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  1. Glad you are rolling! One good trick to use when in doubt about an image is to view it in wire frame mode. What you see in wire frame is what the cutter will see. SO if you see just a square box and no image inside it is a raster image (picture made of pixels not vector lines and curves) If the design is already vectored you will see the lines. You will also see hidden things that will mess with your cut like clipping masks that artists use to apply gradient fills etc... Depending on where you buy graphic art you may see all sorts of things that aren't actually cut ready. Sometimes things like non-welded script text or even hidden items that were on another layer that they forgot to delete. I do most of my own artwork for this very reason but clients often send me "cut ready" vectors and about 2 in 10 are actually ready to go.
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    help me find the font

    Closest I could find is Virtucorp Regular but it's not a perfect match. A lot of the racing numbers are sold as a customer set of numbers that aren't an actual font.
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    Latest project

    Pops good and matches the overall building layout nicely.
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    Help with easy company logo

    When I can't find the exact font (which happens a lot) I start with the closest I can find and then modify it until I'm happy with it. Typically I place the original image in the background of my design program and build the new one over the top so all the layout is correct. Others will auto trace and then clean up the nodes but I find that takes me too long. If you have skills with photoshop or gimp and make the image super clean and straight black and white it will auto trace better. Text rarely comes through good though and that's why I prefer to just build it from scratch. This just one mans opinion.
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    Help with easy company logo

    Raleway bold or semi-bold is going to be very close on the OSWEGO font.
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    Friendly Reminder

    Thanks arty. I lost my HD last winter on my mac (after 8 years). Luckily I had most everything except a few invoices for a couple months on a back up drive but it motivated me to step up my game so I have a double external redundant set running now and did a single on my wifes mac too. Costco had 5TB drives for like $89 or something silly so I bought us each one and I already had a 1TB hooked up to mine.
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    VM, SCALP?

    I agree with Dakota, VM may take more learning to switch over and will possibly cost more if you upgrade to Letter or Pro but is by far a better design and cut program. If you do go that route and do upgrade it I would go to the Pro level. There is also Expert but most of those tools come into play with printing.
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    Titan 3 Cutting Issue

    I use SignCut Pro 1 which has an Illustrator plug-in. I am a mac guy and it's the best option for mac (assuming you also use Adobe Illustrator which it sounds like you do). It is not free though. I like it because it will work on any cutter and on both mac and pc. I bought the lifetime dongle so I can load it on multiple computers and just plug in the dongle to cut from whichever one I need to. There is now a Pro 2 version that has some design options (Pro 1 does not, it's strictly a cutter interface) I have not played with Pro 2 at all because I do all my design in AI anyway.
  9. Tonero I see people do it. It depends on the paper you are using I think. The 3G for darks is definitely a type of vinyl product that you can contour cut and weed very similar to regular sign vinyl. I have even seen people do this with JPSS for light shirts but have never tried JPSS. I did a couple with 3G but the registration marks for the contour cut have to be out away from the graphic far enough that you lose a lot of your print space. I don't know of your plotter has an optical eve or if you have to manually line everything up. I usually just use transfer paper for white shirts with JPSS cause I don't like the feel of the 3G or any other type for darks. With JPSS it's faster to trim by hand with an exacto blade. Being a clear transfer product you can't really see the edges as long as you don't let them be a straight line. Do not pre wash your shirts. Several reasons: You will introduce more moisture, they shirt will do weird things and no longer lay flat properly, most washing detergent leaves residue and lastly there is usually a natural crease down the middle that the factory used to align the shirt when sewing it that helps align the logo. You can press your own crease but time is money and in any kind of volume you don't want to mess with washing or extra press time trying to get the moisture to steam out or throwing a crease to keep it all straight.
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    No luck on my search either. Definitely a racing font possibly a custom one off or from a special number set that is not an actual font/typeface.
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    Help with VM Ltr

    Ah sweet glad you figured it out. VM is pretty awesome. If I was a windows platform dude I would be more into it myself.
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    How to Connect MH 871 via USB

    Thanks for the feedback. Always helpful when we get someone that takes a moment and responds. <I pinned it so it won't get buried>
  13. Very few free cutting softwares. I have a friend who bought a Seiki and it came with the same Art Cut you have. I am experienced at cutting for 9 or 10 years now and I could not get that software to work it was very buggy and would not connect. There are probably people with more technical computer knowledge that could get it to work but it was beyond my skills. I had them download and try out the free trial of SignCut Pro. It is a paid program but offers a trial period. If you have budget constraints it probably isn't what you are looking for but it might at least get you cutting for the free period.
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    New to software...need help please

    As you can probably tell from the varied answers above there are usually several different ways to do things that ALL work fine. Nothing wrong with just making the whole thing and chopping out the part you want like motion effects showed. Pre-cut templates are nice too but require the extra skills which in your case means a few mistakes and do-overs. I did one once that I just applied the graphic over the area and let it hang off the edges and trimmed it before removing the app tape. If templates are small enough to scan I have made them with a piece of app tape or paper and scanned them so I had the perfect size. When you start getting to the size of a window where you import the pic and trace it from the pic you can easily get distorted if your angle of the pic is not perfectly straight. If you are just going for rough size and staying away from the edges like when doing business graphics on a car door or window then that works just fine. If you are trying to hit a perfect window size it will take a few tries and tweaks to get it perfect. There are car templates you can buy that the wrap guys use but I don't know how accurate they are and every wrap I have seen they cut things bigger and trim the excess so what does that tell you. Whichever way you go it will be a learning curve but learning through doing is the best anyhow. You can watch 1000 videos but until you have some hands on it only goes so far. I would suggest using a graphics software you either already know or one that everyone else uses or you'll be totally on your own. Inkscape you called INscape is a good place to start because its free and compatible with windows and mac alike. I don't use it myself but there are several who do. It is totally capable of doing the type of graphics you are looking at. No matter the design program you choose you will have some learning to do to get a cut-ready file. The design element of this craft is sometimes the achilles heel that some never make it past. It takes some willingness to practice and learn.
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    Remove drawing border .dxf

    Sounds like you figured it out however you STILL should be able to ungroup and select any object and delete at will.
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    Heatpress won't heat up

    Must have a short on the wire or the element is out. Is it new?
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    Remove drawing border .dxf

    I don't run a Graphtec and so do not have that particular software however all vector programs are working on the same basic principals. Some go about getting things done a little differently so you methods to do what you describe may be different than I would go about them in Adobe Illustrator. I will try to help you anyhow. 1. You should be able to select the border with one of the selection options. It may need to be ungrouped or there may be a special selection option that does not elect everything else. Once you figure out how to select just the border then just delete it. If the total combined graphic is a compound path you may see weird things happen with the inside of letters that have a hole in them like a small e. If you take a look in wireframe mode you will be able to see if all the other lines are there still (this if you had something go wonky and letters are filled in) Whatever you see in wire frame is what the cutter sees. 2. Most of us don't use dxf unless you do some other software that needs them like perhaps a plasma cutter. Even then I would suggest working in something more widely accepted like EPS or SVG. I have occasionally opened dxf files from clients and they tend to be messy IMO. If you are worried about scale and the rulers on your program are not easily seen or used I sometimes just create a box in the dimension I want and build to that. For instance fonts tend to be varied in actual height so a 200 pt letter in one font is not the same in another. If I want a 2" letter max height I make a 2" box and use it as a scale to check what size to make my font when I first set it up or if I am resizing.
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    You need to calibrate your cutter most likely. I can't remember how to calibrate the cutter in VM Pro but this video may help even though it is for the CUT version. I didn't have time to even watch the vid so if it doesn't please let me know.
  19. You might look closer before giving up. The VM tech said it has it.
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    VEVOR 53 cutter software

    Try the free trial of SignCut Pro. They are my cutting program of choice and have actual tech support. Used to be offered by USCutter back in the day, you can pay for license time as you go in several time options or buy a lifetime dongle (what I did). This was posted by me last year a few posts up. It should at least get you cutting and you can decide what cutting program is going to work for you.
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    blast from the past

    Na not me Hatter but you helped me out several times when I was a greenie. It would be kick butt to get to meet up and say Hi in person some day. You guys are on the far side of the country from me. I have yet to make it to a show. One of these days I plan to but it never fails that I am always buried when they are anywhere near me.
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    Brand Of Parchment Paper Available In UK For Layering

    I think you want the stuff that is suitable for cooking. The idea of the parchment is that it's a non stick surface. The cooking variety absolutely works. I actually started using it for a cover sheet with heat press work and then one day was trying a layered job and sort of as a fluke tried it out. I had accidentally not done the correct layout of the two layers and the backing on one was not going to work out on the other and I needed something to lay out there on the table when I layered it so the top layer that didn't stick to my table. One thing led to another and it became my go-to way to layer. It is NOT clear but you can see through it pretty good. Not being from the UK I no nothing about what is available to you at the stores there. I am surprised that they wouldn't have baking parchment paper though. Maybe find a bakery shop that makes cookies and see if they have a commercial supplier or would sell you a roll? As mentioned in a different thread I also sometimes buy gerber 225 vinyl sold by a local supplier that has a clear carrier and that stuff IS totally clear and as long as you remember to keep the slick side up it works great. I had one job I actually wasted a piece of the 225 just so I could use the carrier to layer some other work. This was large format stuff that the parchment was not big enough for.
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    Voice of Wesco

    I doubt it is your vinyl. It's more likely setup in one way or other. The corners don't look crisp and that could either be the font or your blade offset. If the cut letters do not look like the ones on your desktop then you have some settings off. Can you just type in the strings of text rather than importing them as .vDoc? See if that makes a difference. I wouldn't do too many at once. The spacing is weird probably because of the vDoc as well. If you give them a little more space you can use a weeding line more effectively. Some jobs I use a weeding line in-between each line of letters and then carefully pull up from one end while I make sure each letter stays in place or occasionally I run a weed line along the top and bottom of each line of letters touching the letters and quickly pull the open stretch between the lines up then carefully lift each small piece between the letters so as not to mess them up. Not sure if that makes sense written out.
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    Cutter software

    What format is the file in? You should see some sort of file extension on the end of the logo file like one of these: .eps, .ai, .svg, .cdr, .pdf, or it could be something like one of these: .ps, .png, .jpg, .wmf which are not vector supported formats. Not all vector files are pure vectors either but might have a raster image embedded or a mix. Unfortunately the technical aspect of cutting can "cull the herd" as we say in Idaho. I'm no rancher though, other terms might include "blood the troops", separate the wheat from the chaff, men from the boys... I think you get it. Best advice is spend some serious screen time on tutorials and practice, practice practice.
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    1st Gen SC and SCAL 5 Pro

    I wonder if the SCAL 5 is ignoring the fact that the cutter is one of the old 1st gen cutters and lumping them all together. Heck I don't know enough about drivers to know if they are even different. I agree with all the sentiments that Vinyl Master is a way better program. SCAL had hopeful props early on but just didn't seem to deliver on things, I tried out the beta version but gave up after too many issues. It evidently IS some sort of rocket science to get a cutting program that gets it right. Not everyone can pull it off.