1.13.2009

Information on DXF Files


Tips on how to use DXF files
for Silhouette:

I have a Silhouette but I don't use it anymore. But I do still have the Craft Robo and Robo Master software on my computer so I've tested my files on my Robo Master.

HOW TO USE DXF: First Save the DXF when you receive it in your email, THEN open it up in Robo Master by going to File> Load DXF. Now when you open your file in Silhouette it will be micro-small... don't let that shock you. The size will in no way affect how the image will cut. So if you follow the RESIZING instructions, it will work perfectly!

DELETE UNWANTED TEXT - Remember to delete any added instructions or extra writting BEFORE you begin to cut. They will cut out if you don't!!

HOW TO SCALE/RESIZE FILES:Everyone likes the set up of each file a bit differently... I have taken a lot of advice into consideration and came up with the decision to have each file as a separate color. Meaning if a paper piecing is made up by 4 colors, then there will be 4 DXF files which you can then load into your software and resize and/or multiply.

You may have noticed how hard it is to keep the pattern scaled properly because your software loads each file at different sizes (sometimes micro-small), not the size I saved the file in. So to help with this problem I have added a small circle to the top left hand corner of each DXF. Here is the idea of how you use that circle:
1. Load one DXF file;
2. Scale it to the size you want;
3. Send it to cut;
4. Before you delete it, load the next DXF file of the same pattern;
5. Scale that file to fit the first one you loaded by lining up the small circles to be the exact same size as the first file;
6. Delete the first file you already cut;
8. Repeat steps 4 thru 7 until you have cut the whole pattern.

The idea of the circles is to make sure that after you cut, all your pieces will fit together perfectly and proportionately.

Opening a PDF that you get with your DXF files:
Every paper piecing pattern file that you purchase comes with a FULL PDF version of the same pattern. I don't want you to have to deal with too many PDF files so I have merged them into a packaged PDF bundle. Meaning when you open the PDF, you will see all the different PDF files located on the left hand side of the pages. It is as easy as clicking on each file for it to open. Here is a screen shot of what I mean:

OPTIONS FOR EYES (Bear, Bunny, Reindeer, Duck):
I have 2 options for making eyes. But of course, you are always welcome to be creative and make your own eyes!
1st option - Using your diecut machine and SVG eye file I sent to you, CUT eyes on black cardstock and use a white gel pen to accent.

2nd option - Open PDF eye file I sent you, PRINT on white cardstock and cut each eye out using scissors. Remember if you use this option and you resize your paper piecing, you will need to resize the PDF eyes as well... instruction are HERE.


**The WPC files I have created are meant to be used with the Pazzles Inspiration machine so if you have a different machine such as Silhouette or Wishblade (Craft Robo), etc., you would have to check with your machines software to make sure it accepts WPC or DXF. Thanks for your understanding!

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Tips on how to use DXF files

for Wishblade (CraftRobo):

I do NOT have a Wishblade, but a friend of mine does, so if you have questions, we can figure it out!! This is instructions on what I DO know...

HOW TO USE DXF: First SAVE the DXF when you receive it in your email, THEN SAVE it again in Craft Robo... You are unable to open a DXF in Wishblade, so you first need to load the DXF file into your Craft Robo software and convert it into a cuttable GSD file which you can then open in you Wishblade. Now when you open your file in Wishblade it will be micro-small... don't let that shock you. The size will in no way affect how the image will cut. Just select the whole image (CTRL A) and make larger all at the same time so when they are cut, they will assemble perfectly. :)

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