Please note that since Build 59 of CCR was released the process covered below is not working and Build 60 didn't address the problem. The design will print but all the layers cut instead of just the outline.
8 Dec 2011PC has stated that the reason that this was working in the first place is because of a bug. Whether they'll add this as a feature at some point is unknown.
You can still follow the instructions below and let it print. Then as soon as the outline of the image has cut press the Cancel button. That way the layers won't cut.
You can download a PDF version of this tutorial from here: http://www.box.net/shared/9lxzj7okc7tmcmgjj4uv
One of the things that many users of the Imagine have been wanting to do is weld together all the layers of an image from the Disney cartridges (amongst others) so that it will print as one object and then cut the entire image.
Well, using CCR I finally cracked it!
I found that the main trick to getting it to work is to not weld the images and to not group the top layers with the base layer. I even managed to hide the contours within the base layer and it still worked!
(I tested this at least 10 times to make sure it wasn't a fluke...)
Confused?? Here's what you do.
I'm using Daisy from the Mickey Font cart if you want to play along. (I don't have the Mickey & Friends cart but will show you some examples from the Best of Pixar cart at the end.)
Daisy is on page 131 of the handbook. This shows you which layers I'll be using. Please note you won't be using the base layer of the image. You'll be using the blackout feature instead.
On carts that don't have a blackout feature you'll use the Shadow feature. On carts that don't have a shadow feature you would use the base layer on which you would use the Hide Contour feature to hide all but the outside contour.
- Select the Imagine as your Default machine from the Options menu, Project tab
- Set the size of your base image in the Options menu, CraftRoom tab, Dial Size
- Ensure that Relative size is showing on the toolbar
- Place all the required layers of the design on the mat by selecting each required feature key in turn.
- So that you can see more of the mat (without zooming out) you can now close the Drawer by clicking on the green arrow.
- Select the Colors and Patterns menu, then select Colors from the drop down box.
It doesn't matter which Imagine cartridge is showing in the Color Palette. Any cart will do.
- Click the blackout layer on your mat then select Black from the Color Palette. That layer will now turn black.
- Click on your next layer and select any other color from the Color Palette. (We'll change it to the exact RGB color later). I selected yellow from the main palette. You can use the image in the cartridge handbook as a general guide.
- Drag the selected layer on top of the blackout layer and position it so it aligns correctly.
When you release the mouse the selected object will turn grey.
You'll notice at the top of the object the Weld/Don't Weld box will appear.
- Click on Don't Weld
Now we'll change that layer using its correct RGB code. (You don't have to use the correct RGB color if you don't want to. You can just select any color from the Color Palette).
The RGB code for Daisy's mouth is R255, G156, B0
- Making sure the mouth layer is still selected click on the down arrow beneath the Color Palette and type those numbers into the correct boxes.
- Click the Apply button
- Select the blackout image and click Don't Weld
- Select the next layer (Daisy's bow/ears) and change its RGB code to R255, G156, B206
- Drag it on top of the base layer and align
- Click the Don't Weld button
- Color and place the two remaining layers remembering to click Don't Weld on each of them.
The RBG code for the tongue is 255, 148, 148
When you've placed those two layers your image should look like this:
There's just one final thing to do before you're ready to print and cut.
- Drag a selection box around the whole image (or select Ctrl A / Cmd A or select Edit, Select All)
All 5 layers of the image will be selected. Now you need to de-select the base layer.
- Hold down the Ctrl key and click somewhere on the black part of the image. (In this case the eyes are the easiest). The base image will now be deselected. You should notice that the selection box became a tiny bit smaller.
- Click the Group button on the toolbar
Now everything apart from the base layer will be grouped. To test that it worked click anywhere on the top layer and you should be able to move it all away from the base layer. (This isn't a necessary step. It's just so you can check that it worked)
- Move the top layer back and align it on top of the base layer
And now you're ready to print and cut!
- Click the Go button
- At the Print and Cut dialogue box click on the arrow beside the Layer drop down box and select "daisy"
- Click the Go button. CCR will check your Imagine to verify that the correct cartridge has been inserted
Once it has detected the cartridge it will send the project to the Imagine
You'll then see this message.
- Insert your mat into the machine. While pressing the mat in click the Go button on the Imagine screen.
And here it is:
And here's some I prepared earlier!
It's obvious I still have some adjusting to do to get my calibration just right, but I'm very happy with the result!
Once you've done a few of these it takes about 5 minutes start to finish.
If you have any questions please let me know!