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How to properly cut in Flexi

Discussion in 'Flexi' started by Tony Vega, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. Tony Vega

    Tony Vega New Member

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    Ok, so I am new to the world of Flexi and AI but is there an easy way to configure Flexi to cut the logo that I have attached as just 1 piece? I' am doing this as a favor for a friend of mine. Currently it wants to cut black and white and I certainly do not want to have a multiple layer vinyl when all I want is to cut a piece of black. I was able to use the "minus back" in AI to eliminate the white layer along the bottom, but the upper portion of the logo is multiple layers. Please help, and thanks in advance. I have attached a PDF. I can't seem to understand how some people attach zip files or AI files.
     

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  2. myronb

    myronb Active Member

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    Ungroup & uncompound everthing, Turn it all black, Compound it...Bingo!!
     
  3. kevco

    kevco Guest

    ...or click "send all colors" under the advanced tab in the production mgr.
     
  4. myronb

    myronb Active Member

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    Kevco,
    I'd never tried that, but it works great! I still like doing to compound just because that's the way I've like doing it!!:tongue:
     
  5. WVB

    WVB Very Active Member

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    If the Illustrator file is compounded then most likely it will do double cuts on the image. I believe you still have to ungroup/uncompound, delete the duplicate layers.

    What I like to do is ungroup/uncompound. It should turn the whole image black. click the outter most part and delete. Then click in the same spot, you should see the whole image once again. Drag it over to the side. Now delete the parts from the first layer. Click on the image you dragged over and add color. Save the file, open/import to flexi a viola!
     
  6. kevco

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    This may be my ignorance showing but on this logo if it were compounded wouldn't the white area actually be transparent or "knocked out"? Even if not the only way it would cut twice is if the wording was on both layers, since he couldn't get it just sending black to the plotter I assumed the lettering cut lines were not there. Maybe someone could explain what the compound feature dose to me?
     
  7. Tony Vega

    Tony Vega New Member

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    Ok, so I thank everyone for their help. I havent been able to sit down at my computer with Flexi but I have done another PDF that has the colors separated to make it easier. I placed it on a gray background so the white is more visible. As you can see there is white lettering with black inlays followed by another white inlay. The multiple layers is what is getting confusing. I was easily able to remove the white lettering from the bottom portion of the logo simply becasue it was two layers. They gray background will simulate the subrate (my buddys truck) that I will place the decal on. Attached is the pdf.
     

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  8. WVB

    WVB Very Active Member

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    Ok so all you see in the name BELLE change to white. Then all you see on the bottom black change to all black. CTRL L for the plot screen/Advance tab/Uncheck send all colors. Cut out your white, then lay onto black. Cut out your black and then lay ontop of your vehicle. I hope I am clear with this.
     
  9. gROUND cHUCK

    gROUND cHUCK Member

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    If you want it to be only one color vinyl with the substrate showing through, select all and release compound/ungroup.
    Then drag the black from your color palette and drop it on the selected area, making everything black.
    Then make it a compound again and there it is.

    TO MAKE ITEMS A COMPOUND, EVERY PART HAS TO BE THE SAME COLOR.


    Hope this helps.............
     
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