Monday, 12 January 2009

Video Tutorial - Creating Word Books in Inkscape

Following several questions in various groups I belong to, I've decided to make this video. There are several ways of making word books like these, so I stress that this is my way of doing it, others may do it differently! :) Although I mention Sure Cuts a Lot frequently during the video, obviously you could save your files as DXF and use them to cut on the Craft Robo or related machines.

If you want to see a full screen version of this, click here.

It was a *really* tight squeeze fitting this into the 10 minute limit, so I had to remove the title page and opening introductory comments, so forgive me for that! :)

33 comments :

Anonymous said...

Dan, great template. I have been seriously considering SCAL and am now convinced. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing.

Margaret

Quinceyface said...

Oh Dan, I am so impressed and happy that you posted this tutorial video. Thank you so much. You are not only most creative but a great instructor as well.

Anonymous said...

Dan, thanks for explaining this. You instruction is so clear. I appreaciate your sharing.
Gale M.

Jen said...

A really great tutorial Dan. With practice I'm sure I'll be able to make word books in Inkscape as fast as I can make them in DS. THANKS a million!!

Anonymous said...

Dan, you are a DELIGHT!
Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

Theresa said...

Awesome Tutorial. I will try this later tonight. Thank you Dan!

Anonymous said...

There are so many different ways to cut a word book, but honestly, this is the Cleanest, most perfect way I have seen! Thanks so much. I learned a lot! God Bless You for sharing. Suzi in Indiana

Italainangel said...

thanks dan your the best, now i can make my own word books.

anna

Anonymous said...

Dan:

Thanks so much - guess I have to get brave a download inkscape. I have been reluctant to try it . . . one more thing for me to learn. Thanks again for all of you help....
Deloris

Melissa said...

I LOVE THIS DAN!! YOUR SO SMART! I was going to buy these premade yesterday at my LSS. but it was small. Now I can make it! WWOOHOOO..

I have to ask, what program are you using to make your videos?

Thanks for taking time out to do this!

Dan said...

Thanks folks :)
Melissa, I use CamStudio for my videos, and I host them on Photobucket, cos the quality is much better than youtube or google video.

Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations said...

Dan, I appreciate you sharing your knowledge. Really cool!! I got something really fascinating now to show my hubby when he gets home. :)

Sue said...

I just found your blog recently. What an awsome tutorial as is everything I have seen on the blog.
Thanks so much for sharing!

SallyB said...

Thanks Dan. Really enjoyed the tutorial. Clear, concise and to the point. Brilliant.
S x

Pam Barkhouse said...

thanks that was informative.not only on inkscape but on scal as well i was looking it getting scal but was not sure about it. but am thinking now yes i will be.

Anonymous said...

Awesome - you make it sound so straightforward and I can't wait to download the full version of SCAL now and get cutting!

Thank you so much Dan, you really are a genius xx

Weasel (UKS)

Ann said...

You are so awesome!!!
Thanks so much!!!

Marjorie said...

Thanks, Dan! Maybe now I will be able to do something with inkscape.

Debra said...

Many thanks for a wonderful tutorial Dan!I haven't got to grips with Inkscape yet, and still thinking about SCAL. I have both a Craft Robo and Cricut, and the SCAL looks so much easier than Robomaster..plus I hadn't realised you can cut larger things with SCAL...silly me! I guess I will be buying SCAL ASAP!! Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Dan, what a clever man you are. Thanks so much for your wonderful tutorial. It is very helpful..

Craftybird-Cindy

Carole N. said...

You really are amazing. The tuts are so helpful and so easy to follow along with.

Thanks so much, Dan.

Anonymous said...

Dan, your tutorial was excellent! I have learned so much about Inkscape from you in just a very few minutes. Thank you for your willingness to share your expertise and the creativity you share with all of us!

Trish said...

Thanks so much Dan for an excellent tutorial. It gave me the confidence to tackle Inkscape. Thanks for sharing your talents.

Anonymous said...

Dan, Great tutorial. Understandable for a beginner. Where were you about 3 years ago..lol. Darlene

911barb said...

Thanks for the great tut.
barb911 s/e mi

Deedee said...

Thank you so much. The quality you possess in making infomation clear and complete is amazing. You were missed and I am so glad you are doing better.

Anonymous said...

The tutorial really is very good, but I am having a terrible time trying to copy and paste. It just won't let me copy anything - so obviously I can't paste anything. Am I doing something wrong. I copy and paste in other programs all the time, so am not sure what is going on here. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Dan said...

I can't enter into a dialogue with you here in the comments section of my blog, but if you email me, I'll do all I can to help!

Best wishes

Dan

Anonymous said...

Awesome tutorial! Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Dan, I have been watching all your videos, love them. I'm new to a word book and have a couple questions. What do people do with them and how do you put them together? Thanks Nancy

Nicole said...

Hi Dan,
I loved your tutorial. I've run into a problem where I can not "break apart" the letters. I do what the tutorial says, but the center of the D never does anything. Any suggestions as to what I am doing wrong? Thanks!

Nicole

AmandaK said...

Thank you so much for your tutorial. Here are a few Word Books I created with your help!

http://creativeamandak.blogspot.com/2010/07/babies-babies-everywhere.html

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this. I literally installed Inkscape and SCAL this afternoon and, with nothing but your tutorial to guide me, created and cut a word book this evening. I can't thank you enough for this.

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