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Hello all, new to the vinyl world in terms of cutting my own. I had some questions but I was already able to answer some of them for now using the search feature. Hoping to get better and grow and learn with the help of the more experienced. I am running a USCUTTER MH-721 28" w/VinylMaster Cut v4. I also have photoshop but am clueless how to use it, I would like to get CorelDraw as well. Question: I have a large cut job that I had to split into 4 sections, then I will have to align them when I apply them, how can I make sure they will align properly and not be different size pieces? I have the full image but I used a program and split the image into 4's evenly. Each piece will have to be 10h x 17w. I'm probably thinking about this way more then I have to. Thanks guys! And here is my car, the vinyl work was done by someone else (whom I'll never name or use again), which is why I decided to get into it so I can do my own work.
I had spent way too much over the years buying vinyl graphics for my Jeep, ZombieWrangler, and with the harsh nature of off-roading they were starting to show some age, had damaged some parts, mud and dirt and many power washes had started peeling parts away. I decided to redo all the lettering at once, and figured I would outfit new newest family member, ZombieElement, I was staggered by the cost to get custom work done. I looked at the small hobby units, but it just wouldn't do the scale of my ideas. That landed me here and with a Laserpoint II starter bundle. So I jumped in head first and cleared the initial obstacles, but now I've got to step back and read a little more of the instructions. Love it so far, have made my share of dumb mistakes like trying to cut too close to the edge and not setting home point right, but so far so good. I was already an IT professional and web designer, so the setup and application use has been pretty easy. My questions are now more like 'how do you know when a blade needs changing' and what materials work best for what applications and are there speed/pressure guidelines that might work better than the default settings for some things.. Now I'm off to go read through topics, I'm sure there is months worth of tips to catch up on. Thanks USCutter, great machine, tutorial videos, and now I'm looking forward to the community. Alex ZombieWrangler
sleeveofwizzard posted a topic in Off Topic SectionHey everyone, currently my family and I live in central California. I have lived here most of my life. There is really nothing keeping us here anymore and we are not fond of a few things about this area. A couple negative aspects are the HEAT, high unemployment rate, high cost of living and California's many laws and regulations. This is a great time for us to move because I now have enough credits to transfer to a state college or university. The local colleges are priced a good amount higher than schools in other areas / states so . . . My wife used to live in Kingwood Texas (a suburb of Houston) and loved it there. Everything about that area looks pretty good so far to me but I see that there are a TON of sign shops in the direct area she used to live in. I am not sure yet if I will be continuing to run a sign business full time or just on the side. Cost of housing / living are pretty important as well as the unemployment rate. I will be working some but mainly concentrating on school so the cheaper the better. Any tips will be greatly appreciated