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Calibrating the Viewer and Printer

The purpose of Viewer Settings is to configure each user's specific screen so they see designs in actual size. Users will most likely have screens that vary in size, pixels and resolution, so it's important for each user to inidividually configure his/her screen so they see an accurate representation of the designs' sizes.

Depending on which edition you've chosen, the screen will be located under different menus and have a different title.

  • If you have Enterprise:
    • On the main menu, navigate to File -> User Settings -> Configure Graphic Viewer.

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    • The 'Calibrate Viewer to Screen and Printer' screen will open.

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  • If you have Elite or Express:
    • On the main screen, navigate to System -> Viewer Settings in the dropdown menu.

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    • The 'Viewer Settings' screen will open.

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Calibrating the Viewer

  • Make sure the 'Screen' radio button is selected.

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  • Click the 'Load Test Pattern' button to make the blue X appear in the box.

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  • The number in the Size text box always defaults to 2. The Size is always in inches. If the blue X is larger than the designated viewer, input a value larger than 2 in the Size box and click the 'Load Test Pattern' buttona gain. You may need to gradually increase the number until you get the X to the correct size. (Hint: if you don't see the red square surrounding the blue X, then the X is appearing too large.)

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  • Measure the width of the blue X from one side of the red box to the other. Take whatever that measurement is, (NOTE: measurement must be in inches), input that measurement in the Size text box and click the 'Load Test Pattern' button. Express will automatically configure the blue X and red square to equal 2 inches. In the below screenshot, teh size of the square measured at 3-4 inches, which you will see in the Size text box, and after clicking 'Load Test Pattern,' the blue X/read square now measures 2 inches.

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  • If you need to restart the process, click the 'Reset to Default' button to return the Size text box and the blue X/red box to their original size.

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  • For more instructions within Express, click the 'Show/Hide Help' button. A list of instructions will appear in the viewer.

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Calibrating the Printer

  • To calibrate your printer, follow the same steps, only check the 'Printer' radio button at the top of the screen under 'Calibration.'

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  • Click the 'Print Test Pattern' button, which will open a Print dialog box. Select your desired printer and click Print.

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  • You'll get a printout of the blue X/red square, similar to the one reference above in the viewer calibration section. Measure the width of the X from one side of the square to the other. Take whatever that measurement is (Note: measurement must be in inches), input that measurement in the size text box and click the 'Print Test Pattern' button. Express will automaticall configure the blue X/red square to equal 2 inches.
  • When you're finished, click the OK button to close the window.

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