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Opinions Wanted Where do you get your CMC cut art?

Discussion in 'Picture Frame Design' started by AaronF, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. AaronF

    AaronF CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Hi all,

    Just wondering where you all get your clip art or cut art for your CMCs?

    I have a Wizard 9000 and see an import feature that requires WCA/WCX files. I did a quick search on the Googlers, but didn't find any clip/cut art files with that file extension. I also did Grrrrrumble search but kept getting the "your search terms are too short" error, so I figured I'd just ask.

    Thanks in advance all!
  2. Terry Hart cpf

    Terry Hart cpf SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    You just click on the cut art button on your wizzard menu, there's a whole library. Or am I misunderstanding?
  3. AaronF

    AaronF CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Yes, that's how to use the included cut art. I am looking to import new cut art into the software and just not sure where to get any new stuff with that file extension. Or I guess how to convert to that file extension.
  4. FM Framer

    FM Framer CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    I upload basic images via a flash drive and use path trace to make custom cut outs / files.
  5. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    That would be so much easier if there was some kind of auto-trace function that would create a basic vector with points that you could then tweak. Building images from scratch in PathTrace is quite laborious.
    :cool: Rick

    BTW, Aaron, I rarely use the clip art files as they appear, but I often use parts of them combined with regular template opening shapes to create interestingly-shapped openings or v-grooves. You can combine elements by aligning them to one another and overlapping as desired, select all, and then going to the Advanced menu, where you click Group. This will create a shaped outline which the machine will cut.
  6. AaronF

    AaronF CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Thanks for the tips Rick! I'm just beginning a business move (got the keys today) and will try the combining of cut art and v-grooves etc when I get fully moved into my new space. I am doing all the renos myself and am really starting to feel the mounting pressure of what needs to be done in how little time. =/ More stress than I am accustomed to, but if I can wake up in the morning, all is good. =)

    As for your auto-trace function that creates a vector file, you can use Adobe Illustrator to do that! Here's a YouTube tutorial that's about 5mins long that describes how to do just that.

    Hope it helps.
  7. Aaron Randall

    Aaron Randall CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Aaron, I use the 9000 as well, you commented on a few of my designs in my design thread. I use path trace, load image, then just trace it our with arcs and lines. I can crank out a pretty complicated logo in 5-10 mins. The computer Wizard includes has net access, I open google, search for images, and right click save images to a file on my desktop. After the logo is designed, I save it, and then add it to clip art and begin using it. I keep all of my designs in the "frames" folder, as there are only 12 clip arts in it I believe, so everything is easy to find. The sports logos from my design tread are a 5 minute job for me now after doing a few.
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  8. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Yes, but then how doyou get PathTrace to recognize the resulting file as something you can then alter and cut? Valiani users can create designs in CorelDraw, and import them to cut. I think they use some type of DXF file. Some fellow Grumblers have sent me some of these files, but I have yet to get the Wizard to recognize them.
    :cool: Rick

    GUMBY GCF SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    easy peesy go to path trace
    trace & draw tab
    load image tab(lower left) (can be jpeg)
    prep design tab
    trace (use draw line, draw arc. move point, copy , mirror use them all if needed)
    join segments
    tangify segements
    set bevel tab
    save as cut art ( save once to wizard cutart folder and once to a flydrive cut art folder)
    open mat designer load cut art scale to what ever size you need.

    I created a custom cut art folder in Wizard Cut art.
    I Keep all my designs in there.
    Also make sure you keep a back up copy of custom cut art on a fly drive just in case of a crash and you loose your hard drive.

    the more you use it the easier it gets!!!!!!!~
  10. AaronF

    AaronF CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Thanks for the reminder Aaron. It definitely made me remember the awesome frame jobs you've done. :)

    Great tips guys! I will make sure to try it out this week. Very simple and easy to follow instructions. You guys are the best! :D

    GUMBY GCF SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    hey don't forget you can do any of the cutart and lettering with the pentool almost any size..
  12. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Do you know of any way to import a DXF or other vector file directly, and then edit and cut it, without having to build the image from scratch in PathTrace?
    :cool: Rick

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