Last fall I attended Quilt Market in Houston, and Silhouette was really making a splash with the new PixScan Mat. They gave me one to try, so I here are my first impressions!
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Here’s the description from the Silhouette website:
What Can PixScan™ Do? PixScan™ is ideal for the following:
- Turning hand-drawn sketches and lettering into cut jobs
- Digitizing fabric patterns
- Adding custom-cut borders and frames to professionally printed invitations
- Replicating a pattern at its original size
- Saving material and time using the nesting feature in Silhouette Studio®
- Digitizing your stamp collection into corresponding cut files
- Incorporating any printed image or pattern into your custom craft projects
- Turning photos and magazine clippings into cut or sketch files
- Saving any scanned or photographed image into your personal digital library
What Do I Need to Get Started?
- A free update to your Silhouette Studio® software
- A PixScan™ cutting mat
So first a few rudimentary things:
- You need to own a Silhouette machine to use the PixScan mat. It is not compatible with the Cricut.
- There are 12.75″ x 11.75″and 7.5X 11.5, sized to fit the Cameo and the Portrait, respectively. The cutting area inside is slightly smaller than the mat.
For this purposes of this review, I only worked with printed paper and stamped images. I know that it purports to scan fabrics, but that’s another post, in my mind.
I used a bold stamp, and printed piece of paper, and a fine detail stamp to try the PixScan out. Here’s the video of my impressions (under 3 minutes.)
So… here are those stills so you can see it again:
And one final cut that wasn’t in the video, because it was an “emergency” craft last night. My son wanted to add flames to his science project…. and traced & cut out shapes. BUT- it was the wrong material. So I quickly scanned in one of the shapes…
I scanned it in & did the trace….
So here are my take-aways:
- Scanning function is great PROVIDED you have good light in your initial photo AND you get all of the registration marks in the shot.
- You must be comfortable with taking photos, importing them to your computer and using the software. If you are tech-wary, this is going to be too many steps for you.
- If you already have a Silhouette, the $15 bucks for the mat is a no-brainer! What a way to enhance the functionality of your die-cutting machine!
- If the item on the mat is thicker or has a deeper texture- like a burlap shape I tried- it’s going to give you some weird double lines or wobbly edges. You can clean those up in the software, though.
- If you are scanning an item that is pastel or has a lot of pattern, it may be too difficult for the machine to read at all. I wanted to cut out that printable, but it just wasn’t going to work.
I’ll report back with some fabric trials soon, as well as a comparison of the ScanNCut versus the PixScan Mat/Silhouette combo.
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