I have been trying to load a PDF so I can do a cutout and it keeps giving me a masking error; but when I attempt to select the file to select cut it keeps telling me it is a bitmap and only allows for engraving. I am attaching the file in question. Could use a little guidance. What am I doing wrong?
You need to convert bitmap images to vectors in order to “cut” them. Depending on the design application you have chosen, there are various ways to accomplish this conversion. In inkscape, you would use “trace bitmap” - although it would probably be a little easier to edit the image in a raster editing application first, as it is extremely low resolution.
Gotcha. I am using the adobe creative suite. typically in the past, I would create the cut in inDesign and export it as a PDF - never had any issues. this one I pulled in a jpeg into photoshop, traced it and then exported it to inDesign, then converted it to a PDF. clearly doesn’t want to work that way. i have the inkscape software loaded, just not very good working with it… I will play around a bit more and see if I can create a cleaner image, etc. independently before trying export. Thanks for your assistance!