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    easy question with layering, help please!!

    I'm new this all as well but personally I'd be a bit concerned about how thick three layers would be. Since the red shadow is not one piece you could try placing them individually using a wet method in order to get them to fit snug right up against the black. Over time though I'm sure the vinyl will shrink slightly and may result in the gap you are trying to avoid.
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    Losing detail after Bitmap Trace

    I forget what the first option on the list is but that the one I usually use. I believe the default is 0.45, I usually give that a try but often find 0.6 give me a better image. I've never been pleased with the edge detection on any of the images I've tried it on.
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    Hello from Milwaukee

    You could also try Oracal's removable vinyl, 631, it comes off pretty easy, and with warm water comes off even easier.
  4. I know calendared vinyl is not ideal for curved surfaces but is there any tips/tricks that can be done for simple curves? I thought I read on here someplace about heating vinyl then letting it cool before applying it, something about resetting the vinyl memory. I can't seem to find that thread though and don't recall exactly what all it said. I have a couple of buddies that race motorcycles. They had a hell of a time trying to put their number plates on and were not real happy with the person they bought them from. I told them I'd be happy to make what they needed but since I only have calendared vinyl currently I'm afraid it'll be even more of a pain then what they were dealing with the first time. Any advice other than buying the more expensive cast vinyl would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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    Calendared Vinyl, Curved Surface?

    Can you identify calendared vs. cast vinyl by looking at it closely? I'm curious as to what type of vinyl was sold to my friends, and if their trouble putting in on was a result of it being calendared vinyl.
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    Logo for a friends cleaning business

    How do you get away with a panel van, RV, or semi that does not have a rear window. As long as your car has review side mirrors I don't see any reason why you couldn't put stuff in the rear window. And if I read that law correctly does that mean also that you can not have stuff in the bed of your truck, or pull a trailer that blocks your view?
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    new to signblazer and need some help

    Right, I understand the onboard USB is crap on a lot of the cheap cutters, was just wondering why the Keyspan is the goto external adapter choice vs the dozen of others on the market. I can't image there is that much difference between any of them, shielding would probably be the big thing and in this setting shielding shouldn't be a big deal.
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    Calendared Vinyl, Curved Surface?

    Cool, thanks for the info. The term number plate is a little misleading. It's not really a plate, they put the numbers and white or yellow background directly on the bikes so the vinyl needs to conform to the shape of the bike. The front number usually isn't too big of a deal, it's the tail section that has the problems.
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    new to signblazer and need some help

    Has anyone ever say why most usb adapters don't work? I'd be currious to know what exactly is it the Keyspan is doing different for the dozen of other units on the market.
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    Is this illegalv

    There was a McDonald's fine dining restraunt, in Scotland I believe, that had simulare problem when McDonald's the fast food chain tried to sue them. They got such bad press over it that it was eventually dropped if I recall correctly.
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    windshild visor

    Also, as mentioned in another thread. Depending on the state you are in the laws limit size and location of decals/tenting on the windshield. Might want to look up what is allowed in your state.
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    windshild visor

    I made one for my car which has a very curved windshield. I had a roll of paper I laid on the windshield and taped into place then traced the edge of the windshield. Then laid the paper flat , drew a straight line all the way across it, and took measurements from the straight line to the curved line every inch. Next I created the banner in SignBlazer and then did a test plot with the pen adapter. Cut it out and laid it on the car. Wasn't exactly right so made some adjustments and did it again. Repeated the process till I was happy with the results and then cut the vinyl. I was very pleased with the result but this process it probably a bit too tedious for a business. FYI, my final shape was almost a U there is so much curve to my window.
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    Reflective Matte Black

    Noticed a mustang in the lot today that has matte black reflective stripes. I believe they are factory but was wondering if anyone knew of a company making reflective matte colored vinyls.
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    Ever wondered...

    That's easy, just get half a million friends to each loan you $2.
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    sign blazer uk version

    Ah, missed that part of the request.
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    sign blazer uk version

    Or just download the no trial mode version from USCutter. http://support.uscutter.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/190/27/01-signblazer-elements
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    Font id?

    Tekcorps, Did you recongize the font or how did you know what it was? I ran throught the identifont.com questions and it came up with something close, but not exact.
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    Laserpoint Driver for Sign Blazer Elements

    Now that you have the driver on the system I'd try installing the new USCutter version of Signblazer. It doesn't ahve the trial counter and will likely find the driver that's already on the system. Worth a try anyway.
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    Ever wondered...

    What gets me is the number of people that just ask for stuff to be done for them when with a simple quick google search you can usually find exactly what they are wanting. Especially all the graphic request. I am one of the guys that just bought this stuff with no real clue what I was doing. However I didn't get it to start a buisness, just to make decals for my motorcycle club and friends. I think the big problem with most people and computer stuff, they don't read. 95% of the time if you just read what's on the screen and use a little logic you can figure out how to do what ever it is you're trying to do. Then there's google, by the time I come to the forum to ask a question I've exhausted all obvious answers.
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    What sort of problem are you running into. You should just be able to download and install Ghostscript and then a quick edit of the system environment variables. Here are the instructions that I used. http://ask.brothersoft.com/how-to-open-eps-files-in-inkscape-142659.html
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    Full version Signblazer Download (all cutters)

    UScutters has a no trial mode of signblazer you can get if you don't want to deal with iso and patches. http://support.uscutter.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/190/27/01-signblazer-elements
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    There is a free open source plugin for Inkscape called Ghostscript that will enable inkscape to open and edit EPS files.
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    Break up object through node editing?

    Can you break up an object through node editing only? For example, and this is a very very simple example. Say you have a long rectangle and you want to cut it in half and turn it into two squares with a gap between them. So far the best method I've found for doing this is drawing another rectangle that intercets with the one I want to modify and use the Difference path tool to cut the rectangle and then I can move nodes around of the two individual shapes to get the desired affect. Is there a better way? If the question isn't clear I can try and put together some sample images of what I'm doing to clarify, I just don't have access to inkscape right now.
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    Break up object through node editing?

    Yeah, that's what was getting me. I'd hit the delete segment option and nothing appeared to change, the fill was hiding what was happening.
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    Break up object through node editing?

    Thanks, I knew I should be able to do it some how. I think the problem I was running into was I was trying to do it with a fill already. Much easier to see what you're doing when you remove the fill and just make it a line.