T5illustratorcreating-single-vector-contour-vinyl-cut-line-ai-file-from-contour-hand-drawingm-p8882228M41029 Mar 02 2017 Mar 02 2017. Create a couple of new spot color swatches CutContour and CutContour1 in Illustrator.
Set the Offset to 10 pt.
How to make a cut contour line in illustrator. This will create a path that borders your design at a distance that you specify. Any vector design application such as Adobe Illustra-tor or CorelDRAW can be used to create files used for contour cutting. This document will outline the basics through Adobe Illustrator.
Window Menu options make sure Swatches is checkedshown. Since we need the die line to be the outside edge of the stroke we have to make the stroke an object itself. When the job is printed using RIP-Queue the spot color cut path is not printed but the data is recorded.
Consult the manual for your vinyl cutter to see if theres a recommended color for your swatch here but if there isnt select CMYK values of 0-10-20-0 which will give a bright orange color. Watch how to outline your vector based artworks with Adobe Illustrator here. Use the following steps to configure an Adobe Illustrator file for custom contour cutting.
In todays Illustrator tutorial Ill show you how to make use of the Blend tool to create a series of contour line style shapes. A brief overview of designing a file with a contour cutting path will also be explained. And choose Round in the Joins pop-up menu.
Click the arrow on the Swatches tab to display the Swatches menu. Now change the new cut path to the colour of the bleed. Select the Swatches palette and create a new color swatch.
Hide the other layers. This makes a single path around the illustration edges. Select New Swatch from the Swatches menu to open the Add Swatch dialog.
After youve clicked OK in the Oﬀ set Path box navigate again to ObjectExpand. Open png file on Photoshop create selection of png layer fill it black merge it against white background blow out the file to 600dpi or more use gaussian blur to smooth pixelization use contrast tool to make sharp edge on black image select black color with magic wand create path from selection export path from the file menu using the export to illustrator option. We now need to increase the stroke width we choose 6pt.
A cut path is a closed vector path in your design file that tells the cutter where to cut around your sticker. Choose Path Offset Path from the Object drop-down menu. Your image file uses a specially prepared spot color that acts as a cut path.
Next you can now outline your artwork. In Illustrator ensure that the Swatches tab is visible under the Window menu click Swatches to view. We have selected the dark blue from sticker design.
Weve found a step by step video for you. This document explains how to contour cut using the ONYX 11 software. First duplicate the cut path then rename the cut path Cut Path Bleed.
Die Cut stickers have a cut path that follows the outline of your artwork or logo and can cut right up to the design edge or leave a small contrasting border around the outside of the designs shape. We will come back to this shape once we have created the Cut Contour. Before you can add cut lines to your artwork you need to install the VersaWorks cut line swatches in Illustrator.
Some stickers have simple shapes for cut paths like circles squares and ovals. Click the top right menu item for Swatch options and select New Swatch or click the little new swatch icon to create a new one. Delete illustration silhouette on.
Select the mmprint object then click EditCopy then click EditPaste in Front With the new object selected click ObjectExpand While still selected click the Unite button in the PathFinder tab WindowPathfinder. Create the dielines 10 pt away from the artwork edges. Name this swatch ContourCut with no spaces.
This tutorial not only creates a great contour map effect it might also open up ideas for all kinds of intricate background designs based on the same process. Contour Cutting Contour Cutting allows you to print an image and then use a cutter to cut portions of that image. You now have the shape that you will use as the cut line for your sticker.
Change the align to Align Stoke to Outside.