Introduction: Vector Editing

This lesson will oultine the vector editing tools in ArtCAM Premium.

Note: All files can be found at the bottom of each lesson. Feel free to save the files to your own directory.


Example 3-1


Example 3-2


Example 3-3


Birthday Card Tutorial

  • New Model
    • Width = 150mm(6”), Height = 200mm(8”).
    • Origin to centre of model and resolution = 1056x1408 points

Now we can create the boundary and balloons.

  • Create Rectangle
    • Width = 130mm(5”), Height = 185mm(7.25”)
  • Create Ellipse
    • Start Point X -5(-0.2”)Y -5(-0.2”),Width = 30mm(1.2”), Height = 40mm(1.55”)
  • Ctrl copy to create 2 other balloons

With our border and balloons created, now we can create the text for our card.

  • Create Polyline – curve for text
    • Draw smooth polylines
    • Repeat for 2nd line



  • Create Vector Text
    • Font = Snap ITC, Size = 10mm(0.375”) and Character Spacing 50%.
    • Select top Polyline - On a Curve - Select Curve
    • Type the word Happy
  • Repeat for word Birthday!On the second Polyline
  • Delete curved polylines

Now let's create the cake.

  • Create Ellipse
    • Start Point X 30(1.2”)Y -60(-2.36”),Width = 45mm(1.75”), Height = 6mm(0.25”)
  • Node Editing - Cut vector ellipse to split it top and bottom
  • Block and Rotate Copy – lower ellipse half
    • Distances are offsets
    • X Offset = 0mm, Y Offset = -7mm(-0.275”)
    • Columns = 1, Rows = 4
  • Polyline – snap from cake to balloon x3
  • Trim Vectors - trim overlapping vectors on ballons
  • Rectangle - draw in empty are to left of cake
    • Width = 10mm(0.375”), Height 30mm(1.2”)
  • Circle - draw above rectangle
    • radius = 4mm (0.15”)
  • Snap bottom of circle to mid top of rectangle
  • Node Editing – make flame
    • Drag top node up
    • Drag upper control point of right node, into flame




  • Transform - rectangle and ‘flame’
    • Scale to 25%
  • Move candle into cake top
  • Ctrl copy 5 candles
  • Trim Vectors - - trim overlapping vectors of candles and cake

With our five candles created, let's add a number five to the card as well.

  • Create Vector Text
    • Font = Ravie
    • Size = 25mm(1”)
    • Type the number 5 in lower left empty area
  • Create Circle
    • Snap to center of 5
    • Radius approximately 25mm(1”)
  • Create Star – small star
    • No of points 5, Radius of 1st points 5mm(0.2”) and 2nd points 2mm(0.075”)
  • Paste along Curve – Select star and large circle
  • Specify Number, Number of Copies = 5
  • Delete original Star vector and large circle and original border rectangle
  • Import Vectors
    • border feature.eps

Welcome Plaque Tutorial


  • Open base.jpg
  • Width of 1220mm (48”), Origin to lower left corner
  • Bitmap to Vector
    • Reduce Colours - 3
    • dark blue as the primary colour.
    • Create Vectors
  • Click on lightbulb to hide Bitmap Layers.
  • New Vector Layer
  • change name in lower panel to border then Apply
  • Select border vector and right click, Move Vectors To…border

  • Delete outer rectangle vector and small cluster of vectors.
  • Node Editing - Cut Vector
  • delete large vector to leave only bottom left vector.

  • Mirror Vectors
    • Check Copy and Join
    • Mirror Right
    • Mirror Top
  • F9
  • Bitmaps Layers - Import Image - scroll single.jpeg
  • NewVector Layer
    • Rename - scroll
  • Bitmap to Vector
    • Reduce Colours - 2
    • dark blue as primary colour.
    • Create Vectors
  • HideBitmap Layers
  • Transform Vectors - scroll
    • scale 150% and Apply.
  • Spline Vectors
    • Tolerance 1 (0.05”)
  • Mirror vectors
  • Copy - Right
  • Use arrow key to nudge until they slightly overlap

  • Weld Vectors
  • F9
  • Alt and drag it down towards bottom
  • Mirror Vectors - Over Model

  • Bitmap Layers - Import - welcome bird.jpeg.
  • New Vector Layers and Rename it to design
  • Bitmap to Vector
    • Reduce Colours - 2
    • black as the primary colour.
    • Create Vectors
  • Hide the Bitmap Layers
  • Transform Vectors
    • scale to 120% and Apply
    • Unlock Maintain aspect ratio
    • New Width to 900mm (35.5”)

  • New Vector Layers - Rename it to text
  • Create Vector Text.
    • Font Showcard Gothic, Size 90mm(3.5”) and Character Spacing of 160%.
    • Type WELCOME
  • Drag to position
  • Activate the borderVector Layer
  • Offset Vectors - border
    • distance 20mm (0.75”) Outwards with Sharp corners.
  • Change Vector Layer colours


Example 3-4

CLASS PROJECT

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