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Grabbing design from one part of a file to place in another

Community Beginner ,
Sep 23, 2022 Sep 23, 2022

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So i'm using a template made up of paths for a Canam X3 what im trying to figure out is if there is a faster way of applying the design to every path and then moving the shape to something more compact for cutting. What its coming down to is i make a copy of the design and mask it to the shape, apply it, then move the shape to a more compact space for cutting in another program. I have to do this for every shape and every new design, is there a more efficient way of doing it? can i make a separate file or layer where i place the design and the compact file can just grab the design from a certain spot? i'll add a sample to hopefully help explain what i need help with! thank you!

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Blank Template

 

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Template with a bunch of layers and masks

 

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Blank Compact Paths

 

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Compact template with all the layers and masks applied

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Community Expert , Sep 23, 2022 Sep 23, 2022

If I am understanding you correctly, you could create an action that loads the design, clips it to the template, and saves it.  You could then use File > Scripts > Image Processor  to batch process a folder with the all template files, and have Image P{rocessor run your action on each of the template files.

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Sep 23, 2022 Sep 23, 2022

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I am afraid most of us do not understand what is your problem. Can you take screenshots of entire window with Layers panel expanded and visible so we can understand what are you doing and what is actual request?

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Sep 26, 2022 Sep 26, 2022

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Yes I can! hopefully this explains a bit more of the process im trying to speed up!Screen Shot 2022-09-26 at 10.30.20.png

This is the blank template, paths and compound paths

 

 

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This is the template basically previewing the design (it is originally a group but i make it into a smart object before i begin making copies of it)

 

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All the paths with their own copy of the design as a clipping mask (this process takes the longest)

 

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All the masks applied to the paths to make them one layer instead of a bunch of paths with masks

 

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The final step which is making it as compact as possible for exporting

 

 

Hopefully this helps! 

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If I am understanding you correctly, you could create an action that loads the design, clips it to the template, and saves it.  You could then use File > Scripts > Image Processor  to batch process a folder with the all template files, and have Image P{rocessor run your action on each of the template files.

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ahhhh i completely forgot about scripts, i have used them before so i will try that out!! thank you!

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