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#1 Posted : Monday, November 08, 2010 10:14:48 AM(UTC)
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Could someone please tell me, when you select something to cut and you want it to be say 3", does that size mean that it will be 3" tall or 3" wide?
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#2 Posted : Monday, November 08, 2010 9:37:51 PM(UTC)
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In my experiences, they are 3" tall. - Char
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#3 Posted : Saturday, November 13, 2010 3:19:48 PM(UTC)
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It will be 3 inches tall-most of the time. If you use the "real dial" size it will be 3 inches tall. Otherwise, some of the images and most of the letters are proportional to one another. For example, the letter "l" will be 3 inches but the "a" might only be half that so they fit together in words. I hope that made sense.
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#4 Posted : Saturday, November 13, 2010 4:56:45 PM(UTC)
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I'm so confused......

Okay, the Just Because Cards cartridge has a starter project that I did today. It has a picture of a Scottie dog on the front of the card and the instructions said to cut it at 7". I did that but the dog only measures 3-1/2" from head to tail which is only half of the original 7" size that the instructions gave. Why when the dial size is set at 7" does it cut at half the size? I hope someone can help me understand how to determine what size will be cut so that I don't continue to waste a lot of paper. Thanks much.
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#5 Posted : Saturday, November 13, 2010 5:54:41 PM(UTC)
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Each Cricut cart has a Key Height Character that all the other images on the cart are sized to (look around page 5 or 6 in the handbooks). That keeps all the images proportional to each other which is very important when you are making a image with layers.

So, when you set your dial for 7 inches, the image you select will cut the size based on the Key Height Character being 7 inches.

To override the proportional setting, use the Real Dial Size. That tells your Cricut to cut the image the size that is really on the dial and not the proportional size.

For example, when you are cutting a paper doll. The Key Height Character is the body. If you set you dial to 5 inches and cut the body, all the other cuts (hair, clothes, even the accessories and such) will cut sized to the 5 inch body.

But, if you want to use the image without a paper doll (like the pot of gold with the Leprechaun). Select Real Dial Size and set the dial to the size you want. Your pot of gold will be the size you selected and not sized (smaller) to match the doll.


Also, you are setting the height of the character. And the character will cut in the same orientation it is pictured in the handbook.
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#6 Posted : Saturday, November 13, 2010 6:17:30 PM(UTC)
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Scrapalette,

Thank you so much....you totally made it simple to understand and I can't thank you enough. Being new to Cricut I was getting frustrated because I wasn't understanding how to size things and you truly have helped me. Thanks again!
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#7 Posted : Thursday, November 18, 2010 9:18:07 PM(UTC)
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scrapalette, thanks SO much for explaining it that way! I finally understand it!! BigGrin
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#8 Posted : Friday, November 19, 2010 4:54:21 AM(UTC)
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probably the hardest to understand topic on the cricut! I always make a test cut to be sure I am cutting the right size. Sometimes you can control this by using set paper size. If you cut a piece of paper the appx size you want, then put the paper on the lower left side of the mat, load the paper and then place the blade at the upper right hand corner of the paper push set paper size then fit to page. Sometimes it works sometimes it is equally as frustrating.

I also save all my test cuts and mark the size I cut on them. It helps me understand the sizing the next time I use that cartridge.

Good luck
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