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Had a question about a design Im making, could use some advice

lingling Member Posts: 4
edited October 31 in General
I don't have access to a cutting machine but I am working on some designs for cutting. Im working on an alphabet design and was wondering what would possibly work better for cutting. The design on the left is 3 layers and the right one is 2 layers. I can provide a copy of the SVG if needed. Just wondering what might be a better option when dealing with the different types of cutting machines. Thanks for any feedback. 





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  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,099
    Two important questions before you can receive an accurate response:  How tall are the letters? What material would you be cutting?
    Sandy McCauley
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  • lingling Member Posts: 4
    Thanks for the reply Sandy

    The letters as they stand now are 5inchs tall but being SVG/DXF/ect, they are scalable. I used to own a laser engraver so my mind thinks in that type of frame work. Im used to working with acrylics and other hard materials. When it comes to Cricut and silhouette Im not so familiar with. I had no particular use, I wanted to test the waters for creating fonts. Iv seen they are popular on etsy and other sites. 

    Wasn't sure if there was a disadvantage or benefit to one design over the other as they are slightly different from each other. Thanks again
  • Di-liteDi-lite Member Posts: 3,186
    Looking at the possibilities from a cutting respect I would have thought the two layered approach might be better the lines would be cut out of the original A and a backdrop of the A without cut lines would be set under the cut variety.  In a sense you are looking at a stencil layout on top of a blank waiting to be painted except in your case one would be appended to another one in a different colour. Hope this helps a little.  It is a lot easier if you have a cheap cutting machine to test out your theories.  You can always send a file to me and I can look over it and offer honest critique in respect of cutting.  No punches pulled but no insults either - we all have different tastes and whether I like the project or not would not come into it.  I think your letter idea is a good one.  If you go for three layers then the outline layer could be an optional extra so that people who have nimble fingers could add that layer if they so wished.
    Have fun, Di, ID 14610
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  • lingling Member Posts: 4
    I appreciate the input, I uploaded the svg files of two examples. Id love feedback, thanks



    A.svg 28.1K
    3.svg 23.2K
    A.svg 25.8K
    3.svg 20.7K
  • Di-liteDi-lite Member Posts: 3,186
    edited October 31
    The second two work for cutting machines.  The first two with all the pieces separated would cause problems.  To get the third layer you would need to shadow the plain one and then join to get the lines.  Thus making three layers.  Are you using MTC?  You also need to take into account that very small dots just cause a scratch in that location and cannot be weeded out.  To make the file perfect you should remove them if you can - people with cutting machines will of course adapt the file themselves as well.
    Have fun, Di, ID 14610
    UK, Cameo, Serif Draw, Win10.
    Link to My Craft Bazaar | Link to Skool | Force Bazaar - Archimedes
    Feel free to use anything in these links.
  • Di-liteDi-lite Member Posts: 3,186
    here what you need to create all three levels.

    Have fun, Di, ID 14610
    UK, Cameo, Serif Draw, Win10.
    Link to My Craft Bazaar | Link to Skool | Force Bazaar - Archimedes
    Feel free to use anything in these links.
  • lingling Member Posts: 4
    Awesome thank you Di-lite that works out great. I was having a hard time loading into cricut design space before but not doing what you suggested makes it easier. I actually use a combination of softwares from coreldraw to sure cuts a lot to circut. Thank you again
  • Di-liteDi-lite Member Posts: 3,186
    No problems - always happy to help if I can.  I too use two programs for design and resort to psp for jpeg things.  Glad I got you out of the pickle.  LOL
    Have fun, Di, ID 14610
    UK, Cameo, Serif Draw, Win10.
    Link to My Craft Bazaar | Link to Skool | Force Bazaar - Archimedes
    Feel free to use anything in these links.
  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,099
    You won't be able to cut any material that you can't manually cut with a craft knife.  So, acrylic and other hard materials are not an option.  The drag knife hobby cutters like the Cricut, can only cut materials like vinyl, paper, cardstock, magnet sheets, HTV, etc.  The shapes themselves should cut just fine with most of these type materials. 
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Orbit
    Need help with your KNK? Visit this link: http://knkusa.com/contact/
    Over 90 free MTC videos: http://www.iloveknk.com/support/mtc-support/
    Latest KNK / MTC User Manuals: http://www.iloveknk.com/Support/user-manuals/
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