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Offline jocpo

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Cutting a double line from a single line
« on: January 09, 2012, 11:06:56 AM »
How do I cut a double line in Inkscape? Any net search I do talks about removing double lines when doing a bmp trace. I either draw in QCAD then export as an svg file or draw in Inkscape saving as an svg file. I then send the svg file to a Graphtec cutter. I don't use bmp traces. I'm designing clock dials and cut them in vinyl and basically use it as a stencil to paint or color on a surface then remove the vinyl and toss it.

Sometimes I cut chapter rings for the dials that include hour and/or minute markers-this is where I could use a double cut for the lines. Now if I want a circular  line cut I draw an outside and inside circle with the difference in diameter divided by 2 being the line width I want to cut. Is there an easier way to do this ?
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Re: Cutting a double line from a single line
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2012, 02:19:17 PM »
Hi, any design can be changed by increasing the stroke width. As you know this is only visual but it can be made permanent by applying Path>Stroke to Path. If you look at the lower left of the screen when applying the path effect you will see it change from a stroke to a fill. I have attached a few screenshots to help with my explanation.

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The same can be done to any stroke line. You may need to change the cap. Open fill and stroke, select the line to be changed and select a new cap. After applying Stroke to Path the new cap shape will be maintained.

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Depending on the designs being drawn you may also need to change the Join. It can be found in Fill and Stroke just above the Caps. Experiment and see what looks best with your design.
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Re: Cutting a double line from a single line
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2012, 06:46:42 AM »
Carolyn,

Thank you so very much. It worked great. I only do the design work and cutting occasionally , so it's not like I use Inkscape day in and day out. I do this for my son who creates artwork that include clocks-that's the need for the dials and other whatnots using the cutter to make stencils for him to use.

I'm sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. I tried it right away and got it to work with your steps. Again thank you so much.

I'm going to look through the tutorials to gain a better understanding of Inkscape.


Joe
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Re: Cutting a double line from a single line
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2012, 06:21:25 PM »
Very interesting, and an excellent tutorial!

I painted a clock dial once, by hand. My dad (who's a keen amateur horologist who repairs quite a lot of clocks for people) designed the basic shape using his dividing attachment on the lathe, and put it onto paper, with marks to indicate where the winding holes etc. would be, and the date and seconds hand dials, and the placement of the minutes around the outer circle of the dial chapter ring. He cut a face from the front of their old boiler (white enamelled steel) and then I painted it!

He had given me a clock movement from my grandmother's house - an 8-day long-case clock with no case, and the dial had got lost somewhere along the line, so it was just a movement. He found a case for it - apparently the only thing holding the original case together was the woodworms holding hands!!!

Clock faces are all the rage in the crafting world these days (maybe something to do with Tim Holtz?) so a quick and easy way to draw them would be a great advantage.

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Re: Cutting a double line from a single line
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2012, 08:15:40 AM »
Soshi, Carolyn did a tutorial for making clock faces and a few of us did some designs from it that you might enjoy seeing.

http://www.inkscapecuttingdesign.com/smf/index.php?topic=462.0
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Re: Cutting a double line from a single line
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2012, 09:48:43 AM »
These are very good directions. Glad I stumbled across it and thank you Carolyn.
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Re: Cutting a double line from a single line
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2012, 01:38:57 PM »
Thanks for that, Susan - I've bookmarked it to have a good look later!

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