This is from the July 03, 2012 Q&A Webinar for Make The Cut!
00:00:00 Welcoming Remarks
00:01:25 Help in creating an object to replace a “missing glyph” (empty space) when creating your own single stroke font rather than having empty boxes for the empty spaces. See also timestamps at 00:39:58 and 00:49:12 for further comments
00:13:15 Imported object does not have a “fill showing”. 2 reasons this occurs. Either you have an “open path” (a break in the path) or it has been imported with a “stroke” and a “fill” which creates two objects stacked on top of each other. Bryan first demonstrates how to find a break in a path using the freehand or Bezier tools
00:16:30 Objects imported with both a stroke and a fill defined will also come in without a fill showing. Bryan shows 2 ways to fix using the split object or doing a “fuse & weld” optimized.
00:22:00 Follow up ?s on “stroke & fill”; import options include “stroke & fill”, “stroke only”, or “fill only”
00:24:22 If creating in Inkscape or other graphics program outside MTC, make sure that all paths are actually “closed” (Bryan shows how Inkscape will “fill” an open path object which when imported into MTC will not be filled but treated as an open path)
00:26:43 When creating in outside graphic programs like Inkscape, Illustrator, Corel Draw make sure that the objects that you are creating will be cuttable. Bryan recommends best way to do that is to only work with “fills” (not both “strokes” and “fills”)
00:30:29 There is no key sequence to hold down to keep things horizontal or vertical when moving them in MTC like you can in actual drawing programs like Inkscape, others (those you can hold down the control key while moving. However, you can use the “snapping tool” to help some. Also using the control key with the pencil and the eraser will allow you to draw a straight line. Using the control key with the arrows to move an object allows you to move at 20 times the regular increment it normally moves at.
00:33:55 Review of the Alignment Tool’s options
00:38:15 Start to review use of the knife tool but wrong file sent – see timestamp of 00:41:00 below
00:39:58 Return to 1st discussion at 00:01:25 regarding creating object for missing glyph. User wanted to know if you could define a “color” to represent missing glyphs. Bryan explains why this can’t be done (See also 00:49:12 timestamp)
00:41:00 Using the knife tool to cut an image with a texture in ½. User file has a background “texture” (flyer). Bryan demonstrates how to do what the user wants but explains that due to size of the “texture” not a good option.
00:46:10 Bryan demonstrates using the “Boolean Join” to remove the middle part of the “texture” of the flyer but Bryan explains that the size of the texture is still an issue and explains that it would be better to recreate the flyer in a raster image program like Paint, Inkscape, Illustrator, Corel Draw, etc. (You could still “cut out” the part not desired and then scan in the parts wanted)
00:49:12 Return Back to 1st Discussion at 00:01:25 (see also 00:39:58) regarding empty or missing “glyph” issue – if too small difficult to cut
00:51:12 Bryan reviews problem with using a font with the “bold” option turned off. Object may look all messed up; if this happens turn bold off
00:55:30 General Review of “print and cut” (Note: before you attempt a “print and cut” you may need to “calibrate” your cutter if it is one that uses laser alignment)
01:06:20 Silhouette SD and Cameo machines use an optical eye to “read” their own registration marks and therefore are not necessarily “calibrated” like a cutter which uses laser alignment
01:07:40 Bryan explains why cutters using laser registration needs to be “calibrated” in order to get a perfect “print and cut” but you only need to do this once
01:11:00 Bryan gives a “visual” on explaining the difference in the “offset” needed to tell the software and the cutter the alignment difference from the laser light to where the actual blade or tool holder is located and why the difference in tool holders can change the calibration numbers (Note: Once you have calibrated for a specific tool holder (blade holder, pen tool, embossing tool, etc.) write those down and keep them, you should only need to “calibrate” for each tool holder once)