I am about to embark on a big change and one that seems to have an enormous learning curve. I am switching from Corel Draw to Adobe Creative Cloud.

I have been using Corel Draw for my graphic creating and editing since I found CorelDraw 3 among some office supplies that were being thrown out back in the middle of the 1990s. I found CorelDraw 5 in the same way, then I bought CorelDraw 8, or maybe it was 10, and from there I was invested in the software. Now, I have the X7 suite and Corel PaintShop Pro 2019 on the machine in my office, but I’m not going to be moving on to CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2019. Nope. I’m changing horses and trying my hand at the big dog in the graphic design game.

Why? Because I was emailed a 40% off offer. Well, that and the fact that Lady Ronn is already paying monthly to use a couple of their products for her photography editing. In addition to that, there are a lot of tools in Creative Cloud and I should be able to stop using a few other programs that use for my stuff; Audacity and Power Director in particular. And if I can figure all this out, I should be able to do a lot more cool things with images and video.

If you have any tips for me on learning these adobe programs or can simply tell me what any of these programs are for, I’d appreciate that. If, however, you just want to tell me that it’s a rip off, it’s too expensive, or anything along those lines… yeah, keep that to yourself and let me decide how to spend my money.

I’m back on the sauce. I was trying to break the caffeine habit by drinking green tea, but the call of my weekend routine was too strong. That routine works out to a pot of coffee on Saturday and another on Sunday, no sugar, but lots of artificial creamer. So cheers to you and let’s see what I got up to over the weekend.

not being careful enough

It’s been a long time coming, but on Sunday I put the knife in the vinyl cutter and gave it a test run. I checked Amazon and apparently I ordered this thing on October 30, 2016. I’ve taken my own sweet time in getting any use out of it. I should be ashamed of myself.
I used the green, because I can see no project in the foreseeable future that will require or necessitate green vinyl. My other choices were black, white, yellow, or red, and three of those colors have very obvious uses with regard to arohen dot com. As you can see in this first picture, I was not very careful in my weeding and I let the vinyl roll back onto itself and ended up tearing off an arm, but otherwise, consider me suitably impressed.
What is weeding? I’m glad you asked. Weeding is the process by which unnecessary vinyl is removed from a design. It wasn’t bad on this design, but I imagine it can be tricky when working with small letters or intricate designs. On the design below, I had some problems with the finer bits lifting off the backing and wanting to curl up. I imagine I just need more practice.
still not perfect, but quite a bit better

I tried something a little smaller and included the outline to determine how precise the cuts are. You can see that it mostly worked out well. There is one section above the upper arm where the outline didn’t survive. I haven’t worked up the courage to try a two or three color, layered piece quite yet. Honestly, just getting the blade depth set right nearly put me out of my mind.
Lady Ronn is already asking for T-shirts for her upcoming bridal shower. So I should probably get this process down and figure out how well lettering works. And I think somebody’s car is going to get a sticker…