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Reducing cut points on vinyl

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by AJohnso13, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. AJohnso13

    AJohnso13 New Member

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    This is my first time working with a vinyl machine. I have a Vinyl Express QE60 and LXI 7.5 software. When printing out on the vinyl I notice there are a lot of mini circles where the needle starts and stops. This can really distort some of the finer details and smaller words. I am hoping there is a way to reduce them or get rid of them completely. So far I have not been lucky in this endeavor. Any help is welcome Thank you.
     
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  2. mrfern

    mrfern Member

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    The issues is the vector art you have. If you use Adobe Illustrator you can select View Outline or CTRL Y and see the lines. The issues is the plotter is attempting to cut everything you told it to cut when you hit send. PM me the file and I can show you if you do not have Illy.

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  3. AJohnso13

    AJohnso13 New Member

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    It actually happens the most with the font option in LXi. It's much less noticeable in other images and texts that are added from the other programs I use.
     
  4. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

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    It sounds like you are seeing the result of outlining poorly vectorized images. Send me a copy of your file to the email in my signature and i can give you a better opinion on it. Include both the original and the one giving the problem.
     
  5. strypguy

    strypguy Active Member

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    LXi is probably similar to flexi. Look for path edit. Several options in flexi include subtract point, add point, optimize curve etc. These will allow you to smooth out your cuts and reduce the points.

    Sorry if it's vague answer but I haven't used Lxi for years.

    John
     
  6. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

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    Welcome from OK
     
  7. AJohnso13

    AJohnso13 New Member

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    I've looked all over this thing and I cannot see where these small circles are coming from. They are just not in the illustration themselves.
     
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