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  1. darcshadow

    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.
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    Editing in Signblazer

    First question would be is the image in a vector format. If not, you'll need to do that first then the node editing. Skim through the manual and just play around with it. It's not too difficult to pick up.
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    Logo Question

    Bees are a nice touch, they're a little to happy though. ha!
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    Need help importing EPS into SignBlazer

    Sorry, should of also mentioned there are a few additional things to get Inkscape and Ghostscript to work with each other. Here is one set of instructions, if they are not clear google it and you'll find several guides. http://www.ehow.com/how_5844063_open-_eps-files-inkscape.html
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    Chevron Font - Have you seen it?

    Here's a quick example using the Broadway font.
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    Need help importing EPS into SignBlazer

    Inkscape (free) can open EPS files with the aid of the ghostscript(free) program. From there you should be able to save it off in an older EPS format that SignBlazer will open or you can do a select all, copy, and paste the image into SignBlazer.
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    Chevron Font - Have you seen it?

    Another option would be to create the wavy lines and then use what ever font you like as a mask over them.
  11. If you have the pen attachment option, use it some time and draw something on paper and compair the sound. That'll show how much is from the cutter and how much is from the amplification of the vinyl. I was very surprised at the difference.
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    has anyone done or thought of this

    There are tons of photo management software out there. You could use one of those to organize and display your graphics. You'd most likely need to create a thumbnail of the vector as most of the programs are designed for photo formats.
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    Sort of a sign blazer question...

    With the MH-721 and SignBlazer, is controlling/adjusting the overcut an option? I don't recall seeing anyway of setting it if there is one.
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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.
  17. 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.