Archive for October, 2011
Over on the Wordle Yahoo Group folks are always asking how they can save a wordle to print at a large size so I wanted to make a short video to show how. The video demonstrates the “print to PDF” technique using a virtual print driver (CutePDF Writer in this case). Printing to PDF is handy for lots of things besides saving wordles so don’t be put off by the fact that you will need to install a piece of downloaded software.
You can get CutePDF Writer at
If you want to see the CutePDF install process for your operating system, check out these videos (not by me)
For Windows XP
For Win 7
Note to Mac users
There’s nothing to install! PDF printing is built in. Just click the PDF button at the bottom of any print dialog window and choose “Save as PDF…”
Update: Random.org picked #8 and #28 so congratulations to sdybash and Marina, who I am contacting via email. Thanks to everyone who entered!
My friends at ScrappyDew.com have generously donated some blog candy to keep my million view celebration going a little longer. You may know Rob for his awesome tutorials, but the main product for this Army family’s business is ultra cute paper piecing patterns in multiple formats for diecutters. Leave a comment on this post to win one ScrappyDew Collection of your choice (the Zoo Collection above is just one example). We’ll be giving away two at random from entries received before midnight EST Tuesday night October 25, 2011.
After you’ve entered my blog candy contest, stop by the Scrappy Dew site for this awesome gorilla freebie, and be sure to tell Rob how much you appreciate all he does for diecutters and for his country.
New owners of digital diecutters often ask what are the best fonts for welding (or “connecting” if they haven’t been indoctrinated into our odd vernacular yet). We may give a few suggestions but usually brush them off with something about personal preference. It turns out that there are some fonts that are inherently weld-friendly thanks to their attentive typographers.
I set out to find a dozen or so that are nice looking, fool-proof for welding (as in, type and go; no tracking, kerning, nudging or schooching required, at least for the letter combos I tested) and, best of all, free. Here’s how they look typed out and then welded in preview. Gorgeous, aren’t they?
So here they are, for your welding enjoyment.
Once you have typed your word or phrase, the letters should already be overlapping properly, so all that is left for you to do is click on the word or phrase so that the selection box appears around it and activate welding as follows:
In Silhouette Studio : Press the Cut Style button then press “Cut Edge”
In SCAL : On the Appearance section of the Properties palette click the Weld checkbox (unless it is already checked)
In MTC : Click the Weld button or press CTRL + W
It is recommended that you always do a cut preview to verify that any welding is as expected before cutting.
Congratulations to Teresa Turner, winner of the Forever Young cartridge!
Yesterday I glanced at my blog stats page and was amazed to see this.
Wow, it snuck up on me, but I think a celebration with some blog candy is in order, don’t you? First off, I’m gonna give away a Cricut Forever Young cartridge. Just make a comment in this thread (one per person, thanks) to qualify and I’ll pick one at random. Entries will close tomorrow, October 11, 2011 at midnight EST. And if you aren’t a Cricut user, check back, ‘cuz I’m roundin’ up some blog candy of interest to the rest of my visitors.
Now that the Silhouette SD has restored my faith in gel pen drawing with a digital diecutter, I’ve been testing various fonts for that single line look. To recap, many fonts will give a single line look at very small sizes (say a tenth of an inch high or less) but ones that look single line when drawn larger are harder to find. MTC has a cool feature to thin out regular fonts for a single line look but an algorithm is never going to match the aesthetics built in by a skilled typographer so the search continues.
I tested the fonts below with Staples mini gel pens, which have a very fine tip, in the Chomas Creations holder. You’ll get better results at smaller sizes and with broader tip pens such as metallic gel pens, for instance. A sample of my results are shown below. Click the image to enlarge it.
OK at ~ <1 inch tall
OK at ~ <.75 inches tall
OK at ~<.5 inches tall
OK at ~<.3 inches tall
OK at ~ <.25 inches tall