adobe illustrator cs-6 with us cutter series sc in General discussion Posted May 30, 2013 Wareagle, you will be able to cut lettering in all sorts of shapes. SCALP Pro 3 that currently comes with the USC machines has a basic set of design tools and a cutting utility to allow the program to direct the plotter to cut the various designs. If you decide that the SCALP program isn't sufficient then you can either grab Inkscape from online and design with it or go ahead and pay for Illustrator which is nicer in my opinion but also considerably more money. Any way you go about it you will have and need the SCALP program in order to cut so you aren't out anything if it's already packaged with your machine. There are several other cutting programs out there, some let you design and cut some just cut but most of these other options are more money than SCALP. I draw in Illustrator but own SCALP and use it to cut the designs I make. You will draw a line to the shape you want your text then type on the line. I haven't played with the SCALP design side much but it appears to function similar to Inkscape which in turn is similar to Illustrator, they're all vector graphics programs that essentially manipulate the desing in similar fashion. If you have been hand cutting then you are going to have a great experience with your new cutter that will leave you giggling like a school girl. Even these budget minded units like a lot of us run are freaky accurate. They all have their own personalities and you will have a learning curve but they do great.