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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 19 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 46 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

Cricut software comparison

I have seen so many questions and there is so much information to slog through, that I put together a chart with as many relevant parameters as I could think of. I anticipate frequent updates in the near term so please send others to this page instead of sharing the file. Thanks for your cooperation.

Click here to download the latest chart in PDF format

Latest update 12/23/10. MTC 3.2 and SCAL 2.038

You may also be interested in the 4 part series on this blog http://www.createyourheartout.com

or a short comparison article from Darcy

December 22, 2009 at 12:41 am 51 comments

Make-the-Cut makes unexpected debut

I was going to be excited to report that SCAL2 for Mac was out in a form I would now call stable. I’ve been cutting with it for a week or so with no issues and looking forward to doing a full review once the Christmas rush was over… and then, without even a whispered rumor in advance, a SCAL competitor emerges.

The first version of Make-the-Cut software (for Windows only) has been released by an independent developer. First reactions are positive, at least at the introductory price of $78. Andy has taken pains to address the most painful aspects of SCAL and it is obvious from just a couple of screen shots that the interface is more polished than its predecessors. Will be interesting to see where things head with this in the coming weeks as lots of people find Black Friday Cricuts under their trees.

December 20, 2009 at 4:48 pm 39 comments

Inkscape template for easy sizing

SCAL has a lot going for it, but one glaring flaw is how it handles the sizing of imported files. Basically you lose all your hard work at getting your Inkscape files at the right size and in proportion to one another when you go to import and have to find ways to correct for that once in SCAL. Hidden in these lengthy videos is a great tip for correcting this issue. I took the idea, refined it a little and made it into a 12 x 12 Inkscape template, which you can download here.

To use it, open the document in Inkscape (sorry, but it crashes Illustrator). Create your design to scale (leave a 1/4 inch margin to allow for the uncuttable area). You may add new layers but be sure to leave the original layer on at all times. Save as usual to Inkscape’s native svg format. Open a new document in SCAL. Set the default size to 12 inches (in the box on the Library Window). Placing the object at X:0, Y:0 is recommended but not required. Import your saved SVG.

The screen shots below show how using this template to create files for export to SCAL differs from a using a normal 12 x 12 document. When designing in Inkscape, both documents look like this: (more…)

May 4, 2009 at 8:30 pm 30 comments


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