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The Inkscape Project opened its first official forum on its website this month (August 2019). https://inkscape.org/forums/ In an effort to combine all the different forums into one, this forum will no longer be accepting new members or new messages. However, it will remain open for a little while, for existing members, to have access to their contents, if they need them.

Any potential new members should register on the new forum, and post their message there. There is a special board for questions about using Inkscape for cutting machines (of all kinds). (https://inkscape.org/forums/cutplot/)

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Although I've been planning to put this forum in read-only mode, at the time of this transition, unfortunately, my personal circumstances have changed, and I won't be able to host this forum much longer. I'm not sure about the time frame. It could be as soon as the end of 2019, or as long as a year from now. If anyone is interested in taking it over, please contact me.

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Offline scashaggy

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« on: June 01, 2017, 04:04:58 PM »
Hello all,

I have a few questions as I am new to this and want some interaction and info. 

First, I would like to use this to make custom heat transfer vinyl.  Logos with words and images.

I do not own a cutting machine yet and would like some opinions from those who also cut heat transfer vinyl.  It seems that the Brother and the Silhouette machines are popular.

I have not played with this program yet.  I am familiar with older versions of Photoshop, is it similar to that?  I will get to know this program when I have some time, maybe next week.   

Thank you for your time.

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Re: New to this
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2017, 10:36:05 PM »

Ive done several projects designing in Inkscape, cutting with the Sizzix eclips via ecal software from  sureCutsalot over the years using heat transfer vinyl with good results.

I find cutting vinyl is best done with bold lines not thin ones, I will check around for some tuts you might find useful. I would suggest cuttin cardstock first until you get used to how your cutter does thins.

Good luck,  Hope to see u back with a success story, or more questions 😄
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Offline brynn

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Re: New to this
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2017, 09:22:36 AM »
Welcome to the forum!

Inkscape is absolutely nothing like Photoshop.  Photoshop is a raster graphics editor, which is meant for editing photos.  Photos are edited by changing the color (and/or opacity) of the pixels. 

Inkscape is a vector graphics editor.  Vector graphics function independantly of pixels.  I like to think of vector graphics as floating above the pixels.  Vector objects are defined by mathematical formulas, although you don't need to be concerned about the math behind it.

I found Inkscape to be MUCH easier to learn than any of the raster editors I tried.  In many ways, it's more like drawing on paper with a pencil or pen.  And that's what you need to create cutting paths, for whichever kind of cutting machine you have.

You'll find many, many great tutorials in this forum.  Start looking around in the tutorials boards.
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Re: New to this
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2017, 01:26:22 PM »
I have a Cameo2 and an original eClips, though I rarely cut vinyl.  I suggest you search the internet for reviews of the machines that you are interested in.  I'm pretty sure that the Cameo is capable of cutting directly from the roll, but I have no idea of the capabilities of the Brother machine.  I think one downside of the Brother machine is that while you can start with an svg file, you must use their program to convert the svg files for cutting and I believe that it is cloud based.  Don't take my word for it though since I haven't kept up with any of the newer cutters and I could easily be wrong.
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