First off, I want to thank everyone that commented on my “venting” post from the other day. For some reason, even though I hear people every day telling us how great our site is, the comments of one or two people who bash on us saying that we only do this for the money seem to ring loud in my head. No, we are NOT making big money off of this site right now. Yes, we do have features and “extras” that we want to add, but that would take more time and work and we may want to charge for those “extras”. This is another reason we want so desperately to speak with someone at ProvoCraft so that we can know if we have permission to move forward with some of these ideas. We don’t want to end up in the same place others have found themselves . . . in a lawsuit with ProvoCraft. So until the day we can talk with them and get the green light, we cannot even afford to invest the time into developing some of these “extras”.
Okay, enough venting . . . on to the GREAT search tip.
Grab a cup of coffee and get ready for something that I would like to become a regular feature on this blog . . . the MyCutSearch Tips. I am going to share some tips on features and searches you might not even know that you can do with MyCutSearch.
If you have ever been working on a project where you KNEW you wanted to use two colors on your lettering to give it that layered effect, like this.
To do this, you would need to use a font that includes a shadow cut feature. Well, if you are like me, before MyCutSearch came along you would flip through all of your font handbooks to find the PERFECT font for your project, only to be disappointed when you saw that there was no shadow cut feature for that font. Well not anymore! What if you could JUST preview the fonts that HAVE a shadow cut? Let me show you how you can do this.
Let’s use the image in the layout above for an example of how to search for images with shadow cuts.
First, go to MyCutSearch, and on the left hand side you will see Advanced MyCutSearch. It is the third item down on the list. Click on that.
That will take you to a screen that looks like this.
Make sure the keywords box is un-checked
Check the font box and check the character-number-symbol box
In the search bar, type in
The image below shows the boxes you should have checked, and along with the search parameter information.
Click on search
Now you will see only the pages with a letter S that also has a shadow cut
Remember, you can always click on any of these images to get a larger preview.
And if that is still not big enough for you, you can click on the single preview image to enlarge that one more time.
I hope that this helped you to learn something new about MyCutSearch, and how you can use it for your papercrafting needs.
Shawn, I can understand Provo Craft wanting to protect their trademark or whatever their concerns are, but by gosh, they should be paying you for this terrific service available to all the users of their machines! Have you ever approached them with that idea?!
We have been trying to get in touch with them since Fall of 2010 . . . phone calls, emails . . . still waiting to hear back from them.
I think this website is the most fantastic thing EVER!! Using this site makes me use my Cricut more because #1 sometimes I don't want to flip through all my handbooks to make a quick card and #2 I find cartridges that I think I have to have!! 🙂 Keep up all the good and hard work you and your family are doing. We all appreciate you very much!
Hi Shawn. This is such an awesome tip! Your family really did a fantastic job when building this in order for this detail of search to work. Love it, love you. 🙂 Keep the tips coming!
Lord help me if I ever have to search for an image without MCS!