00:00:45 Bryan demonstrates creating a shaped place card from a picture of a peacock; he uses pixel trace to get his base image to create card from then uses that to create the shaped card; he reviews a number of tools and shortcuts
00:15:51 Bryan gives a general discussion on “self-stick” vinyl (indoor and outdoor vinyl like Oracal or Avery brands) and doing a “kiss cut” – a cut that cuts only through the vinyl but not the backing sheet and how cutting it is different then cutting paper or cardstock. Vinyl must be “weeded,” removing parts not to be used. Then transferred from the backing sheet with transfer tape. Also discusses difference in cutting HTV type vinyl (heat transfer vinyl for making shirts.)
00:27:58 Brief Discussion regarding Sound Issues on Webinar
00:50:53 Bryan demonstrates how to create “Text on a Path” by wrapping and then warping words to a flourish; he also discusses “design issues” to consider in choosing font to use.
01:11:55 User had a purchased SVG file that was not importing correctly. Bryan reviews a couple of different issues causing problems with this file. One is an issue with older versions of Adobe Illustrator. (Andy has fixed this issue in MTC 4.1). The other issue was the way it was designed, it has a lot of overlapping but open nodes rather than fully closed shapes. Bryan easily fixed with “fuse and weld”.
01:24:05 User wanted to know how to create a “PDF” file from a MTC file that would include the color fills and registration marks in order to send the file to a professional printer for printing and then be able to use the printed docs to do a “Print and Cut“later. Bryan explains you need to use a PDFWriter program like PDFCreator or CutePDF Writer, DoPDF, etc. to “print” the complete file to a PDF file in order to get the color and registration marks in the file. Exporting to PDF or a raster image from MTC will not give you the registration marks needed.
01:36:30 Bryan reviews the new “duplicate” feature introduced in MTC 4.5. Hold down the ctrl, shift and select the object, then left click and drag.