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Picture of Vinyl Cutting for begginers

The Camm1 vinyl cutter is made by Roland. They also make a small 3dimensional mill, and they are very well known for their musical instruments.

 

The vinyl cutter uses a small knife to precisely cut the outline of a picture into a sheet or piece of vinyl. The knife moves side to side and turns, while the vinyl is moved beneath the knife. What results from the cut process is an image cut into the material. The material is then 'weeded' where the excess parts of the picture are removed. It is possible to remove the positive parts, which would give a negative sticker, or you could weed the negative parts, giving a positive sticker. Removing the letters would be like removing the positive, giving a negative image of the word, etc.

 

Original artwork is better than copied artwork. Try to make your own, or get a friend to help you make something clever and original.

 

Initially, you will need to create a sticker of a basic design. Your name is a good first sticker. The size should be small, no larger than 3 inches on a side. Keeping your first images small will help you master the process quickly with a minimum of materials.

 
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Step 1: Finding an Image.

Find or make an image that you want to make into a sticker. You can create an image with Open Office Draw, or Gimp. Other programs can work fine.Your image should be black and white with no gray for best results.

 

Save the image as a JPEG The software running the cutter likes to have a jpeg, Scaleable Vector Graphic (.SVG) can work fine as well.

You could also open with a preffered browser and copy and paste into the cutting program, which is in this case, CutStudio.

enewbold27 days ago

Someone is pulling your leg! "Software running the cutter" definitely doe NOT like .jpg or .bmp (or any raster-based) images. Vector graphics are the only way to get this to work. Do a google search on converting raster to vector and you'll find the solution. Most of us use Coreldraw or Photoshop to achieve this, but there are some free packages around you can use. Heck, I think even the free Libre Office drawing package can do it. For certain, GIMP can do it!

Ed in Columbus, OH

Mindmapper12 months ago

simple but useful thank you

roomera2 years ago
Can I use this machine to cut patterns on a paper backed aluminium foil?
zapro roomera2 years ago
Yes, but it depends on the backing, how thick it is. You can adjust the force of the cutter, so it just cuts your foil and not the paper backing.