This is from the December 03, 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/35927/december-3rd-webinar-over-what-questions-or-topics-do-you-have
00:00:00 Welcoming Remarks
00:00:38 Bryan explains how to switch between the three types of “handles” when an object is selected. By default, the handles are the “resizing” handles, then the “rotation/skewing” handles, and then the “warping” handles. To switch, while item is still selected, you click again on the object until you get the handles you need. (Note: when you use the handles, it will stay on the last ones used until you change again even when selecting a new object.)
00:02:37 User had a file that they were trying to take into Inkscape and recreate and then bring that file into MTC. Results were not what they wanted. Bryan showed that you don’t need to use Inkscape to trace a file but can use the “Pixel Trace” function in MTC to trace an image to get a “cutting file.” He also shows how to recreate a portion by doing a “hand trace” of the object.
00:31:00 Bryan then takes the same file into Inkscape and explains how you cannot just simple take a raster image into Inkscape and “save” it as an SVG file and then try to bring that into MTC. This will not by its self create a vector file that can be used for creating a cutting file. You still have to do a “bitmap” trace in Inkscape to get the vector image before saving to SVG file. MTC’s “pixel trace” functions are much better at getting a good trace usually then Inkscape.
00:36:15 Bryan explains the “threshold” feature in the “pixel trace” function of MTC. The lower number used, the less detail or “pixels” that are traced. The higher the number used, the more detail or pixels that are traced. To get the best trace you may need to use higher or lower numbers depending upon the detail of your image. As a result, you should play around with the numbers and apply until you find the one that gives you the detail you want.
00:42:56 Changed over to Susan of SusanBlueRobot to have her give a demo of creating a few simple “cracker” style cards for the holidays. Note the demo/tutorial uses a variety of different tools and functions of MTC to create the cards.
01:06:00 Changed screen back to Bryan – User had asked how to take a scanned stamped image to create a “shaped cutout” of it with MTC. She wanted to use MTC and her cutter to create a cut out of the stamped image and a shadow base of it. She was then going to handstamp the image on the cutouts and layer them on the shadow base to create tags. Bryan reviews how to create both the stamped cutout and then the shadow base. He reviews doing this using the tracing of a digital image and the “blackout” feature” and then shadowing it. He then reviews doing essentially the same thing using the “nested duplication” feature.
01:19:43 Bryan quickly reviews the “orientation” of the cutting mat for cutting with his Zing cutter. Notes the difference in using WYSIWYG and Knife point.
01:23:00 Someone asked Susan to explain the “significance” of the “crackers” like she created the card shape. Then there is some discussion of them not being used in the States like in other countries at Christmas.