Scanning using Direct Cut with your Scan N Cut cutting machine.

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Learn how to scan with the Direct Cut feature on your Scan N Cut!

The Direct Cut feature is a great way to get an accurate scanned image for cutting. You can adjust the settings to get the best scan possible.

With the Direct Cut feature, you can easily add an offset, double line, dotted line, or fill to your scanned image. By adjusting the settings you can create a cleaner scanned image for cutting. This will help make sure your cuts are precise and look exactly how you want them to.

Watch this tutorial on the SDX2200D to learn how to use the Direct Cut feature on your Scan N Cut!

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Scanning on the Scan N Cut

The Scan N Cut has a number of scanning abilities. These include scanning the materials on your mat for precision placement, Direct Cut, and Scan to Data.

What is the difference between Direct Cut and Scan to Data?

Direct Cut – This is when you scan an image that you have placed on your mat AND cut it out straight away. Crafters often refer to this as “fussy cutting”.Your Scan N Cut makes fussy cutting so much easier.

Mats to use – The mat required for Direct Cut is either the Low Tack or the Standard mat. NOT the scanning mat!

Scan to Data – Scanning to data is when you plan to save the scanned image onto either your Scan N Cut or maybe to USB. The image is not cut out straight away and, once saved, maybe cut out over and over again.

Mats to use – For the Scan to Data you are able to use either the Low Tack or Standard mat. Alternatively, you could use the dedicated scanning mat.

About the Scan N Cut scanning mat

The scanning mat is a very white mat with a clear plastic cover. The clear cover stays on the mat during the scan and will assist in holding your document or image in place. The scanning mat does not have any tacky area on it. This makes it ideal for scanning precious materials that may need protection. Perhaps photos or pictures that you do not want to be damaged in any way by attaching to a regular cutting mat.

The whiteness of the mat assists with the clarity of the scan. Personally, I don’t see a lot of value in purchasing the scanning mat for general scan usage. It would only be beneficial for someone who has that particular requirement to protect their pictures etc. For the odd occasion that you don’t want to damage a particular item, you could place white paper on the standard mat. This would emulate the scanning mat’s features of a white background and nonsticky surface.

Select Direct Cut

Place the image that you are going to scan on the mat, choose Scan and then, on the next screen select Direct Cut.

image of the Direct Cut scan feature and the Scan to Data feature of the SDX2200D Scan N Cut

Recognition mode

On this screen, you are able to prep your machine ready to scan. The box on the left will scan your image in black and white mode and the one on the right in color. For this tutorial, I started with the color mode, and then we looked at the black and white mode.

YES, it makes a difference.

Choose the scan area to suit your mat size

The scan area you choose will depend on the mat that you have chosen to use to cut your image out. I selected the 12″x12″ however if your Scan N Cut model scans a 24″ mat then you may select that option. Not all Scan N Cut models will scan 24″ mats.

Recognition mode where you can set to scan with either Black and White or color and also change mat sizes.

Scroll on the right to see the options available to you.

Choose the mat size to suit your scanning project

Scanner lever message

On the side of your DX Scan N Cut, you will have noticed a lever that moves between setting 1 and setting 2. Depending on what action you are undertaking you may receive a message to change the scanner lever. In general, the lever should be set to 1. For thicker materials, you can set the lever to 2.

These are the instructions that will appear on your machine.

Message the Scan N Cut shows when the scanner lever is at the wrong selection of 2 and needs to be altered to level 1 on the side of the Scan N Cut

Set the lever to the correct level for your project.

Framing your image to improve the scan

The image that you scanned will appear on the screen. Adjust the arrows inwards so that they outline the area you would like scanned. Place the red line as close as feasible to your image. This will ensure your Scan N Cut will only focus on the exact area that you are wanting to cut out.

In theory, the Scan N Cut will scan the entire mat area that you selected in the previous screen BUT this is not always the case. While it will scan the area, occasionally the output is not as we expect. We will look at ways to improve the quality of the scan as we move forward.

Once you have the red frame lines in the best location continue by selecting OK.

Adjust the arrows in so that they outline the area you would like scanned.

Check whether the scan is correct

Look at the next picture. There are areas of this scan that are not correct. The scanner has picked up the black outline around the flash cards quite well however also scanned some additional, unwanted shapes. Those extra components will cut out too!

Look for unwanted areas in the scan results. If it is not perfect it can be tweaked.

Recognizing what has scanned correctly and whether there are unwanted shapes or anomolies in your scan is a key to your success. Always check your scan closely for errors. Zoom right in to check if necessary. If there is something that does not look right alter settings and scan again.

You can try tweaking the settings in the color mode and your Scan N Cut will re-do the image recognition process each time.

Scan in Black and White mode

I find that even if your image is a color image, it will often produce a much better scan when using Black and White mode or greyscale.

Odd hey!

I backed right out of the colored scan mode and selected Black and White. Inspect the resulting scan and tweak the settings further if necessary. Black and White mode is probably my first preference for most scans.

Cutting your image out

When you are happy with the scan select OK and then choose cut.

Select cut to cut the image out once you are happy with the scan.

From here on, everything is pretty much the same as anything else that you cut out with your Scan N Cut.

Check that the half cut is off (unless you have scanned pattern vinyl) and do a test cut if required. I recommend doing a test cut when you are using materials that you haven’t cut before. If the material is something you use all the time then it is not really necessary.

Checking that the half cut is off and do a test cut if required.

Finished cut out image

When the Flash cards cut out they included the small scissor icon in the top left-hand corner of the flash card. The fact that the scanner included such a tiny pair of scissors was impressive. I didn’t particularly want the scissor image on the flash cards so I simply snipped the tiny piece off with a pair of scissors. (real ones)

Flash cards cut out including the small scissor icon in the top left hand corner of the flash card

Tweaks, options and features when scanning

When scanning there are so many options to choose from.

Offset feature

This is a really cool feature. You are able to move the scanned cut line further away from the image or bring the cut line in closer. This means that you could cut inside the black scanning lines so they do not remain on the image.

The Offset icon to move the line further out or bring it inside the scan line

Can you see the cut line below in the offset position? Look closely. The offset size is adjusted with the plus and minus icons.

increasing and decreasing the offset.

Add a border to your scanned image

The icon next to the Offset icon is the Border icon. This is a fun feature and will add a border around your scanned image.

Border choices included.

  • Irregular shaped icon – this will follow the shape of the scanned image
  • Circle border
  • Scalloped edge circle (these may not be the correct terms LOL)
  • Pointed edge scalloped circle
  • Square
  • Rounded corners square
  • Scalloped square
  • Pointed scalloped square
  • Hexagon
  • Octagon
  • and a pretty pattern border

Have a play with these shapes as they are quite fun. Obviously they are not always suited to what you are scanning.

The icon on the right will add a border around your scanned image

Smoothing the scanned line

The icon in the picture below will provide the opportunity to smooth the scanned lines. This feature may help if your scan has a jagged edge or you would like a corner more rounded.

the line icon will adjust the smoothness of the scan

To tweak the scan, move the adjuster bar to the left or right. Moving the arrow to the right will provide a smoother line.

adjusting the smoothness of the scanned line

More options to delve into

This screen offers a number of options to enhance and alter your final scan.

Trash – To the left of my stylus is obviously the trash where you can remove parts of the scan. Depending on what has been captured in the scan, it may even remove those unwanted sections of the scanned picture above.

Fill – This icon offers settings to add fill to your scan or thicker lines. These options are handy with the draw function.

Adding fill to your scan

Adding an additional line to your scanned image

The far left icon will enable you to add an additional line to your scanned image. You need to use this wisely or you may end up will simply a second cut line.

adding an additional line to the scanned image

Dotted line

Add a dotted line to your scanned image

Select On or Off to alter the line from a single line cut or dotted line cut. Use the plus or minus icons to change the dot spaces.

Altering the line to dots and adjusting the spacings can be selected in this screen

Video tutorial using Direct Cut scanning

Often it is easier to watch how to do something than to read about it which is why I have included a video tutorial for you.

Join me on Facebook

You are always welcome to join me in the Create With Sue Facebook where you can make friends, share your creations, and ask questions for additional assistance. I will provide any assistance that I can to help you use your Scan N Cut and Canvas Workspace.

Join me in the Scan N Cut – Let’s Create With Sue Facebook group.

I would love to see you there.

Happy creating,

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Love to create your own projects?

If you would love to learn how to use Canvas Workspace and all the features that it offers I have a course available called Get Started With Canvas Workspace. This course will take you from the very beginning to being able to create your own projects from scratch.

Find out more about it here.

Canvas Workspace Course Bundle showing mandala and flower projects that are able to be made during the course.

An Intermediate course is also available

If you are finding your way around Canvas Workspace and would like to take your journey to the next level then Editing Nodes – Unlocked is a great stepping stone to being able to create your designs from scratch. Aimed at intermediate users of Canvas Workspace.

More information here

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