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  1. 7 points
    Hello. This is my first post here. I got a SC2 cutter a little over a year ago primarily because a friend of mine needed some decals for his car lot. I was able to basically pay off the machine after two of his orders! Anyways, as of now vinyl cutting is more of a hobby for me. Earlier in 2020 I did a flag decal for my Flex and a coworker really liked the look and asked me if I could do something like that for him. He plays guitar so I wanted to combine the two. This is what I came up with. He is getting all kinds of comments on it and I learned a LOT on applying this sized vinyl from my first attempt on the Flex and the guitar flag on the truck!
  2. 4 points
    Start with Inkscape. It's free. Once you get your feet under you you can make more educated choices. Vinyl Master has several levels of ability and the Cut Level version is mostly a cutter interface to communicate with the cutter, the next step up Letter Level is more advanced and has more sign builders tools. There is a comparison chart on their website. If you stay with them (great choice if you are a windows computer user) I would suggest the Pro Level if you don't expect to need the printing options in the Expert Level. I am a mac user and have experience with Adobe so I stick with that but it's expensive and a major learning curve to figure it out. I use a different cutter utility that is mac compatible to actually cut. Mac's are great for graphics but they are picky what they will run and I don't get into the parallels or loading a windows OS into mine. For me the point was to evade the windows instability.
  3. 4 points
    I suggest Inkscape. It's a great free editor. Working with vectors does take a while to wrap your head around but once you get the hang of it I think Inkscape is pretty intuitive. The other big design programs are Adobe Illustrator, and Coral Draw. Both are extremely powerful but also rather pricey. You can also upgrade VM, a bit cheaper and it is a pretty good design program as well although it does things different enough from Inkscape that I still struggle at times trying to do what I think should be really simple. Not that VM can't do it, it just does it in a different way from what I'm use to.
  4. 4 points
    Patience. The graphics side of things can be daunting at first but once you get it figured out it isn't that hard. It's more learning to grasp the basic process and then learning your specific programs tool set and how they function. There is something called a wire frame view which is just the lines and curves that constitute a "vector" design. That is all your cutter sees. You are basically manipulating lines and curves. The objects have colors assigned to them that you can see in normal view mode and the cutter interface within your VinylMaster program segregate those lines that are assigned various colors into groups so as you load your vinyl you choose the color and it cuts those lines. On a single color project like you are attempting you utilize the garment (or substrate) as one of the colors by removing parts of the solid objects to create a hole, often called "knocking out" and you typically use another object to perform this operation. The tree for instance to knock out it's shape from the flag. You can also just create an outline to show separation from the tree and the flag and leave both. Many options. Vinyl master has tutorials and there are other programs that also do this vector design work (some are free open source programs like Inkscape). Just know that it will take some time to master these tools but if you are patient and studious you will look back later and wonder why it seemed so overwhelming. I use a different program (Adobe Illustrator) and can tell you from my limited exposure to Vinyl Master that it is a very well through out program and you will figure it out pretty quickly. Some "tools" may not be available in the version you own. Inkscape for many is a free alternative to do the work and then just cut it out in VM Cut. I am not able to offer very specific help to you but other may. Good luck and don't give up!
  5. 3 points
    The local news done a story about me. One of my friends contacted them about some of the things ive done for just friends but still have not gotten any orders. JUST DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY. News article here https://www.wxii12.com/article/high-point-business-sandblowing-art/34742879#
  6. 3 points
    I and many people only use 60 degree all of the time. Cut slow, and make sure you have your blade depth set correctly. Do not use any instructions that have to do with using a credit card or post it notes. You set your blade depth to the vinyl that you are cutting. Make sure you have a sharp blade. Metal vinyl will dull blades fast. To start with, you should set your blade depth correctly, by taking the blade holder out of the machine, and firmly cut across a piece of scrap vinyl, you will be cutting. You should only be cutting the vinyl and barely a mark on wax paper backing, Adjust blade to get there, Then put the blade holder back in machine, and use the force of the machine to get there, same results, only cutting the vinyl and barely a mark in wax paper backing. You should barely see and feel the blade out of the blade holder. Regular sign vinyl is only 2-3 mil thick. You only cut with the very tip of the blade.
  7. 3 points
    I see you were able to figure it out but for future reference this is a very easy way to accomplish what you were asking and it can be done entirely in VM Cut.
  8. 3 points
    Glitter will require more force (which is a higher number), if you've done a force trial and error on any regular HTV vinyl, or any regular PSV vinyl, then you would have discovered those results. There is not specific force number that we can give to you (for any kind of vinyl) - we don't know what brand of vinyl you're using, we don't know the age of your vinyl, we don't know the condition of cutting strip, we don't know the age and condition of the blade you're using, we don't know what angle blade you're using, we don't know the design that you're cutting - whether is it's just basic shapes or big text, or if it's something intricate, etc. Yes, all of these things are factors. I know you don't want to waste your time and vinyl, however, we've guided you as best as possible and from this point forth, it really and truly is dependent on your specific machine (because same model machines can require different levels of force, but that's just how sensitive some of the parameters), so you really need to trial and error this on your own to get it dialed in. ... and there are times where it's just better to go over the design twice. Meaning, if you're not getting it to cut through just the first time around, it might require two passes. The trick to that is just get your design and do a copy and paste, but leave the second copy sitting on the original. If that's something that turns out to working better for you, then write that down. I have a running Google sheet that has my settings for which vinyl, using specific speeds, specific force, etc. It's not set in stone, because as the vinyl I have ages, those settings have to change. I don't go through inventory like a lot of other members here do, so it can get tricky, but at least it's a jumping off point and I tweak from there and update the numbers.
  9. 3 points
    Here you go Slice. The wife ironed them on today and we are both pretty happy with the results. After this pic I attached the carpet to the backer board with some contact cement and it is airing out the rest of today and overnight before I mount it in the truck. Maybe it was beginners luck, but it was a pretty neat little project. Unfortunately, wifey is now stoked about doing some T shirts for her nephews! Oh well, they will be cheap birthday presents this year, there is that
  10. 3 points
    I've not been doing a whole lot of vinyl as other demands have taken my time and energies. But, I did do this custom mirror for our son and his girlfriend. They moved to Ohio and bought a house a couple years ago. On one of our trips we toured the Ohio State Supreme Court building. A really fine piece of 1930's art deco architecture and a lot to see inside, and it is open to visit! On the top floor is the law library. On the ends of the shelving were the index signs for that row. I really liked the "Ohio" that was used in the sign. So I asked if I could do a mirror for the young one's in a sort of art deco style for them. They are trying to keep to a mid-century modern style in the house so they jumped on it. My results: Late edit. Should have added that it is reverse etched and painted. As it turned out, it really didn't need the reversing!
  11. 3 points
    If you are trying to get text at a specific size I make a rectangle the height I want my text and then set my text on too of that the figure out how many points it needs to be. Fonts can be very different depending on how they were made and 100pt in one font does not end up the same in others.
  12. 3 points
    Magnet material is white. Just apply colored vinyl to it.
  13. 3 points
    What you are wanting to do is sometimes refered to as Flex cut that none of the budget cutters will be capable of. Flex cutting is basically cutting through the vinyl and at specific intervals increasing the force to also penetrate the carrier but leaving sufficient attached portions so as to not loose the integrity of the carrier. After the cut then you can push the flexcut peices on out. If you cut it all the way out you would lose the strength of the carrier sheet and all heck would break loose. If you ran a second carrier sheet under the actual vinyl carrier backing you could perhaps do an initial cut and then a second time through the machine as a contour cut but you would have to manually adjust the cutt force and possibly make a blade exposed adjustment. In general if you want to do what you are talking about you would end up into a much more expensive machine. Overall, this type of thing is mostly only used for printed peel and stick "stickers" because of the need for a tranfer paper on cut vinyl decals. Applying app tape to loose decals might prove problematic and at the very least will waste as much time trying to make hthem look god as any other way. Most of us just set the spacing parameter of multiple copies such that you can cut, weed and place the app tape then trim the individual peices in a reasonable consistent squares by hand.
  14. 3 points
    Depending on what graphic programs you're using, you need to combine or weld the text before cutting. Make a copy first as you usually cannot "unweld". AND I usually look at the spacing before I weld the text and adjust any letters that are not spaced well. Sue2
  15. 3 points
    First, all graphics need to be in vector format for the cutter. Second, multiple colors is usually not an issue, as you should be able to select which color to send to the cutter (or you can select multiple colors to cut in a single job). Third, if there is overlapping in colors, and you're wanting them to be separate, if the logo is in color, then cut colors separately if the end product is a multi-color decal. If you're wanting the decal to be a single color, then be patient because this is where the fun begins ... you will need to choose a design/editing software of your choice, and start to get to familiar with it. This will not be your last logo that will come to you in multiple colors, nor will it be the first design you come across that will need some editing. So get to know a software that works for you - Illustrator, Inkscape, CorelDraw, Sign Blazer, Vinyl Master, etc.
  16. 3 points
    Also be aware that multi colored images are not always cut ready and you could have several layers of color on top of each other. Layering vinyl is ok, but the more layers you have the stiffer it will be.
  17. 3 points
    I've just done as you said but by using a online site to vectorize the images first and yipeee yep I've managed it , I've not cut it out yet as I put the pen in and drew it first but yes it looks like it's right, many thanks !!
  18. 3 points
    The trick is to find your niche and not try to invade what others have found works for them. like skeeter said, selling the same as others you are just selling based on price and it becomes a race to the bottom.
  19. 3 points
    A big part of my business is very detailed work. I write on the transfer tape ( I only use paper tape) to use a Seal it Pen on the edges. 14 years selling online. I never have complaints. Nope, I have never used clear vinyl over my decals. I just grabbed the ad below for example only. https://www.ebay.com/itm/SEALITPEN-SEAL-IT-PEN-WRAP-EDGE-SEALER-GREAT-FOR-CORNHOLE-GAME-WRAPS-SKINS/202646541608?hash=item2f2eacd528:g:qWoAAOSwHnFVpP7I
  20. 3 points
    you realize this is just a user forum that is staffed by volunteers , right? uscutter seldom comes to the forum so best bet for support is calling as you have tried - it will be slow during the holidays as many new people have gotten plotters for christmas and usually slams them. I would offer suggestions but never used my titan2 for contour cutting as I had a roland sp-300i that did that for me. maybe someone else will pop in. for the record slice has never had a servo motor plotter or done contour cutting during all the years I have been reading and moderating on here - so take his comments with a grain of salt so to speak your report to the moderators was read - below is the contents that I think you meant for slice to read - which he couldn't because it only went to moderators when filing a report ********** 307carterjys: Well, good day to you Slice&Dice! I really don't understand why certain people find it so easy to get on a keyboard and be an ass. I am working on fixing my issue by contacting the company that sold me the machine. All I get is we will create a ticket and no answers and wrong parts sent to me, so yes US Cutter can step up a little too. I am not going to go out and buy a brand new 7,000 cutter because of something that might be a $20.00 fix. If your car or truck has an issue you take it to a mechanic to go get fixed most of the time you just don't chuck it to go buy another car. I am a small shop and can't just go buy a new machine especially right now. I am looking for some input on someone that might have had the same issue that had it resolved, not an opinion that really offers no input. Thanks ******************* With that said I recommend both of you watch the language as we do have minors on the forum that do great work and follow the threads
  21. 3 points
    Thanks everyone! After ordering the correct cable it worked perfectly. I got this out a gross garage so now I get to clean it up, order some blades and get to work designing! You guys were a huge help. Thanks again.
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  23. 3 points
    They may be buying from a third party vendor who actually IS licensed and just retailing the product which I THINK is legal or could be arranged possibly with some small discount from the vendor to allow a modest profit. I tried to see what it would take to get licensed with a local university (that my kid was attending at the time) and the department that handles that stuff basically lined out the specifics that are major quotas and some sort of accounting/inventory program that tracked everything that had to be running so there were no "lost or missing" items etc... It was in the tune of tens of thousands of dollars up front. I just wanted to make a hoodie for my kid rather than fork over their exorbitant price. The cool part was that they told me that if it was for my own use (ie. my family) that I was not breaking any copyright or trademark law. They went as far as to "ask" that I refrain from making something that did not properly express their Brand. It was a surprising and enlightening conversation. I followed up with an attorney pal about this and he confirmed that they hold trademark on the brand and obviously the copyright as well but that in the US there are no restrictions on what someone can make for themselves if they have the ability. Cannot sell it or even give it away as that would be diluting their market and a breach of trademark law. That long winded story does little to help you but I feel better.
  24. 3 points
    If you have back lighting on the vinyl and it's not translucent then when the light is on you're only really going to see a black silhouette of your design, the color will be all but lost, depending on the brightness and viewing distance.
  25. 3 points
    You're going to have a good time owning a cutter. Like has been mentioned, once people find out you have a cutter they will flock to you for odds and ends. It takes a little bit of practice to learn a few of the basic tools of the trade but once you get the hang of it the rest comes with time and experience. Vinyl is relatively cheap and if you mess something up you just cut another one and try again. I spent about 6 months doing friends and families stuff for free just for practice and they told other people and soon I had more than I could keep up with.