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One of the lesser known features available in MTC is the ability to change colors and textures of imagery.  This comes in handy when you need imagery to match a specific project you are doing.  The following video explains the process:



Most people who use MTC and cutting files are very aware of how wonderful vector files are.  They are completely re-sizeable without any loss of quality.  Sometimes, however a crafter, especially one who blogs needs a raster file.  A raster file is not re-sizeable.  They are typically the files you see on the web.  They are .jpg, .png, and .gif formats  for the most part.  As a crafter, you may have created something that you do not want people to easily copy and reproduce.  MTC has the perfect solution.

To create a raster image from MTC do the following:

  1. Once you have created a file the way you want it to look in MTC, select all layers
  2. Right mouse click and choose Export> Selection to Raster File
  3. A dialog window opens that allows you to choose file type (.jpg doesn't support transparency and while .png does support transparency you can choose to have a background behind your image if you prefer in your dialog box)
  4. Dialog box allows you to choose drop shadow and other elements (for example you can add a watermark to help brand your image



The preferred file format in MTC is .svg.  Importing and using .svg files in MTC couldn't be easier.  MTC is fully integrated with your LD Library.  You can access your LD Library and all the LD inventory in three ways:

  • The art icon button in the top menu
  • Under the File menu, choose Import>From Lettering Delights
  • Under the View menu, click on Lettering Delights



Make The Cut software is fully integrated into LD.  You have access to LD's entire library of images as well as being able to access your own purchases easily.  

To access products in MTC, simply do one of the following:

  • click on the art icon in the top menu
  • go to File>Import>From LetteringDelights
  • go to View>LetteringDelights



A thin Font is a single-line font. A person can put a pen, crayon, or a number of tools right into the "claw" of a cutting machine rather than a blade and use the machine to "draw" instead of "cut". When you do that with a regular font (.ttf or .otf) the machine traces the outline of the font so rather than having a single line, you get a double line.

When you use a font (.ttf or .otf file) on your computer, it will typically look something like this example (unless it is an outlined version of a font):

adding text pixlr


Adding text to a project, photocard, photo, graphic, or whatever you are doing is easy in Pixlr.  

Go to Pixlr Online.  Follow these easy steps:

1.  Click on OPEN IMAGE FROM COMPUTER 

combining in pixlr

Combining elements when making projects, photocards, cards, or whatever you are doing is easy in Pixlr.  

Go to Pixlr Online.  Follow these easy steps:

1.  Click on OPEN IMAGE FROM COMPUTER 

unlock-this


You will often need to edit and move around your locked .jpeg layer.  To do this you need to know how to make it a workable layer.

Go to Pixlr Online.  Follow these easy steps:

1.  Click on OPEN IMAGE FROM COMPUTER 

oved around and easily edited.

Costco has the best deals for printing but figuring out how to upload your own photocard is a trick!1.  Go to Costco.com Photo Center and sign in.2.  Go to  UPLOAD PHOTOS and upload your photocards you have made. See our tutorial of how to make them in Pixlr.3.  Click on SHOP CARDS in top menu4. Click on 6x7.5 Photo Greeting Cards 5. Choose More6. You can switch the orientation at the bottom with the radial button if need be7. When the Save Dialog opens up, name your project.  It will default to today's date. Click Save.8. Click Continue9. If it looks great, ..

lunchbox

Learn how to make this easy monogram in a shape!  We did ours in vinyl. You can do it in anything.  This is how.

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