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Making a cutting template from an image file

by 9saws
posted 06-11-2017 09:35 PM


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Woodknack

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#1 posted 06-11-2017 10:28 PM

Tile image in your printer settings

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#2 posted 06-11-2017 10:38 PM

I’ve achieved this many time in MSPaint. First you have to establish a scale of sorts. I use the largest square paint bush to create the scale. Each square will represent an inch or fraction of an inch. Use this scale to create a grid and draw your figure.
 

 
Now comes the hard part you will have to print a few times until the initial scale you established prints out full size. your figure will most likely be drawn over several pages … simply match/tape the pages together and cut out your figure.
 
Sorry for the tiny guitar, but I think you get the drift. Good Luck!

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#3 posted 06-11-2017 10:45 PM

Most real graphic packages (Gimp, InkScape, Photoshop, etc…) can easily scale to an exact size…

If it’s larger than the paper, just do like mentioned above and tape them together to form the whole.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 06-11-2017 11:05 PM

These all seem like reasonable ideas but I’ve never been able to get pictures out of the printer in the size that the program says they are.

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#5 posted 06-12-2017 01:24 AM

These all seem like reasonable ideas but I ve never been able to get pictures out of the printer in the size that the program says they are.
- 9saws

I’ve never had a problem getting them the exact size needed. I do a bit of scroll saw work, mostly portraits – but some other various patterns as well. They get framed, so the wood blank needs to be an exact size, and the pattern needs to fit it exactly. If I tell it to scale the pattern to 8×10, it prints out exactly 8×10 and fits the wood perfectly.

It may be that you are trying to scale the ‘canvas’, and not the actual pattern. If you are having problems scaling to the right size, you can always create the new image the size needed – then no scaling would be required:

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#6 posted 06-12-2017 01:55 AM



These all seem like reasonable ideas but I ve never been able to get pictures out of the printer in the size that the program says they are.

- 9saws

What program? What pictures? It can be easy or complicated depending on the answers. If it’s a bitmap and wasn’t created full size then it’ll have to be imported into a graphics program and scaled to a known size. If it was created full size then you can tile print. Matthias Wandel also sell a program called Big Print that is probably easier if you aren’t technically proficient.
https://woodgears.ca/bigprint/

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#7 posted 06-12-2017 02:30 AM

Take to Staples, Kinkos etc and have printed on a large format printer.

-- mrg

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#8 posted 06-12-2017 02:43 AM


Take to Staples, Kinkos etc and have printed on a large format printer.

- mrg

That’s the best way to get it done. I’ve got plans on my free plans site that have full size templates on them I draw in Autocad, especially legs and make a downloadable pdf file with them. Woodworkers save the pdf file on a thumb drive and take it to Staples or Kinko to get a full 24” x 36”, 48”, or 60” inch plot done. I think a few bucks is all they charge to do it.

-- Bruce Free Plans https://traditionalwoodworking.org

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#9 posted 06-12-2017 02:44 AM

Mathias wandel uses a BigPrint program all the time.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 06-12-2017 03:26 AM

Not too fast going to Kinkos, I took a full size 22” × 34” drawing and it “grew” over 1/4 and it cost me $9!
I think the increase was due to the media.
To rectify this problem I made oversize and undersize drawings on the same sheet and picked the one that was correct.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 06-12-2017 04:00 AM

Kinko’s is now FedEx Office. Just in case anyone tries looking up the address. Last time I was there it was $10 + prints but that seemed to be different store to store.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#12 posted 06-12-2017 04:05 AM

Yeah, some time ago I printed bunches of pages tweaking a size up and down but I could never land on the sufficiently accurate rendition.

My graphics program is an obscure thing much like Corel. But I set up an eighth-inch grid today on a 17×22 sheet (four US letter pages taped together). I’ll give that a whirl some time down the week.

Maybe I just haven’t found all the right settings yet. Maybe the printer demands to impose margins of some sort.

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#13 posted 06-12-2017 04:11 AM



Kinko s is now FedEx Office. Just in case anyone tries looking up the address. Last time I was there it was $10 + prints but that seemed to be different store to store.

- Rick M

They think that they’re FedEx Office, but they’re Kinkos.

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#14 posted 06-12-2017 05:04 AM



They think that they re FedEx Office, but they re Kinkos.
- 9saws

They are FedEx Office. Everything that was Kinko’s is dead and gone including the name. Paul Orfalea’s vision and philosophy was compromised in the 90’s when he sold a majority share to CDR. A few years later they forced him out and purged the company of his values.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#15 posted 06-12-2017 12:15 PM

Have you ever heard anyone say “I went to FedEx Office to make some copies”?

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#16 posted 06-13-2017 01:31 AM

I hope your design is vector based rather than raster based. It is all but impossible to accurately scale a raster based image with any level of confidence.

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#17 posted 06-13-2017 05:13 AM



I hope your design is vector based rather than raster based. It is all but impossible to accurately scale a raster based image with any level of confidence.

- ArtMann

I can, but I have significant experience and training. It would be quicker for me to do it, than teach someone how to do it.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#18 posted 06-14-2017 05:24 AM

My solution (somewhat unique because I use Creo Elements/Direct Modeling Express) was printing on 17” × 34” paper but using 8-1/2” × 11” paper. The program and printer printed my drawing on four sheets that I could tape together to get a full size print that was the correct size.

I have done this twice and so far so good or lucky!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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