Inkscape for Cutting Design

Help and Support => Help Using Inkscape => Silhouette and Craft Robo Owners => Topic started by: Angel13 on August 01, 2010, 03:20:26 AM

Title: Cut from Inkscape-Craft Robo/original Silhouette (not Cameo)
Post by: Angel13 on August 01, 2010, 03:20:26 AM
As this forum is now set up, it makes sense that my blog goes back too showing my craft bits and pieces and the Inkscape pictorials are transferred here. I will try and make sure that I also attached a downloadable version of the pictorials......

Once again if there's any part of the pictorials that you want clarified, just get in touch. For this particular pictorial I have used one of my own Nestie files to explain how too cut from Inkscape, and please excuse any typo's you may see.........

OK here's the downloadable zipped file of the Pictorials below....I Hope.....

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Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: yellowrose49 on October 22, 2010, 06:16:14 PM
I have followed tutorial and cannot find Graphtec craft robo. I have Graphtec CC330L and it will not take me to the Craft robo controller page to cut, it only goes to final cut page but will not cut. Any suggestions?
Judy
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on October 22, 2010, 07:29:40 PM
Hi Judy

When you select File/Print in the Inkscape software, what appears on your screen; if possible can you do a screenprint of what happens?
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: yellowrose49 on October 23, 2010, 06:20:35 AM
Angela this is what we see.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on October 23, 2010, 06:28:10 AM
Oh My Judy

I thought you had posted a question that I would not be able to answer, the next thing you do with the Graphtec logo highlighted is click the Preferance button and the Robomaster panel will appear. If you look at picture number 5 then you will see what to do next, holler if you get in trouble....... :)  :)  :)
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: yellowrose49 on October 23, 2010, 06:38:09 AM
Yes, I did that too Angela but when I get that all set up it doesn't cut. Judy
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: yellowrose49 on October 23, 2010, 06:45:57 AM
Angela, its at step 7 that it doesn't come up. It goes straight to the lastready to cut screen and if I click OK it doesn't cut. Thanks for your help. I have such nice svg files but they don't cut well in robomaster if I change it to DXF first so was trying to see if I could get another way to cut them. Judy
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on October 23, 2010, 06:49:01 AM
Quote from: "yellowrose49"
Yes, I did that too Angela but when I get that all set up it doesn't cut. Judy


Ok Judy
I can't quite see the bottom left hand side of your screen that is showing the Fill & Stroke Boxes, what I want you to do now is highlight the design; right click on the Fill box at the bottom of the page and select Remove Fill. Yes your design has disappeared don't panic. Right click on the Stroke box and select Black from the Drop down panel and now you should have a design that has a black outline which represents your Robomaster cutline. Also take note of where you have the design on your cutting page.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on October 23, 2010, 06:54:27 AM
Trust me Judy we are going to get this design cut.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: yellowrose49 on October 23, 2010, 07:04:00 AM
Ok, I did that and I do have the design back. Whew!! Now what? Judy
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on October 23, 2010, 07:07:02 AM
Quote from: "yellowrose49"
Ok, I did that and I do have the design back. Whew!! Now what? Judy


Follow the procedures for sending it too cut, I'm still here because its 2pm UK time....
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: yellowrose49 on October 23, 2010, 07:11:19 AM
WooHoo Angela, it's cutting. Your amazing. Thanks I'll let you know how it does. Judy
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on October 23, 2010, 07:15:52 AM
Quote from: yellowrose49
WooHoo Angela, it's cutting. Your amazing. Thanks I'll let you know how it does. Judy


:lol:  :lol:  :lol:  YEAHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: yellowrose49 on October 23, 2010, 07:26:40 AM
:lol: Now can you tell me how to make those really fine lines thicker so their easier to weed? Judy
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on October 23, 2010, 07:30:45 AM
Quote from: yellowrose49
:lol: Now can you tell me how to make those really fine lines thicker so their easier to weed? Judy


Aaahhhh I did notice on the screenprint picture that there were some fine details, and I do remember thinking at the time that you may be better off deleting some of the lines etc..........Hang on I'm going to have a quick look at the screenprint again......OK you will need to have a look at this pictorial http://www.inkscapecuttingdesign.com/smf/index.php?topic=71.0

Its a case of looking at the design and deciding what to keep and what nodes you need to move........
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: yellowrose49 on October 23, 2010, 07:36:16 AM
That was a share file from Kim. Its beautiful isn't it? but may be too hard to weed.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on October 23, 2010, 11:24:31 AM
Hi Judy

Sorry I didn't get back too you, my Broadband internet decided to have a hissy fit and I couldn't get a connection to this website, so I had a siesta to prevent myself from throwing my PC out of the window!! :shock:  :shock:

That design looks like it would make a nice vinyl cut once you have made a few alterations, next time you get a file that you are unsure about actually cutting; then it's a good time to load the blank copier paper and use the pen option and draw the design and that way you can judge what looks good from what doesn't.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: yellowrose49 on October 24, 2010, 10:48:28 AM
Thanks Angela for all your help. I'll look at the tutorial and see what I can figure out. Glad you didn't throw the PC out. LOL  Judy
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: GillT on October 30, 2010, 10:14:33 AM
I downloaded a snowflake ornament from the files this afternoon and just cut it directly from Inkscape, following your excellent tutorial!!  Woooohooo!  Brilliant.  Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to write such a detailed tutorial - believe me, I needed every step.

Now, Craftrobo was making a very peculiar noise as it worked...kind of singing...I'm going to have to get used to the noises and work out what's "normal" and what's "aaagh".  I also know what Craft Robo owners do in their spare time...pick bits of paper off sticky sheets and then off the floor  ;)  Time to get the vacuum robo going I think!

Gill
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on October 30, 2010, 12:39:18 PM
See Gill isn't it satisfying when you cut from Inkscape, no juddering, no blue light flashing, no pausing in the design cutting. And soon you will be designing your own files.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: dawnejuk on November 19, 2010, 10:48:18 AM
Hi, I have just joined and would like to download the pictorial tutorial as above.

Everytime I try to download the zip file - I get 'windows can't show web page'

Is there an easier way to get this file???  I would really like to cut from Inkscape
on my Craft Robo lite.

Many thanks,

Dawn
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Butterfly on November 19, 2010, 12:50:32 PM
Don't give up hope they were having a couple issues I am sure they will fix it quickly after I PM them
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on November 19, 2010, 02:25:43 PM
Hi Dawn

I hope I have set up a downloadable pictorial for you, let me know if you were able to download and open.....
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: chrisparkle on November 24, 2010, 01:56:39 PM
Hi Angela, I have followed your directions and gone through the trouble shooting on this thread but although my Silhouette makes a noise for a few seconds, when I press print, that's as far as it gets and it just stops.  Nothing is cutting  :roll:

Any ideas, why this is happening :?:

Chris
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: chrisparkle on November 24, 2010, 01:59:50 PM
And now Inkscape won't load any recent documents and it won't paste any designs onto the page.  :?

What is going on :x

Chris
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on November 24, 2010, 02:07:40 PM
Quote from: chrisparkle
And now Inkscape won't load any recent documents and it won't paste any designs onto the page.  :? 

What is going on :x

Chris


Ok Chris

Calm Calm, Have a look at this thread here and hopefully it will help sort your problems:  http://www.inkscapecuttingdesign.com/smf/index.php?topic=251.0

If not HOLLER........We will get you cutting from Inkscape......
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: chrisparkle on November 25, 2010, 09:05:28 AM
Hi Angela,  Gone through your tutorial, several times  and checked and double checked and still my Silhouette will not cut   :(  :(

The only difference is my design is not colour filled but I am removing fill and stroke black.  I have ensured that within preferences, my cutting setting is black.

Helllllppppppp 8-)

Chris
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Technomum on November 25, 2010, 10:13:36 AM
Hi Chris, are you saying your outline on your signblank is not showing?  If so, select the design and at the bottom of the screen click on the pencil.  If you have no colour in the box select modify and choose black from the colour swatches.

Also check you have no failed prints sitting in the Graphtec Printer.  If you have, delete them as they can stop later prints from working.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: chrisparkle on November 25, 2010, 10:31:13 AM
Here is a screenshot of what I am trying to do.  This is only practice ;)

(http://http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae36/Cakerme/ScreenshotInkscape.jpg)  I have a design outline it just won't cut for me. :roll:

I had already adjusted to cutting settings to black and have got no print failures.

Thanks for trying to guide me Technomum :)

Chris
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Technomum on November 25, 2010, 11:55:13 AM
Hi Chris.  What we need to know is what your Robomaster "screens" looks like as you proceed through the tutorial.  As far as I can tell the outline is fine in Inkscape but we need to know what it is doing when it gets into Robomaster which I am sure is where the problem lies.  If it is at all possible could you do corresponding print screens for each stage as you work through Angela's tutorial.  I know that is a lot to ask but I cannot think of an easier way to check everything.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: chrisparkle on November 25, 2010, 01:01:35 PM
Hi Technomum,  The design I screenshot was done via my word processor and then copied and pasted into Inkscape.  I will do a design from Robo but I have trouble getting from Robo to Inkscape.  I will have a fiddle and get back to you soon with more info.

Thanks very much,  Very much appreciated.

Chris
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Technomum on November 25, 2010, 01:23:03 PM
Hello Chris,

Which OS are you using XP, Vista Windows 7?  It is possible to do screen shots in all three, the later OS allow for partial screenshots too.  If you don't want to use those could I suggest the free version of Screenhunter that will allow you to select part or all of the screen (though in this case all of the screen would be beneficial).  It will save to your Desktop as a jpg and can be attached to most forums.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Technomum on November 25, 2010, 01:38:33 PM
Hi Chris,

All you need to do is put your design into RoboMaster - am I right in thinking you are not having trouble getting your file from Inkscape into RoboMaster?  Then do a screen print of the RoboMaster pages as you work through the tutorial.  Unless you have a very old operating system you should be able to take a screen print as follows.  Failing that try downloading one of the free Print Screen Programmes such as Screenhunter (free version) which will save all or a selected area of your screen to your desktop as a jpeg.

Here are some instructions that might help with different Windows Operating Systems

Link for instructions on how to do a screenprint in Windows XP    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/usin ... nshot.mspx (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/screenshot.mspx)

Link for instructions for Vista  http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/wind ... reen-shots (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Use-Snipping-Tool-to-capture-screen-shots)

Link for instructions for Windows 7  http://www.microsoft.com/windows/window ... -tool.aspx (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/features/snipping-tool.aspx)

Good Luck
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on November 25, 2010, 02:01:19 PM
Ok Technomum
I can see you have everything under control, so I will leave this to you; if you need assistance let me know.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on November 25, 2010, 02:16:05 PM
Quote from: "chrisparkle"
Hi Technomum,  The design I screenshot was done via my word processor and then copied and pasted into Inkscape.  I will do a design from Robo but I have trouble getting from Robo to Inkscape.  I will have a fiddle and get back to you soon with more info.

Thanks very much,  Very much appreciated.

Chris


Hi Chris

Are you saying that you did the design in WORD then copied and paste into Inkscape??
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: chrisparkle on November 25, 2010, 03:09:08 PM
I have Open Office, made the design and tried to c & p to Inkscape.

OS is Vista.  I have a free programme called MWSnap that does screenshots for me.  I loaded the above picture into Photobucket and then downloaded to here.  I will look at the links you have given me. :) I suppose they are easier :roll:

The problem I am having (apart from my machine not cutting) is getting designs from my Silhouette software to Inkscape.  Also designs I have saved within Inkscape are not coming up on screen when I select them.  This is the message I get: 'Failed to load the requested file C:UsersChrisparkleThank you dxf'  However, since your message I made a quick design with stars, within Inkscape and blow me down, it cut it. :o

So my issues are are:

not being able to paste designs to Inkscape from Silhouette
documents saved within Inscape not loading
and any designs have I managed to copy and paste from other sources are not cutting

Now you have this info do you still want me to load screens shots from Silhouette/Robo

In the meantime I'll connect to the links you have given me.  :)

Thanks very much

Chris
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on November 25, 2010, 03:35:18 PM
Hi Chris

I have that Open Office programme as well and I did a quick design using the drawing section and exported it as a PDF into my documents folders so I could find it. Then I opend Inkscape imported the PDF file changed the fill into unfilled and applied a black stroke line, but I think I'm missing a step somewhere because I can't ungroup the shapes.

The Open Office Drawing board is a lot like Inkscape, so why are you not drawing in Inkscape???

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Hi Chris, Don't you have this icon on your desktop?
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: chrisparkle on November 25, 2010, 03:47:34 PM
Onlhy had Vista for 3 years and didn't realise I had a screenshot tool  :roll:   However, is there a quick way to get the screen shot to here?

Chris
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on November 25, 2010, 04:04:00 PM
Quote from: chrisparkle
Onlhy had Vista for 3 years and didn't realise I had a screenshot tool  <!-- s:roll: -->:roll:<!-- s:roll: -->   However, is there a quick way to get the screen shot to here?

Chris


Ok Chris

Look at step7 on this pictorial.

http://www.inkscapecuttingdesign.com/smf/index.php?topic=52.0

I suppose you could draw using your open office programme, then do a screen print and save as a Jpeg and open in Inkscape........
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Technomum on November 25, 2010, 05:19:39 PM
Could I ask why you would want to move a Silhouette drawing into Inkscape?  Won't it cut as a GSD on your Silhouette cutter?  I would only use Inkscape to design in or open an svg in so that I could cut it on the Silhouette.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: chrisparkle on November 26, 2010, 03:31:32 AM
Gawd, I'm getting really confused now.  

Here we go. ;)   I was asking originally via the silouetteusers site how I get designs from Inkscape to RM to cut out.  I was then told I don't need to do this because I can do it straight from Inkscape, hence me being here.

However, the drawing tools within silhouette are too basis and I can't get curves, in text, hence me asking how to transfer to Inkscape to use the tools there. That's my excuse :D  :D

But I still can't cut out what I have designed/saved in Inkscape and anything I do c & p, whether from an OO document or screenshot will not paste.  

In the meantime, I will study what Angela has said and try the pdf format. Angela, to be quite honest, I have never used the drawing document within OO. It looks too complicated  :roll:   I find a can do basic shapes within the word processor.  I don't really understand about putting my design in 'paint'  I think I'll have study things a bit more.

Do you know what, I am so grateful to you both for your patience with a numpty like me.  I hope you don't give up on me before we've sussed things out. :?

Chris
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on November 26, 2010, 03:39:32 AM
Hi Chris

You are not a 'numpty' we will work this out between us and get you designing and cutting from Inkscape using your silhouette.

I'm at work at the moment but I just felt I had to give you a quick answer, until later.

Ta ta for now......
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: chrisparkle on November 26, 2010, 03:47:36 AM
Aww, Thanks Angela.  Speak soon but no hurry.  I'm just playing and want to experiment with a project I'll be doing in the Summer.

Chris
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Technomum on November 26, 2010, 04:31:05 AM
Hi Chris, you are not a numpty.  We all have to start somewhere.  I remember throwing my hands up in disgust when I first started using RoboMaster software on my Silhouette.  It is very restrictive until one works out a way round a problem.  My husband had bought the machine for my birthday and I was so pleased and then so disappointed it almost reduced me to tears.

So, if I am reading you right - you find the software on your Silhouette (called RoboMaster) not providing you with the tools to do what you want with your designs.  Mostly there are ways round problems but they can be time consuming and it is a case of learning the peculiarities of the software.  

You don't yet feel you are able to make your design in Inkscape alone.

You are trying to import your GSD into Inkscape to do more work on it - which unfortunately is not as simple as it sounds unless you take a screenshot of the design, save it as a jpg, import it into Inkscape and do a trace (either manually or by using the Path>Bitmap trace option).

There is a possibility of doing it by making your robomaster file into a pdf file.  Angela and I will look into that.

It sounds as though your Silhouette is working properly because it will cut a simple design for you.

Angela's tutorial is geared to importing an already drawn svg into RoboMaster, not the other way round.  That, I think, is why you are having trouble.

Do you have an svg file that you could use to eventually open in RM on your Silhouette using Angela's tutorial?  If not, download one from the freebies on this site and then redo Angela's tutorial.  Choose something simple to start with. The file will need to be opened in Inkscape and then follow the instructions carefully. Do not try to open it straight into RM as it won't work.   As an experienced cutter I scanned the tutorial and did miss a point but when I slowed down and worked through the tutorial point-by-point it worked a treat.

Recommendation:  Go through Carolyn's tutorials and start to learn Inkscape. Start at the bottom of her list as I think, from memory, they are the easiest.  You will never regret it.  It is a bit of a learning curve to start with but there is nothing you cannot do in the software.

Always ask if you have a problem.  We are only too pleased to help if we can.

Chris,  you are in the UK I know.  If you would like me to call you and talk you through the procedure I am happy to do so.  Send me your number through the PM system if you would like to talk to me and I will do my best to get you cutting.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Technomum on November 26, 2010, 04:53:08 AM
Hi Chris,

I have just successfully exported a GSD file from RoboMaster as a pdf file into Inkscape, worked on it and saved it as an svg and reimported it into RoboMaster with Angela's tutorial.  I will write up the steps and you can see if you like the procedure.  It does mean you will need a program on your computer that will make pdf's.  If you do not have Adobe I think it is possible to download a free pdf maker from the net.  I will see if I can find it for you.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: chrisparkle on November 26, 2010, 05:08:41 AM
Blimey, how nice of you Techie.  I will pm you with my details but can any phone calls wait til Monday after 10am, if that's convenient for you. I will have a house full later today and over the weekend but I know I have nothing to restrict me on Monday, except housework.  But that can wait  ;)   That will be so cool.  I will then be able to explain the problems better.  I can phone you back if you like  :)

At the moment I am downloading Inkscape .48.  I had .46 loaded from 18 months ago :roll:   Do you think that might make a difference :?:

I will fiddle about as much as I can over the weekend but won't post any questions or frustrated posts.  I'll wait and speak to you Techie. :)

I read in another post that Angela was going to make her mat sticky.  How is this done Angela?

Thank you so much

Chris
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: chrisparkle on November 26, 2010, 05:09:27 AM
I have a PDF programme within Open Office, Techie,  Thanks very much

Chris
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Technomum on November 26, 2010, 05:30:12 AM
Chris,  I think there are still some bugs in .48 and, as yet, I haven't downloaded it.  I am using .47.  We can try .48 as I am sure it must be very similar and see how we get on.

I will ring you after 10AM on Monday.  I hope I remember :lol:.  I will put a sticky on my monitor.  As long as the call is not over an hour all my calls are free (well not exactly but we choose to pay a fixed fee that covers all UK calls other than "special" numbers) so don't worry about calling me back.

I have written a mini tutorial on how to use the pdf method which I will now type up and post here so you can have a look at it.   This will allow you to take your GSD, save it to a pdf file, open it in Inkscape where you can work on it and save it as an svg which you can then reimport into your Silhouette to cut it.  Good that you already have pdf.  I have Adobe but I downloaded the free CutePDFwriter just to check it works and it does.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: chrisparkle on November 26, 2010, 05:39:43 AM
Funny you should say that about .48 because I've had another go and now my machine just makes a click sound for 1 second, no cutting and that's it.  Before it was making a loud racket for about 3 seconds but not cutting.  Do you think the bugs are the cause.  

I use CutePDFwriter to download tutorials from the net and save onto my computer ;-)

Chris
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Technomum on November 26, 2010, 05:44:16 AM
As I know Angela is at work I will butt in and say I use 3M repositionable Spray Mount.  The cheapest I can find in the UK is from the 7-Day Shop where there is no p&p to pay.  This is the link.   I know it looks expensive but it lasts forever, well nearly.  Here is the link.  I am sure there must be other products but I am more than happy with 3M.  Angela may use something different and other members may be able to help here.

http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product ... ducts_id=1 (http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_1&products_id=1)


PS No I don't think .48 will be causing the problem.  I think it is more likely your cutter is not talking to the software design program  :D .
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Technomum on November 26, 2010, 06:31:00 AM
Here is the quick tutorial for converting a GSD file into a pdf so that it can be imported into Inkscape.

Please let me know if there are any glaring mistakes.

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Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: chrisparkle on November 26, 2010, 06:48:30 AM
Quote from: "Technomum"


PS No I don't think .48 will be causing the problem.  I think it is more likely your cutter is not talking to the software design program  :D .

Well it should take a leaf out of my book because I am talking (or shouting :roll: ) at the blerdy thing all the time :lol:  :lol:

Thanks for the sticky info.  I will take a look.  It must be expensive cause you haven't said what the price is  ;)   You don't happen to know the cheapest place to get blades?  I'm sure I have blade problem as well but I am going to try and sharpen it with foil.

Thanks Techie

Chris
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Technomum on November 26, 2010, 06:53:48 AM
The last ones I bought I got from America but I am sure someone here will know where to buy them in the UK, probably Angela.  I am not sure foil works but give it a try anyway you have nothing to lose.

If you follow the link for 3M Photo Mount it will give you the price (around £10 but less if you buy many).
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on November 26, 2010, 07:05:04 AM
Ok My turn now:  For the cheapest replacement blades for your Robo or Silhouette available in the UK is here: http://http://www.craftsulove.co.uk/silhouette.htm unless you have a friend in the US who can get them for you from here: http://www.paperdelight.com/silhouettea ... ories.aspx (http://www.paperdelight.com/silhouetteandaccessories.aspx)
Now for a sticky mat I've used Zig Jumbo 2 Way Glue and here's a You tube video example of what to do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90hArOVBiOY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90hArOVBiOY) and then I discovered these YouTubes as well: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_q ... +mats&aq=f (http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sticky+mats&aq=f)

And if you want to dowmload Inkscape 0.47 version which I have used myself, you can find it here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/inkscap ... e/download (http://sourceforge.net/projects/inkscape/files/inkscape/0.47/Inkscape-0.47-3.exe/download) click on the bit that says direct link

Thanks Technomum you are a GEM....... :geek:  :geek:

You can try foil, but its best to use the tin foil that you use for Pie dishes because its thicker then the sheet foil.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: chrisparkle on November 26, 2010, 07:50:08 AM
Thank you both for all the info.  :-)  

Chris
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: chrisparkle on November 26, 2010, 09:24:16 AM
Quote from: Technomum
Here is the quick tutorial for converting a GSD file into a pdf so that it can be imported into Inkscape.

Please let me know if there are any glaring mistakes.

[attachment=0:1jvetv15][/attachment]MAKING A GSD FILE INTO A PDF FOR USE IN INKSCAPE 1.doc[/attachment:1jvetv15][/quote

l don't believe this but I uninstalled .48 and installed .47.  Now my pdf image will not load onto the Inkscape page.  It did it before no problem with .48    :roll:   I have tried dragging but nothing drops onto the page and I have tried pasting but nothing drops onto the page.  

I must have the patience of a saint and so must you two  :?

Chris
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: chrisparkle on November 26, 2010, 09:42:02 AM
Done it.  Used the import tool within Inkscape.

Chris
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: chrisparkle on November 26, 2010, 10:08:03 AM
Wooowoooo,  I've managed to cut an image following Techie's tutuorial.  Thank you, thank you thanK you.  Now there will be no stopping me.  Would I be able to do this with any pDF image or is it just from the Robo software.  I'm going to have a go. :)

Chris
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Technomum on November 26, 2010, 11:07:02 AM
I am so pleased for you.  You will be able to use any pdf vector image from anywhere just by dragging it into Inkscape BUT sadly you will not be able to use all pdf images only those that are vectors.  Raster pdfs will import the same way as jpg's and need to be traced which can be time consuming.  As it is so easy, if you are unsure which type of pdf you may be looking at, save it to desktop and drag it into Inkscape.  Go to View>Display Mode>Outline.  If your image turns into a big red cross you will know it is a raster (photographic) image that has to be traced.   HTH
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Technomum on November 26, 2010, 12:12:08 PM
"l don't believe this but I uninstalled .48 and installed .47. Now my pdf image will not load onto the Inkscape page. It did it before no problem with .48  I have tried dragging but nothing drops onto the page and I have tried pasting but nothing drops onto the page".

Sorry Chris I have only just picked this up,  it seems that Vista will not allow drag and drop in this instance and so File>Import is the only option.  XP certainly does allow it.  I will change it in the tutorial.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: chrisparkle on November 26, 2010, 04:44:05 PM
What's a Vector pdf?  

Yes, I tried other means of pdf and  although managed to get them onto the Inkscape page they wouldn't cut but I am happy with what I achieved following your tutorrial Techie.  

Techie, I am going to write a list of the things I want to discuss with you on Monday. :-)

Chris
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Technomum on November 26, 2010, 06:41:47 PM
Hi Chris,

Vectors are graphics made up from paths and is the type of drawing you do in RoboMaster, Inkscape etc.    With a vector graphic you can edit the diagram by moving nodes.  A raster image is like a photo (and can be brought into Inkscape in much the same way a jpg file can be displayed in Inkscape)  and even though it may be exactly the same lines as as a your vector graphic, you cannot move them about.   Sometimes it is not easy to tell until you check by looking at the drawing in View>Display Mode>Outline.   If you see an outline it is a vector graphic but if you get a big red cross it is a raster image and cannot be edited.

Perhaps the other pdfs you placed in Inkscape were raster images in which case you cannot cut from them that is why I suggested you doublecheck by selecting them and using View>Display Mode>Outline

I hope I shall be able to answer all your questions - LOL.  I haven't used RoboMaster for some years now but feel fairly competent with Inkscape.

I think also that if you zoom in on a raster graphic it will  have very jagged edges.  Vectors are smooth no matter how much you zoom in the outlines remain smooth.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Technomum on December 12, 2010, 04:02:19 AM
Quote from: "chrisparkle"
What's a Vector pdf?  

Yes, I tried other means of pdf and  although managed to get them onto the Inkscape page they wouldn't cut but I am happy with what I achieved following your tutorrial Techie.  

Techie, I am going to write a list of the things I want to discuss with you on Monday. :-)

Chris

Hi Chris,

I hope all is well with cutting from Inkscape now.

When we spoke you mentioned you were using Inkscape and your Silhouette to design and cut decorations for your cake decorating hobby.  I know everyone here would love to see some of your cakes to show how you used the shapes because I know you were not cutting icing.  So if you can find the time we would love to see some photos of your prizewinning cakes and hear how you produced the shapes.  It will give our members some great ideas.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on December 12, 2010, 05:11:46 AM
Quote from: "Technomum"
Quote from: "chrisparkle"
What's a Vector pdf?  

Yes, I tried other means of pdf and  although managed to get them onto the Inkscape page they wouldn't cut but I am happy with what I achieved following your tutorrial Techie.  

Techie, I am going to write a list of the things I want to discuss with you on Monday. :-)

Chris

Hi Chris,

I hope all is well with cutting from Inkscape now.

When we spoke you mentioned you were using Inkscape and your Silhouette to design and cut decorations for your cake decorating hobby.  I know everyone here would love to see some of your cakes to show how you used the shapes because I know you were not cutting icing.  So if you can find the time we would love to see some photos of your prizewinning cakes and hear how you produced the shapes.  It will give our members some great ideas.



Oooo Yes please Chris, that would be so fantastic to see and maybe give some of us who were dreaming of the Cricut Cake cutter(Too flippin expensive) ideas that we can use on our cutters........
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Technomum on December 12, 2010, 11:05:45 AM
Has anyone tried this?  I suppose the only problem might be that the blade is not food quality steel but it obviously works!  I have a Silhouette and I am tempted.

http://www.youtube.com/user/sugarveil#p/u/0/U607X1xhrHI (http://www.youtube.com/user/sugarveil#p/u/0/U607X1xhrHI)
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on December 12, 2010, 11:18:52 AM
Oooo thats does look very interesting, will have to wait until the New Year to see where I can get some of that SugarVeil in the UK.......Just imagine you could cut several layers and layered them on each other to have a more raised look........Oooooooo.....
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Technomum on December 12, 2010, 01:40:01 PM
Many years ago I did an icing course and loved making flowers.  Now this makes it look a whole lot easier.  I would be interested to know what it tastes like once it has dried.  I am not keen on what I call "plastic" icing, ie fondant icing.  It is soooo sickly so I am hoping it is not too like that.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Technomum on December 12, 2010, 02:02:57 PM
Quote from: "Angel13"
Oooo thats does look very interesting, will have to wait until the New Year to see where I can get some of that SugarVeil in the UK.......Just imagine you could cut several layers and layered them on each other to have a more raised look........Oooooooo.....


You can buy it in the UK here:-

http://www.varispipedreams.com/www.vari ... ?p=6&pno=0 (http://www.varispipedreams.com/www.varispipedreams.coms/info.php?p=6&pno=0)
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Sensei on December 17, 2010, 09:33:37 AM
Thanks to angel 13 I can now cut from Inkscape to my Silhouette cutter.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Technomum on December 17, 2010, 12:10:08 PM
That is good to hear.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on December 20, 2010, 08:34:04 AM
Quote from: "Sensei"
Thanks to angel 13 I can now cut from Inkscape to my Silhouette cutter.


Ooooo Fantastic I love a success story...Well done and if you need any further help with Inkscape you know where to come.........
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: mcplendl on October 20, 2011, 03:08:38 PM
I had no idea this was possible!  Thanks, now I just need to find some files!
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on October 20, 2011, 04:35:53 PM
Hi mcplendl

Here is a good source for free SVG files: http://http://svgcuts.com/blog/category/fsvgotw/ also http://http://scale-files.blogspot.com/ and to purchase some cheap SVG cutting files, have a look here: http://http://www.craftsuprint.com/cutting-files/

If you need any help just HOLLER.........
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Aussie Carolyn on October 20, 2011, 08:35:09 PM
If you are seeking free files I have a long list of sites with free svg's on my blog http://www.cuttwopieces.com/search/labe ... ee%20files (http://www.cuttwopieces.com/search/label/SVG%20links%20to%20free%20files)
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: dizzydi on February 13, 2012, 04:39:46 PM
I've just managed to pose my question into the wrong thread :lol: Nuffink down for me :roll:
And here it is after moving it.....

Quote from: "Angel13"
As I have said to many Silhouette/Craft Robo users, if you know how too use Inkscape then the migration into the Studio software will be easy, because of the similar attributes....
I've scoured this thread for a solution to my problem without success :(  only my problem is vice versa ... I cannot migrate out of Studio.

I've read of peeps using the Silhouette Studio to design their own cutting files and then saving them as either DFX or GSD to use with Inkscape and Robo for the cutting.
So I've downloaded the free Studio software and have to admit that it's quite easy...
One big problem :shock: the only way to save is in their own "Studio File" and it ain't compatible with Robo or Inkscape.
I tried sending the file direct to my  Robo  but it wouldn't perform  :twisted:
I’ve also downloaded  CutePDF as another option (as suggested) and all that I get is a faint outline that is barely visible.

Maybe it's coz my Studio software is a free trial  and the purchased one may give more save options.

I'll get asked the question "why not just use Inkscape"?  Well, Inkscape is just not doing as it's told since I changed my computer and I  had time off whilst unwell, so using Studio is just a stop-gap until I'm up to speed with Inkscape tutorials after quite a long "time out"  :lol:
Any suggestions please?
On a positive note, i have managed to get my Robo cc200 cutting again after it's long holiday so I am making some progress :lol:
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on February 14, 2012, 02:03:27 PM
Hi Dizzydi

Sorry for the late response, are you still having a problem? I have to admit that I'm still using my Silhouette CC200 which is the 2nd generation Craft Robo, even though I have the New Cameo which I have decided to use when I have BIG projects to do for now.........
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: dizzydi on February 14, 2012, 03:28:24 PM
Given the Studio software the heave-ho and am going through the Inskcape tuts from the beginning ;)
There's no point in making life more difficult than neccessary :D
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on February 14, 2012, 03:32:57 PM
Well just remember if you need help just HOLLER........
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: DogCarbon on February 15, 2012, 11:33:09 AM
what a second, hold the horses....

I have a Cameo... you are telling me I can cut from Inkscape?  What about print too?

I know inkscape... i have SCAL... and have not upgraded to the Designer Edition...
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on February 16, 2012, 09:45:54 AM
Hi DogCarbon....NO you can't cut from Inkscape to your Cameo, if you have 1 of the older Silhouette machines that used the Robomaster software then YES you can. But the the New Cameo machine has a different Driver upgrade I believe that does not work with Inkscape.......I use Inkscape to design my files and use Robomaster on my Old Silhouette for cutting, I have never been able to do a successful Print n Cut using Inkscape.....If I need a bigger design for my Cameo then I design a bigger version of the file on a 12x12 Inkscape document page and send it to my other PC as a SVG file to use in my Normal Cameo studio software....Hope this has answered your query....
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: DogCarbon on February 17, 2012, 06:04:11 AM
awe shucks... I girl can dream tho....

Thanks for taking the time to answer.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on February 17, 2012, 06:31:59 AM
Quote from: "DogCarbon"
awe shucks... I girl can dream tho....

Thanks for taking the time to answer.


Hi Again DogCarbon

I have been informed that you are able to use the MTC software program on your Cameo, but be advised that you would have to purchase the MTC software first..........But as Inkscape is FREE, once you get into the swing of designing your files and changing them into cuttable files for your Studio software; all the extra steps will seem insignificant......If you need more help just HOLLER......
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: gainsy on December 18, 2012, 08:49:53 AM
Hi all
First time on here for me so be gentle & try & excuse my dumbness ;)
I have just got a silhouette cameo & using the provided software it works fine
But when i try & follow the guide on page 1 to let me cut from inkscape i get to the bit when it says click on controller button & it just opens a box saying "craft robo controller has not been installed" & wont let me go any further
Very confused to say the least
Can any one shed any light on where im going wrong or what i have forgotten to do please?
I will say i am far from being a computer expert so be gentle
Many thanks in advance
Gainsy
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on December 18, 2012, 11:59:04 AM
Hi Gainsy

I think I remember somewhere on another forum there was a work around on how you could cut from inkscape using your cameo, but it may take me a little time to find the information and something tells may it may involve purchasing the MTC (make the cut software) but not 100% sure.

I have the original silhouette machine that used the robocraft software, that I can use inkscape with. When I actually do use my cameo, I first do a design in inkscape and then import the design into a png file that I can open and trace using the cameo studio software.

I could do some pictorials showing how to do this if you are interested, but it will have to wait until 27th December when I am at home with some free time to play.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: gainsy on December 18, 2012, 03:40:21 PM
Thanks Angel, i will keep looking for a solution, a tracing guide would be most appreciated when you have the time, xmas is a busy time so no worries if it isn't till the new year :)
I could upgrade the silhouette software to allow me to use svg files but i kind of like inkscape now so don't really want to change as yet, i do have illustrator as well but that confuses me
I got the cameo to cut paint masks out of adhesive vinyl for my airbrush business, i spray radio control car bodyshells & some of the logos i cut are tiny, glad to say the cameo has been awesome with these so far
This is the sort of thing i paint, hope ok to post here
(http://http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i322/gainsy73/DSC_1413_zps577d555e.jpg)
(http://http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i322/gainsy73/DSC_1269.jpg)
(http://http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i322/gainsy73/DSC_1323.jpg)
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on December 18, 2012, 05:11:36 PM
Hi Gainsy
Its always interesting to see what people use their cameo to do, and your car body shells do look great.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Aussie Carolyn on December 24, 2012, 06:49:54 AM
WOW Gainsy, your air brushed car bodies look awesome.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: gainsy on December 24, 2012, 07:23:24 AM
Thank you Carolyn, kind words indeed :)
Merry Christmas
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on January 05, 2013, 06:33:46 PM
Hi gainsy

Did you see this pictorial?: http://www.inkscapecuttingdesign.com/smf/index.php?topic=733.0  hopefully this should solve your problem with cutting your design using the studio software, yes its a little long winded but once you get into the swing of it; it does get easier......

Let me know if this was any help to you.....
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: gainsy on January 07, 2013, 04:15:43 PM
Thank you Angel i will give it a go :)
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Jakobud on February 03, 2013, 02:30:27 PM
Does anyone know how to get the Silhouette (Graphtec CC300) to detect the registration marks in the printer preferences window?  It says it fails each time.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Aussie Carolyn on February 03, 2013, 05:02:03 PM
Hi, I will have to leave this question with Angela as she owns and cuts from a Silhouette. I am sure Angela will give you an answer as soon as she sees this post.
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Inkspots on February 03, 2013, 08:54:48 PM
Hi Jakobud,
Are you doing the print and cut from Silhouette Studio?
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Angel13 on February 04, 2013, 09:04:45 PM
Hi Jakobud

Can you do a screenprint of what is happening, because I'm not sure what you mean by: detect the registration marks in the printer preferences window?
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: jrijri on January 02, 2014, 03:46:52 PM
I found a tool able to send SVG file to the CAMEO; this is Tux Plot.
The next release will fully support the CAMEO cutter, so far, you have to set the tool to HPGL and use the conversion table as shown on the attached file.

 [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]

Warning: This tool works with Linux Debian distributions, for Windows... just use the proprietary software... :roll:

I'm now working on a way to use the Registration Marks, any information on this field will be welcome!
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: barguybrady on November 24, 2014, 12:40:03 AM
Quote from: "Angel13"
Hi DogCarbon....NO you can't cut from Inkscape to your Cameo, if you have 1 of the older Silhouette machines that used the Robomaster software then YES you can. But the the New Cameo machine has a different Driver upgrade I believe that does not work with Inkscape.......I use Inkscape to design my files and use Robomaster on my Old Silhouette for cutting, I have never been able to do a successful Print n Cut using Inkscape.....If I need a bigger design for my Cameo then I design a bigger version of the file on a 12x12 Inkscape document page and send it to my other PC as a SVG file to use in my Normal Cameo studio software....Hope this has answered your query....

A Ha !!!
Sorry I wasted so much time trolling this Forum. I appeared to me that what you all were saying was that this WAS Possible...?
Perhaps someone ( Forum Admin ) can make this post a "sticky" so other hopeful CAMEO owners won't be mislead by the Title of the Topic.
So, I cannot cut with my Cameo from Inkscape....
 :evil:  :evil:  :evil:  :evil:  :evil:  :evil:  :evil:  :evil:
Well, Have A Nice Day
Title: Re: Cutting from Inkscape using your Craft Robo or Silhouett
Post by: Aussie Carolyn on November 24, 2014, 04:29:10 PM
When this forum first started there was no such machine as the Cameo. The title does state Silhouette. If I can work out how to change the title I will to clearly state not the Cameo.

If I can't change the title, it won't matter for much longer as this forum will be closing in less than a year. We are run by volunteers and do not need to have someone rudely tell us off.

I am admin, I do not own a Cameo, so cannot comment on the machine.This is primarily an Inkscape forum to help people learn how to design cutting files in the program. We cannot cover every machine and be expected to keep up to date with changes in models. If you are using Inkscape to design, this forum is full of good tutorials and help, all added by volunteers.
Title: Re: Cut from Inkscape-Craft Robo/original Silhouette (not Ca
Post by: HeatherM on November 25, 2014, 08:57:59 PM
I fixed the title, but had to get creative since there is a limit on number of characters.
Title: Re: Cut from Inkscape-Craft Robo/original Silhouette (not Ca
Post by: Aussie Carolyn on November 25, 2014, 10:04:08 PM
Thank you Heather, I tried for ages and failed on every attempt.
Title: Re: Cut from Inkscape-Craft Robo/original Silhouette (not Cameo)
Post by: jrijri on June 06, 2016, 06:39:57 AM
Hello all,

I'm testing the new release of TuxPlot for Linux operating systems.
The developer did a tremendous job for this release; the Silhouette protocol works perfectly and the registration marks are recognized. More TuxPlot 4.0 can implement Extension in Inkscape that provide you the tool for making the registration marks.

I enjoy it, you may find the software and training video at this page: http://www.securetech-ns.ca/camm-linux.html (http://www.securetech-ns.ca/camm-linux.html)