How To: Weed a Puzzle Like A Boss

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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!

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Painters Tape and 3M Tape Sheet
#2

Matrixed! :smile:

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#3

Brilliant!

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#4

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

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#5

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

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#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.

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#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?

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#8

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

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#9

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

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#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?

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#11

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

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#12

very cool! Love the image.

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#13

Smart. Need to try this.

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#14

yeah - now I need to make a puzzle…

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#15

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

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#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.

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#17

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

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#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

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#19

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

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#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.

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