This is from the April 15, 2014 Q&A Webinar for Make The Cut! and Popup Card Studio
Make the Cut version 4.6.1 & Popup Card Studio 1.0.1 is used in this Webinar. Each question notes if MTC or PCS is being discussed.
You can find thread on the MTC Forum with questions addressed in this Webinar: forum.make-the-cut.com/discussion/38364/april-15th-webinar-what-questions-or-topics-do-you-have/p0
00:00:00 Welcoming Remarks
00:01:02 PCS & MTC: User wanted to know how to use PCS & MTC to create a “grotto style card” as shown. SusanBlueRobot demonstrates how she would create with the programs. (Recommend also see Debbi Moore Grotto Cards info on her site: debbimoore.co.uk/pdfs/222.pdf and videos here: youtube.com/watch?v=FvbLT47gWiA)
00:35:39 MTC: User had a star pattern that was traced into MTC. The resulting file resulted in “double lines”. Bryan reviews how he would handle the file by first doing some node editing to close some open lines. Then uses “break” and “layer” to help clean up the file. He also discusses adjusting the tracing settings to help the image come in cleanlier.
00:47:18 MTC: Bryan then demonstrates how to use a basic star shape from MTC to create a more “symmetrical” overlapping star pattern rather than the “handmade” look from the original pattern.
00:53:23 PCS: A user wanted to know if you could use PCS to create an “oblique” popup card. Bryan said short answer is no, not completely. He then reviews some ideas on how to make one using PCS and then MTC and its perspective warp. Also see these threads from the forum: forum.make-the-cut.com/discussion/38235/oblique-crease and forum.make-the-cut.com/discussion/38421/oblique-fold-redone (Also see timestamp at 01:55:32 where Bryan shows “perspective warp” in MTC versus bilinear
01:38:50 MTC: Bryan demonstrates making a "template" exporting and importing from Basic Shapes (Your Shapes) so that the “registration marks” used for print and cuts (he references using the Silhouette Cameo in general) can remain “static” rather than “moving” depending upon items on mat. (This is needed in particular if you are wanting to “cut” smaller than what you are “printing”). He then shows how to save it as a “template” to your shapes.
01:55:32 MTC: Bryan shows “perspective warp” in MTC versus bilinear
01:58:45 MTC: Bryan returns to the template creation and discusses doing a print and cut with the Silhouette machines
02:01:00 MTC: Discussion regarding previous webinars showing using MTC to create a “popup” card with a word popped up
02:05:42 MTC: How to use the “punch tool” with MTC (KNK Zing, Black Cat and Silver Bullets, Pazzles have “punch tools” to use to create “punch files”). Bryan explains the tool and how it works. He recommends you look at the manual for specific information (See section 10.10 of the Manual. He recommends using the rhinestone template to create the smallest possible diameter hole and notes the key is to have a small soft material on the mat underneath the paper to be punched.) Julie recommended very small dashed lines over the small circles. That gave her much more accuracy and no distortion.
02:15:50 MTC: Bryan shows how he would center written script on to a die cut to create shower invites using a fancy font that user doesn’t have the font for but was sent a PNG file to work with. He starts by showing how to first try to bring it in with different options of pixel trace. He then discusses some options for trying to clean it up once traced in. He then addresses how to “cut out” the invitations and recommends doing them using “print and cut.”
02:32:00 MTC: Bryan quickly demonstrates how to do a “Google” image search to find an image and then copy it to your clipboard and then bring it into MTC to do a pixel trace. He explains on issue you might encounter doing it this way with PNG images which have a transparent background.