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Cutting stickers with VersaWorks

There are two ways to cut out prints. On the one hand, you can cut the contours of an image. For example, consider stickers where you cut out the shape of the image. You can simply peel this image off of the backing paper and stick it wherever you like. On the other hand, you can cut right through the material on which you are printing (including the backing paper). This gives you finished stickers that you can easily pile up or hand out.

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You can use two types of cutting lines in your design. The first type is called ‘Cut Contour'. Using this method, the edges of your design are lightly cut out. The cut does not go through the backing paper. With a ‘Perforated Cut', however, this is not the case. This type of cut goes completely through the material printed. Let's illustrate this with an example.

1. Create cutting lines

Create a design in Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW. Insert a cutting line around this design:

  • Draw a line around your image. Make sure that the start and end points of the line meet (so that the line is closed). Set the line weight (thickness):
    • CorelDRAW: hairline
    • Illustrator: 0.25 point
  • Create a new spot colour, and call it: CutContour 
  • Select the line around your image and give it the colour you have just created

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If you print your sticker using VersaWorks, the software will recognise this line as a contour cutting line that should be lightly cut out. Indeed, all lines in this colour will be cut.
What if we don't want to cut the contours only, but rather to cut out the complete sticker? In that case, we insert another cutting line.

  • Draw a boundary around the contour cutting line. Again, make sure that the start and end points of the line meet. Set the line weight (thickness):
    • CorelDRAW: hairline
    • Illustrator: 0.25 point
  • Create a new spot colour, and call it: PerfCutContour
  • Select the line around your image and give it the colour you have just created

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If you print your sticker using VersaWorks, the software will recognise that this line should be cut through completely.

2. Printing and cutting out using VersaWorks

The VersaWorks software can be used to print and cut out the design using your Roland DG printer/cutter. Using this software, you can determine how your design has to be printed and cut.

Adjust the settings for cutting using ‘Cut Controls'. These allow you, amongst other things, to determine how your Perforated Cut should be carried out. When using the Perforated Cut, the cut will go completely through the material, with the exception of some small bridges. These can be easily pushed out to detach the sticker. In VersaWorks, you can set the length of the pieces that should be cut through-and-through as well as the length of the bridges to be cut using only normal pressure.

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Note: It is advisable to test the blade pressure on the machine first in order to determine how much pressure will lightly cut the sticker and how much will cut right through the backing paper. For some materials, it is advisable to work with a special type of blade to facilitate the smooth running of the Perforated Cut process. The blades to be used for this are the ZEC-A3050 blades with an offset of 0.50.

Explore our printers/cutters range
The advantages of printing and cutting in one
Read all about cutting stickers with a Roland DG cutter
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Marie Swinnen is Communication Coordinator at Roland DG Central Europe, based in Geel, Belgium.

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