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Importing eps illustrator files and contour cutting

Discussion in 'Flexi' started by 8bit, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. 8bit

    8bit New Member

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    Hi, this is all new to me. Just a hobby user coming from a photography and PS background.
    I have designed some simple text decals in illustrator. Created outlines, saved as eps files. I open the files in Flexi and want to set a contour cut around the edge ready to print and cut on my gerber edge and plotter.

    When I use Effects:contour Cut, it just makes a box around the outside and doesn't follow the contours of the text. There is also a black box which appears around the outside of the eps file when I open it.

    Whats the easiest way of contour cutting the file and how do I get rid of the black outline box?

    Thanks.
     
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  2. sonnyphoto

    sonnyphoto Premium Subscriber

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    use Effects:contour Cut, open your design center and click on contour and not square Make sure you click on the check mark also.
     
  3. x2chris7x

    x2chris7x Active Member

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    I save as .ai file and open that in flexi instead of .eps. I don't know how it would work with the edge, but it works fine with our plotter. No need for Effects>Contour Cut
     
  4. 8bit

    8bit New Member

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    Hi, thanks for the replys. Contour cut works fine with text I write in flexi. But even with it set on contour (not rectangle etc) it still comes out as a rectangle. Its probably something very basic. I've only just started using illustrator and flexi. I've tried saving as Ai and Eps.

    Thanks
     
  5. thewood

    thewood Very Active Member

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    In Flexi, click on the text/rectangle and select Arrange>Unmask. Delete the rectangle. There may be multiple masks.

    You don't need to use the Contour Cut function to cut objects from Flexi unless your digitally printing the object(s) to be cut.

    I prefer to save Illustrator files as .ai when working in conjunction with Flexi.
     
  6. 8bit

    8bit New Member

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    Thanks, that sorted it.

    How do mean I don't need to use the contour cut function in flexi?

    I'm printing the object first on a Gerber edge then loading it into the plotter and contour cutting around the outside. Is there another way?
     
  7. thewood

    thewood Very Active Member

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    No, that is correct. Sorry, I didn't know that your were printing on the Edge. I thought that you were doing cut vinyl only.
     
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