This is from the January 08, 2013 Q&A Webinar for Make The Cut!
You can find the thread with the questions for this week’s Webinar here: forum.make-the-cut.com/discussion/29941/january-8th-webinar-over-what-questions-or-topics-do-you-have. Version 4.3.7 of MTC is used for webinar.
00:00:00 Welcoming Remarks
00:00:56 Julie gives a demo on creating her “Candy Bar Display Box” as shown in this thread on the MTC forum: forum.make-the-cut.com/discussion/29639/candy-bar-display-box. In addition, you can find the link to her actual MTC File for it there as well.
00:53:10 End of Julie’s Demo on creating the “Candy Bar Display Box”
00:55:30 User wanted to know if it was possible to create a “fill” for an object; Bryan explains its not an actual function in MTC but shows 2 ways to do something similar (also covers using the new shadowing method). (Note: works with any shape but if using circles, may need to “flatten path” first to keep it from changing shape)
01:09:25 Bryan notes the above “fill” method works with any design or object EXCEPT an “open path”. Bryan shows why an open path swirl, or single line won’t work
01:18:48 Bryan reviews the “lattice” feature in general in response to a live ? during the webinar
01:19:55 Bryan looks at the word book in this thread: forum.make-the-cut.com/discussion/29892/problem-cutting-wordbook#latest. He explains this is not a bug or an issue that needs fixed but is cause by the Bezier Curves, their handles, and how they impact the bounding box. He then reviews several options for “fixing” the shape and why you might or might not want to use one or the other. (He reviews simplify and flatten path and node editing to add nodes to the curve). (Also see the timestamp at 01:34:20 and linked thread for additional answer on Bezier Curves and their handles impact on the bounding box)
01:29:25 Bryan then demos how he would have created the page and the letter to create the word book page to start so that the letter lined up correctly in the above thread
01:34:20 A user had a question regarding trying to create a shadow for a “tab” shape as provided in this thread: forum.make-the-cut.com/discussion/29852/shadow-problem#latest . Bryan says although the new shadow feature is better than the old way of doing it, it requires some “fine tuning” in the algorithm which sometimes causes a “glitch” like this one. Andy is working to fix this in a later update.
01:37:00 User wanted to create an “undercut shadow” of an object to use to pop it up as opposed to using foam tabs. Bryan explains this is what the “inset shadow” does, it takes the object and makes a smaller shadow. With the new shadow feature, to get an “inset shadow” you simply type in a negative number (note if you get no shadow, you have entered a number that it is not possible to create a shadow at)
01:39:43 User wanted Bryan to review how to use the smooth and simplify tools to manually smooth out lines of an object. Bryan reviews several options on how to smooth shapes.
01:46:45 Andy explains that the best way to get the “smooth and smplify” nodes option to work is to first “flatten the path”
01:49:25 Bryan reviews adjusting the width and height of an object by a % up or down and then resizing back to the original size
01:56:25 Last 2 ?s from this week’s thread (creating a tall Chinese food box with rounded top and using the pen tool to create dashes and then cutting them out) postponed until the next webinar (01/15/13) due to time constraints
01:59:19 User wanted to know where the Zing plug-in installs and installing and how to install when running two versions of MTC on same computer
02:02:05 User had question about placing the laser on paper for origin before cutting; Bryan reviews the difference in which way your virtual mat is set-up (landscape vs portrait) and the difference in using the “knife point”, “WYSIWYG” and “print and cut” modes in Zing plug-in (note: this applies to plug-ins not just the Zing)