As the countdown to the launch of the Brother Scan N Cut machine on Create and Craft TV continues I thought that I would dedicate a couple of blog posts to having a little delve into some of the more unique features of this machine in order to help you understand how the process works and how simple it is to do.
This post is dedicated to the “Scan To Data” function which takes your printed, traced or hand drawn images and converts them into cutting files.
So this feature is going to be very useful if you wish to create your own unique sentiments, logos, decorations and more from your own original artwork.
It differs from the Direct Scan feature (that I will be describing tomorrow) in that it gives your more options in relation to the areas that can be cut.
Here is a step by step overview of the process.
First up, you turn the machine on. The Brother logo screen will then be displayed.
The next thing would be to press the HOME button (in the middle on the left). This will then bring up the functions menu.
As you can see in the next image, it’s not that complicated. You’re either going to choose a pre-installed pattern or to scan something.
After pressing the icon, three more options came up. I think that you can guess which one I was going to press.
First “surprise” was this message after I had pressed the icon. Nice that it gives me a reminder of what it does – I will probably forget at some point.
Interestingly here I noted that it said “Press The Start/Stop” button to scan – but the start/stop button (bottom right) was not lit up. This is because I needed to load the mat (as it had suggested to me in the message).
So I chucked my print out into the scanning mat – which differs from the cutting mats as it has a nice overlay that holds your work in place and is not sticky (i.e. it is just used for scanning) – and loaded it into the machine.
The machine took the mat through the machine and then back out.
It then went through a recognition process to find all of the outline.
These options are as follows.
The first one just creates an outline around the external perimeter (the outer edge). Like this.The second creates a cut line around all edges, i.e. it will also recognize the landlocked regions of my design.
The left hand icon saves your design to the machine for use later. The icon on the right is in case you want to save the design to a USB stick and transfer it to a computer or another Scan N Cut machine.
This is a now an electronic cutting file that I can use over and over again.
I will aim to describe the Direct Scan feature tomorrow.
If I haven’t explained anything clearly enough for you, please do let me know and I will endeavor to get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for reading.