Mar 23, 2009
Hello again everyone. There has been a lot of interest on separating the colors of an image over at the SURE CUTS A LOT group on YAHOO . Over the next few posts, I'll show you one way to do this using a free program called Paint.net. This is a super piece of software that rivals ADOBE PHOTO SHOP in features. I have found that Paint.net is easy to use and a very powerful program. When we are finished all the parts of this lesson you should be able to determine if an image is suitable for cutting and be able to make an SVG of each color. For this lesson we will use the image of a military badge that we recently converted for a member of YAHOO Groups. This image is a good place to start because it is very sharp and has excellent contrast. To download Paint.net click on the button. To get the image that we will convert, right click the image and save it (remember where you saved it).
So go ahead and install Paint.net and save the image. In the next post we will start to manipulate the image and break out the colors so that each color can be converted to an SVG for cutting. Remember to send us any good SVGs that you would like to share; we'll add them to the library. Until then:
GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY CUTTING!