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making stencils
Posted by: James Rowse (89.243.205.---)
Date: February 21, 2008 01:03AM

Hi
I'm a scenic artist painting scenery for theatre. I run a studio in Kent(UK). I am thinking about buying a vinyl cutter in order to make stencils. We frequently have to paint repeated patterns and text and it would seam on the face of it a good way to speed this up. However I know nothing about the practicalities of doing this.

Can any one help with any of the following.
1) I would need a way of translating a jpg file into something that you can cut from. Our artwork arrives in the form of a painted model and supporting photographs. Do vinyl cutters come with software or would I need to buy something in addition. (To complicate matters I only use Macs and have no PC)

2) Would there be a make of cutter to head towards or any to avoid? I guess I'd need one that could handle film up to 100cm wide

Any advise would be very welcome
Thanks

Re: making stencils
Posted by: signstu (---.nycmny.east.verizon.net)
Date: March 13, 2008 01:29PM

Stencils can be made from poster board, Ive done it several times useing a 60 degree blade. You will have to tweek it a little. You might be able to use corel draw to change files to vectors and cut. The Graphtec is one that will do the job!



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