You don’t need to convert a PDF to a JPG file to just cut a pattern. However, if you want to draw pattern markings on your pattern files, you need to use another application to do that. I’ve been using Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) version 4 to set up my pattern files for cutting and drawing.
The first step is to convert the PDF pages you’ve purchased or received into JPGs. I have been successfully using Adobe Photoshop Elements, version 10, to open PDF files and convert pages from PDF to JPG.
For this example, I’m going to be using a free pattern for creating a Trendy Tee Shirt for a Kidz N Cats doll, found at Pixie Faire (used by permission). You can find the pattern here:
I’ll be using the pattern to show how to get the PDF pages from your computer to the cutter, ready to draw pattern markings and cut out pattern outlines.