There are many possibilities with this hobby. Even using the same pattern can result in two different appearances which are known as positive and negative etching. Positive etching is basically cutting out a stencil such as the black areas and marking that area. On the other hand, working with the negative, is when you remove the opposite areas of the pattern and etch those areas instead. Shown below are examples of similar patterns that were etched in both ways.
You can see that the first positive has the name etched or frosted while the second negative name is not.
If you want to do a negative with a photoresist, you will have to flip the colors with a software program. In contrast, the pattern doesn’t matter if your cutting them out by hand or using a vinyl cutter since you peel the stencil the way you want it.
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