Welcome to the Brother ScanNCut how to merge letters
In this Brother ScanNCut tutorial, you'll learn how to put letters together to make your projects look neater and more professional.
In this article I'll use the Brother ScanNCut machine. If you haven't seen this machine before, you can view it here and see some of her best features.
After watching the tutorial of this amazing slicer, I'm sure you'll wonder how you ever did without the ScanNCut.
You can scan an image into the machine, whether it's an image you've drawn or an image you already have.
After scanning, you can have the machine cut out this image from paper, cardboard or MDF of your choice.
You can also crop images already saved in the machine.
It also has the added ability to draw on the paper with the included pens, whether it's an image you've scanned in or one of the graphics or lettering already pre-installed on the device.
This machine offers many possibilities and is a major breakthrough in the life of a hobbyist.
In addition to the already installed images, there is also the possibility to put more images on the machine via a USB stick.
These files are called SVG files and there are many available on the internet.
Today we will create a word by selecting the individual letters and then sticking the letters together so that they can be cut out as one piece to use in your project.
This saves time as the entire word is cut out in one go and gives your piece a more professional look.
For this tutorial on how to paste letters, I'm using the Brother ScanNCut CM300, but you can also use the CM350, or any other cutting machine with a digital screen, as the principle is the same.
Merging letters tutorial part 1: Choosing your text
This is how you proceed:
- Turn on the machine and press the HOME button on the left using your finger or the pen that came with your device. Then follow the instructions on the screen to bring the blade to the starting position.
- Press the pattern key and choose the 'Aa' key to switch to a font of your choice. When you've found a font you're happy with, press SELECT. A basic font box is easier to try first, because later you have to overlap the letters and this is easier to do with a font like this.
- To be able to stick/weld the letters together, they have to be added to the mat one by one. I will use the word 'CHRISTMAS' as an example. To select your first letter, in this example the letter C, press the letter with your pen and then OK. This is the point where you can adjust the size of your letters, and when you're happy, hit the SET key.
- To add the next letter to the mat, press the ADD button on the right side of the screen, choose the 'Aa' button, select your font and then the next letter in your word. Then press OK and SET to add that letter to the mat. Repeat until all letters have been added to the mat.
Merging letters tutorial part 2: Cutting letters as one image
We are now going to join together the letters you added to the mat in the previous steps.
Proceed as follows:
- To join the letters of the word 'CHRISTMAS', the letters have to overlap slightly. Select the ACCESS ALL AREAS button (button at the top left of the photo) and a red square will appear around the last letter of the word (CHRISTMAS). You can move the red square using the arrows on the right of the screen. Press the left arrow until the red square is around the second letter of the word CHRISTMAS.
- Press the four arrow button on your slicer and then press the left arrow until the second letter slightly overlaps the first letter. You can check this by using the magnify button on your screen (indicated by the magnify plus sign), press this button again for more detail. I liked working at 400% the best. Repeat these steps until all CHRISTMAS letters overlap slightly and then press OK.
- Select the button with the three red boxes, then tap the image of the mat to group the word, then press OK, followed by the 'weld' button (the button with the circle and triangle merged as shown on the image.) Then press the OK button.
- Now is the time to use the magnifying glass button to check if the letters overlap properly as the welding will be irreversible. If you're not happy, go back and go through the steps above again. When you are satisfied with the result, choose “OK to weld”.
- All letters are now welded together as one image. From this screen, press the OK button and then the CUT button.
- The specific craft cutting machine will instruct you to load the mat. Place the mat in the machine and press the mat button at the top right to load.
- The machine will then instruct you to press the start/stop button to cut - identified by the green lit button at the bottom right.
- Once the image is cut out, take out the mat and check that the image is completely cut out. If not, experiment with the depth of cut according to the instructions that came with your machine until the word is completely cut.
Once you master this simple technique, it opens up a world of possibilities to give your projects a personal and professional look.
Check out what I got done in a few minutes below:
Let us know how it went for you with this letter pasting tutorial and send us your finished projects!