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What Is Vinyl Cutting And How To Cut

Feb 21, 2023

Vinyl cutting is a great way to create custom vinyl designs for your business. Making vinyl cutouts can be used as a signage, promotional materials, and more. This blog post will discuss what vinyl cutting is and how it works. We’ll also provide you with some tips on the best ways to design vinyl cutouts so that they are eye-catching and effective!

What is vinyl cutting?
Vinyl cutting is the process of cutting vinyl to create custom designs. Vinyl can be cut in different shapes and sizes, then applied to cars, windows, electronics cases, or just about anything else!

Heat is used to form vinyl into the shape of what you want to cut, and then a vinyl cutter “carves” away at the vinyl until it has the desired result. This technique is used to create custom cut vinyl decals and vinyl stencils for other purposes.

When used for displays or signs, vinyl has an adhesive backing that, when applied to surfaces like walls or windows, creates an easily cleanable protective shield over whatever lies underneath.

How to cut your vinyl designs
You can cut vinyl manually or by using a vinyl cutter. Here is a list of the items you will need:

Vinyl sheets
Vinyl cutting software program (online or downloadable). This will help you create custom designs that are perfect for vinyl cutting!
You may also want to consider:

Vinyl cutter machine
To make vinyl cutouts of your design, follow these steps:

Step 1: create your design
Gather all the materials needed, including a vinyl sheet big enough for the design. Next, you’ll want to choose a vinyl cutting software program, like CorelDRAW, which will allow you to edit photos and create original designs from scratch.

It is essential to use vinyl cutting software when creating vinyl cutouts. Using vinyl not designed for vinyl cutters may permanently damage your vinyl cutter machine!

Step 2: create a template
Now open up the vinyl graphics design software and create a template or edit an existing one. If you are using CorelDRAW, click on “File” at the top of the screen, then select “Open.”

From here, find and select any image file you’d like to work with. Once you’ve opened an image file, make sure in the menu bar that it’s chosen as a background layer so that it doesn’t accidentally get deleted (you can always change this later).

Next, begin making your desired changes. To avoid mistakes, save your vinyl graphics design as an image file to reference future vinyl cutting. Avoid using the “save” option in CorelDRAW when editing vinyl designs.

Step 3: upload your design
It’s time to upload your vinyl graphics design file into our vinyl cutter software program. Using the CorelDRAW website, select the “Upload a new job” tab at the top of the page, and then choose the “Browse” button. Locate and select your vinyl graphics design file saved in step 2 above.

Step 4: print out template
Now that your vinyl cutout template is uploaded click “Print” on the next screen to bring up a print preview of how it will look printed out onto vinyl. Make sure to select vinyl as the vinyl sheet size, and also choose your desired vinyl thickness.

Step 5: cut out design
Once you are satisfied with how your vinyl cutout template looks printed out onto vinyl, click ‘Continue’ on the next screen. Now it’s time to make that vinyl design finally!

This is where the fun begins. Place the vinyl sheet face down on your vinyl graphics cutting machine (make sure it is a machine designed for making vinyl cutouts), and then press “cut.”

If done correctly, you will have a custom cut vinyl piece!

Depending on what type of materials you’re working with, these pieces can be used immediately or bonded together using an adhesive like contact cement, which can then be applied to any surface.

In summary
Vinyl cutting is a simple process that can get you started on customizing and making all sorts of vinyl graphics. We hope this guide has helped show you what vinyl cutting is and how to make vinyl cutouts.

Creating vinyl graphics using CorelDRAW is convenient because of the program’s user-friendly vinyl designing interface. CorelDRAW makes vinyl design easy; its vinyl editor allows you to work with layers, apply gradients and manipulate pixels right in your designs. This gives you complete control over vinyl color selection without having to convert colors manually. You can learn more here to get started.

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