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Old 02-27-2014, 09:42 AM   #121
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Hi Chris:

Thanks for your tutorial, that's awesome and I'm sure that it took a lot of your time to produce. My big question, and I feel kinda foolish for asking, is how do you scale the letters to produce the border? Simply reducing the size or shrinking of one set of letters does not work; do you use the "Offset" feature of the Silhouette program?

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Old 02-27-2014, 01:14 PM   #122
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Great tutorial thanks very much. I have questions.

What was your setting on the knife and what was your thickness setting?
Hi Mike, For the Ultracote I use Blade 1 and Thickness of 3. Thickness is misleading. It is actually a blade pressure setting. A blade speed of 4 for simple cuts but I slow it down to 2 for more complicated cuts.
You should really try the test cut feature for your own machine to really dial it in. You want to cut the covering and only barely scratch the backing.
These settings are for Ultracote. If you use vinyl or a different covering these setting will be need to be changed.

Make sure you have the Silhouette set to the correct loading media (cutting mat or media) on the little screen. It doesn't always stay on the setting you left it at.

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Old 02-27-2014, 01:38 PM   #123
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Hi Chris:

Thanks for your tutorial, that's awesome and I'm sure that it took a lot of your time to produce. My big question, and I feel kinda foolish for asking, is how do you scale the letters to produce the border? Simply reducing the size or shrinking of one set of letters does not work; do you use the "Offset" feature of the Silhouette program?

Thanks,

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Hi Peter, I use the Offset Button and use the slider to scale it thicker or thinner. Till I get to the point of what I like. LOL I don't always get what I want sometimes.
For a little more detail. I usually measure the space on the plane where I want to place the graphic. Once I finalize the font I am going to use, I will then scale it to the size. Most of the time it is the height of the graphic that determines the size. Sometimes the length is a issue. You muck around with it till it suits you. I scale by grabbing the corner of the selection so it scales evenly. You can see the measurements change till you have what you desire.
You hit the offset button and scale that till you have what you want.
If the offset is too big for the space on your plane. You need to re-scale your original graphic smaller and size the offset again to the thickness that looked pleasing to you earlier. I usually subtract the graphic thickness from the offset thickness and that is what I reduce the original graphic by.
Now the offset thickness is reduced to the size of first original graphic size and everything fits in the space you have.
You usually have to delete the original offset and hit the button again for the scaling to be correct for the new size of graphic.

Kind of getting a little wordy here and I could show you with about 3-4 mouse movements. Hope you are not confused yet!
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Do ask questions as that is how we are all learning. It took me a long time to find that Weld button. I was deleting individual points and I accidentally hit the Weld and it made my life easier.

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Old 02-27-2014, 01:42 PM   #124
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Re: Vinyl Graphics Cutters

Thanks guys. I am getting married in July and my Fiance has me cutting all kinds of stuff for the wedding. I have been teaching her and she wants to use it for scrapbooking. Hmmmmmm I see a another machine in my future?
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Old 02-27-2014, 07:59 PM   #125
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Hey Mike, use the chance to UPGRADE man!!

I haven't been doing much lately but the thoughts running thru my head need a bigger machine already! Like Colin's! (just not going to be justifiable)

That being said, you fellas on here have got me thinking and dreaming!

Nice work, all of you, keep it up!!

Hopefully will have more on the planes and in pics soon!

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Old 02-27-2014, 08:50 PM   #126
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Thanks guys. I am getting married in July and my Fiance has me cutting all kinds of stuff for the wedding. I have been teaching her and she wants to use it for scrapbooking. Hmmmmmm I see a another machine in my future?

Hey Mike,

Here's a good wedding idea, maybe it will score you some points:

Frame is from Ikea, cut the last name in mirror image and apply to the back of the glass insert. Then cut the "Mr. and Mrs" and date and apply to the front. It gives it a 3D effect.

While she's admiring it, quietly move the new vinyl cutter downstairs......
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While she's admiring it, quietly move the new vinyl cutter downstairs......
Or order a new larger one!!!!

Definite winner there Colin!

ok, now what do I have to do to make this work.......
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:07 PM   #128
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:41 PM   #129
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I have been following this thread with great interest. I think it should be made a 'Sticky', it is so interesting.
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I havn't had a chance to read through the whole thread yet, but I watch the product video and this ting looks so COOL.

Gives me some really good
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