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Using Jpg or Png graphics to create a tag [Resolved]

MavisleeMavislee Member Posts: 4
edited February 2015 in Resolved Issues
Hi - I'm having a terrible time trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong. I've read through instructions as much as I can but still not getting it. I'm trying to import my own graphic and merely cut it out in a gift card shape. I would think this would be so easy, but it's the first I'm using the KNK zing and this software and I'm just not getting it.

I have a graphic that I designed in photoshop. It has a white background. I import into MTC using pixel trace. I set pixel by luminance threshold to 255 and in import settings I check "texturize path" I then apply, then import and click "finish Tracing" when the pop up appears. The graphic comes in.

Next I create another layer and import a basic shape. The graphic is on the top layer and the shape underneath. I meld it into one graphic. All looks great on the screen. Print preview only shows the graphic, not the shape. That's fine. However, when I go to print it, the areas where the shape and graphic meet print out black! I've tried everything to change this. I change the background of the shape to white. I've tried joining instead of melding. Nothing works! Can anyone explain the steps to me so I can do this? If not, Who want a barely used KNK Zing cutter...cheap!!! lol
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  • GabeGabe Moderator Posts: 4,574
    @Mavislee, welcome to the Make-The-Cut! support forum. Please don't give up on your Zing so quickly. :) There is a learning curve, as with all things worthwhile. You just need to get up to speed and get comfortable with the machine and with MTC.

    Let me first ask, do you have a copy of the user manual? If not, you can download a copy of it from @SandyMcC's website: http://www.iloveknk.com/support/zing/

    Also, on that site, you'll find many useful video tutorials. Although it doesn't sound as though you're having problems with Pixel Tracing, here is a link to some videos that cover all the Pixel Tracing options in detail. http://www.iloveknk.com/FreeVideos/MakeTheCut/Tracing/

    I note that you mention that you're using a Zing cutter. That cutter ships with a CD containing Make-The-Cut! and the appropriate drivers. Did you activate the software? To check that it is properly activated, look in the Help section to see if it shows your name as the registered owner.

    As far as I know, there is no "meld" command in MTC. There is a "weld" command, though. Is that what you're doing? If so, I'm not sure that would be necessary. Layering in MTC is pretty straightforward. Each layer has a small eye icon. Any layer that shows the eye as open will cut / print. Any layer that shows the eye as being closed, will not cut whatever is on the layer. So, if you have two layers and both eyes are open, then both layers will be cut. You don't have to weld them into a single layer first.

    Another suggestion. If you feel comfortable with it, you can upload your .mtc file to this forum, as an attachment to a message. Then other users can check it for you and let you know if they see any issues. If you feel that you would prefer not to share the file publicly, you can upload it directly to several people here who will look at it for you and delete it afterwards, so you wouldn't be sharing it with everyone. The two people I can think of right off the top of my head are @SandyMcC and @SBryanW. But I can't really commit them to that, they'll respond and let you know, I'm sure.

    Again, welcome to the forum. I hope you find the answer you need quickly and please feel free to look around, especially in the "Your Masterpieces" category, to see what our users are making. Cheers!
  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,597
    As I recall you may need to select everything and do a Texturize Path. I remember reading about this one other time here. Make sure you back up your original first, just in case. But try that and see if the Print then works correctly.
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Orbit, Skycut C and D
    Over 90 free MTC videos: http://www.iloveknk.com/support/mtc-support/
    Latest MTC User Manuals: http://www.iloveknk.com/Support/user-manuals/
  • MavisleeMavislee Member Posts: 4
    Thank you soooo much for answering so quickly! I've been feeling all alone! I do have the manual and have read several of the sections, including section 9 on print and cut (and yes, I meant weld not meld lol ) The manual gives the instructions to weld, and that's what I'm following. However, based on what you said above about the layers, I'm going to try to leave the layers separated, close the eye on the bottom, shape layer, and then print just the top graphic layer with the register marks. Then when I'm ready to cut, I will open the bottom layer's eye and weld the two layers for cutting. Does that sound right? Could it be that simple?? lol

    As for my zing. I've had it for a year and just haven't had the time to do this. So I'm off for two days and I figured I'd try. Wow! This is day two and I still haven't cut anything! In any case, I did switch computers, couldn't find the CD, but thankfully I was registered and was able to download it from the site. It does show my name in the registered section so I'm assuming I have all the latest greatest software and drivers. Does the registration indicate that it's all there? or is there another way to tell?

    Finally, I don't mind sharing my mtc files at all. I'm going to try the above first and see if that works. If not, I will upload and hopefully you or the other ladies will be able to help. Thank you so much! I can't even begin to express how much I appreciate the help!
  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,597
    The only thing to watch for with turning on/off layers is to make sure that the reg marks do not move. Since they are always located at the bounding box of the largest selection, it is very possible for them to move if that largest bounding box changes when you turn off one layer and turn on another. This is covered in some of the later sections of Chapter 9. The way around it is to add "something" that you don't mind printing that defines the largest bounding box, such as a white rectangle that incorporates everything. But for now, let's see if what you want to do will work. I can't verify it without seeing the actual file, so do post the file if you still have problems. You'll find lots of great members here willing to help. : )
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Orbit, Skycut C and D
    Over 90 free MTC videos: http://www.iloveknk.com/support/mtc-support/
    Latest MTC User Manuals: http://www.iloveknk.com/Support/user-manuals/
  • MavisleeMavislee Member Posts: 4
    So, yes, that's exactly what happened. The reg marks that printed were for the graphic and it sliced right around the perimeter of my graphic. So i'm wondering what is the difference with what I'm doing when I weld the graphic and the shape together (Which is what I'm following in the 9.06.02 instructions with cow printed on the tag?) I'm doing the exact same thing, but the area between my graphic and the edge of shape is printing out black? So I'm attaching my mtc file in the hopes you can help. Again, thank you so much for taking the time to help me!
  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,597
    Just make that shape white instead of black. Then, under File>Print Options, malke sure you do NOT have Print Shape Outlines marked. Now, have a look under File>Print Preview. That's what will print and then turn off the top layer (your design) and just send the lower layer for the PNC. Because it's the largest shape, the reg marks won't move.
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Orbit, Skycut C and D
    Over 90 free MTC videos: http://www.iloveknk.com/support/mtc-support/
    Latest MTC User Manuals: http://www.iloveknk.com/Support/user-manuals/
  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,597
    edited February 2015
    Oh... to recolor that black shape click on the little palette icon next to the thumbnail of that shape on the Layer Bar. That's where you can make it white. You don't need to weld.

    OR.... make the lower shape white and then select all and do a Weld. Sorry! I always forget about the weld option! lol
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Orbit, Skycut C and D
    Over 90 free MTC videos: http://www.iloveknk.com/support/mtc-support/
    Latest MTC User Manuals: http://www.iloveknk.com/Support/user-manuals/
  • MavisleeMavislee Member Posts: 4
    Thanks so much Sandy! I was finally able to cut my first tag! I printed the unwelded graphic and shape first, then went back in and welded them. And then sent the welded layer to the zing. I think I had to send both the graphic and the shape because the outline of the graphic was part of the final tag. I did have the issue of the black background on the shape after welding but it does not show up when I print as individual pieces (unwelded). Not sure why that happens but as long as I have a workaround I'm not sweating it! Thanks again!
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