Any idea how to engrave the bottom half of text and cut the top half (Inkscape)?

That works even better than my method! Nice explanation.

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Thanks everyone! I was able to make this work in Inkscape. My only concern will be when I cut it. I’m wondering if it will cut the top half ov the letters away from the piece or just have them sticking above it. I’m thinking it may cut them away since the bottom of the top half of letters is closed.


If you “Union” them as I mentioned above the rectangle and top half should be a solid piece.

I’m away from my pc so can’t show you.

Oh I get it! The Union will make the top half of text part of the box so it won’t cut through!

Thank you!!

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I find it fascinating that when you cut EASY in half, the bottom half looks like it’s saying LAST - I mean, I just saw the full word, yet in my brain it’s definitely LAST


I had the exact same thought as I did it. I’m glad I’m not the only one :slight_smile:


Me three!

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I’m having an issue with:
Go to one set, select the rectangle and the text, and select path->difference. (Bottom left)
Go to the other, select the rect and text, path->intersection. (Bottom right)

In both cases I’m only getting the bottom half of the text. One with the rectangle and one without. In both cases I lose the top half.

Do you have any idea what I may be doing wrong?

Thank you!!

I got it!! I had to be sure the rectangle was moved to the top of the words, else it wasn’t doing what I wanted. Thank you again!!


I tried engraving and cutting this and the rectangle cut through the top letters event though I did a path-union. I need the bottom of the top letters to remain open i guess so that when joined with the rectangle it cuts along the outside of the top half of letters and continues around the rectangle. This time it cut straight around the rectangle and then cut the top portion of the letters leaving them seperated from the rectangle instead of attached.

Any ideas on how to avoid this from happening? Thanks again!

I spoke too soon…again!! I went back and tried the steps again and this time I added parts to layers so I could hide them. This time when I did the union I could see that the letter were open at the bottom (part of the rectangle). I just did the cut without the engrave to test and IT WORKED!!

I’m printing another with the engraving, but this seems that it has worked!! Thank you again @evansd2 !!


Glad you got it worked out. Post a pic of the end result?

I wish I could but it has some sensitive info on a deal that I won’t be able to share out. A coworker asked if I could make him a plaque to memorialize the deal (which hasn’t even closed yet!)

Thank you again though. I learned something and I’m sure others could use this as well!

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There are shorter ways to do it, they just have less safety net and it can be harder to see what’s happening. If I were doing it for me with no audience, this is what I’d do.

Create text and rectangle paths as above.

Copy to make two copies of the set.

Select one set and to Union. You’ll have the overall shape.

Select the other set and do intersection. You’ll have the bottom half.

Drag the bottom half and snap it to the corresponding node on the first unioned piece. Done.

It’s more efficient than using a third set to align but it could be harder to undo if you make a mistake. You’ll figure out the balance of efficiency to clarity that works for you.

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Thx! Had a need for something like this and as an Inkscape user wanted to see if it worked the same…

Simple text and base shape:

Make a copy, and apply Path/Union to one:

Apply Path/Intersection to the other one:

Change fill to a solid color and remove stroke paint, align with previous:

Engrave blue, cut black. Easy! (just like the text says)


All of my instructions were for inkscape, so I’m not surprised that it worked :slight_smile:

lol… as such a prolific member (!) I assumed you were a “pro” with AI. Just trying to help the little people…

Ai and Inkscape are fairly equivalent for most things. Inkscape slightly better at some things, AI is somewhat better at others. 99+% of the time there’s a way to do whatever you need in either program.

As for me, thanks but prolific doesn’t mean particularly good:slight_smile:

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