Description Of Some Technical Terms Used On This Web Site         Back

This is a simple process by which overlapping objects are converted to non-overlapping to enable continuous cutting. For                                                                 Example:
Colour Welding:
Same process as above, except it welds each group of colours separately.

The ability to convert scanned images into cuttable images. This is performed by the software tracing the bitmap (scan) around its edges. Colour vectorizing allows you to separate the colours.

Node editing:

This allows you to view and edit the construction points used to create the design. It is particularly useful for cleaning up after vectorizing, especially since most artwork presented for scanning is rough.

This is the removal of unwanted material after cutting. Usually performed with a small Stanley knife or tweezers. 

How a typical Sign Is Produced:

The text or scanned image is created on the screen and then saved for future use.

The file is then sent to the cutter where it is cut into the self adhesive vinyl.

The excess is then weeded out leaving the design on the backing paper.

Application tape (basically low tack masking tape) is then placed over the complete sign.

The mounting surface is then prepared by cleaning, and the whole sign is lifted off and placed onto the surface. You may also spray the surface with a slippery soap solution to assist in final positioning of the sign. The vinyl is then flattened out and the excess soap solution removed via a small squeegee (paddle). The application tape is then removed.