I’ve had a lot of questions, and talked a fair bit about, the Brother Scan N Cut Canvas online design suite so I thought that it was about time that I gave you more of an explanation as to what this is and what you can do with it.
It’s just a quick overview but will hopefully cover some of those frequently asked questions.
What is it?
The Brother Scan N Cut Canvas is an online design suite for creating, converting and downloading the resulting FCM files (this is the only file type that the machine will recognize) for cutting and drawing with the Brother Scan N Cut machine.
It can be found by visiting – http://scanncutcanvas.brother.com
I’d suggest saving it in your “bookmarks” on your web browser as it’s not easy to find with a google search.
The Log In screen will look a little like this.
If you do not see this screen when you visit the web page, and instead get an error page, then it may be that your web browser will need updating. Please do read the page as it will tell you which browsers, and which versions of browsers are supported.
Do I need it?
If you just wish to use the main functions of the Brother Scan N Cut machine, then no, you do not need it.
What can I do with it that I can’t do with the machine?
The Brother Scan N Cut Canvas gives you the ability to do the following:
- Create designs using additional design tools that aren’t currently on the machine, such as alignment and advanced text manipulation features and offset line tools.
- View your designs on your PC screen.
- Import and convert SVG files into FCM cutting files. (This will be covered in a future blog post).
- Import and convert JPEG images into FCM cutting files. (This will be covered in a future blog post).
- You can save designs directly to your computer or keep them online as shown here.
How do I download it?
You don’t. The Brother Scan N Cut Canvas works entirely online via the internet. It cannot be downloaded.
By living and working online it does mean that you will need access to a computer that has a (reasonably speedy) connection to the internet. You will also need a USB stick (or similar) to transfer the FCM files from your computer to your cutting machine.
How do I register my Brother Scan N Cut machine in the Canvas Design Suite?
You don’t. Just sign up for an account and you are away. You can even sign up for this before your machine arrives and start designing.
How do I connect it to my Brother Scan N Cut so that I can cut directly from the Canvas Design Suite?
This is not possible at this time.
What happens if the software is updated?
If additional features get added to the Brother Scan N Cut Canvas online design suite, you don’t need to do anything. The next time that you sign in the new features will be available.
- You DON’T need to download an update.
- You DON’T need to update your Brother Scan N Cut machine.
How will I know if the Brother Scan N Cut Canvas has been updated?
There will be a notification at the bottom of the Log In screen or the My Projects screen as shown here.
How do I use it?
Just a quick overview here of what to expect as you log in and work your way through the screens.
Firstly the My Projects page.
The big purple button that says “New” is where you would start a new project, whether this be a design that you are going to make from scratch, or want to convert a JPEG or SVG file.
In the middle you can see that this is where your designs are stored. You can choose to edit, download or delete by hovering your cursor over each thumbnail image.
Top right is also where you access your account info, find the help files and also log out. This area stays with you on every screen.
Simple stuff so far, right?
Anyway, when you click on New or open a design you will then be taken to the design page.
Lot more options here, so let me take you through these – firstly, top left.
Project Title – Pretty obvious here. Just give your project a name and this will be what the FCM file is called whether you look at it on your PC or on your Brother Scan N Cut machine.
- Button 1 – The black outlined square is a quick way of starting a new project whilst in the design screen.
- Button 2 – The next button with the blue arrow pointing down is one way that you would download your FCM file.
- Button 3 – To load a JPEG image that you wish to trace and convert into a FCM cutting file.
- Button 4 – To load a SVG file that you wish to trace and convert into a FCM cutting file.
Below this you will find a bigger download button. Click it when you are ready to download the FCM file.
Underneath that you will be able to browse a large range of the free designs (most of which will already be on your machine). This means that you can design things using these shapes whilst at the PC.
Here are those two sections.
To the right of the Project Title you will find a menu bar with lots of options.
- The Project Menu has basic file management functions including Open/Import/Save etc.
- The edit menu has a range of design tools including Grouping and Alignment tools.
- The view menu allows you to adjust what you see on screen.
- Below these three menu options there are a range of editing buttons.
- They include (from left to right) line shape selection, line editing, line drawing, undo/redo, various welding features, offset line (creating a shadow layer on shapes and text), shape properties and zoom features.
Below these you will see your work mat.
This is obviously where you will see what you are designing.
You can zoom in and out and work with multiple shapes on the same virtual mat.
You’d think that it was more complex, but that really is it in terms of screens.
There will be more in terms of individual features, but I shall be covering more about these bits and bobs in future posts.
Where can I find more information?
There is a downloadable help booklet for the Scan N Cut software (which is totally separate to the machine manual). You can open this (and print or download) by clicking on the next link –
Definitely well worth a read as it’s most likely that the answer that you are looking for is in there.
Right, that’s quite a few bits of info there. I hope that you found them useful.
I am planning a few more blog posts on this topic, including how to convert JPEGs and SVGs so look out for those in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, if there is anything that you would like to know about the Brother Scan N Cut Canvas, or if I haven’t explained something well above, please feel free to pop your question in the comments section below and I’ll do my best to get back to you or include it in a future post.
Thanks for reading. See you next time fellow Scanners!