Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Video Tutorial - Creating Paper Piecing Files from a Coloured Image using Inkscape software (free from inkscape.org)

Someone asked me for hints on how to do that, and I thought that making a video would the quickets and clearest way to do that!

This will work for both the Cricut with SCAL and the Craft Robo (and related machines). Just remember that Inkscape saves as SVG by default, so if you're a Robo user, remember that when you save your files, you'll need to choose "Save As..." and then select DXF as your file type from the drop down list at the bottom of the save menu.

I hope you find it useful! :)

32 comments :

Quinceyface said...

Thank you again for a very helpful and instructional video. I am learning so much just from you. Much appreciated.

St├ęphanie said...

Hi, I would like to know if your video will be always available on your blog ?

Actually, I don't have time to experiment the technique so I would like to see your video later.

Thanks so much for your videos! It's simple and clear.

Stephanie

911barb said...

OMG that is so cool. Thanks so much.I can't wait to play with it.
barb911 s/e mi
snowbirding in SC

PapaSue said...

Dan, OMG you just cut 4 or 5 steps out of creating and separating pieces. I'm awestruck!
THANK YOU!

Sue
http://papasuecreative.blogspot.com

kkrewtea said...

DAN!!!!! You ROCK!!!! Thank you so VERY much!!!

Marevan said...

Thanks very, very, very much !!! You are a very good teacher and even if my Inkscape version is of course in italian, I understood everything very well !!!

Tim said...

Another useful tutorial, Dan. I primarily use Adobe Illustrator with my Craft Robo Pro, but I am finding your Inkscape tutorials interesting and I have now downloaded the software to try. I have to say it is easier to learn than Illustrator - and very much cheaper too! ;-)

Very clear and concise instructions, well presented. Kudos to you, sir.

I'm a fan!

Tim

Anonymous said...

I could just hug you! I have been struggling to do this for weeks and in just a few short minutes after watching your tutorial, I have converted all the files I needed. YOU ROCK!!! NancyS

billiestamps said...

Thank you so much for explaining things in terms that are so very easy to follow. After yesterday's tutorial I gave it a try and then went crazy finding files to turn into diecuts. And they were diecuts that cut perfectly. I am so excited!!!! And I actually cut some in colors, too. Didn't know the best way to save layers to bring them into the Silhouette software though. Thanks for today's lesson. This helps lots.

Louise said...

Dan, this video was so helpful. I think I can now do it! I really appreciate all of your videos. I would be lost without them.

Sheri said...

Dan the Man!! I was given an award tonight by Heather in Florida...The best part about the award is...I get to pass it along to 8 blogs that I feel should recieve the award. Yours, without a doubt..was one of the first blogs I came up with ...so here you go! Visit my bog to find out what to do next!http://twitterpatedwithpaper.blogspot.com/

Rebecca said...

Dan,
You are my HERO!!!
Thanks so much for this great tutorial!
:) Rebecca P.

Anonymous said...

Dan,

Thank you SO MUCH. I would never want to admit out loud what I've been doing to achieve basically the same thing. You've made my Inkscape life so much easier! Your tutorials are great.

Anonymous said...

Dan, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I just watch all your videos and found them very useful and easy to understand. Thanks again and keep the coming.

Parcha

Heather said...

Wow - I would've never known Inkscape would divide the layers up for you like that. Another awesome video! Thank you for taking the time to make it. I can't wait to go home and play with Inkscape & my Cricut now! :)

craftaddict said...

Just found you blog and want to say thank you for some great tutotials for Inkscape. Your videos are really clear and easy to understand.
eileenpaul

Mary Ann said...

WOW what a great tutorial. One question though. When cutting these out in SCAL, do you open them one at a time and cut? I've had problems repiecing and gettin things to fit together properly if I don't include all the pieces in a single SVG file. Has anyone else had that trouble?

Jen said...

Very informative tutorial!! Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I Have been trying to figure this out ever since I got SCAL! You ROCK! I tried it and on the first try, I got it!!!

Anonymous said...

You are so helpful.. Thanks for sharing..

sharon

Anonymous said...

im so very sorry for your tooth ache BUT i just found your website so im glad i didnt miss out on the coin holders!!! Sorry!! i have to say i love your site..your way of explaining things is so simple i love it...i could never figure out all this out so im going to spend my entire night gooing back thru all your site!! thank you for sharing you time with us!!!

vamdep said...

WOW!! I recently found your blog and I have spent the week watching your tutorials!!! They are all so helpful. Thanks so much!!!!

chrissg said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial. It has really helped me alot.

Anonymous said...

Dan, you make it look so easy. A friend's son in Kabul asked me to do his Company logo for his back window. (yeah, and me a newbie) But I just may be able to accomplish it, thanks to your instructions. Thank You!

homegrownart said...

Brilliant tutorial Dan. I am bookmarking your blog. Thanks a bunch!

seedlings mum said...

I just watched this tutorial and you mad seem so easy that I have to a go at it. I am amazed ( I have a craft robo so this would be great) peace Canne

Greta said...

Thank you for your videos. I, too, would like to keep a copy of your video so that I can refer to it later.

mom2maddy2000 said...

Thank you so much, Dan! I was trying to figure out how to do this. Quick question for you, is there any easy way to delete part of the design from each colored layer? For instance, I'm working on a cupcake and the yellow part is just the flame on the candle; however, this method makes a yellow cutout of the entire cupcake. If there are several colors and it does this for each layer, that's a lot of printing and stacking when you really only need a part of the design in each color. Know what I mean? Thank you again for this tutorial though! I'm another step closer to what I'm trying to achieve!

mom2maddy2000 said...

Ok, my question in my previous post was answered further down in another video tutorial. Thanks!

Kristy said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
You made what I found impossible to do so simple an if I can do it anyone can!

Cyntha said...

alsome!!
Thank you so much!
You are a very good Teacher.
This just open a door for me!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog, am thinking about downloading inkscape as I have some scanned images I want to work with, your tutorials answered the questions I had about whether or not a person could convert a scanned image into something I could work with on my cricut machine, thank you so much and know I'll be spending lots of time on your blog and videos

Gwen

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