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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cupcake Wrappers Video Tutorial 1: How to "Cut-and-Print" LD Cupcake Wrappers

In the following video tutorial, I used Adobe Photoshop and this image from LD's Provincial Princess cupcake wrap graphic set:

Even though I had used Adobe Photoshop in the tutorial, any other graphics editor with similar tools should work too.

There are basically 3 parts to the tutorial: 

Step1 : Measure the size of the wrapper in Photoshop
Step2: Trace and Cut in Make-the-Cut
Step 3: Adhere cutout over printed image and print again.
The most important part of the process is making the measurements. When MTC traced the wrapper, the contour of the curved part is not the same as that of the printed image. The cutout is more curved than the printed image. Adjustments to the "curve-angle" has to be made by unlocking the aspect ratio and entering the dimensions of the wrapper manually.

I also enlarged the wrapper image before adhering the cutout over the printed image because:
(a) it helps as a guide when I position the cutout over it.
(b) it ensures that the whole cutout will be printed on. 

If I leave the image as-is (without enlarging the size), I risk not putting the cutout in the exact position over the image because it is hard to layer it when I can't see the image on the bottom of the cutout. If the cutout is the exact same size as the printed image, more often than not, the ink will miss the border of the cutout and will thus leave a white unprinted edge around the wrapper cutout.

I chose this Lettering Delights image to use in my tutorial because it is a very basic design. The idea is essentially the same for the other LD wrapper graphics. It may take a little bit of adjustments but the concept is the same- measure in PS, cut in MTC, then print again in PS.

Once the basic steps have been figured out, it is really simple to go a step further and personalize these wrappers. Tomorrow I will show you how I did just that. 


  1. Thank you Jin, appreciate you taking the time to make a video for us.


  2. You're very welcome, Michelle. I hope that you enjoyed it. :-)

  3. Thank you so much for the tip on enlarging the image, I'd never thought of that! I appreciate your tutorials!

  4. it was like you read my mind. I couldn't figure out from the video why you enlarged the wrapper in photoshop. Thanks for this great tutorial

  5. I am new so this isn't as obvious but I don't get it! you import into MTC and cut on a random piece of paper, print out what you have in photoshop, then place the actual MTC cutout over the photoshop printout - with glue? and print again?

  6. This tutorial might help you understand the concept better.

  7. yes, I that makes so much more sense!!! Thank you! Now I am just stuck in step 3 with selecting pixels as I have photoshop elements, not "real" photoshop and can't get to this point - but in general it makes sense if I can do it with elements!

  8. Cant figure out!! Ive tried everything! I am using Photoshop 7 please help!!

  9. Hi dear, I wondering. I love the Silhouette Cameo so much.. thanx for the tutorial and also the comparison made about the cutter. I do love your blog. You blog become my no.1 blog. :)

    without the MTC and just having my photoshop can i print and cut using Cameo?
    You said you print using Canon Printer (which i do have one) but my prob to understand, is it just enough for me to have my canon printer and Cameo to do the print and cut? or i still need a third party software.

    Thank you.