Friday, July 21, 2017

How to keep your sanity while weeding vinyl decals.

I think all of us had our hands in our hair some or other time when weeding vinyl. Surely I had! 
There is a little trick you can do in  Silhouette Studio V4 to make life or weeding for that matter just so much easier.
It is as simple as adding weeding lines and weeding boxes. This will take you a few minutes to do, but I promise you that it makes it in the end so easy and hassle free.

How to keep your sanity while weeding vinyl. Cameo Silhouette. Tutorial. Craft. Vinyl. Eccentric Eclectic Studio.

How to keep your sanity while weeding vinyl



Let's start! You ready?

Open up your Silhouette Studio V4
Keep the Shift key in and draw a horizontal line. By keeping in the Shift key it will keep the line straight.

Keep in the Shift key. Tutorial Step 1. Cameo Silhouette. Weeding lines. Vinyl

Keep in the Shift key


Draw a straight line. Tutorial Step 2. Cameo Silhouette. Weeding lines. Vinyl

Draw a straight line



Open the Replica Window and choose the second button (the one looking like a flower with a +)
Choose the amount of copies you need.
You will see there is a button with two arrows to custom the position.
I choose X=0 and Y=1 inch.
Select the line - click on "Replica"

Replica. Tutorial Step 3. Cameo Silhouette. Weeding lines. Vinyl

Replica


Open your design in front of the lines. You can right click on your design > Bring to Front.

Bring to front. Tutorial Step 4. Cameo Silhouette. Weeding lines. Vinyl

Bring to front


I draw a box around my design. This is my weeding box.
Adjust the lines that it fits into the weeding box. Space your lines by thinking of what will be the easiest to weed. Use your arrow key when you do the adjusting.

adjust weeding lines and weeding box. Tutorial Step 5. Cameo Silhouette. Weeding lines. Vinyl

Adjust weeding lines and weeding box


Select all the lines you want to cut.
Right click > Make Compound Path
Make sure you select/highlight your designs and the lines.

Open Modify Window > Subtract All

Substract. Tutorial Step 6. Cameo Silhouette. Weeding lines. Vinyl

Substract



By doing this you divide the vinyl in smaller parts to weed. No more worries of big pieces of vinyl that gets in the way and stick to each other when you weed.

Hope this was helpful.
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