Reasons 4, 5, and 6- Importing Files into MTC!

Ready for some more Make The Cut! (MTC) features? Here are three more all related to having more files available and how easy it is to get them into MTC for cutting:

Reason #4: Make The Cut! will import SVG files and several other formats not available for import into KNK Studio.

SVG files are readily available on the Internet, both from web stores selling cutting files but also free at many blogs and user forums. MTC will also import SCUT files (created in Sure Cuts A Lot) and the latest AI formats. While KNK Studio does offer a wide range of file import filters, unfortunately SVG and SCUT are not included. Further, AI files must be version 8 in order to easily edited. Newer versions of AI can be troublesome in KNK, but not in MTC!

It’s very simple to import SVG files: just look for the icon at the top of the screen:

Reason #5: Make The Cut! comes with over 4500 free cutting files uploaded by users!

It’s a simple click to bring up a search window where you can not only search by category, date, and tag word, but also by an ID indicating which user uploaded the file! Further, this is a growing database as more and more MTC owners freely share their designs with other owners. Here’s a video to see how this works:

MTC On-Line Gallery

Reason #6: You can copy and paste images, text, and notes directly from KNK Studio to Make The Cut!

This one is extremely important because the new KNK Zing will come with Make The Cut! software and I know that KNK owners will want to be able to cut their existing .knk files as well as continue using KNK Studio for some of the designing functions they’ve already been using for years. No problem! The copy and paste is very simple to do.

I was especially happy to see that you can also continue using those 1300 fonts that came on your KNK Clipart and Fonts CD and copy/paste text you’ve just typed directly over to MTC, even though MTC cannot install these particular font formats. Further, if you use the Notes function in KNK Studio, you can also copy/paste this text into a similar Notes function in MTC.

Here’s a video showing how easily these three copy/paste situations work:

Converting From .KNK to .MTC

Make The Cut! uses a layers function to separate images for cutting. This would be used any time you have different colors in a KNK file and specifically need to keep those colors separated fur cutting. For example, a fold-up project with scoring lines could be one instance in which you would want some parts of an image put into a different layer from the rest. Another would be a paper piecing project where one would put all of the images to be cut from each color of cardstock onto separate layers. There could be several ways to do this when converting from KNK to MTC, but here’s my initial recommended method:

Converting A Multi-Color KNK File to MTC

Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out my next post in a few days when I’ll present three designing features in Make The Cut! that will make you cry out, “Wow!”

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Make a "Note" of This!

This is a BIGGIE for those of you who design files to share or sell to others. Definitely take note (and pardon the pun, in advance)!

There is a Notes function in Klic-N-Kut Studio which allows one to add text labels and instructions to files that will then be ignored by the cutter. I always appreciate designers adding that information directly into a file so that I don’t have to keep extra .txt or .doc files with my cutting files AND the information is right there on the screen. I ALSO love it when users will include the name of any font they used in their file in case I want to use that same font to further create items for my project.

To use the Notes function, click on the Measure tools icon, on the Tools Toolbar and it’s the last icon on the right. Up on the smart bar you will be able to type the text you wish to add in paragraph form. You can change the font, font size, font style, etc by clicking on the Fonts button. ALSO: Be sure to use a common font like Arial or Times New Roman so that anyone else opening your file won’t need YOUR special font installed. Otherwise, they will receive an error message and be required to pick a substitute font before the file will open.

After typing your notes, just click on Close and your notes will appear as an item you can move around on your screen just like any other text object, except it won’t be a cuttable object. You can even change the color of the text from the Shop Palette and resize it by dragging a selected corner. If you’ve purchased any of my videos or watched the demo, you will see that I’ve used the Notes function at both the beginning and end of each video! 🙂

Be sure to check out some of the other useful features under the Measure Tools… you can also add notes with arrows pointing to a particular location or easily add dimensions to your fold-up template projects. This really adds a very professional look to your work!