Technique Tuesday-Converting a Cut File to a Digital Image

One of my subscribers (thank you, Sarah) asked me to further explain converting a cut file to a digital image as shown in this post.  Since there may be others who haven’t tried this yet, I thought it might be nice to share a tutorial.  I’ll show you step by step instructions here, but there’s a freebie printable version on the Hints, Tips & Tutorials page.

  • Start by finding the cut file you want to use.  We’re going to start with a very basic image, easy to convert in a few steps.

  • Change the line color from the most commonly found red to black.  To do this, select the image then open the Line Color Window, click on black in Basic Options.

  • Now open the Line Style Window.   With the image still selected, change the Line Thickness to at least 1.0; just increase the number if you want a thicker line.  Then scroll down and select Print Lines of Selected Shapes.

  • The last, and very important, step is to change the line from cut to no cut.

Image when set to CUT

Image set to NO CUT

  • And that’s it!  You’re ready to print on your desired paper.

If you’re using an ink jet printer, know your ink can bleed if you water-color.  It can be done, but you need to be really careful not to get water near the ink; rather place the water in the center and carefully move the color up to, but not over, the line.

If you want to print on water-color paper, I suggest Strathmore #90 cold press. I get mine through Amazon.  I like using this paper even when I work with alcohol markers, like Copic, as I think the texture really adds something.

It’s not always this easy to convert cut files to digital images, so stay tuned to future posts when I talk about what do know when the files have many pieces.  And then, in a separate post, I’ll share how I convert clip art into cut files.  Stay tuned!



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  1. Even though I don’t have any SVG files the tutorial is interesting and easy to follow.

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