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Grad overlays and a revised opinion

I spent some time working on graduation projects recently and made some custom backgrounds I wanted to share. Problem is, your school colors are probably different, and somebody would be left out. My solution was to make some transparent overlays so you can put your colors beneath to show through as the color of the lettering when the overlay is on top as shown in this screen shot. Hope you enjoy using these!

Overlays shown atop 4 different colors

And if you need more help, here’s a video on using the overlays that will make things clearer. And another post with more overlays and information here.

Right click above and choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As” for 2014 grad cap overlay tile

Right click above and choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As” for 2014 grad cap overlay tile

Right click above and choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As” for 2014 grad star overlay tile

Right click above and choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As” for 2014 grad star overlay tile

Now for the bad news, After I got these made, I discovered that PNGs don’t maintain their transparency once you put them in the Library. Yet another item for the “removed features” list. But these will work fine if you drag them from your hard drive or merge them to your mat. A lot less convenient if you don’t have DE. Sorry about that.

In fact, in working on a number of projects with V3 (SSDE 3.0.343 to be exact) over the last week or so, I found that while a lot of the design issues were resolved, the software is slow, buggy and just generally frustrating. So I’m retracting my recommendation regarding upgrading to V3. I just don’t think the meager new features are worth the trouble. I am hard pressed to think of a project that wouldn’t be easier in V2. Silhouette America is still working, and I’m still hopeful we’ll get resolution. Let’s keep reporting the issues we find, pressing SA to fix what’s broken and deliver a meaningful upgrade.

May 7, 2014 at 5:03 pm 19 comments

Pattern overlay tiles for Silhouette Studio and SCAL

I am enthralled with the drag and drop on SSDE, and love playing with patterns and especially seamless tiles. One disadvantage of pattern fills, though, is that they can’t be recolored. If you use cuttable shapes instead, then you can’t fill your shapes as easily, or change the scale, angle or position after you’ve filled the shape. I got to thinking about some ways around this and came up with transparent tiles that when filling an object stacked on top of an identical colored object, can create a variety of looks.

ginghaminstrux

I’ve created 4 of these tiles for starters, gingham, chevron, honeycomb and houndstooth. I love how many looks can be achieved with these tiny files that won’t bog down SS, and hope you’ll enjoy them, too.

Download the tiles below by right-clicking and choosing “Save Link As…” or “Save Target As” (depending on your browser) to be sure you get the full resolution file. They will not look right on your screen because they are white and transparent, but they will behave properly once you drag and drop them into a shape, or fill a shape by Object>Modify>Crop. Then click the Pattern Fill button (on the top with blue dots) and then the Advanced Options link at the bottom of the panel to reach the scale and rotate controls, etc.)

ginghamoverlay

Right click and choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As” for gingham overlay tile

chevronoverlay300

Right click above and choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As” for chevron overlay tile

hexoverlay

Right click above and choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As” for hexagon overlay tile

houndstoothoverlay

Right click above and choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As” for houndstooth overlay tile

Tip: If you save these in My Patterns, hover over the swatch in the pattern fill menu to see which is which.

Tip: Fill the bottom shape with a gradient for an ombre look.

Tip: Fill the bottom shape with a pattern and vary the transparency of the overlay filled shape on top for a variety of interesting looks.

Tip: These tiles can be used in SCAL via Appearance>Fill>Pattern then loading the desired tile. They can also be added to your My Patterns folder.

There are dozens of full page size overlays linked over at Mel Stampz. These work in a similar way as the tiles above but can bog down Silhouette Studio because of the large file size so use sparingly.

Update: Video on how to use these tiles is here

July 19, 2013 at 4:39 pm 23 comments

Cursives for Diecutters

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.

Lobster Two Bold and Lobster Two Bold Italic

Unicorn

Japan

Amaze Bold

Prelude Bold

Marketing Script

Black Jack

Pacifico

Alako Bold

Cursive Bold

Deftone Stylus

Honey Script Semi-Bold

Zephyr Script FLF

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.

October 13, 2011 at 9:07 pm 47 comments

Cricut software comparison chart update

IMPORTANT UPDATE: As of March 14, 2011, MTC no longer supports Cricut.

With new official releases of SureCutsALot and MakeTheCut finalized in the last few days, I have been busy updating my comparison chart. So click below for the latest on who does what, current for SCAL 2.038 and MTC 3.2. By the way, both MTC and the comparison chart are celebrating their first anniversary this week.

CricutSoftwareCompare122410.pdf

December 24, 2010 at 12:23 am 8 comments

Make stamp mats with SCAL -video

Don’t have SureCutsALot yet? Get info/order here.

(To see how to do this in MTC, scroll to the bottom of this post.)

October 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm 27 comments

SCAL and MTC both get major updates

Craftedge released on update of SureCutsALot that brings Mac users up to parity with their Windows counterparts and also adds such features as text on a path, open path cutting and line styles.

Make the Cut also released version 2.2.0 which features a rebuild of the interface, layers capability the ability to cut to a number of other cutters besides the Cricut through a full color print function. This version of Make the Cut also features the long promised and somewhat controversial feature that allows owners of Cricut Design Studio to back up the images in the carts they own to SVG files.

My comparison chart has been updated. Get the PDF version here.

March 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm 11 comments

SCAL vs Make The Cut feature war continues

Both MTC and SCAL have released new versions over the last couple of days. Both of these programs now have most of the features we previously had to use Inkscape for! Please see the link below for the latest version of my comparison chart.

http://cleversomeday.wordpress.com/2009/12/22/cricut-software-comparison/

February 4, 2010 at 3:47 pm 31 comments

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