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    How To Do It in SignBlazer.

    I don't have signblazer in front of me to tell you exactly, but when you click the open file option, the screen that comes up has some check boxes on the side. I forget exactly what it says, but there is one that if you click it, it will add the file being opened to the current image you are working with. Another option would be to just open two instances of Signblazer and copy from one to the other.
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    That image looks stretched, at 2" tall it should be closer to 4.8" long.
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    What would be the best way to recreate

    For manual tracing I do the reverse of Wildgoose, I leave the image 100% and set my lines/fills to 50% opacity, or what ever seems the best for the colors involved.
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    mh cutter capabilities

    I've cut reflective with mine with no issues. Just raised the pressure a little, and adjusted the amount of blade sticking out.
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    What would be the best way to recreate

    Same steps can be using in AI, I'm just more familiar with Inkscape.
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    What would be the best way to recreate

    Just did a manual trace in Inkscape using the bezler tool. For a simple design like this it's pretty quick and easy. For more complicated designs I'll give the auto trace in Inkscape a go and then node edit as necessary to clean it up. This would be a good design to practice on. I started with tracing the white portion of the letters. Then I added an outline to the letters till I got the desired thickness of the red line. Then duplicated the letters and shifted them down and over to get the drop shadow effect. Then trace the black lines and you're done.
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    What would be the best way to recreate

    Here's a manual trace, was bored and have some free time. SCS.eps
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    Some Samples for a customer off the Edge 2

    The white doesn't look right to me, I think it's the eyes. Looks much better as a dark color on light background.
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    Oracal 651 on Vinyl Rainjackets

    A cast vinyl might work better than calendared also.
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    Oracal 651 on Vinyl Rainjackets

    Does the rain jacket have a waxy coating? Does water bead up on it? If so, that's probably your main problem. You could possibly scuff up the area you are putting the lettering with a brillo pad. Don't know how well that would look though.
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    Wrap a full face helmet?

    Anyone ever try to wrap a full face helmet? I'm looking at a new lid and the price is great but the graphic is kind of dumb. Was wondering how difficult it'd be to wrap, if it's even possible.
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    Need Advice on wood sign making

    In regard to getting crisp lines when painting. Try painting the edges with the same base color, let it dry, then paint the actual color you want. This way the base color seals the edge of the vinyl and prevents the actual color from bleeding under the vinyl. Although if you want the main portion of the sign wood and unpainted this would not work, although you might be able to use a clear coat to seal the edges of the vinyl prior to painting the letters.
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    Inkscape has an option, Break Apart. I forget what it's called in SignBlazer but there is something similar to it. It will probably break apart more then you really want but it can be handy.
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    Hopefully a simple solution but............

    Type the text out, then select it and then from the menu select Path->Object to Path. Your text will now be a group of individual letter. Ungroup by hitting ctrl+shift+G or select Ungroup from the Object menu, then Union them by hitting ctrl++ or selecting Union from the Path menu. The reason for ungrouping the text after converting it to a path, is for some reason Inkscape will not let you do a Union on a objects that have been grouped.
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    Serial Cable info

    A null modem cable has the TX and RX lines crossed. ie TX in on pin 3 on one end, and pin 2 on the other and RX is on pin 2 on the first end and pin 3 on the other. These type of cables were used back in the day to allow two computers to talk directly to each other without the need of a modem.
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    just an outline?

    I agree, I saw it as a gear for a bicycle too, but since the name of the shop specifically says Spokes, that made me think maybe the gear was suppose to be a dirt tire.
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    just an outline?

    It just occurred to me, is that gear suppose to be a wheel? If so, I'd make the teeth a lot lower. And seeing how the text is sneakers and spokes I'd suggest putting some spokes on the tire. Although that might be a pain as far as a decal goes I think it looks better. Will need an outline around the text to separate it from the spokes. Just a suggestion.
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    just an outline?

    Doesn't look to hard of a manual redraw. There are various software tool to create the gear then just do a manual drawing of the shoe or clean up the scan of the shoe and merge it with the new gear. Here's a gear, took about 5 min to make in Inkscape and part of that time was goggling how to do it. gear.eps
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    color changing material with water gotta see this guys

    I believe it's a temperature thing, so on hot sunny day it'll be one color, on a cold cloudy day it'll be the other color.
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    Clear reflective vinyl

    That's what OWJones linked to above.
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    Wrap a full face helmet?

    Yeah, kind of figured there was more work then I really want to put into it but figured I'd ask. If I get the lid I'll probably just leave it as is.
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    Clear reflective vinyl

    There's a Challenger around here, black, blacked out windows, and flat black police decals. It's a mean looking car.
  23. Keep in mind the reflective stuff is quite a bit more expensive than "normal" vinyl. You'll probably have $3 or $4 of vinyl alone in the sign.
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    Verizon Internet & phones are out!

    Ah, could be an app thing. App sees there is no network and can't load maps so it doesn't bother to try to do anything. I use one called NavFree, it loads the maps to the phone so you don't need a network to see them. CoPilot is another good one but the free version is a little annoying and I didn't see the need for the pay version.
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    Verizon Internet & phones are out!

    What type of phone? Wonder if it doesn't have a true GPS receiver.