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Everything posted by ShaneGreen

  1. Guillotine Cutter

    Has anyone tried using a guillotine cutter for trimming vinyl? If it cuts cleanly you'd have nice square corners. Don't know if it would save any time. Just one of those thoughts that's been gnawing at me.
  2. cool idea for shirts

    Many towns have watermain shut offs along the streets or sidewalks that are anywhere from 3"-8". Most of them were sand castings so it was no big deal to customize them with the cities name or even their logo. Like "Seneca Water Auth." or "Brookfield Addition". At an art fair in Batesville, AR last year they were printing the watermain on the shirt sleeve and the manhole on the body. I think it was a $10 donation to the Arts Council. It was really cool.
  3. My LPII has a different cable than that, with a different part number. E256404
  4. Turning off the vinyl cutter between cuts

    I run a LPII off of a usb cable and have no problems (but others have) and VinylMaster Pro. It will run a 45 minute job (a dozen different decals set up as one cutfile), I change out vinyl colors and run another cutfile, multiple times, without needing to reboot anything. The same computer may also have 4 or 5 other programs open at the same time. Now I did have one issue I've ran into a couple of times you can look for. While it's cutting I've gone to another screen like File Explorer or Inkscape. When I go to cut again it either appears locked up or wants to cut the same thing again. What would happen is that VM had given a pop-up alert box but since I had another program open, the pop-up was buried and I didn't see it. The program couldn't operate until I took care of the pop-up. So next time it locks up look down in your task bar and see if VM may have an extra screen open that you don't see.
  5. New guy 1st post

    I wonder how well the vinyl rolls will hold up sitting in a vehicle for days. The heat can get pretty high. They ship UPS | FedEx | USPS so they can handle it for a couple of days, but I wonder about longer term. Anyone have any experience?
  6. Under "Tools" there is a "Weedbox Offset" that controls how big the weedbox is around an image. I forget what the default is, but I changed mine to 0.05in. I could swear there is a setting for how much room it leaves between them if you are cutting multiples, but I can't find the setting. In the cut spooler you can click "settings" and "tight packing" and that will reduce the space between multiple images....but only for this cut. You'll have to reset it each time you go to cut something.
  7. Sample display boards?

    Slice&Dice, you're right, "smooth" probably wasn't the right word to use. It has the long lines from the ribs, but the surface has no other texture so the vinyl adheres really well. From 5 feet away it you don't really notice the corrugations unless you're looking for it.
  8. Sample display boards?

    Sheets of coroplast. Lightweight, smooth, relatively cheep and holds up to handling.
  9. Small Lettering

    I had to adjust the offset to 0.25 and it had been at 0.40. The difference was incredible. You won't regret going with Clean Cut!
  10. Blade choices?

    Recently there was a thread where we discussed the merits of different blades. I cut the same image with a standard 45 and then with a Clean Cut 60...HUGE difference. I'll never go back.
  11. Loss of pressure while cutting

    Try making an image that's full width and an inch high (so you don't waste a bunch of vinyl). Make a box with a repeating shape or letter in it. If it's a mechanical problem, you should see the issue start to appear as it moves to the left.
  12. SC2 Cut examples with photos

    Once you have the "test" pattern showing nice square corners, open up VinylMaster and create a new file. Add a circle, square, and triangle from the pre-designed shapes. Then put some text in different fonts and sizes around it. Try cutting that. If you're using one of the fonts supplied with Vinylmaster then you can be assured that it's not the file. I fought with really rough cut text and found that the files I was using were just poor tracing like Mz Skeeter said. To make matters worse, when I created a testing file I picked a "hand drawn" font the first time around....stick with something straight and universal, like Arial.
  13. Dirt Bike Template KTM 250sx

    Wildgoose, do they use that same plastic finish on atvs? My wife had an Arctic cat that wasn't a problem, but everything would fall off my Polaris after a month. We don't 4-wheel anymore, but have lots of friends who do, and they've talked about getting some decals made.
  14. VM worksheets

    The VinylMaster Features and Comparison chart says that Pro has "worksheets". Watching the videos and using the help menu, they show an option for "Master Pages" on the tool menu and under the "Layout" tab. These links should open a menu containing "clone master pages" so that you can create a worksheet. My VM Pro V4.0 updated 12/19/17 doesn't have those "Master Pages" links. I can turn on thumbnails and set a page as a Master Page, but I can't find a link to "clone master pages" anywhere. Any ideas? FYI, a "worksheet" is sort of like a catalog page. It can show multiple images on one page that are dynamically linked to the real image. So, right now I'm doing 4 designs for a church camp. Printing out the worksheet will show them what all 4 look like. If I go in and change the color on an image, the worksheet is automatically updated to the new color. You can also add notes, so I could add prices or options to the page. It would be a really handy feature. . .if I can figure out where they hid the sub-menu. Here is their video:
  15. VM worksheets

    I sure appreciate the help. The worksheet is way better than cutting and pasting a bunch of images to a proof sheet.
  16. VM worksheets

    Thanks skarekrow! Wow, that's a round-about way of getting to a command, how did you even find it? I wonder why they took it out of the toolbar and menu.. As far as adding notes, in the video he just uses the text tool and adds text,
  17. Small Lettering

    I've added the Seiki blades to my notes and will give them a try the next time I'm needing blades. How are they on reflective?
  18. Small Lettering

    CleanCut blades arrived yesterday. WOW. In a properly organized society every cutter would come straight from the factory with these. What a difference. I went from 185 grams of force to cutting with 75g and I can cut fine detail I never dreamed of before. It's like I upgraded my cutter for $18. Here is the same picture I posted before of Oracal 631 at 100mm/sec with the 45 blade that came with this LPII on the left. On the right is same setup with a CleanCut 60. I counted seven places where the vinyl had slightly lifted and they all sat back down with a little nudge from my fingernail. A huge Thank You to everyone who suggested these blades over and over, I'm just sorry it took me so long to make the switch!
  19. I messed around with the "Cut" version for 6 months or so and it drove me nuts. Most of the things I wanted to do either couldn't be done or took way to many steps. So I'd have Inkscape and VM open and be transferring things back and forth. It wasn't smooth or intuitive. As a last ditch effort before scrapping VM I upgraded to of difference. I almost never open Inkscape any more. Pro is a really well thought out program. Just the time I've saved by having the curved text tool has paid for it. Pull up one of their videos on the "cut file" and watch how it can save you a ton of time and vinyl. Rather than sending items one at a time to the cutter, you can send them all to the "cut files" and then after you have a bunch of designs ready you send each cut file to the cutter. So all my black 651for the day gets cut at once, load up yellow and have it cut the yellow cut file, and then move on to the next color. Without sounding like an advertisement, Pro restored my faith in VM and has made cutting a lot less tedious.
  20. LPII blade holder

    Thanks, I think I'll go with the USCutter blade holder. Can't wait to try out the cleancut blades!
  21. Seems that most folks swear by the CleanCut blades, so I emailed to find out what blade and holder I need for my LaserPoint II. Ross has replied that a ROLD-60 is what I need for a blade, but he doesn't know which blade holder. Neither of the ones he has seem to look much like mine: and USCutter offers one that works for the SC/LPII and I could order it from them and then order the blades separately, but I wanted to get both from the same place. Any suggestions on what's compatible?
  22. Single tag states

    Just for future reference, since we're on the subject of front plates, you can't use reflective red on a front license plate. Actually, anywhere on the front of a vehical: §393.26 Requirements for reflectors. (d) Use of additional retroreflective surfaces.. . . . "(4) No red color shall be used on the front of any motor vehicle, except for display of markings or placards required by §177.823 of this title."
  23. Small Lettering

    I've been cutting a couple extra, but just because I'm still getting the hang of it and screw things up on a regular basis. LOL When I bought this LPII it came with a ton of 631 and Greenstar IPV. My plan was to burn through all the Greenstar while I was learning and then order 651. It's been kind of shocking to see how much the Greenstar wants to stretch. If you accidentally pick up the edge of a letter while weeding it's ruined. The part that came up will have stretched to the point that the letter is distorted. I made a couple of decorative pieces for my wife and mother this weekend using the 631 and there is a world of difference in the weeding. I made a sample piece on the excess vinyl and intentionally lifted some letter and they maintained their shape. I know the 651 has a stronger adhesive, but I'm hoping it isn't as stretchy as this Greenstar.
  24. Those instructions may or may not reset themselves each time (gotta love windows). This "should" be permanent. >Open Windows Explorer >Navigate to OS(C:) > Program FIles (x86) > FutureCorp > Extras >click on the "View" tab along the top menu. >click "Large icons" from the list of views. >The last menu option on the right should be "Options" open this. >click "change folder and search options" >the usual options/properties dialog window opens. Click on the "view tab" of this pop-up. >chose "Apply to Folders" and then "Yes" from the confirmation dialog. >click "Apply" (if it's offered) and then "OK" to close out the pop-up. The next time you open any of the fonts, logos, clipart, etc. from within Vinylmaster, it should show the images. Your mileage may vary. . .
  25. >File >Import >Advanced >Corporate Logos >whatever folder you want A file explorer type window will open but just showing the generic thumbnail. In the upper right corner you'll see a little icon of a computer screen and a downward arrow. When you hoover over it you'll get some form of the phrase "Change Your View". Click on this and choose "Large icons" (or if you're on the high end of middle age I hear you use "extra large icons", but I don't know from experience. No. Really.)