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Super newb. <3

Post by Jezyka » Thu Aug 04, 2022 1:24 pm

Hello everyone!
I just got thrown into plasma cutting with the help of my significant other - and I am trying to learn the tricks on DesignEdge, as I get to be the creator. I've been browsing through the posts here, and I have watched a few vids on YouTube (Joe, you are awesome, thank you). I cannot tell you exactly what he (my other half) is running other than it is Hypertherm. I know, I'm not a pro. :) I hoping to be able to gather a wealth of information from all the experience that is listed on the forums and be able to use the info to my advantage! Right now I am searching on what is the best program to use for turning scanned photos into usable files.

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Re: Super newb. <3

Post by plasmanewbie » Thu Aug 04, 2022 5:18 pm

Welcome Jessica. You should find lots of help here, sounds like you may have a Plasmacam table with Hypertherm plasma. Turning scanned photos to cutable files without plenty of manual effort is something i have never been able to do but maybe Designedge has something for that. Plenty of Designedge lovers here so hopefully someone chimes in. Best of luck.

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Re: Super newb. <3

Post by acourtjester » Thu Aug 04, 2022 8:20 pm

Welcome to the site one of the biggest users with lots of info on DesignEdge is David shown as adbuch (site name). He has supplied many of tutorials that has help many with screenshots and operational info.
As to your guest for programs using in making useable file from scanned photos, I know on YouTube there many videos on how to remove the backgrounds from images. This is needed to have the subject stand out more for easier tracing. Also look for images without reflections or odd angles.
Some use manual tracing to highlight what they want from the image. You will learn how to manipulate the programs and that sometimes it take more them one to get results. It becomes easier as you learn the tricks, have fun. Inkscape and the Paint programs are 2 I use often.
questions are welcome and you can also use the search function in the upper right to look around at past post for this subject too. :Like
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Re: Super newb. <3

Post by adbuch » Fri Aug 05, 2022 2:35 am

Jessica - welcome to the forum! Design Edge is great for auto tracing bitmap type images - assuming you have the Advanced Design upgrade for your Design Edge software. If not, the Inkscape "Path, Trace Bitmap" works well also. In fact, I generally use Inkscape for auto tracing, then export as dxf and open with Design Edge for editing.

Here is a short example using Design Edge to auto trace a screen shot of a free image from the internet.

As was previously mentioned, not all images lend themselves to auto tracing, and may require a combination of auto and manual tracing or need to be completely manually traced. For manual tracing with Design Edge, import the image without checking the box for "convert image to vectors". Then use the bulge tool and/or spline tool to manually trace the image.

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Re: Super newb. <3

Post by adbuch » Fri Aug 05, 2022 2:35 am

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Here is the resulting dxf file as exported from Design Edge.
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Post by acourtjester » Fri Aug 05, 2022 8:53 am

Another function to become very familiar with is the node editing procedure for modifyings the drawings cleaning and reshaping.
this video show this function.
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Post by adbuch » Fri Aug 05, 2022 6:07 pm

Tom - that's a good point! Sometimes I wish Design Edge had node editing tools. It can accomplish more or less the equivalent, but not manipulation of individual nodes. Inkscape, CorelDraw, and LightBurn all do offer this, so those are good alternatives for Jessica if she wishes to branch out into some of the other programs.
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Re: Super newb. <3

Post by Jezyka » Sat Aug 06, 2022 2:12 pm

Thanks for the welcomes and the awesome advice! I will definitely look into all your suggestions - and see if I can get them to work in my favor and hopefully post an update! :)

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Re: Super newb. <3

Post by adbuch » Sun Aug 07, 2022 3:23 am

Jezyka wrote:
Sat Aug 06, 2022 2:12 pm
Thanks for the welcomes and the awesome advice! I will definitely look into all your suggestions - and see if I can get them to work in my favor and hopefully post an update! :)
Jessica - I almost forgot to mention - your best resource for all things Plasmacam will be Robert Johnson at his Learn Plasmacam site. Robert has a great series of Design Edge youtube videos which I highly recommend to you.
David


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