Images & Bitmap Tools in VinylMaster Xpt

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VinylMaster Xpt supports all the major Image formats including .bmp, .gif, .jp2, .jpeg, .png, .tga and .tif along with many, many more… Plus! VinylMaster Xpt comes loaded with specialist Image (Bitmap) tools as follows:

• Image Filters
• Special Effects
• Image Editing
• Image Effects
• Image Masks (Transparency)
• Image Vectorizer (Tracing)
• Image Resampling
• Contour Cutting

VinylMaster’s Image Filters let you set the Image Brightness, Contrast, and Saturation along with Gamma Correction.

VinylMaster Image Editor

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The Image Editor

Image Editor (Adjustment Lab)
For even finer Image editing and specialist filters VinylMaster comes with an Image Editor that allows you set Color Correction and comes with Advanced Filters including Gaussian Blur and an amazingly powerful Color Reduction algorithm that takes full color Images and professionally reduces them down to and within a range of 2 to 256 colors.

Special Effects Images

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Special Image Effects

 VinylMaster comes with a large selection of Special Effects for images, as follows:

• Anti Alias
• Color Noise
• Contrast
• Darkness
• Emboss
• Fish Eye
• Grayscale
• Invert
• Lightness
• Mono Noise
• Mosaic
• Posterize
• Saturation
• Smooth
• Solarize
• Split Blur
• Split Light
• Spot Light
• Tile
• Trace
• Twist

Just a few of these effects are shown directly above.

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Image Editing

VinylMaster lets you Node Edit your Images much the same as it does curves which means you have full control over all your Image’s perimeters (shape) that is very useful when designing and laying out your Artwork.

Crop Images
VinylMaster also comes with Cropping Tools that let you remove portions of the Image across its x and y axis, as shown directly above.

Clipping Paths
VinylMaster can also Vectorize (Trace) the Mask (Transparent areas) of an Image to create a Clipping Path that can in-turn be Node Edited, have Effects applied to it and be used as a Contour Cutting Path.

These tools are available using the Mask Editor and Contour Cutting Utility.

Image Distortions

Along with Shapes and Vectors i.e. Curves and Paths VinylMaster also lets you apply distortions to Images so that you can design and create any number of image based effects.

Plus all the regular transformations such as rotate, skew and mirror etc. can all be applied to Images in VinylMaster.

Image Opacity

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Image Effects

VinylMaster has a number of Image Effects that provide you with you a set of advanced tools that allow you to design and create truly professional signage that will really impress your clients and set you well apart from your competition.

Some examples of VinylMaster’s suite of Image Effects include:

• Duo-tone
• Opacity
• Targeted Color Transparency
• Vignettes
• Linear Gradients (Fade-In and Fade-Out)

Directly above is an example of Opacity i.e. how see through (transparent) an Image is.

The Mask Editor

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The Mask Editor – Background Removal

The Mask Editor is a specialist utility used to professionally remove the background from images (Bitmaps) i.e. to make transparent and/or to create Special Effects by using transparencies within the image.

Some examples of these effects include:

• Professional Background Removal
• Vignettes
• Fades (In & Out)
• Image Blending
• Image Effects

Vectorizer (Tracing Module)

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The Vectorizer – Trace Images

The Vectorizer is a specialist utility used to Vectorize an Image (Bitmap) i.e. to Trace an Image. It does this by taking an Image and tracing around its pixels to create an editable and perfectly scalable set of curves (paths).

The Vectorizer comes with a number of Image Preparation and Correction tools to assist you in achieving the best possible results from even low-quality artwork inc. .jpg’s…

Image Resampling

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Image Resampling

VinylMaster lets you resample your Images which is used to change the resolution and the dimensions of each Image.

Upsampling increases the size of the image, conversely downsampling decreases the size of the image.

Resampling Filters
VinylMaster comes with a comprehensive set of resampling Filters which are algorithms used by the Image Editor to smooth out or sharpen up Images when they have been resampled either larger or smaller than their original size.

Contour Cutting in VinylMaster

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Contour Cutting Wizard

Contour Cutting involves placing an outline around an Object or Objects in VinylMaster. The Object(s) but not the Outline are printed onto media such as white vinyl, later the Outline is cut out using special Registration Marks (ARMS) or a Laser Pointer and a Vinyl Cutter, which then creates a decal or sticker. The Outline can be set at any distance from the edge of the Object or Objects and cut out from a separate vinyl cutter or on a Printer-Cutter. An example of Contour Cutting is shown above.

Print, Laminate & Cut*
Another application of Contour Cutting is to create a Cutline around an artwork’s perimeter. The artwork (not the Cutline) is then printed and later laminated and the Cutline then cut out to create the finished artwork.

If you have a Printer-Cutter and the VinylMaster RIP you don’t need to use the Contour Cutting Wizard as any artwork with a Contour Cutline is handled directly by the RIP.

*Not every make and model of Printer is supported but most are, if not please contact RIP Support to get a driver underway.

VinylMaster – Working with Images
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