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    Newbie Help

    If your BRAND new to this, I wouldn't recommend it to anybody. It will be extremely difficult to start with understanding the equipment, understanding application techniques and using vector graphics. Knowledge about how the equipment works; weeding techniques and application to substrates with transfer tape/squeegees on varying surfaces and vector graphics not raster graphics are not too difficult if shown, but hard to acquire solo. If you have a local shop, or just a local person that already does this and can show you the ropes for a few days, it will go a long long long long way. Youtube videos can't really give the full monty, just tease you. Even if you have to travel and beg a shop to let you hang around awhile, a night or five in a motel wouldn't hurt. If you have someone that knows the ropes and can come over and get you up and running, that would be idea. But diving into this with zero experience will be grueling.
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    Looking for a little help on this one.

    Inkscape is totally free. Grab a copy.
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    Looking for a little help on this one.

    You are never going to get an autotrace to completely match that. Good enough might be possible. Here I just ran it through Inkscape. Looks hard to weed but not impossible. Though you might could tweak settings to get it better, its not going to be far from this no matter what program you use. Much better would be to redraw by hand, and probably in a different style more suited to vector. stubbys.svg
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    Which one

    I think the box is to type a value. If I understand what your asking. The other box(es) might be just for text and not the whole selection. The width height boxes effect everything selected, no matter if its text or other objects.
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    Which one

    I'll add the little lock icon locks the aspect ratio so changing width or height with proportionally change the other. Unlock it if you want to go silly putty.
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    New to this!!!

    If your new to all this, especially vector graphics, it is all hard to use. Vector graphic programs have more options than a commercial airliner cockpit. I've never used Vinyl Master, but have heard good things about its capabilities. I think they have differing tiers of the program, so the most you can afford. Going with a program that drives the vinyl cutter and does design all in one is one route, like Vinyl Master. The other route is to go with one program to cut, and another dedicated design program for designs. Going with a dedicated program, you learn skills that can be applied to other en-devours in graphic design. Inkscape is free, very capable given it is open source. Adobe products like Illustrator are prevalent to a super majority in industry, so learning them give you transferable skills. They are the most expensive. I use CorelDraw. but it is much smaller following. What ever you go with, it is going to take a great amount of time. You could probably get skilled enough to get things done in 120 hours or so. Intermediate competence in a few months. Mastery takes years.
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    Inkscape design import to scalp 5 pro

    Link to the svg. Maybe save as eps from Inkscape. Many programs have a quirk with svg's when the units are not set to pixels.
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    Transfer Tape

    I've had some improvement dealing with coraplast, wiping the coraplast with a dryer sheet before the transfer tape.
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    Help needed! Applying transfer tape to large vinyl

    The big squeegee if your solo. But big swaths of transfer tape is a two man job with no other tools. Get someone to hold it like a paper towel roll. Got to the floor if your out of table space. https://www.youtube.com/user/bigsqueegee
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    What to bring for wall install?

    Tweezers. If it is not a smooth wall, maybe add a tennis ball to your list. In that same vein, something to push on the vinyl while you lift it up with tweezers like this https://goo.gl/UyUAvX if it won't stick to the wall and wants to lift with the transfer tape. 631 is much less sticky than 751. You could have issues if the wall has texture. Alcohol could discolor the wall. A cleaner that won't discolor and dries fast.
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    Importing SVG files to SCALP 4

    Here I resized it again and made it all RGB. Probably should have lead with that. I would be curious as if it makes any difference. I saved from Illustrator CC to Illustrator CS6. I am not as sure where all the color settings hide in Illustrator. I mostly use CorelDraw. But I am pretty sure I got it to be RGB. https://www.dropbox.com/s/o17o04ukaij2hrm/86txtroopResizedRGB.ai?dl=0
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    Importing SVG files to SCALP 4

    I don't know enough about SCALP to know what is happening. One thing that stands out is the artwork is larger than the canvas. Maybe this gives SCALP grief. Link below for a ai file with the canvas resized to match the artwork. The color document model is using CMYK. Maybe SCALP can't deal with cmyk? I also am a bit confused what this has to do with SVG. https://www.dropbox.com/s/q766n6ummlb6h64/86txtroop resized.ai?dl=0
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    Never had to do this so trying to figure out a easy way

    In CorelDraw it is the Contour tool. The regular one gives more precision, but the interactive one is fast.
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    F&M Expressions Question

    I think most are plastisol. You basically screen print a PVC based ink onto the transfer paper. Because it is a screen printing process, they charge a setup fee as they have to make the screen and have minimums. It's not economical to produce screen printed stuff in small volumes, most of the time. You can do this properly, (mass production,) with proper screen printing gear. You can do this DIY with some basics, but probably can't get high production. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=diy+plastisol+transfers
  15. I have never done a rhinestone transfer and would like to try it out. I have a cutter. I have some template material. I did some tests cuts on it and the machine can cut through it well enough, and I can weed it. I have some ss10, ss16 and ss30 stones. I don't have any Rhinestone design software, but I can use CorelDraw well enough to do some basic designs. If I can test and the whole thing seems viable I might invest in some rstone software. What I don't have is a clear understanding of what size to set my circles I use in the designs in CorelDraw for each type of stone, (ss10, ss16, ect.) When I look online there are multiple suggestions and it seems no definitive guide to cutting sizes. Does anyone have a chart or know a resource that would show me the best cutting size for each stone? I don't even have a good starting point for plain ole trial and error.
  16. Not sure how a blank white surface can not look nice enough. It's blank. If you don't what the corrugated plastic, don't want to cut your own aluminum, then maybe you should just outsource to someone that can cut it. You might go foam board like gator board. https://www.gator-board.com
  17. Corrugated plastic comes in 4'X8' sheets. Then you cut it down to size. https://www.grimco.com/Catalog/Products/InteproCorrugatedPlasticPanels or https://www.uscutter.com/Corrugated-Plastic-Sign-Blanks-Standard-Grade-4-x8-x4mm-50-Sheets . Home Depot sometimes carries stuff like this. You can get aluminum sheets at 4'x8' too and cut down. Helps to have a machine that can cut them.
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    Need help with this.

    That is one were autotrace in any program is going to have difficulties. It is low resolution. It has thin lines for the shadowing and brush bristles. I would think only a manual trace would be viable. It would not be too time consuming, but not trivial either. That I think is why you haven't had many responses as it approaches real work. I would suggest a commercial vectorization service if you need speed. If you view this as opportunity, then get out your bezier tool/pen in your preferred program and learn it. If you can't pay a commercial service, or can't figure out the bezier tool I might be willing to take a stab at it. However, I don't think it makes sense to try to recreate it exact to form. It would be better to lose the shadowing. That would make it far simpler. It would drop the color count a great deal. Now, you have the blue of the letters and the brush, the light blue of the shadows, the black of some shadows and the bottom of the brush, the green of the tooth paste, the light green tooth paste shadow, and maybe white. That is five or six colors. Two or three would be simpler and easier if it were to be cut vinyl. How true to form does it need to be? What is their need for vector? Production like cut vinyl? Large format print?
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    Somr gave all flag needed Please

    Maybe one of these groups know. https://www.tineye.com/search/579e0668134eaf2591b613dfca05b26ccf7f5361/
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    Help identifying this image

    No Marvel character I have ever seen. None of the reverse image search engines find it or anything close. What does the customer say it is? https://www.tineye.com/search/d0c0c98f94b6fb0c13020121cde6e6474c1542f3/
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    Cutting rounded corners on coroplast

    Many places have corner rounders for aluminum signs that work on coroplast. The good ones are a bit costly. So probably only a good thing if your doing this a great deal.
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    printing vinyl

    I would think this would be far more trouble than worth. But I've heard of some that replaced or added the carriage, tubs, inks, heater, curing module, waste tank, and got a printer not designed for it to spit out latex. I never heard the whole details. I suspected BS. The cost of all that would be about the same as a new printer. Short answer. No. You can't do it. I am not even sure with a latex printer they will work with printable HTV. I have only heard of solvent or eco-solvent working with printable HTV.
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    Crinkled htv

    I am not sure what is going on. First thing I thought of was maybe you are not pre-pressing for a few seconds to remove wrinkles and moisture.
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    Printable vinyl

    I buy the off brand inks for my daily printer. Just for printouts like receipts or other text, and drafts of a project mostly. Some times I am not sure if I come out ahead as it clogs more so more cleaning cycles. But the regular cartridges are 4x as much. That makes up for a lot of cleaning cycles.
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    Printable vinyl

    A place I used to work used all Roland inks and never laminated. Decals for vehicles, signs, print directly on banner, all just raw. The inks held up just find with out added protection. Added some frog juice on occasion.