1. This is from the July 10, 2012 Q&A Webinar for Make The Cut!

    00:00:00 Welcoming Remarks

    00:00:52 Thickening up a thin font or “beefing up” a thin object to make it better for cutting

    00:18:00 Aligning and spacing an object (shadowing, aligning & spacing, aspect ratio, using registration marks, using auto simplify and flatten path)

    01:00:00 Creating a box in the shape of a cross (see also Julie’s written tutorial @MTC_Tuts, Advanced Lessons, Lesson IV.12_Make an Octagon Box (April 16, 2012) groups.yahoo.com/group/MTC_Tuts/files/04_Advanced_Lessons/ (Note: you must be a member to access these files. Free to join). Also see May 8, 2012 Webinar @ 01:40:58 Timestamp for Julie’s demonstration of this Tutorial.

    01:23:50 How to size a circle to attach to a round or spherical object like a piggy bank so it lies flat on the surface (short answer, not easily done – Bryan discusses conical wrap and Bezier Warp)

    01:42:30 How to take a stamped image (hand stamp or digital stamp) and make it into a MTC file (Bryan also demonstrates using some of the Node Editing tools)

    02:06:00 Scanning into MTC from your home scanner (please note this uses a twain scanner, some scanners will not work)

    02:08:40 How to create a word (peace) into a shape (an oval here) so that it “fits” into the shape

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  2. This is from the July 17, 2012 Q&A Webinar for Make The Cut!

    00:00:00 Welcoming Remarks

    00:00:45 How to resize and move layers in MTC file; be sure to check and unlock all layers when image cannot be selected or resized

    00:02:10 Print and Cut question (postponed until later for Bryan)

    00:02:53 Discussion of Calibration of the Cameo with MTC for Print and Cut (Andy discusses in general and notes that MTC does not “calibrate” – calibration has to do with the machine its self – for Cameo must calibrate through Silhouette software)

    00:06:50 User wants to trace and image and then “thin paths” to “draw” it with her cutter. Andy gives tips on how to get a good trace and then thin paths.

    00:13:50 User has questions regarding using “layers” in MTC. When she creates a new object, it is often added to an old layer that is “hidden”. Andy explains the problem and that you need to make sure that you are actually working on the correct layer.

    00:16:09 How to get the Circle Grids to appear on your virtual mat (as done on the cake mats)

    00:17:25 Calibrating the Laser on the zing (see also prior Webinars)

    00:19:30 Andy’s Rules to getting good alignment for “print and cut” (key is selecting correct mat size based on MAT size being used not the size of paper – Andy says this part in the Zing manual is not correct)

    00:50:00 Creating a “cut-out” of a portion of a shaped card (for example, the shape of the Angel’s head – user created card so that Angel’s head stood out away form fold of card)

    01:03:00 User wants to write with a pen, outline with a shadow to cut out and then cut out another wider shadow to adhere it all to

    01:22:20 Importing files from Lettering Delights and then trying to resize with the arrows

    01:28:20 User getting “slashes” like software is not registered but it is. Bryan lists possible causes and fixes for the problem

    01:47:17 Bryan discusses other places to find help for working with MTC

    01:52:00 How to take a coloring book image and do a pixel trace on it for cutting (discusses importance of knowing that all images do not make for good files to trace and how to determine if an image will work or not)

    02:11:25 Using the inverse eraser to “add” to a file rather than “erase”

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  3. This is from the July 03, 2012 Q&A Webinar for Make The Cut!

    00:00:00 Welcoming Remarks

    00:01:25 Help in creating an object to replace a “missing glyph” (empty space) when creating your own single stroke font rather than having empty boxes for the empty spaces. See also timestamps at 00:39:58 and 00:49:12 for further comments

    00:13:15 Imported object does not have a “fill showing”. 2 reasons this occurs. Either you have an “open path” (a break in the path) or it has been imported with a “stroke” and a “fill” which creates two objects stacked on top of each other. Bryan first demonstrates how to find a break in a path using the freehand or Bezier tools

    00:16:30 Objects imported with both a stroke and a fill defined will also come in without a fill showing. Bryan shows 2 ways to fix using the split object or doing a “fuse & weld” optimized.

    00:22:00 Follow up ?s on “stroke & fill”; import options include “stroke & fill”, “stroke only”, or “fill only”

    00:24:22 If creating in Inkscape or other graphics program outside MTC, make sure that all paths are actually “closed” (Bryan shows how Inkscape will “fill” an open path object which when imported into MTC will not be filled but treated as an open path)

    00:26:43 When creating in outside graphic programs like Inkscape, Illustrator, Corel Draw make sure that the objects that you are creating will be cuttable. Bryan recommends best way to do that is to only work with “fills” (not both “strokes” and “fills”)

    00:30:29 There is no key sequence to hold down to keep things horizontal or vertical when moving them in MTC like you can in actual drawing programs like Inkscape, others (those you can hold down the control key while moving. However, you can use the “snapping tool” to help some. Also using the control key with the pencil and the eraser will allow you to draw a straight line. Using the control key with the arrows to move an object allows you to move at 20 times the regular increment it normally moves at.

    00:33:55 Review of the Alignment Tool’s options

    00:38:15 Start to review use of the knife tool but wrong file sent – see timestamp of 00:41:00 below

    00:39:58 Return to 1st discussion at 00:01:25 regarding creating object for missing glyph. User wanted to know if you could define a “color” to represent missing glyphs. Bryan explains why this can’t be done (See also 00:49:12 timestamp)

    00:41:00 Using the knife tool to cut an image with a texture in ½. User file has a background “texture” (flyer). Bryan demonstrates how to do what the user wants but explains that due to size of the “texture” not a good option.

    00:46:10 Bryan demonstrates using the “Boolean Join” to remove the middle part of the “texture” of the flyer but Bryan explains that the size of the texture is still an issue and explains that it would be better to recreate the flyer in a raster image program like Paint, Inkscape, Illustrator, Corel Draw, etc. (You could still “cut out” the part not desired and then scan in the parts wanted)

    00:49:12 Return Back to 1st Discussion at 00:01:25 (see also 00:39:58) regarding empty or missing “glyph” issue – if too small difficult to cut

    00:51:12 Bryan reviews problem with using a font with the “bold” option turned off. Object may look all messed up; if this happens turn bold off

    00:55:30 General Review of “print and cut” (Note: before you attempt a “print and cut” you may need to “calibrate” your cutter if it is one that uses laser alignment)

    01:06:20 Silhouette SD and Cameo machines use an optical eye to “read” their own registration marks and therefore are not necessarily “calibrated” like a cutter which uses laser alignment

    01:07:40 Bryan explains why cutters using laser registration needs to be “calibrated” in order to get a perfect “print and cut” but you only need to do this once

    01:11:00 Bryan gives a “visual” on explaining the difference in the “offset” needed to tell the software and the cutter the alignment difference from the laser light to where the actual blade or tool holder is located and why the difference in tool holders can change the calibration numbers (Note: Once you have calibrated for a specific tool holder (blade holder, pen tool, embossing tool, etc.) write those down and keep them, you should only need to “calibrate” for each tool holder once)

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  4. This is from the June 26, 2012 Q&A Webinar for Make The Cut!

    00:00:00 Welcoming Remarks

    00:00:45 Taking Photo Image of a Daylily to create a stencil for etching on glass (Note: 00:02:3500:03:00 Bryan discusses briefly using image as a “print and cut” also)

    00:21:00 Is there a way to preview the file without opening the MTC program? (Short answer: No)

    00:25:30 Follow-up to 6/20/12 Webinar on creating “spirals”: User trying to create a spiral with a “gingerbread man”- problem when “stacking” image due to uneven shape which causes overlapping of images

    00:39:15 User Pixel tracing image and getting “double lines” (lamb embroidery file). Wants to know how to eliminate double lines and then to add a stitch line outside

    00:48:25 Installing Fonts within MTC; you can install so they always appear or you can install temporarily – Bryan reviews how to do and explains the difference)

    00:55:40 Creating “pencil sketches” (like Lettering Delight’s “sketches”). (Note: This is best done by creating the “drawing” within a vector program rather than a raster program) Bryan reviews different ideas on how to try to create your own “sketch” for use with MTC

    See also SusanBlueRobot’s blog for a similar tutorial found here:
    susanbluerobot.blogspot.com/2012/07/from-camera-to-drawing-isnt-he-all.html

    01:12:15 Quick review on creating an “engraving fill”

    01:16:43 how to create a ttf or an opf font from Single Line alphabet characters (see also tutorial and video by Kay @ Cleversomeday blog on using Inkscape to create a dingbat font. cleversomeday.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/inkscape-dings/ ) Also go to fontconverter.com to get free program for converting fonts.)

    To download 5 free MTC Open Path Fonts (.opf) See the MTC Forum thread here: forum.make-the-cut.com/discussion/21137/holy-moly-make-the-cut-4-1-0-zing-plug-in-1-1-0-silhouette-plug-in-2-0-1-mac-version/p1

    See also Lettering Delights site for thin fonts and sets available for purchase:
    letteringdelights.com/searchprod.php?search=thin+fonts

    See Also SusanBlueRobot’s blog for information and a link to an .opf font Susan has created for use in Make the Cut for creating Incire or “Tuck and Fold” designs here:
    susanbluerobot.blogspot.com/2012/06/lattice-fold-and-tuck-lesson-with-open.html

    01:54:45 Pixel tracing a logo to cut from vinyl and apply to car taillights (Chevy SSR logo)

    02:04:05 Bryan and Julie explain what .wpc (Pazzle files) and .gsd (Graphtec/silhouette files) file types are and explain that you cannot open those directly into MTC but would need to do a file conversion first. Julie explains to do so you will need some other programs (all of which can be downloaded for free)

    See also Julie’s written tutorials in the MTC_Tuts Yahoo Group on converting these types of files and information on downloading the free programs needed to do so. They can be found here: groups.yahoo.com/group/MTC_Tuts/files/06_File%20Conversion%20Techniques/
    The two lessons needed are titled: VI.01_GSDToPDFToMTC.pdf and VI.05_WPC_SCUT2ToPDF_MTC.pdf

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  5. This is from the June 19, 2012 Q&A Webinar for Make The Cut!

    1. Beginning: Sunburst Card Demo by Julie.
    2. 25:00 Bryan showed how to create a Lattice design from a Hexagon, Heart, Square, and Star using MTC basic shapes.
    3. 50:00 Trial Mac Version available from support@Make-The-Cut.com
    4. 52:00 How to back up or share Your Shapes collection
    5. 58:00 How to import and edit a decorative alphabet embroidery pattern into MTC
    6. 1:14:35 Back up Your Shapes or Save as a font.
    7. 1:20:00 Make A Spiral using Inkscape's spiral tool, in MTC using Nested Shapes. Demo of Star, Heart, Scalloped Oval Spiral from Gallery #6523 as shown in the May 1 Webinar.
    8. 1:49:45 Questions
    9. 2:15:11 Homework, create a spiral with a shape and show the results.
    10. End 2:17:08

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