Chip Hindes

Decal File Format Help

Discussion created by Chip Hindes on Jul 17, 2008
Latest reply on Jul 18, 2008 by Dan Buffo
I need to put a standard company label on various cylindrical assemblies.

I believe I have figured out how to use the decal function using the stock decals which come with Photoworks. The help files sstate these stock files can be modified and saved using (their example) Photoshop Pro. I don't have that program, and all the stock decals are in .p2d fiile format. I found this is a rather obscure 2D CAD program and I can find no other program which will even recognize these files, let alone allow me to edit them. I gave up and created my own decals from scratch, then tried saving them in the decal folder in .bmp, .jpg, .png, .tif, and .gif formats. However, the Task Pane does not recognize any of these file types.

What file format will Photoworks recognize, and is there some other program than Photoshop Pro which can easily edit the stock files?

BTW, I also tried extruding text onto a flat surface and then bending it into a cylindrical shape using the sheet metal functions. I actually got it to work and the labels look good, but bending a simple two lines of text causes my computer to bog down for as much as 10 minutes; editing the bend feature or text costs another 10 minutes each; then I couldn't get the bent parts to mate properly with the existing cylindrical surfaces.