It’s tutorial time again! Last year, I created a tutorial on how to design mandala patterns in Adobe Illustrator. Since then, I’ve received some questions about how to turn these lovely mandalas into cut files. While the process to do this is fairly simple, there are a couple steps that, if skipped, can lead to a lot of unnecessary frustration. So, today I’m sharing a video tutorial I created to walk you through the process, and help you become a die cut mandala master! Check it out, and download the die cut mandalas I made.
The main tools you will be using:
Break Link to Symbol
Window>Symbols>Break Link to Symbol
I can’t even tell you have nervous I get when I make these videos—I don’t know why—I’m not even in front of the camera. But It’s always worth the anxiety to know that I’m helping people grow their design skills (at least that’s what I tell myself before I start filming).
Designing cut files can be tricky, but, once you get the hang of it, you’ll be amazed at the possibilities! It’s always important to keep the application in mind when designing cut files: mandalas or otherwise. If you’ll be cutting out of paper, you need to make sure that all the objects are connected in one way or another, otherwise the loose pieces will get left behind when you cut. But, if you’re working with vinyl/transfer paper, you don’t have to worry about that.
To learn more tips on preparing SVG cut files, be sure to check out this tutorial I made on the subject.
I hope you enjoyed the new video tutorial! And have fun designing your own, beautiful die cut mandalas!