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Using PowerPoint 2003 to Contour Crop Around an Image: A Tutorial for Mac Users

“Sometimes, you want to crop around an image with a complex shape. Most people do this in Adobe® Photoshop® or another image-editing program, but you can do it in PowerPoint if you don’t have or know another program…”

Eliminate unwanted background with PowerPoint!

Eliminate unwanted background with PowerPoint!

This blog from Ellen Finkelstein walks Mac users of PowerPoint 2003 through the process of drawing in an outline of the image they’d like to isolate in a photo and eliminating the unwanted background, so that they can subsequently convert it into a vector design in their cutting software.

Stay tuned in the weeks to follow, and we’ll show you a great possible application of this technique, which uses vinyl and looks great, and could even make you a little bit of money.

THE CURIO IS COMING: Unlock your Crafting Superpowers with the Cameo’s New Trusty Sidekick

New, from the same folks who brought you crafting action heroes like the Silhouette Cameo and Portrait, meet Curio (projected to be available August 2015 – available for pre-order at USCutter NOW!). This all-purpose crafting tool does everything but fight crime.

Add some new moves to your super-crafter toolbelt like paper embossing, metal etching, leather stippling, deep cutting of foam and vinyl, and scoring. The new Curio can do everything the Cameo can, but it is not as versatile a cutter. It won’t accept materials larger than 8.5” x 12” with the base upgrade option, whereas the Cameo will cut a width of 12” by a 10 foot roll.

The Curio is cast as more of a trusty sidekick to the Cameo, with some pretty incredible features of its own.

Its dual carriage allows you to perform multiple functions at once, mixing and matching from the list of possible Curio accessories. Stipple and Ink or Emboss and Score in one pass. Contour cut around printed images.

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The Curio has the same precision cutting that put Silhouette on the map.

 

And now, with a higher 5mm clearance and adjustable base with removable platforms, you can deep cut thicker materials than ever.

Work with leather, foam, metal, and even wood. Emboss soft papers and vellums for professional invitations and polished business cards.

With this dynamic duo at your disposal, your desktop or craft room can soon be your homebase for unlocking all your crafting superpowers. Pre-order yours today!

The Curio’s unique stippling feature lets you create amazing dot patterns that transform into unforgettable art.

The Curio’s unique stippling feature lets you create amazing dot patterns that transform into unforgettable art.

Shaping Up to be a Beautiful Thing: Vinyl Cutting Applications with New Adobe Shape CC Mobile App

Cut any design in the world on your MH vinyl cutter.

Cut any design in the world on your MH vinyl cutter.

There’s a new mobile app available for iPhone and iPad users that can capture any image out in the world and convert it into a vector drawing with the touch of your screen.

For graphic designers this makes any design instantly scalable, but for our users it also makes any image available to your mobile device QUICKLY CUTTABLE.

You can download the app for free here. Simply point your device at any object (a sunset, a drawing, a screenshot, logo, or best friend) and the app draws in vector lines in real time. Hit the button and your design is raptured up into the Adobe Creative Cloud where you can access it with any Adobe suite software, from Photoshop, to Illustrator, to InDesign, and Draw.

Preview vector lines in real time then click and save for a ready-to-cut image.

Preview vector lines in real time then click and save for a ready-to-cut image.

You can edit your vector lines in the Adobe software, or quickly and easily export as a .svg into your Sure Cuts A Lot or other cutting software, and simple as that, you’re ready to cut.

With a colleague’s iPhone, a brand new MH Cutter fresh from the box, Adobe Illustrator, and provided Sure Cuts A Lot software, I was able to capture a moderately detailed drawing from my computer screen with the Adobe Shape CC app on the iPhone…

A simple demo of this app's powers.

A simple demo of this app’s powers.

It drew in the vector lines instantaneously and saved my image to the cloud. I pulled it into Illustrator and saved it as an .svg. I imported it into Sure Cuts A Lot, and was immediately cutting.

GreenStar outdoor vinyl ready to mask and apply.

GreenStar outdoor vinyl ready to mask and apply.

For experienced designers who are comfortable in the Adobe platform to new users who want to cut right out of the box without learning cutting software to anyone looking for a powerful tool that converts photos from raster to vector in real time, the process of capturing real world images for decorative vinyl applications has never been easier!