members. Event Lats info was really helpful.

    Oh yeah I bookmarked the page, in case the old noodle goes blank :0
     
  16. Flotsom

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    AHA!! At last!!

    Finally ... the light came on! :D (amazing what a little well marbled red meat will do for the gray cells :0 ... oh, sorry - probably shouldn't say that these days) anyway ...

    DPI x inches = pixel size :bonk:

    Yes?
     
  17. Lats

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    Yep :)
     
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    version4

    It was asked a couple of times when the new version is coming out and no one answers. I am curious to know a time frame ie. weeks, months, years? I am looking forward to this program as I am interested in what it will contain. The shape maker would be anice addition.
     
  19. Shelly

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    I dont have the exact dates, but a little "bird" told me within the month of May, so not long now.

    As to shape maker ,you can do that now either use Dingbats or the Shape font, or if theres any shape you really need just draw it in a simple paint programm save as Png, then import it into TLC; remove white background and then you can color it the way you would like it.

    I suggest you use a light color when doing this that way you can get all the colors you want.

    TLC works with templates so you can Expand/contract the Shapes/text but not alter their shape.

    Maybe Admin can give you more insight into the "Newest" programm about to be released.
    [​IMG]
     
  20. jpimpdaddy

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    I started out using 1050 by 600 for my business cards on my laptop and everything was working out but I downloaded the program to my desktop and wanted to use my desktop but when I try to put in the canvas size it max's me out at 1024 by 600, the same as the resolution or screen size. how do I make the canvas bigger, the smallest resolution on my desktop is the 1024 by 768 and I can not make a window bigger? Is that a windows setting, or a monitor or a video card setting I need to adjust to be able to make bigger windows?
     

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