darcshadow

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    OUTLINE AND SHADOW

    Double checking your design in wireframe mode is a good way to catch things like this before you cut and waste vinyl.
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    HELP! USCutter MH 721 not working

    Has the blade gone dull? Is it sticking out far enough?
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    Design Elements

    EPS is a pretty standard vector file and most cutting software should be able to open it. There are different version of EPS files though and older software may not be able to open the newer EPS files. There are tons of programs out there that can open EPS files and save off as something else, or as an older format. Just do a google search and you should find plenty of free programs that will help you out.
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    Design Elements

    What file format are they? Most likely there is a converter program out there that can convert them to something SCALP can open.
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    Help with 2 color design

    That effect is more of a 3D effect than a shadow. I'd look into 3D effects with your software to see if you can get the look you want.
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    I don't get it... Vector won't cut how it looks..

    I can't see the images right now, but I'm guessing that the font did not come out the way you wanted? When the EPS file was created, there should be an option to convert text to paths, do that and then things should come out the way you want. The other option, you would need to install the desired font on your computer you are using to do the cutting.
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    Squeegee Supplier

    Where do any of you get supplies such as squeegees from? I was looking for some Lidco Nylon squeegees as suggested by another post on here. I found some for $2 but shipping on them is like $12. I hate paying so much for shipping for something that is so cheap. I'd love to find a local place that sells supplies but when doing a google search for sign supplies I'm not having any luck finding anything useful. I'm in Fort Worth, TX, I know there are some places over in Dallas but that's a pretty good drive and would cost more in gas than the $12 shipping.
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    Ideal storage temp for Oracal

    Other than keeping the rolls seperate from each other, I don't really see how that rack setup is any better/worse than laying the rolls on a shelf. It does look nice though.
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    Ideal storage temp for Oracal

    Wow, that's a pretty narrow temperature range, I don't even keep my house that cool.
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    svg file to eps file help

    You can also do a select all, copy and paste from Inkscape into SignBlazer and skip the EPS stage.
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    Openfont?

    When saving as and EPS file, do you have the option to use any of the older EPS formats? If so, try that, SB doesn't work with the newer formats of EPS.
  12. Stickers are what kids put on their toys. Decals are what guys put on their toys.
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    Summer heat versus 651 usage....

    Someone posted awhile back about putting vinyl on the inside of windows and that it was not advised, something about the UV protective coating on the vinyl is not on the sticky side so you'll get fade much faster. Might not be an issue with black, but something to think about.
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    Motorhome graphics

    The art work is reasonably simple and shouldn't be too hard to manually trace. First step would be to take as straight on of a photo as possible in as high of resolution as possible. Then import into your vector program of choice, I use Inkscape. I then use the Bezier tool and draw a ruff outline of the shape in question over the top of the photo zooming in and out to get the nodes place as precicely on the photo as possible. Once the shape if completed I make it semi transparent and adjust the straight lines to make them curve and match the image. In Inkscape it's simply a matter of clicking the line and dragging it to where I want. If the curve doesn't match up exactly I add another node somewhere on the line and just adjust things till I get it the way I want. It's not a very complicated process, you just have to take your time and most of all have fun with it.
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    Question about Cutter connection

    If you have a bad USB cable, no adapter is going to fix that, just get a new USB cable.
  16. ha! I type too slow apparently. lol
  17. Have you tried downloading a new driver for the adapter? Windows7 made some changes to USB stuff and a lot of older devices no longer work and newer devices need a new driver.
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    Tablet anyone?

    A windows8 based tablet might run SignBlazer. There are also some nice touch screen laptops that are not much bigger than a tablet and priced about the same.
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    Openfont?

    You could also try using a font converter and convert the Opentype to Truetype.
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    Why can't I make big cuts?!?!

    Have you tried this cut at a smaller scale? If it cuts just fine small then it would not be a memory issue.
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    Computer Question

    I have a NDAS drive I really like. It's an external drive that connects to your local network. You then load a small program onto your PC you can access the drive the same as if it was an internal drive. There's no limit to the number of computers you can have on your network that can access the drive either. Really handy if you have multiple computers.
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    First Manual trace

    My Dad asked if I could make my Grandma's farm into a decal he could use for a project. I gave it a shot and I am pretty pleased with the results so far. Started with this photo and got to this I'm planning on cutting it as a layered vinyl but another post on here got me thinking. Anyone on here interested in doing this as a print for me and if so what would you charge for four decals that are about 4.5" tall and 18" long.
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    Quick question if anyone can help

    How about just putting the image in what ever color you have it, and then a color palette box below showing the color choices.
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    First Manual trace

    Printing wasn't the initial plan and only occured to me after I got done with it. I also like the look of it as "art" vs photo and think it will work better for what my Dad has planned.
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    First Manual trace

    Thanks, I had fun playing around with it. Inkscape. Started our just making a silouette. It look ok but need something so I went in and added some outlines for edges and stuff. Once I had that done I though, what the hell, might aw well merge the outlines with the silouette and make individual objects that I could then color. I probably spent 40 to 50 hours tinkering with it.