Designing for vinyl cutting machines is very easy, but requires you to observe a few rules-
Don't use small and fiddly typestyles. Anything below 10mm high carries the risk of not working.
Don't use blends or graduated tones and expect them to come out. (These can be produced, but they need to be printed, not cut.)
If possible, draw your artwork to scale, if you find this difficult on your machine, don't worry, as long as the proportions are correct we can scale up your artwork, if you specify the size you want when you order.
When you have designed your artwork you must save it in a format that the plotter can interpret. Most drawing programs have the option to save as an .EPS file. This is ideal because it is readable across different platforms.
If it is not available as an option, your native file format is probably best, but you must tell us the name and version of the program you are using, when you send us the file.
Sometimes we have trouble finding the same fonts that you have used, so it always advisable to convert your lettering so that the computer 'sees' the lettering as a drawing and not as a font.
To do this in Corel Draw you must select the lettering and CONVERT TO CURVES.
In Illustrator you must select and CONVERT TO LINE
In Artworks you must select and MAKE SHAPES
In AcornDraw you must select and CONVERT TO PATH
Most other programs will have a similar menu option available to you.
Now you can either send us your file on a disc or you can send it as an email attachment.
Please specify in your email what type of file you are sending.
It is often useful to send a hard copy of your artwork, for example by fax or post, because we can cross check it against your file to see that everything is as it should be.