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Title: large dxf files
Post by: marlou on August 01, 2010, 06:21:39 AM
Hi, I am pretty new to Silhouette SD & am not really too sauvy with computers, especially this windows 7. I downloaded a file of a tiger head from http://mydxf.blogspot.com (http://mydxf.blogspot.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;)  & clicked load dxf in the Silhouette software. It is huge & I can't see much of it. How do you use this file & is it ready to use like this. I just don't have enough knowledge about this but our school mascot is the tiger & I really like the looks of this.  Thanks for any help.  Marlou
Title: Re: large dxf files
Post by: Angel13 on August 01, 2010, 07:01:14 AM
Hi Marlou

If you haven't guessed I like to do pictorials, so here is your answer in a pictorial...........Let me know how you got on........I hope you realise that the cut may be a little stop and start, why not try the GSD conversion pictorial and cut from Inkscape for a smooth cutting motion....you really won't regret it.......
Title: Re: large dxf files
Post by: marlou on August 01, 2010, 08:15:27 AM
Thanks for the response. I don't have time right now to try to study it out. Will be going to church shortly. But I can't highlight the design. It is mostly off the screen & I can't get to all of the design to highlight around it to size & group. Will have to try it out later.
Title: Re: large dxf files
Post by: Angel13 on August 01, 2010, 01:24:05 PM
Hi Marlou
Sorry for the late response, if its not the design shown give me the design number so that I can have a proper look.....
Title: Re: large dxf files
Post by: marlou on August 01, 2010, 09:01:02 PM
http://mydxf.blogspot.com/2008/03/tiger.html (http://mydxf.blogspot.com/2008/03/tiger.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) Hi, this is the link to the tiger head. Like I said I don't know anything about these things, so this file may not be the right thing.  I just don't know enough. Thanks.
Title: Re: large dxf files
Post by: Technomum on August 02, 2010, 01:44:29 AM
Hi Marlou,

I think Angela will probably be working today so I hope she won't mind me popping in with a suggestion.  To see your complete outline you will need to press the minus key on the top bar a number of times.  That is the equivalent of a zoom out.  You should then be able to use the corner node to reduce the file so that it fits within the "red rectangle".  You can then press the plus sign to bring it back to view normally.  Hope that helps.


Title: Re: large dxf files
Post by: Angel13 on August 02, 2010, 12:11:28 PM
Oh Brilliant TechnoMum, that should do the job; Marlou you must let us know whether it worked for you........
Title: Re: large dxf files
Post by: marlou on August 02, 2010, 01:37:12 PM
Thanks for the info. I am sorry for being such a dummy, but when I do the zoom, my red box reduces in size too. I just don't know what I am doing, & probably shouldn't even be trying. Thanks
Title: Re: large dxf files
Post by: Technomum on August 02, 2010, 02:15:22 PM
Quote from: marlou
Thanks for the info. I am sorry for being such a dummy, but when I do the zoom, my red box reduces in size too. I just don't know what I am doing, & probably shouldn't even be trying. Thanks

Don't worry we all had to start somewhere.  Yes your whole file will zoom out but you should be able to see the corner nodes.  Only zoom out until you can see the nodes then click on one of them and pull towards the centre so that the image sits within the red rectangle and then go to the plus button and press it until you see the normal size screen.  You can readjust the size when you zoom in to the normal size screen.  I have added some screenshots of the process.

The first screenshot shows the file zoomed out (minus button) until you can clearly see the image.

The second shows the image of the tiger reduced into the small signblank by pulling the corner node towards the centre.  I used the top right corner node.

The third shows the image after having used the plus button to zoom in again.  Once you reach this level you can adjust the tiger to the size you want within the signblank.

I am not quite sure what you are going to do with the file but it is the type of design that looks good cut in vinyl.

There is some information on using the Silhouette here

http://www.silhouettemachine.com/training/default.aspx (http://www.silhouettemachine.com/training/default.aspx)

I don't know which version of RM you are using but mine is fairly old.  Have a look at Section 9.

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Title: Re: large dxf files
Post by: marlou on August 02, 2010, 02:47:16 PM
Thanks, I will try this later. I have to get off right now.  I have the Silhouette SD.
Title: Re: large dxf files
Post by: Technomum on August 02, 2010, 03:17:43 PM
Hi Marlou,  I should have known that.  I have just noticed you mentioned it in your first question.   Sorry  :roll:   You may have some extra options to me.
Title: Re: large dxf files
Post by: marlou on August 02, 2010, 04:23:04 PM
Thanks, Techie  I got it into the red box. I eventually wanted to cut it in vinyl, but I am sure I would have a lot of trouble getting rid of the right parts after cutting. It looks like it would be confusing. I'd like to learn how to make a background to go behind in that shape. Our colors are blue & white. I'd like to do a blue background & white tiger on top. Have to do some more studying. Thanks so much. Marlou
Title: Re: large dxf files
Post by: Technomum on August 04, 2010, 02:12:24 AM
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Hi, I am pretty new to Silhouette SD & am not really too sauvy with computers, especially this windows 7. I downloaded a file of a tiger head from http://mydxf.blogspot.com (http://mydxf.blogspot.com)  & clicked load dxf in the Silhouette software. It is huge & I can't see much of it. How do you use this file & is it ready to use like this. I just don't have enough knowledge about this but our school mascot is the tiger & I really like the looks of this.  Thanks for any help.  Marlou

Hi Marlou.  I have produced the tiger head for you and attach the GSD file.  Hope you like it.   My suggestions are to use the image on the Signblank and cut it in blue card or vinyl and then to move the "outer ring" on the righthand side into the signblank (and, of course, the tiger head out) and then cut the additional background in white and sandwich the two together.  If you want a blue tiger and white background you will only need to reverse the colour of the card used.  Enjoy!

I have also added an svg just in case anyone would like it.

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Title: Re: large dxf files
Post by: marlou on August 04, 2010, 08:40:36 AM
Thanks so much. That looks great. Marlou
Title: Re: large dxf files
Post by: yellowrose49 on October 23, 2010, 07:34:09 AM
Nice tiger. Thanks. Judy
Title: Re: large dxf files
Post by: muer on March 18, 2011, 06:37:56 AM
thanks for information...