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Post Tue Dec 06, 2005 10:07 pm

how do i make this illustrator file a cuttable one please?

Ok guys i seem to have mastered the pen tool in illustrator and can manage to create a vector mask but i run into a problem, how do i make this into a cut file? i tryed saving it as an .EPS (im useing vinyl master pro) but it will not even show the picture once converted. what am i doing wrong guys please help :cry:
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Post Tue Dec 06, 2005 10:25 pm

are you creating a clipping mask for an image then trying to us this clipping path to cut the image?

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Post Tue Dec 06, 2005 10:38 pm

Hi Andrew I'm trying to email you a screen shot but in the forum there is no option to add attachment. I use Illustrator everyday and i though if i take screen shot that could help you manage. :)
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Post Tue Dec 06, 2005 10:46 pm

ok im drawing round the image with the pen tool, i then click new layer and then i right click on the bit that i have gone round with the pen tool and click create vector image. then i save it as a eps but then i can view it in VMP
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Post Tue Dec 06, 2005 10:52 pm

If you want to create a cutting path you need to do it in illustrator.

Double click on the swatches palette then follow the steps there.
Name you color swatch so the color rip will pick it up as a cutting path.

choose Color type as spot color. And that should give you an idea.
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Post Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:04 pm

OK IM SO SORRY !!! i was useing photoshop :oops: not illustrator i was busy in photoshop whilst i was posting.

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is it possible you could give me a quick step by step how to create a vector mask/image in illustrator?

Im so sorry guys (!)
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Post Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:09 pm

Look I have an idea how about you email me the file and ill do it for you wont take me too long. you just let me know what you want done and what file format do you want it as.
I can tell you how to do it but its toooooo long.
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Post Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:12 pm

Nancy

I dont have a image to hand im only just trying to learn about illustrator thats all thanks for the kind offer also sorry if i wasted your time. :(
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Post Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:20 pm

ok ill give it a shot.
Illustrator you have your tool palette on the left side ok
There is a PEN TOOL choose that with this tool you can draw anything you want . its tricky. lots of practice.
Then its simple its like everything you draw is vector unless you rasterize it ten it will become a flat image. you can save PDF format .ai .eps etc.
It a very good software much better then corel draw. if you need any help let me know. your not waisting my time. :)
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Post Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:22 pm

Derek Hunter wrote: also sorry if i wasted your time. :(


hi derek :D

please dont be "sorry" on thinking your wasting peoples time on the boards...this is what we are all here for, and we all love helping folk out :D isnt that right members? :wink:


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Post Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:23 pm

Thanks Nancy

When i draw round a image say... a circle for example. a get half way round it seems to be getting covered by another layer or something in white is this right?
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Post Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:24 pm

Thanks Nicola/Members :wink:
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Post Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:26 pm

that means your fill is set as white color you can change that in your tools palette on the left side see these squares there is a fill and there is a stroke. You can change there colors. either from the swatches palette or double click on them. :)
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Post Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:29 pm

that's right Nick one day i will need help myself trust me on that. :)
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Post Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:30 pm

so is it supposed to fill or is it got to be set to stroke so it dont fill?
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Post Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:36 pm

depends how you want your drawing to look
Fill stands for inside color and stroke stands for edge color
if you don't want any color there on the stroke and the fill then you got to select each one and choose the little white square with red slash right below the big squares.
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Post Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:46 pm

ok drawn round the image do i just save it as a eps and then its a cutfile?
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Post Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:49 pm

Derek,

Not sure if same for vinyl master pro - but in Flexi you will need to save the Illustrator file (or EPS) as Illustrator version 3 - not CS. Give this a try.

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Post Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:55 pm

ok now you have your drawing ready ok
the next step is to make that path separate from others as a cutting path
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you know the printer you use the cutting path what does it have to be named so the color rip software of your plotter picks it up.

for example for my printer i use Roland and it requires for me to save the color from my swatches of the cutting path and name it as CUTCONTOUR. so when i open my eps file in the color rip software it will pick up the CUTCONTOUR as cutting path.
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Post Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:58 pm

oh i really dont know that one, im useing a Master XY380P cutter/plotter
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Post Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:14 am

did it come with a manual
can you look it up in the book and let me know.
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Post Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:19 am

wannousnancy wrote:for example for my printer i use Roland and it requires for me to save the color from my swatches of the cutting path and name it as CUTCONTOUR. so when i open my eps file in the color rip software it will pick up the CUTCONTOUR as cutting path.


i thought you had to be spot-on with the layout of the word....CutContour (?)

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Post Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:21 am

yeah but i made it CAPS for him to see it lol
its CutContour
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Post Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:22 am

wannousnancy wrote:yeah but i made it CAPS for him to see it lol
its CutContour
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:oops: :oops: sorry me being a smart @rsE :wink:

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Post Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:25 am

That's ok Nik
I didn't take it as ur being a smart S :)
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So what printer do u use?
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Post Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:33 am

wannousnancy wrote:
So what printer do u use?


i have a cadet, not had it long about 7 weeks....but i love it :D
funnily enough, i can only get my "CutContours" when using illustrator :roll: the only programme.....i cannot use :-? but im getting there slowwwwwwly :wink: (signlab is my fave) :wink:

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Post Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:38 am

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If you need help in Illustrator let me know that's my personal email address (mod-edit)
To be honest its very good software i use corel photoshop indesign quarkXpress corel trace photo paint and more can't remember them .
and dream weaver image ready bit of flash and java.
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Post Wed Dec 07, 2005 8:55 am

Nicola McIntosh wrote:
wannousnancy wrote:
So what printer do u use?


i have a cadet, not had it long about 7 weeks....but i love it :D
funnily enough, i can only get my "CutContours" when using illustrator :roll: the only programme.....i cannot use :-? but im getting there slowwwwwwly :wink: (signlab is my fave) :wink:

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Nik Why cant you contourcut from sign lab? or did I read that wrong

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