This is from the July 26, 2011 Q&A webinar for Make The Cut!
Subject of major questions:
Wrapping text around a wavy line: 00:42
Basic Shapes: 08:27
Conical Warp: 16:31
Pixel Trace (mostly alpha): 55:32
Retired LD sets and MTC: 01:18:34
Dashed Lines / Thin Path / score lines: 01:22:28
Jigsaw Puzzle Generator: 01:44:50
LD - SVG cut collections only: 01:52:35
Outline options, Printer Options: 01:55:48
Opening saved file problems / deleting from your shapes / rounded corners: 02:00:16
Align and Space: 02:09:01
URL in notes: 02:14:47
Miscellaneous and wrap up: 02:16:05
This is from the May 1, 2012 Q&A Webinar for Make The Cut!
00:00:00 Welcoming Remarks
00:01:18 Follow-up to Nested Shapes from 4/24/12 Webinar – Bryan demos making a scalloped oval shape using the wrap object to path and then creates nested shapes from the scalloped oval
00:11:20 Bryan shows how to save a project to the MTC Gallery for sharing
00:14:27 User wanted to know if there is a way to automatically move a selected object to the very edge of the lower right corner of the virtual mat – short answer is no but Bryan demos a work around to try to do this; Further discussion on stacking and aligning multiple objects based on the page, the last object selected, the first object selected, etc. (Inkscape and other graphics programs allow for this). Bryan says can’t really do this in MTC but discusses some ideas you could work with. Recommends asking for it on the wish list for future development
00:24:35 User wanted to know if there was a way to select multiple nodes all at one time and move them or delete them together. Short answer is no, but you can move a line segment by holding down the control key and then clicking and dragging the line to where you want it
00:27:00 Can you lock an object so that you can move it only on the x or y axis direction – No (but you can use arrow keys to move only on the x or y axis)
00:28:45 Discussion of where to find best price for a Gazelle cutter
00:30:48 Julies Demo of how to create wavy lattice and placing it inside a shape (a follow-up of discussion and attempts by Bryan and Andy in the 4/24/12 Webinar); Julie then shows how to add the object to your own basic shapes and then how to add it to the MTC Gallery for sharing with others. (See also Julie’s written tutorial available on the MTC_Tuts Yahoo Group)
01:05:10 Is there a way to use the measuring tool in the node editing to keep it in place and then draw with the pencil or Bezier tool? No, but Bryan discusses a possible work around with a couple of the tools
01:09:40 Scanning a file into MTC from your scanner for pixel tracing or texture (NOTE: some scanners won’t work directly with MTC this way, not sure why; alternative is to scan into your computer and save the image and then do a pixel trace)
01:23:00 Is there a limit to the number of objects you can save to “Your Shapes” in the Basic Shapes? Yes, you can start to “overload” your system and cause it to slow down – would depend on your computer system as to how many is too many. Bryan discusses what types of things to save rather than whole projects.
01:29:50 Demo of how to make a “stencil font” so that the middle or insides of letters are not lost (fall out) (See also the 4/3/12 Webinar @ the timestamp of 01:18:00 for similar discussion and demo)
This is from the May 15, 2012 Q&A Webinar for Make The Cut!
00:00:00 Welcoming Remarks
00:00:55 User having problem opening some files and problem modifying some files – Check first to make sure that the file and/or layers are not locked. You may need to “split” or “break” a design to modify.
Also note: If you are not running the most recent version of MTC (4.1 as of this date) but instead are running an older version, you may encounter a problem opening all MTC files you may find in the gallery or elsewhere. The most recent version can open a file created in any version. However, you cannot open newer files with older versions.
00:06:20 Bryan explains difference between “split” and “break” commands; Performing a “split” is demonstrated
00:08:00 Bryan demonstrates using the Edit > Delete by Area
00:09:45 Bryan demonstrates the “break” command
00:12:00 Bryan discusses what happens if you “weld” objects or shapes to create one new shape (Note: Once two or more objects have been “welded” to create a new single object or shape and been saved as one, you cannot use the “split” or “break” commands to undo the weld.)
00:15:00 Possible Corrupt File – Bryan says possible but rare, he has only seen a couple – usually occur when file was saved. Copy images to a new MTC file project and then save.
00:18:00 Bryan answers questions from a user who wanted to know about updating MTC to latest version when getting new cutter. Can she update, best way to do so, use new software on CD shipped with cutter or just upgrade from online. Running multiple copies of MTC on one computer, etc.
00:22:00 Where to find list of MTC updates made through the different versions of the software; see the make the cut forum in the updates category for listing for each release.
00:25:10 Node Editing Tools – How to close a Node to the Nearest Node (4 ways to do so with node editing; can also do with Fuse-n-weld). Bryan demonstrates them all.
00:32:55 What is a “Node” - Nodes are the “end points” to a line segment. Bryan explains the “node.” “end points,” and “control points”
00:38:25 Discussion on ways to “smooth” out and make a shape more symmetrical.
00:41:00 Bryan uses airplane file to show how to smooth out lines by deleting nodes or modifying shapes using other tools.
00:51:33 Bezier Warp – How do you resize letters while maintaining integrity of the circle. Bryan gives basic discussion on the Bezier Tool in general.
00:57:50 Bryan explains why the Wrap Object to Path tools would be better to use than the Bezier Warp tool for putting text around a circle.
01:05:15 Is there a way to change the angle of the letters when wrapping object to Path (short answer: no not really)
01:12:45 Julie gives a full demonstration of her Tutorial on “How to make a Diamond Fold Card” – for full written copy of tutorial to follow along with you can find the tutorial at the MTC_Tuts Yahoo Group)
01:44:35 End of Julie’s Demonstration – Opened up for follow-up ?s; Julie addresses how to cut different layers from one file without having to remove the mat (i.e. first doing score lines, then the outside box container.)
This is from the May 8, 2012 Q&A Webinar for Make The Cut!
00:00:00 Welcoming Remarks
00:00:40 Can MTC make a user’s artwork into vector clipart – Short answer – Yes, depending upon the time of artwork you have. Bryan gives some basic info. regarding working with artwork and then a quick demo of importing basic line drawing
00:16:40 Is there a good DPI to work with when scanning into MTC? It depends upon what the final use or purpose of the scanning. Bryan discusses different ideas.
00:17:40 How to take artwork from MTC to use outside MTC as vector art – export out of MTC to a SVG file (SVG = Scalable Vector Graphic)
00:20:55 User wanted to know how to use MTC to take clipart that was found for free, purchased, or drawn by user and create a cutting file for paper piecing, cutting out of vinyl or creating rhinestone pattern from
00:24:40 Converting an image to a rhinestone pattern (NOTE: when trying to create a rhinestone pattern, suggested that you use “holes” (stone size) 3 times bigger than the actual stone size that you plan to use in order to create a template with the proper size holes needed)
00:29:45 Difference between using Join, Weld, and Boolean Join features
00:44:45 A user wanted to know best cutter to use? Bryan said it depends on the user and what you want/need from a cutter. See lots of threads on the forum discussing the pros and cons with the various cutters and do your research based on what you need for the cutter to do
00:46:25 Putting MTC on more than 1 computer that you own (short answer, ok but you can only one on one computer at a time; See the EULA for actual details)
00:50:20 User having problem registering a version of MTC; Version 2.2.1 is the only one that cannot be registered or used. Contact support if have this version. Only versions prior to 3/16/11 can work with a cricut. All other cutters can (and is recommended to) use most recent version and the most recent version of cutter plug-ins
00:51:15 How to view the cut path the cutter will follow (View path detail or press and hold Control key, shift and X)
00:53:35 “Flatten Path” – Bryan explains the basic concept and when you should use Flatten Paths or Auto Simplify
01:11:00 Can MTC Measure a Vector Shape – Yes, in version 4.1 under the node editing tools, the bottom tool is a measuring tool but it cannot be used to measure between two points. Bryan shows a work around to measuring between nodes using the break node
01:16:04 Bryan shows that you can use a Wacom Tablet with MTC – However, how well it works is reliant upon the skill level of the user
01:20:00 Julie demonstration of how to create a nested & stacked cross with a lattice background (see also Julie’s written tutorial on the MTC_Tuts Yahoo Group under Basic Lessons – Makeahorseshoe.pdf – it covers the same basic concepts covered here)
01:40:58 Julie’s demonstration of the Octagon Box with Lattice Lid (See also Julie’s written tutorial @ MTC_Tuts Yahoo Group in the Advanced Files section)
This is from the May 22, 2012 Q&A Webinar for Make The Cut!
00:00:00 Welcoming Remarks
00:00:50 Discussion on Cutters available to work with MTC
00:06:30 Node Editing after doing a pixel trace on an image with texture
Notes: hold down the “D” key to see back image while trying to align two images; to retain the texture when joining shapes, make sure that the textured image is on the top layer
00:16:52 Bryan explains why you cannot edit an original shape that has texture without distorting the texture its self
00:24:45 Bryan reviews how auto-smoothing works when trying to edit an image with texture (it has to do with the offsets of an image when first brought in)
00:30:45 Julie gives a demonstration of making a box with intertwined hearts on edge of lid and a popup flower in the middle (See also Julie’s written tutorials at MTC_Tuts Yahoo Group. 2 lessons – 1 for making the box is in the Advanced Lessons – Lesson IV.15, the 1 for making pop-up flower is in the intermediate files – Lesson III.30.A)
01:33:25 Andy’s general discussion and demonstration on doing a manual trace on an image that is too small, too faded, or just too poor of an image to do a regular pixel trace on (he has been doing this for friends restoring old bikes and need to recreate the bike decal). Andy is working with digital photos of the old bike decals and does a “manual trace” with the pencil tool in the node editing tools. (Notes: Andy uses the pencil tool with the control key to get straight lines. He also turns “snapping” off). Andy demonstrates doing this with a graphic of an elephant he found that is too small and too lightly colored to get a good pixel trace from.
01:57:00 Andy reshows how to get the “textured image” onto the MTC mat by using a basic square and changing its “texture” to the image you want to work with (notes: make sure the “tiling” feature is turned off by unchecking it when importing as texture (default is checked). Hold down the “shift key” while scaling textures up or down in size to also size the texture with the image. You cannot rotate an image which has texture inside MTC and retain the texture properly. You need to do that outside of MTC before importing it in.)
02:03:40 Andy gives a demonstration of tracing racing stripes on a Mini Cooper from a photo