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Offline Shoshi

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Putting a fancy edge around a shape
« on: February 11, 2012, 01:59:43 PM »
Can anyone please explain to me how I can take any shape and add a fancy edge to it, e.g. putting a scalloped edge around a heart shape? I've been struggling with this most of the evening and am not getting anywhere fast!! I can find tutorials for putting scallops round circles and squares, but not other shapes.

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Re: Putting a fancy edge around a shape
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2012, 02:24:22 PM »
It's OK - I've found it!!



Thanks Carolyn.

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Re: Putting a fancy edge around a shape
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2012, 04:27:25 PM »
Shosi, this video by Carolyn shows how to do it around a circle, but a heart, rectangle would be close to exactly the same.
http://www.inkscapecuttingdesign.com/smf/index.php?topic=402.0

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Re: Putting a fancy edge around a shape
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2012, 05:50:28 PM »
Thanks, Sue - this one is actually a lot better than what I found. My first plain scalloped heart went OK, but then I tried to do one with open circles to create the scallops - like letter "O"s if you know what I mean, and I was really struggling to get them to come out not distorted. The tutorial you gave me made this work fine! I think I've got it now. I might even get a Valentine's card made in time for my hubby!!!

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Re: Putting a fancy edge around a shape
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2012, 07:09:30 PM »
Quote from: "Shoshi"
Can anyone please explain to me how I can take any shape and add a fancy edge to it, e.g. putting a scalloped edge around a heart shape? I've been struggling with this most of the evening and am not getting anywhere fast!! I can find tutorials for putting scallops round circles and squares, but not other shapes.

Thanks in advance,
Shoshi

What you might also try, requires a slight rethinking of the process.

Rather than creating a scalloped edge around a heart, create a scalloped edge around
HALF a heart.  Start with a circle.  Cut it in half.  Shape half the circle into a heart shape. Create your shape.  Fit it to the heart shape.  Duplicate the heart shape.  Flip it horizontally, match it horizontally and vertically, then Path / Union the two shapes.  

You've already got a tutorial here for fitting a shape to a path.

I've attached two PDF's with methods for creating (scalloped) hearts by two different
(fairly easy) methods.

The first involves using: Path / Division with the help of a ruler guideline for dividing the circle into two parts.  You'll notice after that is editing points, separating a point and then deleting it to get to the base starting point for creating the heart.

The second involves creating two ovals, holding down the Ctrl Key and rotating them 15 degrees (one turn), aligning them as shown, joining them (Path / Union), eliminating the fill, setting the heart to stroke, dividing it if desired, using the method above then following through, as above to scallop and join the halves.

I've included an SVG file in layers of the steps and end result for reference if that helps.

Enjoy.
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