# Vector Editing

## Introduction: Vector Editing

This lesson will oultine the vector editing tools in ArtCAM Premium.

Note: All files can be found at the bottom of each lesson. Feel free to save the files to your own directory.

## Birthday Card Tutorial

• New Model
• Width = 150mm(6”), Height = 200mm(8”).
• Origin to centre of model and resolution = 1056x1408 points

Now we can create the boundary and balloons.

• Create Rectangle
• Width = 130mm(5”), Height = 185mm(7.25”)
• Create Ellipse
• Start Point X -5(-0.2”)Y -5(-0.2”),Width = 30mm(1.2”), Height = 40mm(1.55”)
• Ctrl copy to create 2 other balloons

With our border and balloons created, now we can create the text for our card.

• Create Polyline – curve for text
• Draw smooth polylines
• Repeat for 2nd line

• Create Vector Text
• Font = Snap ITC, Size = 10mm(0.375”) and Character Spacing 50%.
• Select top Polyline - On a Curve - Select Curve
• Type the word Happy
• Repeat for word Birthday!On the second Polyline
• Delete curved polylines

Now let's create the cake.

• Create Ellipse
• Start Point X 30(1.2”)Y -60(-2.36”),Width = 45mm(1.75”), Height = 6mm(0.25”)
• Node Editing - Cut vector ellipse to split it top and bottom
• Block and Rotate Copy – lower ellipse half
• Distances are offsets
• X Offset = 0mm, Y Offset = -7mm(-0.275”)
• Columns = 1, Rows = 4
• Polyline – snap from cake to balloon x3
• Trim Vectors - trim overlapping vectors on ballons
• Rectangle - draw in empty are to left of cake
• Width = 10mm(0.375”), Height 30mm(1.2”)
• Circle - draw above rectangle
• radius = 4mm (0.15”)
• Snap bottom of circle to mid top of rectangle
• Node Editing – make flame
• Drag top node up
• Drag upper control point of right node, into flame

• Transform - rectangle and ‘flame’
• Scale to 25%
• Move candle into cake top
• Ctrl copy 5 candles
• Trim Vectors - - trim overlapping vectors of candles and cake

With our five candles created, let's add a number five to the card as well.

• Create Vector Text
• Font = Ravie
• Size = 25mm(1”)
• Type the number 5 in lower left empty area
• Create Circle
• Snap to center of 5
• Radius approximately 25mm(1”)
• Create Star – small star
• No of points 5, Radius of 1st points 5mm(0.2”) and 2nd points 2mm(0.075”)
• Paste along Curve – Select star and large circle
• Specify Number, Number of Copies = 5
• Delete original Star vector and large circle and original border rectangle
• Import Vectors
• border feature.eps

## Welcome Plaque Tutorial

• Open base.jpg
• Width of 1220mm (48”), Origin to lower left corner
• Bitmap to Vector
• Reduce Colours - 3
• dark blue as the primary colour.
• Create Vectors
• Click on lightbulb to hide Bitmap Layers.
• New Vector Layer
• change name in lower panel to border then Apply
• Select border vector and right click, Move Vectors To…border

• Delete outer rectangle vector and small cluster of vectors.
• Node Editing - Cut Vector
• delete large vector to leave only bottom left vector.

• Mirror Vectors
• Check Copy and Join
• Mirror Right
• Mirror Top
• F9
• Bitmaps Layers - Import Image - scroll single.jpeg
• NewVector Layer
• Rename - scroll
• Bitmap to Vector
• Reduce Colours - 2
• dark blue as primary colour.
• Create Vectors
• HideBitmap Layers
• Transform Vectors - scroll
• scale 150% and Apply.
• Spline Vectors
• Tolerance 1 (0.05”)
• Mirror vectors
• Copy - Right
• Use arrow key to nudge until they slightly overlap

• Weld Vectors
• F9
• Alt and drag it down towards bottom
• Mirror Vectors - Over Model

• Bitmap Layers - Import - welcome bird.jpeg.
• New Vector Layers and Rename it to design
• Bitmap to Vector
• Reduce Colours - 2
• black as the primary colour.
• Create Vectors
• Hide the Bitmap Layers
• Transform Vectors
• scale to 120% and Apply
• Unlock Maintain aspect ratio
• New Width to 900mm (35.5”)

• New Vector Layers - Rename it to text
• Create Vector Text.
• Font Showcard Gothic, Size 90mm(3.5”) and Character Spacing of 160%.
• Type WELCOME
• Drag to position
• Activate the borderVector Layer
• Offset Vectors - border
• distance 20mm (0.75”) Outwards with Sharp corners.
• Change Vector Layer colours