Print & Cut

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Cutter Settings

Make sure that your cutter is set up with the settings shown.

A guide on how to change the Force of the blade can be found Here

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Document

Create a new document in Adobe Illustrator to the size you require (A3 in this demo)

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Artwork

Place your artwork onto the A3 Sheet.

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Crops

Navigate to:
File > Cutting Master 4 > Cut/Plot...
and use the following settings.

Units: Millimetres
Margin: 10.00mm
Thickness: 1.00mm
Length: 20.00mm

Relative to page: Enabled

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Cut Path

Make a copy of your vector and change the colour to all black.

Navigate to:
Window > Stroke
and use the settings shown in the image.

Change the stroke colour to a unique colour (a colour not used anywhere else in the artwork)

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Outline the Stroke

This can be done by navigating to:
Object > Path > Outline Stroke

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Merge

Open Pathfinder:
Window> Pathfinder
and click the Merge button.

Then:
1. de-select everything on the document
2. use the direct selection tool (white arrow) to click on the newly created stroke
3. navigate to "Select > Same > Fill Color" and press DELETE on your keyboard

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Clean Up

Delete any excess bits on the page that you don't want to be cut.

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Finishing Up

Place the colour artwork behind the black artwork.

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Layers

Navigate to:
Window > Layers
Click the burger icon in the top right hand corner of the layers panel and create two new layers.

Splitting your (print) artwork from the cut line by placing them on individual layers will make it a lot easier to handle the artwork now, and in future.

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Done

Your artwork is now ready.

Make sure to disable/hide the cut layer when printing (eye icon next to the layer).

Make sure to disable/hide the print layer when cutting.
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