5-DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 3
DAY 3: BASIC BEGINNER CRICUT TERMINOLOGY YOU NEED TO KNOW
Vinyl: Adhesive-backed material, usually made of polymer. Needs transfer tape, sold separately.
HTV, also known as Heat Transfer Vinyl or Iron-On: Heat-activated adhesive-backed material, usually made of polymer. Transfer paper included which is why it must be cut shiny side down and mirrored.
SVG File: A scalable vector image that separates into multiple editable layers. Vector images can be resized while remaining crisp
PNG File: A portable network graphic image that is made from a set number of pixels. Will distort and become grainy when enlarged too much. This type of image is best for Print then Cut projects.
Zip File: A folder of files that has been compressed to take up less space. Files must be unzipped from the zip folder before you can import them into Design Space.
Transfer Tape: Adhesive film used to transfer vinyl onto surfaces
Weeding: The act of removing the excess or negative vinyl from your cut design, usually with a tool.
Burnishing: The act of pushing on your vinyl to secure it to your transfer tape or to secure it to your project.
Blank: The item on which you will be applying vinyl (t-shirt, keychain, etc.)
Print Then Cut (also called Print and Cut): When an image that was printed on an inkjet printer can then be cut by the Cricut.
Registration Marks: Black lines created on a printed image will be scanned by the Cricut to ensure that it will cut accurately.
Calibration: Adjusts the Cricut to scan Print then Cut projects more accurately. Machine re-calibration needs to be completed periodically.