How To: Weed a Puzzle Like A Boss

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weeding

#1

Sore thumbs? Hours wasted? Weeding hundreds of pieces one at a time?

File set up:
Rows - Any color
Columns - Any color but the color used for rows

Steps:
Mask

Pin down

Cut rows

Pull all masking off

Remask

I hate all of that excess masking, so I trim it.

Cut columns

Enjoy!


Painters Tape and 3M Tape Sheet
#2

Matrixed! :smile:


#3

Brilliant!


#4

wow that is awesome. I thought you and Rio were off away from the blue bonnets?


#5

Beautiful! A great case of the labor saving is way more than the bit of extra material cost.


#6

Exactly. At $50-100, I’m not going to quibble about pennies worth of masking to enhance a process that saves hours of time.


#7

The closest bluebonnets to me are probably around Big Bend area, which is many hours away. The image itself is actually pretty old - 6 or 7 years?


#8

Great, now I have to order a large roll of masking :man_facepalming:t4:


#9

It’s worth it. 43200 square inches for what, 30 bucks?


#10

is that 16" x 20" ? if so, do you have snapmarks or are you just very precise when you move it up to cut the second part?


#11

This is just a smaller 10x15/250’ish piece.


#12

very cool! Love the image.


#13

Smart. Need to try this.


#14

yeah - now I need to make a puzzle…


#15

A) That’s genius.
B) That’s beautiful.
C) I love the insect pieces. I’ve never seen puzzles quite like that.


#16

You just need to have the operations (cut lines) in a different color, that way the UI knows it’s a seperate operation. Ignore one color and do the other. Just insure nothing moves on the bed.


#17

WOW, @jbmanning5, I love your art!
Thanks for your tips.


#18

This is one of those “obvious when you think about it” types of hints that makes you curse at yourself thinking “why didn’t I think about it.”

Thanks


#19

For sure. I nearly smacked myself in the forehead and went “Doh” when I realized how much easier this would be.


#20

What’s the source of the uncut image? What material is that? Would be fun to make some custom puzzles for the family cabin, but I don’t know how I’d get a print on a laserable material.