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  1. 6 points
    every professional I know uses paper tape - lots of hobbyist use clear. anyone that has tried applying clear to something like a larger back window with a compound curve know that clear will not conform to the curves like paper will
  2. 4 points
  3. 4 points
    So my SC2 was delivered today. Such a difference in the VE cutter and the SC2 cutter. I think the oddest thing I have seen so far is I swear that this cutter was an off white, almost eggshell color when I took it out of the box and now its a light baby blue. Other than that the VinylMaster Cuts software is easy to use, the machine is easy to operate and it cuts great. I am extremely pleased with the cutter and the decision to dump the VE. I have to pay the shipping to send the VE cutter back to SW, which is an expense I'll happily pay to get rid of it. As a test I just cut out some words and it cut wonderful, in straight lines, no tracking issues. For a more detailed test I cut out some back the blue flags for an FWC officer down the street to hand out. Each flag was cut very well after a couple tries to get the speed and pressure right. I am 100% positive that this cutter is going to make me some money. The cutter is grounded to the stand and the stand itself sits on concrete.
  4. 4 points
    I use F&M exclusively at this point. They have various products and their website will walk you though most of your questions. Order a sample kit and it will give you samples of all the stuff they do. I was originally concerned with product lifespan but I used them on some of my construction guys tee's and paid attention to how they wear and they held up really well. Probably not quite as lang as HTV but it's a close second and the price saving for clients is really impressive. On any kind of volume I actually do less work and make more per shirt so I basically doubled my output in the same amount of time. You already have a press so you're good to go. HTV will always have it's place and things like specific numbers or any kind of custom work or higher quality work like on nice jackets or polo's is probably better with HTV. I'm a small mom an pop shop and work from my living room so being efficient is key for me. I do my designs in AI but they will accept PS or Corel Draw as well. Basically you pick your product (I mostly use the Athletic formula because it resists dye migration the best). Pick your color count and size of transfer sheet. If single color you basically get two choices for the cheap deal. Can't gang two images on the $0.15 program but it's so cheap it doesn't matter anyway. If you are doing 2,3 or full color then you have to decide if it's priced best to go with a certain size sheet or gang a bunch up on a larger sheet. I build an AI file with the different sizes offered and decide by crunching numbers which one makes the most sense bearing in mind gang sheets with ,utile logo's you will have to cut apart yourself. Leave enough room that you can cut several at once with a paper cutter board and it goes pretty good. Sometimes a lot of little ones are cheaper than a few large sheets (min order on gang sheets is 8 I think) Most of the time it's cheaper to use the XL sheet and stack a bunch on there when doing 2 or 3 colors. I have done some full color work and it turns out great too.
  5. 3 points
    Just because paper tape doesn't look professional, it doesn't mean that it is not the right choice for the job. . I have always used paper tape. Most professional people do.
  6. 3 points
    Well, you CAN cut clear through if you get a circuit cutting board or similar. And the Graphtec and other higher end cutters offer what is often called a Kiss Cut that will cut through the backing in spots and leave connecting pieces in between sort of a bouncing motion but that is mainly used for printed "sticker" type work and WILL cause cutting strip wear very quickly. The people who do that sort of thing generally ONLY do that sort of thing so fine detailed cutting is less critical and they probably get by with a chewed up cutting strip longer than the rest of us would put up with. Or they are large enough operators that they have a completely different fine cutting machine they don't abuse that way.
  7. 3 points
    You're opacity is set to 0, try changing to 100.
  8. 3 points
    Well, looking at the image posted above, my first suggestion would be "plug it in" (no power cord attached in the picture!!!!!)
  9. 3 points
    Graphtec all day long. You won't be sorry. Not to mention a lot of the members here have it, and can do some pretty awesome troubleshooting if necessary.
  10. 3 points
    I jumped in with both feet and bought the graphtec, just finished putting the stand together as it's been in boxes in my basement for the last 2 weeks because my day job takes over my life this time of year. Hopefully I'll be cutting some trial runs this weekend.
  11. 3 points
    Welcome from Idaho. I lived in FL for a couple years. I don't miss the heat though. Or the bugs. I'm a fellow Illustrator user. The Graphtec is pretty much the fan favorite if you have the funds. They have a free plug-in for Illustrator that lets you just cut right from the program. I think there is also a free offering of Graphtec Pro Studio with some machines.
  12. 3 points
    If you can afford the Graphtec CE6000, go with it and don't look back. I have a couple Graphtecs, and bought 2 for my kids. Great cutters and no problems. They hold their resale, if you decide to sell later. Great tracking, cutting detailed designs, great memory very quiet and accurate.
  13. 2 points
    But most people, with small decals, don't install with the backing paper. They will peal the backing off then position the decal to install.
  14. 2 points
    I think that was off the old Rocky Horror picture show.
  15. 2 points
    You might be surprised that the people who come here and post up a design with a watermark on it from Shutterstock and want someone to vector it for them. The watermark is protecting the image. We have seen a lot of copyrighted images come thru here, that people want someone to vector for them.
  16. 2 points
    You might have opacity set to zero, but I am thinking you have just set the stroke color to none or "no fill." Right click on a color on the palate bar and pick stroke or Shift+Click a color to set the stroke color. You might have also set stroke width to zero. Change it to something non zero if this is the case, (I like using 1pt most of the time.)
  17. 2 points
    Hi! I’m brand new and looking for advice on a machine to purchase; I’m thinking that it’s come down to the Titan 3 or the Graphtec ce6000. I am very familiar with design software (Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.) and have used a Cricut Maker and Air 2 (not sure if that’s opening me me up to ridicule on these forums or not, lol) but I’m looking to expand and be able to do more. Thanks in advance.
  18. 2 points
  19. 2 points
    Definitely graphtec. I myself started with a titan after a few years I wanted to upgrade and I needed a little more so I ended up with the graphtec ce6000-60. I actually still use my titan to this day but for simple designs and all that to save my blade on the Graphtec. Blades can be expensive and I figured if I can save the life of my graphtec as well as blades by using the titan for simple stuff it’s a win win. Lol well anyway welcome and good luck. I’m new myself and the men and women here are awesome!
  20. 2 points
    Here is a proper link, https://www.howardct.com/
  21. 2 points
    Wow that’s amazing I’m going to have to order a sample sheet and start looking into it more now. I work a 9-5 so after work when I have big orders it takes me a few days to get it completed that’s if the design isn’t so crazy. I’d worry about selling this product cause your basically trusting another company for your self but I’m hearing more good then bad and it dosnt hurt to order some for myself and wash test it and all and go from there. Thank you for your feedback with this company I’m definitely going to try them out.. I also use AI so I shouldn’t have any problems with sending them over my files so that’s awesome to know as well.
  22. 2 points
    The Graphtec is a CUT above...
  23. 2 points
    I am like Dakota. I have grown to need high quantities often and use plastisol transfers. There are several outfits that sell them and they make it affordable to compete with the screen print shops. You can't quite get the same hand that true screen print will (which I find sort of rough) but I have had good luck with them and utilizing my now heat press.
  24. 2 points
    Your SB designs, if you saved them in native sb format, will have a .SBD file extension. Search your PC for those and copy them as Mz Skeeter said. It would be a good idea to get in the habit of saving your designs in EPS format so that in the future if you ever want to switch to a different program you will have your designs ready to go. EPS is pretty much a universal format, just about every vector program supports EPS files.
  25. 2 points
    I was gonna say what Mz. Skeeter said, but she beat me to it. Can I have her Beer? Need my address?