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    Image Formats. . .convert to SVG?

    Most likely related to transparency of the background color. Or could even be that a background color is not specified and one program defaults to black where others go to white. You'd have to open the file in a text editor to know for sure. edit: I just confirmed if the background color is not specified Inkscape will set it to white.
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    Image Formats. . .convert to SVG?

    That's part of the love/hate thing with open source file formats such as SVG. Anyone and everyone can use the format, but there is no forced standard so different programs implement options in slightly different ways that are not always compatible with other programs. An interesting note on SVG, it is essentially an xml file and can be edited as such...if you know what you're doing.
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    Image Formats. . .convert to SVG?

    If your're familiar with batch script files you could create a batch file to do it using Inkscape. The inkscape command is Inkscape.exe Filename.eps -l filename.svg
  4. Yeah, it's a tough call on because part of the issue is the fact that you're still learning how to do all this. So while it may have taken you 6 hours so far, in a years time you might be able to do all this in an hour.
  5. I suspect when you drew your line in Inkscape, then imported the desgin into your cut software the line was converted to an object and you now have two lines, one on the inside and one ont he outside of your line drawing. If that is the case, in Inkscape, remove the stroke color, and add a fill color. To do that, select the shape, then click a color option on the bottom of the screen to set the fill, then hold down the shift key and click the little red X on the left of the color selection and it will remove the stroke color. You rarely want your final design to have strokes. And if you do want a line like that, it's better to convert the stroke to a path. Till you get the hang of everything, it's also a good idea to take a look at your design in wire frame mode before hitting the cut button.
  6. Vinyl is actually the cheapest part of the whole thing and more often then not can all but be ignored when figuring price. Figure the time involved, how much you want to pay yourself per hour and go from there. For example, if you pay yourself say $50 an hour and a design takes you 0.5 hours to design, cut, weed, and tape up then you'd charge $25. Size doesn't really matter, If the design is 5"x5" and takes you 5 hours to design, cut, weed, and tape then you'd charge $250. However if you have a design that is 6'x6' and only takes you an hour to design, cut, weed and tape then it'd only be $50. There is one minor problem with this logic though, and it is that the custom doesn't think in terms of time, only product and they're willing to pay more for a larger product even though in reality it's cheaper for you to make. So even though the math above says $50 for the 6' design, you could very likely get away with $100, or even more depending on the market and your customer.
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    Help with this

    Just a comment from a design stand point, do you really want the flag design showing through the skull design? Unless the skull is glass you wouldn't be able to see the stars and stripes. Changing the design in this manor would also make the inline unnecessary and the creation of the design a bit simpler.
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    getting an error message

    That seems like a flaw in the program design to me.
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    How can i get these designs out of this picture?

    The puzzle pieces, while time consuming, should be pretty easy. Start by drawing a box, then draw a circle and either weld it to the box, or cut it from the box depending on the piece you're trying to make. If you're buddy created that in Paint, he needs to get a better program, just image what he could create with a real drawing program.
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    How can i get these designs out of this picture?

    side note, from a design stand point, I think I'd take off that extra bit at the top left, it doesn't flow with the design. The whole design looks as if it could be a single brush stroke, except for the extra bit, something like this flows better, in my opinion that is.
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    How can i get these designs out of this picture?

    It looks like you tried to put too many nodes. For this image, just put a node at the points. The green circles are where I would put my nodes to start with. Note, some of the points are actually off image. The wheel well for example. You can tell the intended design would have a point about where I marked. Once you do that you will end up with a shape like this. Then you node edit to adjust the nodes to be exactly where you want, and change the straight lines to curves. If you do this will a fill as I've shown, it's easiest if you set the fill to be slightly transparent so you can see the design below. Keep at it and you'll get the hang of if it. This quick ruff trace took about 3 minutes. Now you can go back and cut out the portions that you don't want around the wheel well and the bottom. However, if this is being installed on a truck, I'd leave them there, and then just trim the design to the truck after it's installed.
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    How can i get these designs out of this picture?

    The bezier tool is a little different, but I just put the points in the general location of what ever I'm tracing. Then once the shape is formed, go back and zoom in and node edit to move the individual nodes, adjust the curve, straighten lines, etc. And if you need to have two points exactly lines up, you can always copy and paste the x or y coordinates of the points you are wanting to line up.
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    How can i get these designs out of this picture?

    Looks like the tool in VM is a polyline. There's a video in this posts that I think will help.
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    How can i get these designs out of this picture?

    Looks good. For future reference, if you can identify and find the font, recreating text is always better than tracing. And the design in that graphic would be easy enough to recreate as well. Someone that uses VM will have to chime in, but I'm sure VM has a bezier equivalent tool.
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    How can i get these designs out of this picture?

    When you resize, select just one of the purple shapes at a time. Here is the tail gate with the puzzle traced in yellow. I then copied both the purple and yellow, moved them up, and resized to 72x24. truck.svg
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    How can i get these designs out of this picture?

    Size is just the size of the original picture. When changing the size be sure you have the aspect ratio locked so that it scales both the width and the height. You'll want to copy copy or move the vector up or over so that's it's not on top of the raster.
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    How can i get these designs out of this picture?

    A manual trace would be the best way. Open the image in your editor of choice and use the bezier tool to draw the design over the top of the image. Here's a start, I've manually traced the purple part, took about 5 min. truck.svg
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    Plotter Cutter Letter Shifts

    Is it only letters that it does this to? Have you tried converting the text to paths/curves before sending to the plotter?
  19. That's the key, having something in the trace that is a known size then it's a simple matter of scaling the vector. SB has a great feature for this where you draw a line on the portion of the graphic that you know the size of, enter the size and bam, you've got your image sized correctly.
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    What to stock?

    While getting product to the customer faster is always better, they are ordering custom shirts and a reasonable lead time should be expected. I know if I were to order a one off, I'd wouldn't expect it to get shipped for probably a week. And if you get busy enough, you can place the order for shirts, and by the time you get all the orders ahead of it done the shirts you ordered will have arrived. Ah, the benefits of being too busy. lol
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    My Vinyl doesnt like sticking to the backing, if replaced

    It's usually called something like "extra weed lines". The guys that use VM should be able to tell you where to find it easily.
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    Okay about to do first shirt any advice

    I know that is what was asked for, but to me, that looks like it might be a bit on the wide side and the names will be wrapping around to the sides when the shirt is worn. For your own personal experience, ask for a photo of the kids wearing them so you can get a feel for how something looks laying flat, vs how it looks while worn.
  23. There should be multiple ways to accomplish this. I don't know VM but I can tell you what to look for. Option 1: You can node edit the image and delete all nodes you don't want. Option 2: Most programs allow you to break apart or separate an image. You will then be able to delete the parts you don't want. In Inkscape the tool is called break apart under the path menu. Option 3: As you said, draw a box around what you want to keep and use a tool keeps the intersection of the two objects. In Inkscape the tool is called Intersection located under the path menu
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    My Vinyl doesnt like sticking to the backing, if replaced

    Some cutting software has settings that will add extra cuts like this automatically to make weeding easier.
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    Help with cuts not being completed

    I just happened to post about over cut and blade offset just the other day. See the referenced post for examples of over cut settings.