About the Online Guide

Scrappydew.com places this guide out there as a free reference. We put hard work into making sure each step was documented so it would be easy to follow. As you will notice we didn't think of everything that you can possibly do in this program, we have only provided some basic starting steps. This is not a technical manual and it will not tell you what every button will do. The quick guide is task orientated, so with that said if you have a question that should be added in the guide send us an email.

The main goal of this guide is to give you a solid foundation so you may progress and create what you want while getting the desired results. We do change and update the manual often so always check to see what's new. We will never charge money for this guide nor should you have to pay for one.

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Getting Started

  • How Do I Register My Make the Cut Software? Registering your software is probably the most important step there is once you have downloaded and purchased this great program. This lesson will show you what you can expect and how to register your Make-the-Cut software.
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  • How to install the MTC Thumbnail Viewer So wouldn't it be nice to view all your Make the Cut files as an image preview? Make the Cut came out with a FREE MTC File Thumbnail Viewer. This was probably one of the most requested features to have because before this viewer came out - you would have had to either place a png export next to your MTC file or you'd have to go to open the MTC program and view them one by one. Now something to note - this viewer as of right now only works for windows vista, 7, & 8 - this doesn't not work windows xp.
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Text & Fonts

  • Welding Text So you have a saved project and you would like to know what font you used because you don't remember. Well this lesson will help jog your memory and should tell you what font you used in your project.
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Your Virtual Mat

  • Changing your mat size & orientation You can create a custom size or select from a built in standard size based on your cutter. This lesson will also show you how you can change your orientation from landscape to portrait.
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  • Getting a SVG file into Make-the-Cut software This process is better known as importing SVGs. There are many websites out there that sell and/or give away SVG files as a vectorized pattern that can be used to cut out. SVG's are just one more way to get your pattern into MTC.
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  • Adding basic shapes to your mat. Make the Cut has a lot of basic shapes in it's arsenal. From stars and squares so more complicated shapes. This lesson will show you how you can add some of the basic shapes to your mat
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Rotating, Sizing, and Resizing

  • Resizing your project Resizing items on your mat is easy to do. Simply selecting an object and using correct handles can help you resize, rotate, and warp your shape.
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Shape Magic Tool Bar

  • The break button Breaking apart your shape can help you delete items that aren't needed or even help you move shapes there were previously together.
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  • The lattice effect This lesson is show how in just a few clicks of the mouse you can get a nice lattice effect on your shape.
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Layer Property

Importing

  • User Gallery Importing - Video & Text The basic concept of the Gallery is it’s an online storage bank of user generated SVG’s and MTC files. At the time of this tutorial there are over 6000 items that are donated kind MTC users. Internet connection is needed in order to view the gallery, as it is a free service for those that own Make the Cut. So there’s no additional fees for this it’s just one of the built in features.
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Exporting

  • Export your pattern to a SVG file. Make the Cut has the ability to export a SVG version of your MTC file. One of the best features about exporting an SVG file via MTC, it keeps colors intact as well as every layer is "grouped" when opened by other programs.
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Helpful Tips & Tricks