|At Last a perfect cut on a scruffy old mat|
Please let me know if the following helps :
Create and load your image -The first thing to do is to create your image and design that you want to print and cut.
This can be produced using silhouette or any other graphic or photo software. Make sure the image is not larger than the area allowed on your cutting mat usually a bit smaller than A4 on the Portrait. (Obviously if you have a bigger machine and mats you can go larger.)
Save your image as a JPEG and be careful not to make the file size too large otherwise the silhouette software becomes sluggish. Also do not rotate the image in silhouette as this can cause a registration problem later.
Setting up your Silhouette Page -This part of the process is very important and needs attention to the detail outlined. Any slight deviation as I found will result in disappointing failure.
In the Design part of the software set up printing selections as follows as you will be printing a picture of your image plus registration marks.
It is vital you print the right Marks for your cutter.
Below is what your screen page should look like. Load your image into the white space well inside the hatched area and solid registration marks.
From this point on it can get seriously problematic if just one parameter is not quite right, but the following instructions should cut down on the number of failed cuts.
Placing print (to be cut) on cutting mat -Place your print with the edge lined up on the top line of the mat and up against the outside line on the left edge (as red arrows)
Feed the mat into your Silhouette cutter (in this case Portrait) as shown in the photo. As an aid to being able to see the markings on the feed tray I have enhanced them with black and white markers.
In this case I use the outside marker of the 2 parallel guides
Scanning and setting up the cutting software -This section is worth checking over a couple of times before committing to a cut on your print.
Select settings for your machine in this case 'Type 1'
Select page setup to scan for 'registration marks.'
Scanning is where most problems arise of 'failed registration'. It turns out that unlike main stream scanners that we are all used to using employ a scanning light. The Silhouette machine does NOT HAVE A LIGHT SOURCE to scan with. The user has to make sure there is enough light for the machine to see what it needs to do. If like me all peripheral equipment like printers and scanners etc are tucked away in corners or shelves under the computer you may never understand why the cutter constantly fails to find the registration guides.
Set up the cutter in the usual way for cutting and material selection.... BUT double check before pressing the SEND button that the settings on 'Page Setup' have not gone back to a default status. This can sometimes happen for any number of unknown reasons.
Finally make your own detailed notes as you go. Once you get a successful Print and Cut the first time it will be worth the effort, so make sure it happens every time. Good Luck