Wildgoose

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    Paper Transfer Tape-Layering

    I've layered transfer tape and if you are in a pinch or a one off job that doesn't justify buying a large roll you can. As darcshadow mentioned you will see a rill of bubbles at the point the two layers overlap. As you squeegee over the area the single layer edge will not get the right amount of pressure and allow air to be trapped. It's often not too bad if the design has lots or words or a busy design but you will probably have to work the bubbles out with a pin after you remove the tape. I like to use a felt squeegee after removing the tape so I can push the air into a localized spot and then release it with a pin tool or thumb tack. Don't use a knife you don't want a slice.
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    Paper Transfer Tape-Layering

    You might try using some parchment paper to help you out with your project. I did an instructional contribution on it a few years back In the case of a vehicle with multiple layers I try to do the layering at the shop so I just have one layer to put on when I get there. You can fight bubbles with layered vinyl so sometimes it's doesn't work as well if the layers actually overlap. If the layers are just side by side with space between each color then it works really good. You can use a piece of parchment right on the vehicle if you are layering there at the install. Just pull off your carrier and lay a piece or parchment back in it's place prior to aligning the layer onto the car door. It will aid in getting set in the right place. Use a top or bottom hinge once you get it to where you want it and slide the parchment out and squeegee center out. If you have compound curves on the door you will definitely want to pre-stack all your layers as mentioned because getting them all aligned with compound curves is really hard to do accurately.
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    The saga of the PCUT CS1200

    I think the rest have pointed you in the right direction. If it's cutting sometimes fine then it's probably a communication error. Pay special attention to Skeeters post on the correct brand of adapter because there are lots of other brands that just don't work with cutters.
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    Best transfer tape using 651 on small decals

    For the OP, sounds like you are selling small decals so the clear should be fine. I have a roll of clear and sell some and even install some that way just depending on the project particulars. A 6" decal won't make much difference.
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    Best transfer tape using 651 on small decals

    It's a similar situation to the customer who says they don't want any of that cheap thin stuff but rather have the good thick vinyl. Thin vinyl = cast high end where thick = calendared budget vinyl. If you don't know the difference now would be a good time to do a google search <Cast vs Calendared> Paper if far better but the end user can't see through it very well. So if your end users are flea market sellers who need them to be easily seen it might need to go that route. I'd be more inclined to offer either option but with a note that I recommend paper since that is what professionals use. At least that way you leave both doors open. On another note I do think that the clear tape holds it's glue moisture a little better if it sits for long periods. I always wrap up my app tape but have noticed by the time I get to the end of a roll it's starting to show it's age being a little less tacky.
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    Advice regarding software and maybe hardware

    For what it's worth most any press should be checked for temp with an IR thermal temp gun. Even my Fusion was 40deg off when I got it.
  7. Mac has it challenges with running some programs but I have not found it a problem. I wouldn't want to switch to a windows just to take advantage of a certain program. Several run parallels or other to create a windows environment within the mac. I just hate windows for all it's instability. Adobe Illustrator is actually better on a mac and I sure wouldn't want to do al my design work on a pc. Then it's just a matter of a cutter interface. I have found SignCut Pro 1 to be my favorite of all the offerings out there and by golly it will run on EITHER one so it's perfect for about any scenario as a mac owner. I have said it before but I actually still have a windows 7 laptop that I actually cut with because it sits over where I have my cutter. I design on my iMac and then just stick it on a thumb drive and cut on the laptop. If that laptop has issues which being a windows based it does every so often, I just roll my cutter over to the other side of the room and plug it into my mac and keep on cutting. Has happened twice in as many years.
  8. Yeah I knew they had the front blade holder spot. As far as aligning to it on your perf cutting I have no info. Cutting master is probably going to be a good place to start. That should be a plug-in for Illustrator or CorelDraw or Inkscape? Pretty sure. Being proprietary I would assume it will have the correct offset options. Other than that you'll have to get a support ticket going with SignCut and they may have some thoughts related to SC Pro and the front position.
  9. We weren't meaning to roast you either BTW just conversing on a sometime pet subject. You can do it easy with a cutting mat but limited to the area of the mat, if you're running long rolls it would be hard to be productive. Most of the Stickers I see tend to be contour cut and weeded around so only the printed sticker is left and the carrier either just cut up in squares or left on the roll to peel and stick. The perf cut way is cooler looking end product but will chew through your cutting strip if you do it a lot. It's also why they recommend only doing very simple shapes because simple shapes have less blade movement and thus less gouging into the strip. Pretty sure the Graphtec has a more robust and rubbery cutting strip in order to be able to withstand the perf cut better than the strictly plastic strips the cheaper cutters have. I know the Summa I own does. I still don't do it but I also don't print on vinyl so I'm not tempted.
  10. I edited my post because I couldn't find the proof and didn't want to post untruths but then I found it. <snicker> I wonder if the editing department was asleep when they put this one out.
  11. To the OP: You do realize that if you cut all the way through all the way around you will have a train wreck right? Sort of like the Coyote in the Road Runner cartoon when he cuts a hole around himself and falls through. If you need to cut the sticker clear out you'll need a cutting mat and at that point want to be back on the other holder location anyway I think. That's exactly why they do the perf cut so that the carrier stay enough intact to allow proper operation. I don't own a Graphic so I can't help you with the offset problem sorry.
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    Fonts disappeared

    I think that was off the old Rocky Horror picture show.
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    Screen Printing ?

    I believe your actual question is simply about the stock designs offered by FM to buy and use. I think those are aimed at the sidewalk vendors that set up in various beach fronts or along boardwalks and flea markets etc... I think it prudent to have a chat with them about the uses allowed but if they are offering them out for retail production they SHOULD be safe. FM is pretty big and would be a target if they were doing something silly. The watermarks might be to help with online screen capture and maybe they only had them on some or maybe those particular are under a different license agreement, only they know for sure.
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    Fonts disappeared

    I hear the anthem now....."Lets do the time warp again....."
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    Hi from Kate in Florida

    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.
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    Screen Printing ?

    They mirror it on their end.
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    I have tried it all!!

    Well at least you know whats going on now. And your cutter us working! YEA!
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    Need Font Help Please

    Ha ha! I bought it twice because I totally updated my mac after the HD finally gave out and the new system was incompatible but I didn't waste any time or have hard feelings about getting it back on the computer.
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    Help Please!

    I'm no good with Inkscape but is it possible that you are accidentally in a text box rather than regular drawing?
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    Need Font Help Please

    I haven't used the app. On the pc there is a slider right above the image that lets you decide what selection value you want it to allow. I don't think it appears until you load an image. Softer images require lower values. Obviously the more crystal clear the image the better return you get. I have occasionally chosen one or two very distinct letters and hand traced them out to submit so I could get the whole font. Doesn't always work but a little effort makes a difference.
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    Need Font Help Please

    There are setting that allow you to adjust how detailed it will be and you sometimes have to hold the shift key and hit another part of the letter if something didn't come through.
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    I have tried it all!!

    Here is a legacy version 8 eps file saved from Illustrator. The lines on the side were removed. Between Skeeters and that one you can rest assured it is not the file. Something else. JDP_LOGO1b.eps
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    Screen Printing ?

    Have you tried any of the Howards "Shimmer" colors? Those look like something that I might try out. The silver shimmer in particular. Just wondering if they are at all reactive to light like a mild reflective?
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    Hi Everyone!

    The Graphtec is a CUT above...
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    Screen Printing ?

    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.