Posts Tagged ‘Inkscape’

Inkscape – How to make a cut out of a pattern

August 4, 2010

When designing label templates, have you ever needed to cut a shape out of an existing shape? Chances are, the answer is going to yes. If not, maybe you can just read on and maybe learn something new. I created two basic shapes in Inkscape (you’ll need it to edit the images). The first shape I created was the green square. The second shape I created was a Yellow star. If you need to view the picture below in more detail, right click on the picture and select “View Image”.


The next step is to select the two objects. It doesn’t matter the order in which you select them. To select, click on the cursor at the top left of the picture, then click on one item, then hold the shift key down and select the next item. Then, as in the above picture, click on Path, then select Difference. The result is below.


Then, you can do whatever you want to the picture after that. Use the “Edit Paths by Nodes” feature to really have fun. Click on the pointer icon below the cursor icon at the left to edit the paths by nodes.


Turn your sketch into Computer Art with Inkscape.

June 29, 2010

If you’re into free and useful stuff, you’ll love Inkscape.
Also, if you’re an artist, and have a collection of your art that you’d like to turn into clip art or other computer art, look no further than Inkscape. Oh, and you’ll need a scanner. Almost every printer out there is a combo printer/scanner, so you should have a scanner or at least know somebody with a scanner.
Here’s an image I scanned:


I then imported the image into Inkscape.

Using the “Trace Bitmap” feature, the pic is transformed into a native SVG graphic. Once it’s in SVG format, you can edit the heck out of it and improve the graphics. With a little messing around


Once you’ve mastered Inkscape, it’s a cinch to create great artwork for your shipping labels, full sheet labels and address labels.

SVG is cool. ie. Inkscape is cool

June 17, 2010

If you don’t know anything about SVG, know this, it’s different than raster graphics, and stuff like bitmaps or jpgs or gifs. With SVG, you can zoom in on an SVG graphic without loss of detail. Ever try to stick a jpg graphic into a document and then resize it only to discover afterwards that the graphic has become pixellated, or fuzzy? With Inkscape (It’s FREE), you can make a little freehand drawing, then scan it, and convert it to an SVG and use the “Trace Bitmap” in the Path menu to convert the graphic into a path. Once that’s done, you can resize it without loss of detail.
Check out what I did with this little decorative swirl for an ML-3000 in inkscape.

Decorative swirls for label ML-3000

Notice even when you zoom in on the SVG, the quality is still high.

ML-3000 template, same as Avery 5160

And the final product is a nice little ML-3000 label design:

Decorative swirls for label ML-3000