CorelDRAW 0-60 Bootcamp for screen printers and t-shirt artists.
What you need to know to create and separate great t-shirt designs in CorelDRAW!
What does CorelDRAW 0-60 Bootcamp cover?
The 0-60 Bootcamp is a clear, concise break down of what a beginner and intermediate CorelDRAW user needs to know to properly work with artwork that will be used to create screen printed designs on t-shirts & decorated apparel. This is NOT a software training class, it is a RESULTS class using software. The goal of the 0-60 Bootcamps is to teach SHORTCUTS that will get beginners and intermediate CorelDRAW users comfortable with the most important and useful tasks needed in screen printing. The SHORTCUTS are the fastest and most practical way to use the tools that are needed to get the jobs done without losing quality or creativity. You can use any version of CorelDRAW from X5 and up to X8 (some of the older versions below X5 may still work but might miss some shortcuts).
The 0-60 Bootcamp will be comprised of the following modules that will be provided in a scheduled format so that each student can work through the video and understand the stage of training before moving on. Intermediate users will be provided with additional training forks depending on their level for each step.
- NEW users of CorelDRAW are presented with a SHORTCUT to learn the basics that are needed to complete start up tasks. The five main art tasks are covered and practiced. Intermediate users are shown quick keys and advanced scripts for even faster processing of these tasks.
- SHORTCUTS in the set up, recreation, and art approval steps will be covered so that you will know what to do no matter how a client drops an art file on you. Everything from poor photos, screen grabs, to used napkins will be covered. How to get it in the computer, set it up, get the approval and deposit, and how to produce it for printing.
- IMPORTING / EXPORTING files is defined and the most useful methods are covered in clear step-by-step methods. Intermediate users will be able to learn about creating custom templates and scripts for auto populating designs and approval guides.
- FONT processes will be covered so that you will be able to find the fonts that you need, install fonts, and multiple methods of SHORTCUTS to make fonts less of a hassle when you need to get designs done quickly. Intermediate users will explore how to create your own fonts faster than ever.
- TRACING bitmaps and line drawings so that they can be made into vectors for easy editing is covered. The top three fastest ways to recreate logos and complex drawings are clearly shown. Intermediate users will enjoy the ILLUSTRATION part of this training where you will see how to capture the style and illustrate drawings quickly.
- LOGOS that need to be developed, copied, and recreated / modified will be explored in this training. Intermediate users will see how to integrate looser, hand-drawn styles and distress overlays.
- SEPARATIONS are clearly introduced with the 4 main ways to prep, stage, and output designs depending on your device and/or service. For those of you that are new to screen printing, SEPARATIONS are how the art file is split apart into different colors that will become screens on your printing press for screen printing. Intermediate users will see how to work with higher level separations, bitmaps, editing, and more.
- TRAPPING & IMAGE CORRECTION for separations and low quality bitmaps are covered with special emphasis on what are the simplest methods for each that maintain image and separation quality. Intermediate users will explore trapping alternatives and advanced halftone creations.
- SPECIAL EFFECTS will be shown that are easy to create, replicate, and separate for screen printing. All SPECIAL EFFECTS that are shown in this training level will be styles that can be used for multiple applications and will create looks to type, graphics, and logos that are ideal in screen printed artwork.
- BUSINESS CARDS & LAYOUTS are covered in the last training in the group. Clients will often ask for these, although they don't create direct money, they are a huge way to obtain loyal clients and customers that see you as a resource. Intermediate users can gain knowledge of how to produce custom cards, and integrate high-end graphics that can be sent out to printers.
Hi there! My name is Tom and I am a screen printing artist, instructor, separator, and author that lives in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. Over the past 29 years I have worked with all manner of screen printing shops across the country as a consultant, art director, head of research and development, and high-end separator. From small mom & pop operations to some of the worlds largest printing shops, I have been an Art Director, High-End Separator, and Head of R&D. During this time I also worked at the Illinois Institute of Art teaching classes on drawing and design. These days I have also been working and developing skills in marketing and management which is one of the most common requests from small businesses. I have been writing for the screen printing industry for over 20 years with over 165 published articles. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family and our crazy pets, or teaching / practicing martial arts and fitness.