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PLEASE HELP! Setting Cut Lines in Illustrator

Posted on Thu, 27 May 2010 at 16:24



Hello Everyone,

So far I have looked at about 20 topics on this site, tried Googling, Youtubing, and reading Manuals and can't find a definitive answer on this subject.

-I recently purchased a Roland SP300V and Versaworks
-I am used to Photoshop but now have Illustrator CS4

I followed the instructions I recv'd on creating the CutContour swatch in Illustrator and that is done.

Now I have no clue on how to actually create the cut path around an image, or logo I bring into Illustrator.

I tried bringing in a logo I designed in Photoshop and it is converting the layers into a bunch of rectangles.

If anyone can help me out here or point me in the right direction I would really appreciate it.

Thanks,

Matt

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chatterbox says: Matt, I believe you will have to GO directly to the company website, ROLAND for information. ALL contour cut LINES require a "PINK" line that is recognized by the plotter/cutter. Of course, once you digitally ...

Matt,

I believe you will have to GO directly to the company website, ROLAND for information.

ALL contour cut LINES require a "PINK" line that is recognized by the plotter/cutter.

Of course, once you digitally print you have the REGISTRATION points to line up.

That's it.

Critical is the "PINK" line that is recognized to cut with.

IN PHOTOSHOP, once you are finished with a design, you must MERGE the layers. Convert all fonts to RASTER. Make sure your image is saved as a JPEG or EPS. I prefer JPEG, as it compresses and retains quality.

If you have a small image, you can do EPS.

If you are working from an original and a large file, save as JPEG. Make sure you are at CMYK and not RGB color settings.

I do not prefer TIFF as some prefer. TIFF is a Magazine quality file format, if you ask me. And the TIFF file is a large file.

We are in the sign business to make money now wow the critics. We are into saving time and producing quality product that helps businesses.

If your probably persists, write again.

Mike B.
Chatterbox Designs
Los Angeles CA

posted on: Thu, 05/27/2010 - 6:05pm
chatterbox says: As far as the CONTOUR cut, there are several ways to do this. The simplest is MAKE a copy of your image, make it GRAYSCALE, being up BRIGHTNESS and CONTRAST feature. MAKE ENTIRE image "black". That's ...

As far as the CONTOUR cut, there are several ways to do this.

The simplest is MAKE a copy of your image, make it GRAYSCALE, being up BRIGHTNESS and CONTRAST feature.

MAKE ENTIRE image "black". That's right.

Bring, or PLACE into Adobe Illustrator.

VECTORIZE the image. That will create an OUTLINE around the BLACK blob, or the black image.

You can use that path, or use the OFFSET path feature in Adobe Illustrator to OFFSET the contour cut line by 1/16" or 1/8" or whatever.

LOOK up, or ask the ROLAND rep about the "PINK" line feature for recognizing the cut.

Mike B.
Chatterbox Designs
Los Angeles, CA

posted on: Thu, 05/27/2010 - 6:09pm

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