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  1. Wildgoose

    So if all logos are copywrite?

    For what it's worth I have a construction supply outfit that I do about half of my yearly revenue through. They have about 50 sponsors who share co-op money with them based on how much of their products they sell the previous year they get basically a kickback toward advertising that they can use for tee shirts. The kicker is they want their logo on there placed a certain size and a certain place or at the very least approved prior to releasing the funds. I bet I have had to recreate 90% of them because they always just send a raster image to be used. The first year or two I spent a lot of effort to go through all the hoops and try to get vector files. Some finally got the vector to me some never did but they all were fine with the end result and I quit fighting it and just send in the proofs with the logo I have re-made. It would be sweet to have a few of those to grab from a file like that. I have found a few out on Brands of the World but they are usually someones else recreation and often are inaccurate (and I'm super picky). End result of your question is that no you can't take a Pepsi logo and start making unlicensed shirts legally. You will find that most of the big name corporations have online detectives who's job it is to scour the internet to find mentions of their logos. Pepsi will probably visit this post at some point. We always make it a huge point to pass on information to new users to avoid breaking the law. As your skills increase it's actually very simple for anyone with any talent at all to make near perfect copies of about any logo imaginable. It calls for restraint and honor in respecting the efforts they have made and the investment that building their brand took. The is why our forum bylaws prohibit posting working files that are copyright protected. The people who own and fund the site do not condone any illegal acts and will not tolerate them being passed around on the forum. We appreciate you following those rules along with the rest of us. Great bunch of people here and lots of helpful advice.
  2. Wildgoose

    Any tips on weeding?

    Ha join the old man club I guess! I use one of those headlamp flashlights so I can get the light coming from a good angle and enough of it. Old eyes suck, dang-it.
  3. Wildgoose

    outline help

    medicine man - I suggest you sign up officially for the forum. It will get faster response times. Any guest posts have to be approved ahead of time by a mod and you never know when we may be around or not. You should be able to edit the trace after the fact. There are node edit tools in there that let you clean things up. I usually use the image as a template and hand draw over the top of it to get really nice looking reproductions when I need to do what you are talking about. I often rebuild clients designs if they don't have the vector (pretty common especially with my construction worker clients). Text is by far best done from scratch even if the rest is auto traced. Figure out the font and type it out and adjust to fit.
  4. Wildgoose

    Plotter not cutting

    I have a couple USB ports that I have worn out and had to switch to another due to wear and tear
  5. Wildgoose

    So if all logos are copywrite?

    Are the logo's base building blocks that you add in the specific data? If so those are good to use, they typically have something like "lorem ipsum" where you would put your text. You may want to look through the documentation that will be in there somewhere that will give you details as to what specific license comes with them. Most will have certain things you can and cannot do with them. You can go to any of the typical artwork sellers like shutter stock and purchase similar designs with varied license agreements as well. If they are an actual logo like Nike or Monster then they shouldn't be in there. If you find actual trademarked logos out there (and you will) I would avoid them like the plague or covid19. The best logo's are ones you actually cook up yourself.
  6. Wildgoose

    Full Color Decals

    How hard are you thinking about it? The most budget minded new printer is probably the Roland BN20 at around $8,500. It's a smaller width machine but very capable from everything I have read, everything else is well above that price point.
  7. I would bet that when you vectorize the image it is vectorizing the edge of the picture or something like that. Have you viewed it in wireframe mode after vectorizing? I rarely have had acceptable traces on images. Most of the time the computer cannot accurately figure out what is what on a raster image and you get inconsistencies which carry over into the trace as wicked little nodes that are aiming at all sorts of angles. I end up spending more time trying to clean them up than just recreating the design from scratch like the original artist did. I often recreate clients old logo's that they do not have a vector of.
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    Any ideas?

    I got nothin'
  9. You have to have the registration marks built into the design in order for the location in relationship to the registration marks to be accurate. I am not a Graphtec guy as mentioned but I found this video that clearly explains the process you need to take. You will find there is some step in here that you have missed.
  10. Wildgoose

    What makes of t shirts?

    Tri-blend are the most comfortable and work good with HTV. You will want to be sure the HTV you select is capable of the tri-blend. They are a little more expensive but super soft and comfy. Ring Spun cotton is softer than regular at least at first. Over time all cotton will usually get a little thicker and stiffer but the ring spun is the best of the cotton options. Blends with ring spun are a good option too and often softer hand. Some people are allergic to polyester and will request all cotton but most of my clients prefer a blend. Polyester holds color better but can have reactions with high temperatures like glazing/sheen on 100% poly.
  11. I'm not a Graphtec user but when I contour cut on my Summa the registration marks and the cut all go at the same time not in two different sends. Just sounds like you are somehow sending two separate projects to the cutter but this could be different on your Graphtec though so take it with a grain of salt.
  12. Wildgoose

    New Member Hello!

    Welcome from Idaho
  13. I tend to run my cutter about 1/4 to 1/3 speed capability most of the time. I have actually had issues with messing up a big job because I had it set so high (just to try it out) it was throwing the vinyl back and forth to the point it folded poorly in the catch basket causing a crease which in turn caused feed issues and ended up wadded up before the project was complete. I look at it like why would I want to cause premature wear on a fine tuned machine. Take a corvette, CAN it run at 6500rpm? Yep. Will it do it for consecutive hours and days? Yep. Will a car that has been ran like that show signs of excessive wear as compared to one that has been treated differently after a few years? You better believe it. In my humble opinion this is true on all levels of cutters. My current cutter is Belgian made top of the line equipment and can take it but the time saved between running at 600 or 800 mm/sec vs 200 is negligible. I don't think running at super slow speeds is necessary unless you are pushing hard through something heavy like sandblast resist. I recommend starting out about there and you can start winding her up as you get some more experience and see what seems good to you. I agree with Slice on spending very much time dialing in the pen although if it has an actual pen attachment it should be capable of having the tip at roughly the same elevation above the material as the blade would be. It's a great idea to play around with pen and paper to be sure you completely understand the basic operation of the thing before you begin to cut. You will later have to dial in your blade exposure, down-force and offset once you are cutting actual vinyl.
  14. That falls under the Journey not the destination that matters type of out look. Happy travels and we look forward to the follow up. Most of us do our journey via the other forum members so it’s all good stuff.
  15. Maybe some more info to help diagnose. What specific Graphtec model are you using, What computer and software version as well.
  16. I am not a Graphtec user so I have limited help for you. According to this Cutting Master 4 should be compatible with both versions of AI. Do you have an older version of CM on your computer too? The instructions mention something to that affect that 3 has to be closed before 4 is open. Maybe that helps. https://www.graphtecamerica.com/cutting-master-4
  17. Yep. You made a great choice. The pro version has about everything you will need for a cutter. The highest level adds some printing tools for people with commercial printers mostly. VM is a really good program. I had prior experience with Adobe Illustrator so it is my tool of choice but looking VM over I would probably have went that route if I was starting from scratch. Plus I run a mac and fewer programs are mac compatible. I'd have to create a windows environment to run VM from my main workstation.
  18. For a starter press that looks like a decent machine, unsure about the knob on the back mine was o a screw on the top of the rotating part. Get hold of an infra-red thermometer gun and check around on the heated platen to see if it has any cool spots. Set the temp based on the cool spot if it has one or in the middle if it seems to be fairly evenly heated. The Chinese heat numbers will likely be off by quite a ways so don't be worried about that just record what it should be and make a little note and tape in on the side so you know what temp you want to use. SOME of those will let you adjust the readout, I never figured mine out on my cheap press. That one has springs to allow even pressure across the whole platen like Dakota mentioned (over center pressure) which most swingers do but not all clams. I had a clam for a while and burned my knuckles trying to get the HTV on in the right place and square to the shirt. You may find that you do far more heat press vinyl than other types once you get going. It's the coolest thing since Ice cream. <edit> I just took a second look and I think that adjustment wheel will be ok for a hobbyist. It's a big screw running down the shaft. The ones that I think were weaker are ones that adjust on a cantilever like several of the clam styles. Just my opinion but not a bad one to start out with. When you get your cutter up and start messing around be sure to remember to mirror your work on HTV because you are generally cutting on the adhesive side.
  19. Wildgoose

    VM Cut Node Edit

    Without some more information it's hard for us to know what you want to do. Bear in mind the "Cut" version is the most basic and is limited as to what you can do. Here is a comparison chart so you can see if maybe it's just a limit in your version or not. https://www.uscutter.com/static/PDFs/VinylMaster_Comparison.pdf
  20. Laura K, for faster responses you should sign up for the forum. All guest posts have to be pre-screened by moderators before they are allowed to be posted. It can take extra time and is more work for us on our end.
  21. Dnice If you sign up to the forum you will receive faster responses since all guest posts have to be approved by moderators
  22. Wildgoose

    Wet or dry method.

    On your question about wet app. Buy an app solution like Slice recommended. Making some home made crap might negate the adhesive of your vinyl. There are several and they are not expensive. I rarely wet app either. Takes about 5 times as long IMO. I sometime wet the application paper after I dry installed to help it pull off a little easier. If you do wet app, and I think it's great to learn so you can do it when you need to, use paper tape not clear.
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    Wet or dry method.

    When I decided I was going to start actually applying my work as a business I picked a few friends and family who has businesses and did their vehicles and trailers as well as my own suburban as practice and did not charge them. I also had to re-do a couple that I messed up on clients vehicles when I was green. I chalked it up to the school of hard knocks/education.
  24. As Skeeter mentioned the connection cable should be NULL. There are two types one NULL (also called cross over) one straight.
  25. Here is a link to SignCut Pro. They have a good free trial period that I believe is full function during that time. I use the older Pro 1 version that has no design capability. They now have a new Pro 2 version that has some design capability. I own the dongle for Pro1 meaning I own it and don't have any more costs so I have not tried out the Pro 2. I do all my design work in Illustrator and just use Pro 1 to cut with. You could do the same with Inkscape (free) and a couple other vector programs. SignCut does cost so if it's strictly a hobby it is hard to justify. When I bought my first cutter it came with a free years subscription to SignCut and I got used to it and it's really an awesome tool. I think I paid around $400 for the lifetime dongle (USB Key) but was paying around $120 or $140 per year for a year or so then upgraded to a Summa 30" cutter and had to make a decision what software to use with it. I checked out Macsign and another that I can't recall. I like to design on my iMac but I usually cut over across the room from a windows laptop. Owning the dongle lets you load the program on any number of computers so I have the windows laptop out of the way and if/when it crashes I can roll the cutter across the room plug in and switch to my mac and keep working. That was why I ended up buying the lifetime dongle. You can only hop computers about 5 times without the dongle and after that you have to call in and get a permission number to move again. It's their way of controlling someone who want to load it on a bunch of computers under one license. The dongle must go with the cutter so only one user station is guaranteed where the subscription based plan has to have internet access to verify the license each time you fire it up. https://signcutpro.com