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Old 02-09-2015, 02:01 PM   #281
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OK, I managed to find out the spell check was on auto and I got it turned off so all is ok for that. What material thickness setting would you use for the Mactac 8300 vinyl that comes from

Would have to know the Thickness.

Just updated my software to latest release ver 3.3.451 and it works great. It gives you the option for pixscan.
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I think I have the cut setting figured out. What is pixscan?
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:31 PM   #283
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I think I have the cut setting figured out. What is pixscan?

Let's you take a picture or scan of a picture and import into the software. You need a special pix scan mat
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Old 02-15-2015, 09:05 AM   #284
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Thanks Peter....I'll take your advice and watch the video's and see if I can figure out what I'm doing wrong!
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Old 02-15-2015, 11:32 PM   #285
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Re: Vinyl Graphics Cutters

Here is something I’d like to share that I haven’t seen on this thread: everyone agrees that the Silhouette Cameo cuts small letters well, but weeding is tedious. Sometimes it is even very difficult (for me, anyway) to keep small letters from lifting or moving on the backing. This limits the size and the fonts that I can effectively use. However, I have tried a technique today that worked very well for me. Here is what I did: (I use MacTac 8300, but this may work with other materials, such as Ultracote or Monokote trim, although I haven’t tried it)
1. Cut the letter in the vinyl the usual way
2. Trim the piece to within a few millimeters from the top and bottom of the letters, cutting parallel to the letters, and leave about a half inch at each end. You will now have a narrow vinyl strip with the lettering cut in. Do not weed it.
3. Clean and dry the surface to which the lettering is to be applied the usual way
4. Carefully peel off the backing paper from the vinyl; the letters should all stay trapped in the vinyl strip, but keep an eye on them as you peel off the backing.
5. Hold the strip by the half inch ‘handles’ at the ends, line it up (cutting the vinyl parallel to the letters helps in that regard), and apply it to your plane, or object. Ensure it is on completely, but don’t rub it down hard. Maybe run a finger gently along the strip.
6. Using a toothpick with a blunted end, or something similar (something about the same thickness as the letters, but not sharp), rub down the letters (by ‘writing’ over them with the toothpick). Avoid rubbing down the waste.
7. Starting at one end, peel back the waste, keeping an eye on the letters and pushing them back down with the tip of a #11 blade if they happen to lift up. As you peel back, you may use the blade to cut the waste here and there between letters to make it easier to peel off. However, I have found that once the letters are pressed down, the waste vinyl can be pulled away pretty aggressively without any tendency to lift the letters.
8. Once most of the waste has been peeled off, finish the weeding with the tip of a #11 blade (or the weeding tool you normally use), being careful not to damage the surface to which the letters are applied.

You can practice on a waste piece of vinyl to try this. For small letters I found this technique quicker and more reliable than the usual weeding and transfer tape technique. The letters on the airplane canopy are about ¼ inch high. For the sake of experimentation, I tried a very fine script (photo of white vinyl on a black scrap piece). I had a bit of a problem with the top of the ‘b’ and the ‘l’, but this was a first try. This kind of fine script is virtually impossible to do the usual way.
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Old 02-16-2015, 12:57 AM   #286
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Re: Vinyl Graphics Cutters

AH Pierre!!

That is an awesome technique!!

I cant wait to try it on something! I know I have 'passed of' on doing some of my own projects due to the PITA that the small weeding is!!

Kudo's Man!!
And Thanks a bunch for sharing!!!

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Tres bien Pierre! Merci beaucoup. I've always had trouble with small lettering, but your technique may just be my salvation.

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Re: Vinyl Graphics Cutters

Before starting the cut on the Cameo, I go into the advance cutting setting and select
overcut to YES.

By selecting this option make weeding small scripted letter a breeze.

The last one I did was on ultracote trim sheets.
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Before starting the cut on the Cameo, I go into the advance cutting setting and select
overcut to YES.

By selecting this option make weeding small scripted letter a breeze.

The last one I did was on ultracote trim sheets.
Wow! didn't know that. I've never used that feature. Gotta go to the workshop and try that option. Thanks.

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Re: Vinyl Graphics Cutters

That is a neet little point for sure!

I just went to the computer/cameo as it happens to be setup for once for cutting, and I can't find the advanced settings'.

Is it a feature that comes with the software upgrade?

Thanks for the tip!!
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