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2 Color Vinyl Decal Cutting How-To



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what does that boat is up so today we're

going to go over how to make two color

decals such as this one the same method

applies for multicolored decals so you

can go as many colors as you want the

same method will work so first things

first you got to draw up your design of

the computer and let's go do that now

alright so bear with me I don't have

screen capture software so this is what

we're going to do you know just camera

point at the screen but this next

technique is going to vary depending on

what your design is when if you're

drawing up a custom design you're going

to want to plan out your design to make

it easier to layer you'll get used to it

you'll figure out what works what

doesn't but for this we're going to do a

simple text design we're going to keep

it easy for your first one and it'll

give you the gist of everything you need

to know

so I've already you know written out my

text basically as you can see here my

software likes to make the O's solid but

if you click up here to see what's

actually going to cut it's actually

going to cut out the circles of the O so

I know it looks like they're not when

you go back to this way but it is so

basically you want to take your design

keep everything exactly where it's at so

when you're doing two colored decals

you're doing a technique called layering

you're essentially cutting everything on

different colored sheets of vinyl

picking it up off one sheet and laying

it over top of the other so in order to

do that and keep everything lined up

perfectly you need some sort of

reference point so I use squares

some people use diamonds you can use

most shapes something with hard corners

that you can easily line up though so I

take a square basically you're going to

want to work on square sizes you don't

want them too big you don't want them

too small so kind of figure out a size

that works for you and what you want to

do is go above your work leave enough

room in between the square and the work

so you can cut out your decal you know

once the transfer tape is on so make

sure it's high enough above so it

doesn't get in the way basically what

you're going to want to do is just put

two squares so what I do is I reference

where my square is on the y-axis and I

make sure so this first one

I don't know if you can see first one on

the y-axis is point is one point 308 so

I want to make sure this one is 1.30 8

that just make sure that visually when

you go to put them together later your

eyes not going to be messing with you

you know seeing one that's a little bit

off of the other so once they're both in

the same spot what I like to do is I

like to put a weeding line around it

depending on whether or not your

software does this so what the weeding

line is is as you can see just puts a

little cuts around the actual object

you're cutting out in its entirety that

way it's less waiting for you you can

rip off the full sheet and you're not

and then you can come back and do your

detailed weeding and you're not worried

about pulling letters off or any of that

I'm actually going to scale this up to a

larger size before I cut it that's the

size decal I want like I said this will

work with any size but now I got to take

my squares back down to a more

manageable size prob about an inch and a

half I'd say all right now I'm doing

large decals like this I tend to do them

one at a time in case you know I screw

up because you can screw up a whole

sheet but if you're doing little stuff

you can do this exact same technique for

multiple decals at once you know just

keep your squares up at the top here and

it'll keep all of these in line but bear

in mind if you're just a little bit off

when we're layering that square it's

going to exponentially grow as you get

towards the bottom so if you're just a

little bit cockeyed this bottom one over

here is going to be way too far off so

until you get good at it I'd stick with

doing just one at a time practice

practice practice and then once you get

good you can layer multiples at a time

so I'm now going to load my vinyl

now really shouldn't matter which color

you use first unless you came up with

some really weird design that requires

you're actually laying colors over top

of each other I don't recommend that so

I'm going to start with the white first

but like I said it doesn't matter you

should by now know how to load your

machine if you're trying to do do to

color decals but if not I like to set it

in I have all these reference points

here so to make sure you're straight you

want to get just enough of the blade

that you know you're not going to go

past when you're cut your design but you

want to be far enough over you can use

you know the full width of your vinyl so

I cut make sure that my end cut here is

really straight so all I have to really

do is line it up with one of these

straight lines on here it's the us

cutters is the SC 34 inch cutter just

make sure your viral straight lined up

make sure it's locked in place and

you're good to go so depending on your

software this technique is going to be

the same as mine are different I'm using

sure cuts a lot Pro so I'm going to go

to cut now over here you see my design

down here you have an option to cut by

color if you don't have this option

you're going to have to come back to

your design so say you want to just cut

the white right now what you're going to

have to do is come in and essentially

select the blue delete it this is all

layered together so hold on so you're

gonna have to essentially select the

blue delete it leave everything else in

play cut it come back put the blue black

delete the white and and you know that's

the hard way of doing

luckily they came up with an easy way

and essentially

this thing will do it by itself so

basically I so my software come in I see

my design down here you can either cut

general or cut by color I want to cut by

color so I want to keep every single

color except for the blue so what I'm

keeping here is I'm keeping my weeding

line which is going around I'm keeping

my work and the it which are going to be

white obviously they're black on screen

because you wouldn't see if it was white

and then I'm keeping my reference

squares that I'm going to use to layer

let's go ahead and hit cut and we'll

take it from there

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what my settings you said it everybody

is going to be different

I cut only Oracle six five one final

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we'll go ahead and cut our white make

sure you get a straight cut I always

like to line a vinyl up on both sides

put these reference marks that they give

you so you know I'm one two three four

over here and go for over in the back

lock it back down and slice it all clear

so now we'll load in our teal remember

always leave I mean I guess depending on

the machine but with my machine you got

to leave it on when you're loading your

different colors or any kind of vinyl

because the blade drops when the machine

shuts off so if you try and slide your

vinyl in you're going to cut along that

edge wherever it runs under the blade so

I run my teal in lock it down another

thing I like to do is turn the Machine

off and back on in between cuts that way

it erases any memory it has the last cut

and you can your start fresh

so now we're back over on the computer

we're gonna go back to cut once again

we're leaving everything in place this

is important

back to cut now what we want to cut is

just the blue as well as our weeding

line again and our squares so you'll see

here we've deselected the black as we no

longer want that color now we're going

to come back in and we're going to cut

just our blue our squares and our

weeding line so once again we hit cut

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alright alright so we're ready to start

weeding here's where you're going to see

the benefit of adding that weeding line

to it so we're going to take our corner

it's hard to do with a camera right in

front of me peel it up so it works you

know it's more important when you have

actually a large batch or a larger

design or you know more intricate design

with more waste but come through we

doubt our for pickup center though okay

the four is done now we need to work and

the it same thing as our weeding line

come through take out the center uh all

right that's the simple design so it's

easy to weed so let's get to the next

step so something to keep in mind if

you're using a cheaper vinyl the white

on the cheaper vinyl has a white

background with this Oracle 651 they put

a blue background so you can actually

see the squares so if you're using cheap

vinyl which I don't recommend you're

going to want to make sure you layer

with your white first and layer the

white color on top of another color

otherwise you're going to have a hard

time lining up your squares so we're

basically going to be doing is we're

going to apply our transfer tape onto

our first color peeling it up and then

using our squares that we added we're

going to line those squares up with the

squares on our second color and it's

essentially going to lay down our first

color exactly where we want it on the

whole design I have a transfer tape

roller and all that this is quick and

dirty so that's how we're going to do it

I like to stick it onto the end of the

table it gives me a nice piece to grasp

on to slide my piece in it's important

you lay your transfer tape down right

because any weird imperfection or bubble

it's going to show up and it's going to

screw up

you're laying across it all right I

remember this transfer tape is going to

become final transfer tape so take care

of it you don't think I switch it out at

the end

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okay now this part is important and it's

going to help you so I'm going to peel

back your design as if you're going to

apply it make sure it's laying nice and

flat and take the backing paper line it

up on your design but make sure that no

backing paper is on your squares we want

the squares to stick we don't want

anything else to stick yet so make sure

that your squares are off of the backing

paper so all you're going to have is

just that on it and you take your second

piece here lay it down flat there's

other ways you can do this if you're

nervous see if I have some line around

if you're worried about it and it's your

first time and your paper is you know on

a small piece so it's on the roll it's

going to be it's gonna have a curve to

it so what you can do to make it easier

is you couple pieces of tape down

to help hold yours on flat so that

there's any weird bow in this or a weird

curve these squares aren't going to line

up with these squares because it's going

to be bent or something's going to be

off you want this flat so when you take

your next piece and lay it over top the

square is actually line up because this

is going to be it with our transfer tape

here so what you're just going to do is

line up both the squares directly on top

of each other don't just press one side

down you know get one side lined up keep

an eye on the other side and kind of do

a little back and forth until you get it

just right then at that point when

they're both lined up perfectly lay them

down and I like to come through hit the

top with our squeegee and what you're

basically going to do fold this over and

then slowly work its way back and let it

just drop nicely in place come through

squeegee it again and there you have it

you got a nice two colored layered base

you see how nicely the 1-squared laid

directly on top of the other if you're

off a little bit you're going to notice

it in your design so you'll see how well

these that just line up with each other

because of that so all that's left now

is to trim your design into a sellable

decal and you're done if you have any

more questions or you would like to see

something else demonstrated just go

ahead and leave it in the comments and

I'll try and get everything answered for

you guys and try to make any more videos

that can help you guys out thanks please

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