Monday, February 5, 2018

Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl LII Champions Scroll Saw Pattern.

Sometimes Super Bowls are known more for the commercials than the game. Super Bowl LII will go down as a fantastic football game. The Philadelphia Eagles outlasted the New England Patriots 41-33 to become National Football League Champions in the 52nd Super Bowl. 

This was the Eagles first Super Bowl win and their first championship since 1960 before the Super Bowl started. Even more remarkable they did it behind the super effort of backup quarterback Nick Foles. Foles looked every bit the match for the legendary Tom Brady of the Patriots. Both QB's looked great but to the winner goes the spoils. 

Congratulations to all the Philadelphia fans. Enjoy the championship. Looks like you have a quarterback controversy coming up next season. :) That's a good problem to have. 

Designing Scroll Saw Patterns:

I get a lot of email asking what software is needed to design scroll saw patterns. Obviously you need software that allows you to draw the pattern. There are two different types of graphics programs. Bitmap and vector graphics.  

Bitmap graphics programs are used to manipulate photos. You can draw with them but they draw with pixels. The screen is divided up in a grid of points(pixels) that are either turned on or off with a color. If you wish to enlarge a line drawn with a bitmap graphics program it will add pixels and just get blurry. They also tend not to have very good printouts on your printer. This type of graphics program does not work well for scroll saw designs.

Vector graphics programs work different. A line drawn in a vector graphic program is a calculation between two points on the screen. If you want to enlarge the line, the program recalculates the line between the two new points and draws the line. This produces fine line drawings. A circle is an object calculated that can be stretched, skewed, enlarged in any way without loss of line detail.

You can also take two drawn objects like a circle and square and weld them together in a vector graphics program to produce a completely different object.