Hey all! I see there's been a few questions regarding Print & Cut. Let's see if I can answer them, with the help of my sidekicks in ye ol' customer service department (thanks guys!).
Yes! But you need to run the Parallels program that runs Windows to do it. Once you are running Windows on your Mac, then you can download and use the Robo Master software and access the images from the Online Store. You can also use the Silhouette with Adobe Illustrator, but you wouldn't be able to use the Robo Master software or access the shapes from the store.
This was Helen's comment she wrote about using Mac:
If you have a Mac, you have to get Parallels and then run Windows XP on
the Parallels and the silhouette software on the windows xp. I heard that one
lady got the Parallels for $69 and the Windows xp on ebay for $65. This is the
only thing that she uses the windows for on her mac, but then the silhouette
software works like a champ and she can download all the wonderful QK
You can also find some additional information here.
What type of printing media should you use to print your P&Cs?
You can use cardstock (or printer paper), however, I find that using photo paper or presentation paper will give you a much richer color. When you print on cardstock, the color absorbs into it making it a little duller in color. It's fine, but the photo paper or presentation paper (which is like cardstock) will make it look much better. This has nothing to do with the P&C feature, but rather, it's just the way printers and printing media work.Is there a tutorial on grouping and ungrouping? Does where you place your paper on the cutting mat have anything to do with how P&C will work?
Yes. You must place your printed paper on the cutting mat and feed the 1st and 2nd registration marks into the Silhouette first (it also says Feed This Side First). It is also very important to make sure the registration marks are between the white pinch rollers on the Silhouette. They must be centered inside the rollers.
You can check out further information on proper placement here.
Does removing the two narrow strips of yellow backing make a difference on your mat?
I've always taken mine off. I find that my machine does cut into that area at times, so I'd rather not have it there, especially because it doesn't make a difference for me in how it rolls through the machine.
The customer service dudes say that the strips are there to provide a smooth, non-sticky track for the rollers to roll on during the cutting process during those times when smaller materials are used--in other words, when the rollers are not rolling onto the 8 1/2" wide material. The thought is that having the rollers move over the sticky surface may impair the exact registration of the tool's cutting performance. Removing the side strips is not recommended, but from experience, it will not harm anything and usually will not affect the cutting performance.Does this work on the Wishblade?
Unfortunately we do not have the answer to this. You would need to contact Wishblade for more details.
Can you change the color of the P&Cs?
The answer is no. However, there will be alternate color choices on some things here in the future.
Editing the colors is a feature that we've received a few inquiries about. We are aware that some people may want to alter the colors. However, at this time, it's not a feature of the software.Does P&C work on the original Silhouette?
Yes! It works on both machines.
Does it matter which mat style I'm using?
No. The optical eye in the machine reads the registration marks on the printed paper, so the mat shouldn't matter.
Once you've purchased a P&C and it's downloaded into your library, how can you tell which ones are P&Cs? The "P" is no longer by the image now.
I would suggest creating a folder for just your Print and Cut images. Select all the P&Cs you've downloaded and drag them into this new folder. That way, you'll have all those images available to you at the click of a button rather than searching for them through your entire library. I would also suggest doing this at the time of purchase.
Also, when you choose an image to place into your document, it will be apparent at that point as to which is which since the P&C images will be in color and a regular cut image will be in outline only.
Can we easily design our own P&C images? Is there a tutorial for this?
You can find a tutorial on making your own P&C images here.
Will the monograms be available in the Online Store or only through Portfolio CDs?
The monograms will be available only in the Online Store. They weren't there at the time of the original post because it was a sneak peek. :)
I see there are a few other questions regarding P&C not cutting correctly, or something like that. If you're struggling with using the P&C feature, you can go here for a full tutorial and here for troubleshooting. Or, you can contact customer support at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have found these tutorials on silhouettemachine.com to be very helpful!
I will check back from time to time to see if there are more questions to answer.