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Author Topic: I can't figure out how to save text in Inkscape for laser cutter  (Read 6414 times)

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Offline jsopure321

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I typed up the notre dame fight song in Inkscape and can't figure out
 how to trace it and save it as a dxf. I have opened up other images
 such as the notre dame logo and that traced and saved just fine for me
 but when I go to type something using inkscape for some reason I can't
 figure out how to trace and save correctly as a dxf file so that I can
 laser cut the words. Like I said the notre dame logo does just fine
 when I open it up and trace bitmap then save as dxf. I just can't
 figure out how to type words in inkscape trace bitmap and save as dxf.
 After I save the words, I go to open it in other software but nothing
 is there.

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Re: I can't figure out how to save text in Inkscape for laser cutter
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2016, 03:16:53 PM »

I'm a little unclear exactly what you're trying to do.  I understand that you've been able to trace the logo, but you can't get the text to work.

After you type the text in Inkscape, it's already vector text.  So you don't need to also trace it at all.  It's ready to go.

With some machines or software, the text will need to be converted to paths (Path menu > Object to Path).  But other machines or software, it can take text just as it is.

So when you open Inkscape, you need to engage the Text tool ( :text: )  Click once on the canvas, and start typing.

Look up in your machine/software documentation, to find out whether the text needs to be converted to path, or not.  If so, it's Path menu > Object to Path.   And after that, File menu > Save As

If I've misunderstood, please write what you're doing, step by step (which tool, which buttons, etc.).

I'm not sure about not finding the text when you open in other programs.  I'm not sure if you ever had the text properly typed and saved.  But if you follow my steps, and still can't find the text, we can figure that out.  Just one thing at a time  :)
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Re: I can't figure out how to save text in Inkscape for laser cutter
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2016, 07:03:19 PM »
DXF files don't seem to support unconverted text, so you will need to convert the text to Path (either Path/Object to Path or Path/Union will work).
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