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Old 08-23-2012, 05:28 PM   #1
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I'm trying to get a sign done from a waterjet cutting place but they're asking for .ai, .eps, .dwg types or a CAD file. I'm not completely dumb with computers and have used GIMP and Adobe a little bit but I have no clue what they're talking about. I assume it's the 3d dimensional drawing that requires a special program? Is this something I can do? Can anyone help a brewer out?
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:29 PM   #2
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those are all vector formats. What software are you using?

 
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:40 PM   #3
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Those are files done in programs like Adobe Illustrator, Cored Draw, AutoCAD, etc. If the drawing is not too complicated I could hook you up with whatever you need. Or you could download a trial version of Illustrator and play around with it.

 
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:43 PM   #4
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AutoCad has free student trials that you can use. The only problem is that it says "Student Trial" in the background of your drawings.

 
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:50 PM   #5
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If you're looking for an artistic vector program go grab inkscape. It's fantastic - my favorite vector program.

If you're looking for something more precise you can still download a great 2D CAD program - Turbocad LE. It's unsupported but does a great job and will work well with .dxf.

 
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:51 PM   #6
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TurboCAD LE:
http://selectfreeware.com/node/269

Inkscape:
http://inkscape.org/

both are freeware

 
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:15 PM   #7
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Is GIMP the same as Inkscape? I have Inkscape and used it before but GIMP was easier and seemed to have more tools.
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:24 PM   #8
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When I say the same I mean, Vector program.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:17 PM   #9
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No, gimp is a raster format.

The difference is that a raster format records what color each pixel should be while a vector format includes directions (vectors) for lines and colors. This means that vector formats can be scaled up and down.

GIMP does have more tools - since you need more tools to adjust drawings in a raster format. Think about inkscape more as a tool to assemble shapes - the intersction tools are extremely powerful.

What kind of image are you trying to build?

 
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:36 PM   #10
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I'm trying to get my logo in that format to have it cut out of sheet metal on their CNC. I got in touch with them and they said they will draw it out for $35. Sound reasonable?
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