Print And Cut with the GX-24

A while back I created a step-by-step walk through for setting up the Roland GX-24 for Print & Cut using the Cut Studio software.  I’ve been emailing it out as requested to date but it belongs in a more public domain. 

Before I get into the steps involved, the most important thing to know is that this process has to be done in only the Cut Studio software.  You can create your artwork in another design software if you so choose, just save the artwork as a Bitmap (.bmp) or Jpeg (.jpg) to bring into Cut Studio. 

  • The secret to the Print & Cut process is in the Crop Marks.  The Crop Marks that are set up in Cut Studio are what the Optic Eye on the GX-24 uses to register itself.  To add the Crop Marks on the screen, click on “File” and then “Print & Cut”.  This will put two round, black circles on the bottom of your page and one in the upper left.
    • You should notice the options below “Print & Cut” (print, print setup, etc) are no longer grayed out.  If you aren’t in Print & Cut mode there is no reason to use any of those options. 
  • Make sure you have the correct printer and paper size.  To do this, click on “File” and “Set up the printer”.  This is where you’ll select the printer and paper size for your job.  If you adjust the paper size you should notice the crop marks automatically adjust to account for the new settings.

You are ready to import your artwork.  Cut Studio does not read fill colors for vector files so make sure the artwork you are importing for Print & Cut is a bitmap or jpeg as discussed above. 

  • To bring in your image, click on “File” and “Import”.  Locate your design and click “Open”.
    •  More often than not Cut Studio will bring a design in very large.  To re-size the design, click on “Properties”, the “Size & Shape” tab and then re-size your design as needed.  Click the “Move” icon on the top toolbar to bring your design to the origin point on the screen.
  • The next step is to add the cut line(s). 
    • With the image selected, click on “Object” and then “Image Outline”.  This will bring up the “Image Outline” box. 
    • Cut Studio will add a cut line anywhere the black meets the white.  You can adjust the colors by moving the Alignment Image Density slider. 
    • Once you have your desired density, click the “Extract Contour Lines” button.  If you don’t like what you see, you can still adjust the slider and hit the button again.
    • Once you have the cut line the way you want it, hit the OK button.

You are ready to print.  It is very important that the file does not move from here on out.  Once it is sent to the printer, what is on the screen must remain the same as when you send it to the cutter.

  • Steps to print
    • To preview what your design will look like when printed, click on “File” and “Print Preview”.  You should notice that the image will be a bit move vivid and the Cut Studio Grid will be gone.  You’ll also notice that the cut line is not visible.  Cut Studio recognizes the cut line and removes it from the printed image.
    • To send to the printer, click the “Print” button in the upper left hand corner.  When your print box comes up, click the OK button.  This will send to your printer.

Now that you have your printed design, you’re ready to cut.  Make sure you leave Cut Studio in the “Print & Cut” mode.  This is the only way the Optic Eye will function.

  • On the cutter
    • Load the printed Transfer in the cutter with the two registration points on the bottom. 
    • Select “Piece” when the Select Sheet option comes up on the GX-24.  This will measure your width and length. 
    • Set your origin on the registration point in the lower left hand corner. 
    • Back on the Cut Studio software, click on “File” and “Cutting”.  When the cutting box opens, make sure the GX-24 is displayed in the drop down box.  Click OK.

When you click OK, the Optic Eye laser will search for the Registration point.  This is why you set the origin over the Registration Point at the lower left.  It makes it easy for the cutter to find it’s starting point.  Once it finds all three, it will begin cutting. 

The Print and Cut process is pretty simple as long as you’re familiar with it.  Hopefully this has helped you!

If there are any questions, please contact me.

AY

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10 comments

  1. I have images that will fit onto the paper but I’m having trouble with the cut portion actually cutting all of the image it will print fine and the cutter will find the reg spots ok but it will not fully cut out it skips part of the top or the bottom the image is within the three reg spots but still does not fully cut what is the limits of the margins and the other adjustable crop marks ect
    Thanks for you help
    Dennis

  2. I have images that will fit onto the paper but I’m having trouble with the cut portion actually cutting all of the image it will print fine and the cutter will find the reg spots ok but it will not fully cut out it skips part of the top or the bottom the image is within the three reg spots but still does not fully cut what is the limits of the margins and the other adjustable crop marks ect
    Thanks for you help
    Dennis

    1. Hello Dennis,

      There are a couple things that could cause that. The main factor is the margins. When you open up the Printing Setup and see the margins set up, you should really leave them there. If you change them, you run the risk of not cutting the entire image like you’re seeing. The margins are set up that way to make sure the cutter is able to fully feed the paper. If you look at your cutter, you’ll see little “eyes” on the front and back. These have to be covered and that’s why you need the margins set up at the default.

  3. Hi adamyukish!

    Your post is very helpful.
    I was searching for days to find posts or videos on this subject, “Advanced CutStudio Crop marks adjusments” but i don’t find the answer i really need.
    I found a video on Youtube that almost answered by question but i want to know more about this.
    The man that did the video said that if you sellect the “Roll” option on the GX-24, instead of the “sheet” option, will help you have the maximum cutting size on your paper. It supersedes the size of the page and you can get the maximum of your design.
    I haven’t tried it yet but i will.

    => Do you know any other tricks for adjusting the crop marks, in order to cut the maximum area on our A4 page?

    I also created a thread post and you can take a look here:
    http://coreldraw.com/forums/p/34143/160579.aspx#160579

    Any opinion from you, would be appreciated.
    Thank you

    ~ Evros (CorelXpert)

  4. I purchased a GX 24 and found out they really didn’t have good drivers for my desktop which was running windows vista 64 bit. I downloaded a beta driver and it worked except I could never get it to print and cut properly. After i got my laptop which is running windows 7 64 bit, I downloaded the latest drivers and installed cut studio. After some fiddeling I finally got it to work and it did great. Now it keeps telling me it can’t find the mark. usually the first or second. the image is very dark and clear without smudges on the mark.
    Can you tell me what I am doing wrong. I never read instruction where you set the Origin to print and cut before, but I will try it. Any advice?

    1. Susan,

      Your crop marks may be outside the allowable area. If you increase the margins of the page to try to get a larger area to place your designs, it’s likely that you’ve moved the crop marks out too far.

      1. guess what is was? After working and messing up many stickers (that’s what I was cutting) I had a thought, maybe I need to clean the laser lens. I put some alcohol on a cloth and wedged it under the laser a few times, tried again and it works great now.

    1. Hello Kwame. This blog post walks you through the steps of printing from a different printer and cutting with the GX-24. Is there a specific area that you need assistance with?

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