The Cut Ribbon is the place where you will find all of your Artisan 5 Cutting Tools. Not many projects can be completed without using a tool on the Cut Ribbon.  The tools on the Cut Ribbon can help you add subtle details or construct the most elaborate pages.  We hope you discover something wonderful on this page.

First, you’ll see a section called Fundamentals which is our Core Training. We’ve grouped tips and videos that cover the fundamentals of using the cutting tools in Artisan 5, and we’ve broken them down into several sections. Once you have mastered these basics, you’ll be ready for ways to apply what you’ve learned by continuing to Applications which is the Creative Know How section. Here you’ll find videos, Bright Ideas, and a few tips that will illustrate creative design and practical applications of ways to use cutting tools on your pages.

NOTE: Some offerings will be listed in more than one category, as people search for things in different ways. We have tried to cross-reference as much as possible.

Table of Contents

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FUNDAMENTALS:

Core Training | Technical use of tools and functions in the software.

CUTTING TOOLS:

  • Straight Button
    • (Straight edge, Blended edge, Paper rip and Shaped edge Cutters)

SELECTION TOOLS:

APPLICATIONS:

Creative Know How | Creative Design and Practical Applications

User Frequently Asked Questions



Cutting Tools

Straight Button

This one button is home to some of our more frequently used tools.   The Straight edge, Blended edge, Paper Rip and Shaped edge cutter are simple tools with lots of possibilities.

 

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Shapes Cutter

The Shapes Cutter allows you to cut or copy portions of elements using a variety of shape files.  Artisan 5 comes with many preinstalled shape files.  You can also purchase shapes in the FOREVER Store, and convert fonts into shape files.   The GIF below shows the fundamental use of the Shapes cutter. More detailed basic offerings will be added at a later time.  See creative applications of this tool in the Applications/Creative Know How section of this Resource Guide segment.

 

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Text Cutter

The text shape cutter allows you to make cuts or copies from elements on your pages using your favorite fonts.  The GIF below shows the basic use of the Text Cutter. More detailed basic offerings will be added at a later time.  See creative applications of this tool in the Applications/Creative Know How section of this Resource Guide segment.

 

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Custom Cutter

The Custom Cutter allows you to cut elements using custom paths that you control.  This tool is useful for extracting elements from your photos, papers, embellishments, and more.  The GIF below shows the basic use of this tool.  More detailed basic offerings will be added at a later time.  See creative applications of this tool in the Applications/Creative Know How section of this Resource Guide segment.

 

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Corner Cutter

The corner cutter allows you  to add decorative detail to the corners of your photos, papers, and other elements on your pages. More detailed basic offerings will be added at a later time. The GIF below shows the basic use of this tool.   See creative applications of this tool in the Applications/Creative Know How section of this Resource Guide segment.

 

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Grid Cutter

The Grid Cutter is your go-to tool if you need to make multiple straight cuts at once.   You can cut multiple columns, multiple rows, or a full grid with just a few clicks.  This tool is very versatile and efficient. The GIF below shows the basic use of this tool.  More detailed basic offerings will be added at a later time.  See creative applications of this tool in the Applications/Creative Know How section of this Resource Guide segment.

 

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Selection Tools

The Artisan 5 Cut Ribbon is broken up into two distinct sections – cutting tools and selection tools.   We have featured the cutting tools above.  In this section, we feature the selection tools.  The selection tools allow you to select portions of your elements.   You can then do a variety of things with your selection, including cut the selection.

Shape

The Shape tool allows you to select specific areas of an element so that you can apply textures, color treatments and more to the specific areas or cut and extract sections of an element.

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Lasso

The lasso tool allows you to select specific areas of an element so that you can apply textures, color treatments and more to the specific areas or cut and extract sections of an element.

Selection vs. Cutting in Artisan 5

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Wand

The Wand tool allows you to select specific areas of an element so that you can apply textures, color treatments, and more to the specific areas, or cut and extract sections of an element.

 

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Straight Button: Straight Edge Cutter

With four diverse tools, the Straight button is bound to be one of your most frequently used buttons in the software.  Below are some offerings featuring the Straight edge.

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Straight Button: Blended Edge Cutter

The Blended edge tool lets you create a gradient of transparency levels on the edge of any element allowing it to seamlessly fade away and/or blend into another element.

 

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Straight Button: Paper Rip Cutter

The Paper rip tool allows you to cut realistic torn edges from elements on your pages.

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Straight Button: Shaped Edge Cutter

The Shaped edge cutter allows you to cut decorative edges from the elements on your pages using edges and shapes that are built in to the software, edges and shapes that you purchase from the FOREVER Store, and any other shapes that you add to your content library.

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Shapes Cutter

The Shapes cutter allows you to cut or copy sections of the elements on your pages using a wide variety of shapes that come built-in to the software.  Additional shapes can be purchased in the FOREVER Store or created for use in the software.

 

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Text Cutter

The Text cutter allows you to cut letters and phrases from elements on your pages using your favorite fonts.

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Custom Cutter

The Custom cutter is your go to tool when you need to cut or copy elements using a specific path.

 

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Corner Cutter

The Corner cutter is the simplest and easiest way to add decorative detail to the corners of elements on your pages.

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Grid Cutter

Make multiple straight cuts in a jiffy using the Grid cutter.

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Shape/lasso Selection

At the current time, there are no Artisan 5 offerings focused on applications of these tools.  Offerings will be added in the future.

 

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Wand

The Wand tool is a robust tool giving you the power of precise selection of areas in your photos, embellishments and papers.  Using the Wand, you can extract sections of your elements or isolate areas of focus for other tools available in Artisan 5.

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User Frequently Asked Questions

Over the upcoming weeks, we will be watching our social media pages and emails for your frequently asked questions as they relate to the Cut Ribbon. We will then add those questions here along with a link to the corresponding answer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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