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    Cutting Large Sheets of Paper

    After having read the thread regarding which pt/pd paper people would use if they only had one, I decided I'd go try another one, especially since I found I have a source of it within a 5 min. drive of where I work.

    I got a few sheets of 22x30 Arches Platine yesterday on the way home and was wondering if I can just use something like a mat cutter to cut the paper to size? Are there any special things I should or should not do when cutting the paper? Thus far, all my paper has be pre-cut to size, so I am just wondering.
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    I use a Rotatrim. I don't see why a mat cutter wouldn't work. You could also just use a T-square and an X-acto knife.
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    I use a ruler and a utility knife most times. Other times, I just tear it to size.

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    i just use scissors, but then again I also print on the "B" side :o
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    I just use a straight edge and tear the paper. It creates nice edge to it.

    I have not confirmed it, so cannot be sure. But Rotarim may not be good for Pt/Pd. There is a contact between metal and metal when it cuts. This can be a cause for black spots. That is another reason why I do not use any metal cutting blades against a metal straight edge.

    If it is for some other processes, I would assume it should be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinnya
    I just use a straight edge and tear the paper. It creates nice edge to it.

    I have not confirmed it, so cannot be sure. But Rotarim may not be good for Pt/Pd. There is a contact between metal and metal when it cuts. This can be a cause for black spots. That is another reason why I do not use any metal cutting blades against a metal straight edge.

    If it is for some other processes, I would assume it should be fine.

    Happy printing,
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    Tsuyoshi and all,

    As far as I'm concerned the problem with cutting paper with a Rotatrimmer and black spots is just a myth. I've been using one for years and never experienced the problem.

    As for cutting large sheets there are several options which people have already mentioned. There is also a plexiglass riping ruler that you can find online that will produce neat deckle edges by tearling the paper. I don't have one but a friend of mine locally owns one and so does Dan Burkholder's wife Jill. They both swear by the tool.

    Good luck,

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    Don,

    Thanks for the info. Now, I can cut them with Rotaatrim.

    Where could I get the plexiglass ripping ruler? I am very curious about it...

    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Moore
    i just use scissors, but then again I also print on the "B" side :o
    I should addend my post as I also cut my images down to size after printing and drymount them in a floating mat. This impacts the manner in which I cut the paper... it doesn't matter what the edges look like (or if they are even straight) as they will not be viewed in the final presentation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinnya
    Don,

    Thanks for the info. Now, I can cut them with Rotaatrim.

    Where could I get the plexiglass ripping ruler? I am very curious about it...

    Thanks again.

    Warmly,
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    Here you go:

    http://www.inkjetart.com/misc/deckle/

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    Can I make this from a sheet of plexiglass? Well, maybe I do not have time for this...

    Warmly,
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