This is from the June 18, 2013 Q&A Webinar for Make The Cut!
Make the Cut version 4.6.1 is used for demos in this Webinar
You can find thread on the MTC Forum with questions addressed in this Webinar: forum.make-the-cut.com/discussion/33047/june-18th-webinar-over-what-questions-or-topics-do-you-have
00:00:00 Welcoming Remarks
00:00:39 Bryan demonstrates how to create an engraving fill pattern for use with engraving or with a pen or marker. He shows creating a fill for a shape and then for words. He uses the Boolean join feature to help create the fill.
00:15:05 Bryan then demonstrates how to create a fill pattern using the inset shadow feature over and over
00:17:39 Bryan shows how to try to create a fill by using the lattice feature but notes he doesn’t think the lattice works as well as other options
00:19:00 He then addresses the idea of using tiny letters to create a fill pattern
00:25:45 A user posted a link to this site: ravensblight.com/CHESSgame.html and said she had problems trying to get a good pixel trace on the PDF file. Bryan explains first issue is the PDF file is NOT a vector PDF file. Bryan then shows how he would go about trying to get a decent trace for doing a “print and cut.” He then shows couple of different options for cleaning the file up and getting it ready to cut
00:46:52 Bryan shows how to work with a “print and cut” design where the shapes that print are a different size than the size of the shapes that you want to cut. Also see this thread: forum.make-the-cut.com/discussion/33048/pnc-help. Bryan shows how to do a pixel trace then create a shadow for a “bleed” area. Also discusses trying to clean up the “edges” of the image by creating an “inset shadow,” then a “join” and a “layer.” He explains about the registration marks and how they “adjust” based on what is shown when you print versus when you cut when closing layers. Then he explains how to get around that issue when you go to cut by adding a white rectangle larger than all the other shapes on a bottom layer.
01:01:20 Bryan explains his “trick” to not have the white rectangle actually cut when creating it to “fool” the cutter into keeping the correct registration marks (he used node editing to remove most of the lines of the rectangle except for two little dashes he keeps to keep the corners correctly)
01:08:30 As a follow-up on the conical warp discussion from the 06/11/13 Webinar, a user wanted to know how you would use it to wrap around the top of an ice cream cone shape. Bryan explains how he would attempt to do this.
01:19:08 User asked how to take a digital stamp and greeting and put them on the correct place on a card for printing and then cutting. Bryan notes this was just covered two weeks ago in the 06/04/13 Webinar. You can review the recording from that webinar to see how to do this. You can find the discussion beginning at the 00:40:50 timestamp
01:20:55 User wanted to know how to fuse and weld a baseball shape to letters in a name. Also see the original thread here: forum.make-the-cut.com/discussion/33060/infusing-welding-to-a-font (Note: the method Okie uses in that thread is a little different from the one Bryan shows here. (It’s the same basic concept but a few less steps. Bryan uses “layer” rather than “break” on the baseball.) He also shows how to make cutting lines “thicker” by creating a shadow. Fonts Bryan used in this demonstration were: dafont.com/search.php?q=joint+by+pizzadude and dafont.com/search.php?q=sport+relief+font
01:36:42 Bryan discusses accessing Lettering Delights (LD) “Cut-Its” Files from within MTC and some of the issues that are occuring. The problem is not within MTC. LD did some “housekeeping” on their site and not everything shows within MTC because they have been removed from the area of LD that MTC accesses. You can still download directly from their site from your library of purchases and then “import” into MTC. (Also note: it does not show graphic sets or other file types, only the “Cut Its.”)
01:51:00 User had a question on how to create a “stencil” from an image she submitted to Bryan. Bryan reviews how to make the image into a stencil by creating “bridges” to the “island” pieces.