We hear this question a lot. What is the difference between a graphic set and a cut set? Which do you need for the project you want to do?
Graphic Sets are graphic files in either .png or .jpg format. A .png file differs from a .jpg because it supports transparency. Most of our graphics are .png because if you are using graphics, it makes it easier if you don't have a square block of white attached to the image.
Graphic Sets are very useful. Here is an easy bullet point list of the uses and benefits:
- Use graphic sets in nearly any program on your computer to add an image to your project. You don't need advanced programs like PhotoShop.
- Use graphics to add an image to school projects, letters, posters, photos or anything you can think of.
- A graphic image is usually 300 dpi (dots per inch). That is a high resolution image so when you print it, it does not look pixelated.
- Graphic images should not be resized much. You can stretch them and make them bigger but the more you do, the more pixelated they become. A small amount of stretching will not result in noticeable pixelization.
Examples using graphic sets:
Cut Sets are vector images that are meant to be used with cutting machines like a Zing, Silhouette, Pazzles or more. There are many machines on the market. Cut It files are files that look like graphics but they actually can be read as cutting paths by the cutting machines. With a cutting machine and cut it files you will eliminate your need to use scissors for crafting projects ever again! These files LOOK like graphics, but they are actually very different. They file is made up of multiple layers.
Cut Sets are very versatile. Here is an easy bullet point list of the uses and benefits:
- Cut its come with a variety of file types to cover the file needs for many different types of machines. We include .ai, .dxf, .eps, .gsd, .pdf, and .svg.
- Our early "cut its" were called .svg files. These files are being replaced on LD. They only include .svg format
- Cut it files may often have many layers. Each layer will be able to be cut out individually.
- Cut it files are resizeable without a loss in resolution. There will be no pixelization ever. Files stay crisp and clean as they grow as big as you need.
- Graphic images should not be resized much. You can stretch them and make them bigger but the more you do, the more pixelated they become. A small amount of stretching will not result in noticeable pixelazation.
- Cut it files often include score lines on projects that need folding
- If you LOVE the idea of using cut its but don't have a cutting machine, you can use the .pdf files to print and cut the files with scissors.
- Once you purchase a cut it file, you can download the whole set at once (usually around 15 images) or you can access one image at a time through the "try me now tool"
Examples using cut it sets: