Cutfiles - Compact Car by Grendel's Mother Jun 18, 2015 22:02:53 GMT -9
Post by oldschooldm on Jun 18, 2015 22:02:53 GMT -9
Product: White Hatchback Compact Car a free model by @gredelsmother64
Mods:Cutout Windows and only offered at 120% scale up for 28-32mm minis option. Hand aged using spray tack and dirt/red terrain dust...
White Hatchback.studio3 (119.6 KB)
NOTE: These cutfiles require some additional care when using with the source material -
----> They don't fit properly within the cut area, you may have to invert, rotate or even move portions off the printable area. There are white rectangles provided to cover items that fall out side of the cutting area. You may have to hand-cut one of the Sphinx feet.
----> The original models don't have clean clear or black edges. If you "move to bottom" the textures, the outlines will print in black over the objects to make for clean lines.
You will need to download a copy of that product to use these correctly. The artwork is not included to protect the rights of the copyright holders.
The product does not contain the required registration marks to work with the cutter. In order to get the registration marks in the correct place relative to the cutting lines in these files, you will need to print from within the Studio program itself after merging the artwork.
Helpful tip: Once you've merged in the artwork, you can use the eraser tool to clear out extraneous graphics before printing.
Step one: Get each PDF page into individual PNG files, so Studio can read them. There are several ways to do this.
If you have Adobe Acrobat Pro, split and reformat the pages one at a time by choosing: Save As > Image > PNG.
If you want to customize the layers (There are various texture options), you can print-to-PDF after selecting the layers. Then you still have to convert each PDF into a PNG.
If you don't have Acrobat Pro, another means to move PDF -> PNG is using the GIMP editor. When you open a PDF with GIMP, you can specify which pages to import. Be sure to set the resolution to 300 DPI on the import dialog! Once it is open, save the page with a .PNG file (by typing in that suffix), no compression.
Now you need to merge the PNG files with their cutfiles to get the registration marks right when you print...
(The remaining instructions are specific for Studio 3.3.451ss)
Step two: Now you have PNG files for each page, start Studio and then open one of them (you won't see the PNG files by default in the open dialog, click the file-type pop-down and chose PNG to see them).
Once you see the image on simulated carrier sheet, you may see it rotated 90-degrees (not fitting on the sheet), just click Portrait on the Page control to rotate the carrier sheet to match.
Next choose Merge from the file menu and select the matching cutfile page. You should see red-lines overlaying the image, they probably won't align properly at first.
Step three: Align the image to the cutlines. Zoom in 3-4 times by clicking on the +-magnifier at the top of the screen.
The lines are in the correct place, it is the image that needs to move to match. Click on the image (including white area) somewhere, and use the arrow keys to shift the image until it matches the cut lines. I'd save the cutfile at this point.
Step four: Print the file and cut! Choose the printing option from within Studio - either from the File menu or as the first option after clicking on the Cut icon at the top of Studio - it will include the registration marks from the cutfiles. Then you know the drill, mount to carrier sheet and cut then edge and assemble!
These cutfiles were created with Silhouette Studio version 3.3.451ss by oldschooldm and this post format is by mproteau (Paper Realms) @ the Cardboard Warriors forums: cardboard-warriors.proboards.com