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Offline vickycarol

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« on: November 15, 2010, 03:48:20 PM »
I am wanting to learn how to take a vector image of a deer head and turn it into a cutting file to cut with my Silhouette SD. Can someone please tell me where I can find some videos are to watch to learn how to do this?  I am so new at this.  I don't know how to do my own files but would love to learn. Thanks,Vicky
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Re: vector image
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2010, 04:19:24 PM »
I downloaded this deer head from a vector site. It can be downloaded as a svg file. but when I open it in Inkscape and try to do the path and trace bitmap, it gives me the box but there is no picture of the deer in it and even when I do update, there is nothing there. What am I doing wrong? Can someone please tell me?  Thanks, Vicky
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Re: vector image
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2010, 04:24:46 PM »
Hi Vicky

If the file you downloaded is already a svg file then you don't need to trace it as it is already a cutting file. You may need to check the nodes and reduce them if there are to many this can be done by using simplify the shortcut for this is control key plus L key. to view your nodes click on the node icon it is the second icon down on your left hand toolbar then select your deer and you will see lots of little square nodes, you can also delete some by selecting them and hitting delete key.

Hope this helps a little

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Re: vector image
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2010, 04:48:01 PM »
If you can have the svg file all you need to do is follow Angela's pictorial carefully.  As I don't know how this file is constructed you may need to do some work on it before cutting.  If it was produced as a cutting file rather than "decorative" file you should be OK.  If it was decorative in the sense that it was produced to make a pretty picture you may need to have a look to see if there are lines crossing on the drawing and to see if any welding needs to be carried out.   If you want to upload a screenshot of the file (not the actual file) in outline mode it should be easy for one of us to tell you if you need to do any work on it.

This is the link to Angela's pictorial:-

http://www.inkscapecuttingdesign.com/smf/index.php?topic=67.0
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Re: vector image
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2010, 04:59:36 PM »
Thanks so much, Jo and Techie, I'll try to post a pic. of the deer.  Vicky
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Re: vector image
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2010, 05:58:15 PM »
What do ya'll think? Is it not possible to cut this deer head?  Thanks,Vicky
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Re: vector image
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2010, 06:56:09 PM »
Nope, I wouldn't try that one.  There is one on the SCAL forum that I posted a while back.  http://forums.surecutsalot.com/viewtopi ... eer#p20327  Looking at it now, I would have made the antlers the background color.  If I remember correctly, I used the bezier tool to draw this one.  I made this for SCAL, which ignores stroke and fill, so you may need to change those.

PS, I can post the file on this forum if you want me to.
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Re: vector image
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2010, 07:13:45 PM »
Yes, Heather, that would be great if you could post it here. Thanks, Vicky
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Re: vector image
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2010, 07:17:52 PM »
Heather I just got to thinking. This is to go on a truck glass for a friend. I know usually when they do these deer on truck windows, they do them in white or silver vinyl. How would you do your's?  Thanks, Vicky
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Re: vector image
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2010, 07:21:32 PM »
OK, I'll change the file to cut from one color, then post it here.  Now to find where it is on my computer.
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Re: vector image
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2010, 07:27:46 PM »
Thanks, Heather. Vicky
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Re: vector image
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2010, 07:30:00 PM »
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Re: vector image
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2010, 08:19:35 PM »
Thanks Heather. So, I just cut it in white or silver vinyl and the parts of the deer that shows in white in your file I weed that out?  Is that the way you would do it?  As you can tell I am still learning. Thanks,Vicky
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Re: vector image
« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2010, 08:33:08 PM »
Yep, that's it.  Good luck and have fun!
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Re: vector image
« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2010, 09:19:57 PM »
Thanks again so much for helping me out, Heather. Vicky
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Re: vector image
« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2010, 09:39:19 PM »
Heather, do you think this deer would be hard to make into a cutting file?  It is a jpeg file. I think I read where a jpeg file can be converted into a svg or gsd file. Is that correct?  Thanks, Vicky
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Re: vector image
« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2010, 09:56:52 PM »
That should be pretty easy.  It traces fine in Ink with the default settings.  Is it better to use your cutter's native program or Inkscape though?
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Re: vector image
« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2010, 09:59:56 PM »
I have the Silhouette SD cutter so that would probably be better. If you could do this one that would be fantastic. I want to learn how to do this so badly. I have been trying and trying with some of the other deer pics. I have found.  I don't know why it is so hard for me to figure out. I didn't think I was that dumb. lol.   Thanks, Vicky
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Re: vector image
« Reply #18 on: November 15, 2010, 10:09:48 PM »
Heather if it is easier and faster for you to do it in Inkscape, I can save it as a dxf file and then open that in Robo. Just what is easier for you.  Is there a way you could send me instructions along with the file as to how you are doing this? I sure would love to learn how. I hate being a nuisance and bother people.  Thanks, Vicky
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Re: vector image
« Reply #19 on: November 16, 2010, 07:06:18 AM »
Vicky you can now cut from Inkscape straight to your cutter.  No need to do a dxf.  They are so slow and shake the cutter to pieces.  Angela's instructions (I posted the link earlier) will show you how.
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Re: vector image
« Reply #20 on: November 16, 2010, 07:14:29 AM »
Thanks Technomum, I cut from SCAL, so wasn't sure what was best for her.  I hesitate to post a file from the deer image, since the watermark on it means that it is copyrighted.
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Re: vector image
« Reply #21 on: November 16, 2010, 12:03:52 PM »
Yes, copyright can be a problem, particularly if it is posted on a forum.  It may invite problems.   I hadn't realised that SCAL works on a Robo.  I am afraid I am a little out of touch with the Robo.  Apologies for interrupting your flow  :oops:
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Re: vector image
« Reply #22 on: November 16, 2010, 12:16:01 PM »
No, please do jump in.  I'm not familiar with any of the cutters other than Cricut with SCAL.
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