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Offline The Debsp

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Changing PDFs in Inkscape
« on: June 10, 2011, 03:41:34 PM »
Hello everyone

I have some pdfs of projects to cut out.  I tried to bring them into inkscape and see if I could make a cut file but to no avail.  Does anyone know whether it is possible to turn pdfs into cut files or not?

I would like say, Carolynn, that I absolutely love the tutorials that you have done.  They have really inspired me to use inkscape more than I am doing at the moment.

Thank you.

Debbie
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Re: Changing PDFs in Inkscape
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2011, 06:26:56 PM »
Hi Debbie and welcome, glad to see you found us.

PDF files are a little bit different as they can be an image or a vector.

For PDF images
Import the PDF file and un-group. I have found even though there is only one part to an image it must be un-grouped first. Keep an eye on the notification region at the bottom of your Inkscape screen for information. After un-grouping the notification region should show you have an image. It can then be traced as normal.

For PDF vectors
- import file and ungroup. Keep an eye on the notification region and keep ungrouping until it shows there are no more groups. Some files have to be ungrouped up to 12 times before you can do any changes to the file.

I will add some screenshots later on today.
I think Heather already has a tutorial on her website, so Heather if you see this could you add a link to the post on your blog.
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Re: Changing PDFs in Inkscape
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2011, 03:33:11 AM »
Thank you, Carolynn, I shall give this a try!

Debbie
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Re: Changing PDFs in Inkscape
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2011, 05:56:29 AM »
Here are two quick examples. One shows an image and one shows a file that is already a vector.

As you can see both types of PDF file use the same steps at the beginning.
Import the file and keep ungrouping until you either have an image or paths.

The first example shows a PDF image.

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The next example shows a PDF file that is already a vector.

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Heather if you see this, could you please add a link to your blog post? I know you write easy to follow tutorials and it would help anyone who needs further information.
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Re: Changing PDFs in Inkscape
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2011, 08:19:11 AM »
You can usually tell if a PDF is a vector by zooming in to a high magnification.  If it's vector the lines will be smooth.  If it's rough like it's made of squares then it is probably a bitmap image.  

Here's my post on using PDF files in Inkscape.  http://imagesbyheatherm.wordpress.com/2 ... es-to-svg/
I take little different approach than Carolyn since I have seen some PDF's that had a Lot of Groups.  A lot of them are also Clipped.  

If your PDF has a lot of line segments it might be easier to ungroup and release the clip rather than trying to click on each line segment while holding shift+control.  If you go the Ungroup route, you need to watch the message bar at the bottom of the Ink window and when you see "clipped" you need to use the menu Object/Clip/Release.  Delete the rectangle that appears and continue ungrouping.
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Re: Changing PDFs in Inkscape
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2011, 08:38:15 AM »
Thanks Heather.
I must have been lucky as I have never had a clipped image. Well not yet.
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Re: Changing PDFs in Inkscape
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2011, 03:10:06 PM »
Thanks very much, ladies.  I have been trying out your suggestions and, so far so good.  If I run into any other problems I shall indeed get back to you.

Debbie
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Re: Changing PDFs in Inkscape
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2011, 08:37:46 AM »
http://http://convert.neevia.com/pdfconvert/done.aspx?cid=c6abbc75-5821-44f1-b886-3650372da00f
OK I must say I cheat when it comes to pdf because they give me such fits I convert mine to Jpegs then take it into inkscape.I couldn't find the the webpage that lets you have it for free all I found was ones you pay for and I know mine was a free download so I went to their online converter, and submitted a document for conversion and waited for the link to pop up and here it is.

In case that link doesn't hold here is the link to the converter but the link for the download doesn't show up till after you convert an image.
http://http://convert.neevia.com/pdfconvert/

Yes this is Heathers fault, Thank You Heather
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