I am wanting to engrave the following SVG. but I don’t want the gaps to be a different shade such as the middle of the O, R, and E and parts of the image. I just want engraved and non engraved rather than tones. In CNC software I could manually select the paths and tell it what to do, but how do I make that happen in the GlowForge Software?
No vector is fine. The engraves are based on the fill color for vectors…you will get a different operation set up for each colored fill.
So you can control it that way in the GFUI, or, and this might be easier, set it up as the black and white result that you want it to be in the design software of choice. (Illustrator, Inkscape, Corel, etc.)
One thing that might not be evident…for things like the centers of "O"s and "A"s you need to turn those into a compound path, and actually subtract out the centers from the engraved areas, or the interface will interpret the centers as being filled.
There are a couple of getting started tutorials here that explain what’s going on:
You can do most manipulation in the software but if you want the inner part of the "o"to not be engraved then you have to use subtraction in the design software. In Inkscape the command is in Paths and called Difference. Uniquely it makes a difference of what is subtracted and what is subtracted from. You should have the object floater activated here…
You’re good on the winding rules… Corel and Affinity Designer have the issue pop up every now and then. I see why they were knocked out (because it didn’t make a compound path out of them when the text was converted). Carry on