This is from the January 22, 2013 Q&A Webinar for Make The Cut!
The Question Thread on the forum for this Webinar can be found here: forum.make-the-cut.com/discussion/30264/january-22nd-webinar-over-what-questions-or-topics-do-you-have
00:00:00 Welcoming Remarks
00:00:56 Using a Gradient Fill in MTC by importing as a texture (you cannot create the gradient fill in MTC, you have to find gradient textures or create your own in another program. Bryan reviews options for finding and creating your own.)
00:09:05 Bryan demos using a free program, Paint.NET to create a gradient fill file to then import into MTC as a texture (you can find this program here: getpaint.net)
00:15:52 Bryan demonstrates a problem with a file that was causing a user’s program to quit responding while working on a file and explains potential issue (its usually due to a very large file and object (check by doing select all and check the bounding box, is it “huge” and extending way outside the mat?)
00:26:45 User having similar problem with MTC crashing and not responding on a Mac Book Pro; Bryan thinks it is different issue possible caused by the Wine; suggests sending info. and file to email@example.com and to Bryan along with information on your computer system, version of MTC using, etc.
00:29:15 Review of the new “texture snapshot” feature in MTC 4.3.X beta versions (a fast way to take a multilayered object and make it one layer for doing a “print and cut”). He also reviews a potential problem with some printers and how to fix by doing a “texture snapshot.” Also see follow-up discussion at timestamp 00:53:23
00:42:25 Follow-up Questions from online users regarding “texture snapshot;” using the Undo and Redo commands;
00:50:10 How to resize the image and texture of an image together (hold the shift key down and then select the arrow for resizing; you can also do by going to change “texture” and use the scaling bar to resize texture and cutting path if you make sure you have the box to scale associated paths checked.) See also the discussion at timestamp 01:23:43 on changing texture options
00:53:23 Go back to discussion regarding “texture snapshot” and issue with some printers and changing background color to white instead (the “old way” in versions prior to MTC 4.3.X)
00:57:15 Review difference between “paste” and “paste in place” (“paste” places object on mat at height of present caret size set in MTC and at location of the caret; “Paste in place” is going to paste the object at the exact same size and place it was in the original MTC file; HOWEVER, if you “paste in place” when copying from another program like Inkscape, it brings it at same size but pastes in place wherever your caret is on your mat.)
01:01:30 Taking a stamped image (either a “digital stamp” or an actual stamp you own, stamp, and scan in) to create a MTC cutting file; Bryan also explains how to just create the “cutting file” that you would cut and then hand stamp on.
01:16:30 Calibrating a Zing in order to do a “print and cut”
01:23:43 Follow-up on Change Color/Texture/Line – Changing Texture options
01:34:10 User wanted to know how to take a photo of a house and create a MTC cutting file from the photo getting just the “house” and removing the background “clutter.”. Bryan starts by saying that it is best to do the “background” removal by taking the photo into a photo editing or raster image editing program and first eliminate the “background” before bringing the image into MTC. Bryan then demonstrates how to do this with a simpler image in MTC by using the node editing tools and joining the shape and the “texture” of the photo image. Bryan recommends trying to do a “pixel trace by color” first and if that doesn’t work, then import at full 255 and texture and then do the trace with the node editing. See also Timestamps at 01:50:45 creating an inset shadow for cutting line and 01:54:35 cutting “parts”
01:44:26 Adding “nodes” to a line and other node editing features (moving nodes or lines, using Bezier handles, changing location of end points, etc.) Bryan also reviews creating Bezier handles if pencil was used to draw the line.
01:50:45 Bryan reviews creating an inset shadow to create cutting lines more “inside” of an image when doing a “print and cut”
01:54:35 Follow-up on the photo imaging, and taking “parts and pieces” from a photo image
02:02:10 Bryan demonstrates how to “pixel trace” a “grunge” style image that does not have clean lines from which to create the cutting lines from (“Approved” grunge style stamp used in demo).