Positioning Text From a Corner

Positioning text from a corner position is much the same as using the laser: we still have to select a Print Reference point, and we still have to tell the machine where that point is. The difference is that instead of pointing directly to the print reference point with the laser, we use the laser to point to a corner of your product. We then tell the machine how far away the print reference point is from that corner. Use the following steps to position text from a corner.

Define a Corner Position

1. To enable corner positioning, first click on the From Corner option in the Print Position box. The settings in the Corner Position box will be enabled.

2. Decide which corner you want to use as a reference. Four corners are available. In this example, we'll be referencing from the lower-right corner of the product. Note that in the Corner Position box, we've clicked on the lower-right corner button.

3. Load your product into the Premere. The product should be loaded so that the area to be stamped is more or less in the middle of the table. Be careful when using clamp arms as in the picture below. For more information on this subject, see the page on Loading Products.

4. In the Corner Position box, click on the Jog Arrow button.

The Corner Position box will be replaced with the Jog box...

5. Click on these arrows to move the table around. Move the table so that the laser points directly at the lower-right corner (if the laser isn't already on, click the Toggle Laser button). To be very precise, you can use your keyboard arrow keys to move the laser in very small increments. The machine may not have enough range to reach the corner. If this is the case, you may have to reposition the product in the machine. If you still can't reach the corner with the laser, see the section below on Specifying a Corner Manually.

6. When you're satisfied that laser is pointing directly at the corner, click on the blue arrow button. This will save the new corner position settings. It's very important to remember to save these settings. The machine may behave unpredictably if you don't click on the blue arrow button to return to the Corner Position box. To return the machine to its load position, click on the Load Position Button. You can always check where the corner position is set by clicking on the Go button in the Corner Position box.

Position your Text

Now that you've defined a corner to reference from, you can tell iStamp where to place text. Let's say we're placing a name in the lower-right corner of this cover. We want the name to be 1/2" (12.5mm) up from the bottom of the cover, and 1/2" (12.5mm) in from the thumb-edge.

7. In the Print Position box, enter .50 for both the horizontal measurement, and the vertical measurement, then click on the Go button. You'll see the machine move so that the laser points to the Print Reference point.

8. Now set the Print-Reference point. In this case we'll want to use the lower-right point.

The following image shows how the settings above relate to the layout of text on your product. Notice that the lower-right print reference point is indicated. The text is then placed so that the lower-right corner of the text area is 1/2" up and 1/2" in from the lower right corner of the cover.

Specifying a Corner Manually

Sometimes it's not possible to identify your desired corner by pointing to it with the laser. To identify a corner in such cases, we have to do things a little differently. Let's say we want to stamp a name centered on an A sized cover.

1. To enable corner positioning, first click on the From Corner option in the Print Position box. The settings in the Corner Position box will be enabled.

2. Decide which corner you want to use as a reference. Four corners are available. Here we're again referencing from the lower-right corner of the product. Note that in the Corner Position box, we've clicked on the lower-right corner button.

3. Load your product.

4. In the Print Position box, enter 4.25 for the horizontal measurement, and 7.00 for the vertical measurement, then click on the Go button. You'll see the machine move so that the laser points to the Print Reference point. Note that it probably isn't pointing where you want it to.

5. Measure the difference between where the laser is pointing and where you WANT it to point. In this example, the laser is 4.11" above, and 1.83" to the left of where we want to stamp the name.

6. Subtract the measurements you found in the step above from the numbers found in the Corner Position box. Note that these numbers will probably not be zero. Also note that you may have to ADD these numbers instead of subtracting them, depending on which direction the laser should move.