A plotter is a hardware device similar to a printer that is used to print vector graphics, but rather than using toner it uses a pen, pencil, marker or razor blade to follow the vector image. These machines are also referred to as plotter cutters or die cut machines. They can cut paper, vinyl, plastic, felt, cotton and some specific die cut machines have the ability to cut cake icing or metal. What these machines have the ability to cut depends on the type of blade you use.
These machines are incredibly useful for projects. They allow accurate physical renditions of specific designs and have the ability to cut nearly any vector image you choose.
A vector image is a file that is generally universal in file format, such as .eps, .jpg, .gif or even .pdf. What makes an image a vector image is the use of polygons in these computer graphics. These polygons allow an external device to pick up on control points, or nodes, on the x and y axis in your work plane. These points allow the software to determine a path for the hardware to follow and each path can have a specific characteristic assigned such as fill, stroke, thickness, curves and shape itself. There are different kinds of vector images used for different purposes. For the purpose of a plotter cutter, vectors must be all black or two-toned. Multi-color vectors are typically used more in printing such as signs or shirts done by more complex equipment that uses toner.
This machine gives me the ability to create clear and concise lettering for paintings and personalized vinyls for any project.