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Typing text and tracing it

Postby DXF » Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:14 pm

I usually use Plasma Cam but want to learn how to type text, trace it and export as a dxf file in Inkscape. My Plasma Cam software won't let me use the font I want but Inkscape will. Thanks for your help.

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Re: Typing text and tracing it

Postby little blue choo » Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:09 pm

type your text, select it, under path choose object to path, then under path choose combine, then under file choose save as and select your destination and DXF and you're done. very quick and easy to do. Hope this helps.

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Re: Typing text and tracing it

Postby Gamelord » Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:17 am

In corel, you would export it to DXF.....not save. But that is Corel. Inkscape may allow you to save as DXF instead of exporting.
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Re: Typing text and tracing it

Postby acourtjester » Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:14 am

Inkscape allow all kinds of manipulations of test (bending, shaping, bulging, ect) one thing I always do is after it is a path I click on fill & stroke option and remove the fill (screen shows blank then) the click on stroke and give it a color then stroke style and click on in for inch and make the line very small like 0.005". This give SheetCam a fine line to follow when cutting the letters. The stroke color can also give you another layer if you want separate letters for the cutting operation.
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Re: Typing text and tracing it

Postby rdj357 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:54 am

Dave,
Sounds like since you're using text you have Advanced Design. It would be much easier to make the font usable in Design Edge. If you open your font folder (probably \Windows\Fonts) you can look at the properties of the font file for the one you are trying to use. If it is an OTF (Open Type Font) you will not be able to use it in Design Edge BUT if you Google OTF to TTF converter you will find that you can use an online conversion tool to change it to a TTF. Install the TTF (it will ask if you want to overrite, yep) and you should be able to use it in DesignEdge directly!
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Re: Typing text and tracing it

Postby DXF » Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:58 am

rdj357 wrote:Dave,
Sounds like since you're using text you have Advanced Design. It would be much easier to make the font usable in Design Edge. If you open your font folder (probably \Windows\Fonts) you can look at the properties of the font file for the one you are trying to use. If it is an OTF (Open Type Font) you will not be able to use it in Design Edge BUT if you Google OTF to TTF converter you will find that you can use an online conversion tool to change it to a TTF. Install the TTF (it will ask if you want to overrite, yep) and you should be able to use it in DesignEdge directly!

That worked! I used this converter https://convertio.co/otf-ttf/ Converted it from OTF to TTF, then downloaded it and installed. Works perfectly in Plasma Cam 3.1 now. Thank you!

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Re: Typing text and tracing it

Postby rdj357 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:49 pm

DXF wrote:That worked! I used this converter https://convertio.co/otf-ttf/ Converted it from OTF to TTF, then downloaded it and installed. Works perfectly in Plasma Cam 3.1 now. Thank you!

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No problem, glad that worked and hopefully saved you some steps! :mrgreen:
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