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Offline lifeofbrian

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Hi, I'm brand new to Inkscape and would like to use it to create decals and stencils for my radio control cars using my new Cricut One. The shape I'm making first is a curved windscreen banner that needs exact angles and sizes. Can this easily be explained here, or is there a tutorial out there?

Brian. :b1:
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Re: Easiest way to create an absract shape with specific measurements?
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 01:53:26 PM »
Welcome to the forum!

For the exact angles, it depends on the angle, as to the best way to create it.  So you'll need give us a specific examplle....or else dive into some tutorials, and start learning Inkscape.  For a complete novice, I would suggest Help menu > Tutorials > Basic, Shapes, and Advanced (don't worry, the one titled "Advanced" is really written for newbies, but for some reason was give an unfortunate name).  After that, you can find tutorial listings by skill level, here:  https://forum.inkscapecommunity.com/index.php.  There are some more tutorials in the Quick Start chapter of the manual, which can be found in the Help menu > Inkscape Manual (requires internet connection).  And of course you tube contains countless tutorials.

For the exact size, you should draw the image or object at whatever size is comfortable for your screen size.  Then when it's finished, scale it to the correct size.  Object menu > Transform > Scale

Or in some cases, it might be better to draw it the proper size from the start.  But that's really just a personal preference.  For example, if you  want to use a grid, it would probably be easier to draw it the correct size from the start, by snapping nodes to the grid.  http://tavmjong.free.fr/INKSCAPE/MANUAL/html/Snapping.html

If you have instructions for the decals which tells you to draw a line with this angle and this length, it sounds like they might be expecting you to use a CAD program.  Inkscape is not a CAD program, and doesn't work the same way.  If that's the case, you might try LibreCAD.  I'm pretty sure it's free.
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