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Hello. I am relatively new to Illustrator and Tshirt design, print and application. I taught myself Illustrator using on line tutorials etc. My issue is that I have created a graphic for a client that uses gradient colour and am at a loss as to how to create cutlines around the design.

What i usually do in Illustrator is copy the layer with the design to a new layer and lock the original. I then select the copy, expand it and then unite to create a compound shape. I then remove the fill and select Versaworks spot colour for the line. When I try to do this with gradients it just wont work. :confused:
Is there a different method for dealing with gradients?
Thanks for anyones help on this.
 

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Hello,

I am extremelly newbie here but, I couldn't help to want to reply.

Might I suggest you look into Gimp? It is a free photoshop clone (to the best of my knowledge). The things it can do are amazing!

Good luck!

P!erre!
 

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Hello,

I am extremelly newbie here but, I couldn't help to want to reply.

Might I suggest you look into Gimp? It is a free photoshop clone (to the best of my knowledge). The things it can do are amazing!

Good luck!

P!erre!
She was wanting a cut line. This is something done with a vector tool which Gimp is not. A cutline is a path in vector software recognized by a cutting plotter to cut out a sign, decal or transfer. It guides the blade. Gimp has some limited path abilities, but would not suggest Gimp for this. Maybe Inkscape, but not Gimp.
 
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