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Illustrator to SignCut on a Mac

Discussion in 'Adobe' started by SnoPro1234, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. SnoPro1234

    SnoPro1234 New Member

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    Hello folks. I am new into the vinyl world and dont have much experience at all so i apologize for any stupid questions. Now i understand that the plotter fallows the "Paths" created in Illustrator, but when i open vector files from photoshop that i saved as an Illustrator file it doesnt allow me to add "Paths".

    If someone could tell me what i am doing wrong, i would be veryyyy happy!

    -Matt
     
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  2. beermonster

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    ok that soesnt make sense (to me)

    open vector files from photoshop that i saved as an illustrator file? you know the difference between vector and raster yes?

    am a little confused - care to just expand on that a little and we'll see if we can help

    photoshop will allow paths, can export those to illy too, but if you're saving a raster file, dropping it to illy, saving as an illy file and hoping that'll work then it wont - sorry :(
     
  3. SnoPro1234

    SnoPro1234 New Member

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    Ok, so i need to draw my paths on Photoshop, then save it as an Illustrator file? Thanks for the reply!

    -Matt
     
  4. John Butto

    John Butto Very Active Member

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    You have to have vector paths in Illustrator and then "Send to SignCut" in File menu. It has to be saved as an Illustrator .eps file.
     
  5. sinetist

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    If you're just cutting vinyl I think you should leave photoshop out of the mix and do all the vectors in Illustrator. That's it's specialty.
     
  6. SnoPro1234

    SnoPro1234 New Member

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    Okay. Like i said, i am very new to this stuff. I took a class for photoshop and have a pretty good understanding of that program but am not very familiar with illustrator. Theres no way to upload vector files into illustrator and create paths easy? Thanks guys!

    -Matt
     
  7. Vinylman

    Vinylman Very Active Member

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    IF you are actually "uploading" genuine {VECTOR} files, they should already be vectors, ready to cut in SignCut, {Or any other plotter driver program}.

    Perhaps you are rushing to much. Slow down, read some instruction manules or watch the tutorials on the SignCut program. They will help you get started in the correct manor.
     
  8. beermonster

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    yep - could you explain in a little more detail what you ARE doing, what you're TRYING to acheive and steps you take - then we can try to help a little

    photoshop can export paths to illustrator yes, photoshop can save paths as clipping paths, save vector shapes, layers, all manner of stuff etc etc - the trick is knowing why, how, and when.......so if we understodd you "workflow" more we could help more

    when i say we, the rest can i'm crap :)
     
  9. stinky12

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    How to export paths to illy from PS

    In Photoshop using the magic wand -or- any selection tool for that matter you can choose a specific color or section you want to create paths for by selecting. (currently I'm using cs3)

    After selecting under the magic wand tool go ahead and right click and you'll see the option to "Make Work Path". This will bring up a pop-up with the tolerance for accuracy you would like to use, mess around with this til you like the way the paths come out then simply go to File-->Export-->Paths to Illustrator then save and name to open later in illustrator....you're done!


    I have used this workflow many times and it's pretty simple once you get it down.
     
  10. sinetist

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    As has been pointed out, you can create useable vectors in Photoshop then export them to Illustrator then save and send that file to SignCut to cut vinyl on your plotter .... but why? Seems like a few unnecessary steps. You're using three programs when only two are needed. Learn how to use Illustrator ... you won't regret it.
     
  11. Lunatic Taskbar

    Lunatic Taskbar Very Active Member

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    Start with some real basics. Draw a small square in illustrator. Then see if you can cut that.

    Then grow from there.

    Once you know what works and what doesn't you will naturally work out a good workflow.

    As many others have said above if you can give us a clearer idea of what your doing, and trying to achieve we can offer much better help.

    Ian
     
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