I tried to reach Glowforge support - but got told that I have to ask the question here
I’d like to cut out some pieces with gradients. I did some pretesting with a regular square and a simple 90° Gradient. That worked fine. But now I’d like one with a 60° Gradient. Unfortunately this doesn’t work - the gradients are just messed up.
I attached for your reference the two files.Gardient Test.pdf (7.2 KB) Kerzen Kirche-Turm1.pdf (10.4 KB)
Like @jbv said…I just removed the Clip paths and saved it as an SVG instead of a PDF.
When you try to engrave that for depth, in order to have a 3D Engrave option, you will need to choose either Draftboard or one of the Hardwoods or Acrylic. Otherwise you will have to override the Photo Engrave setting to get a Variable Engrave in the Manual settings.
one thing I noticed was that the stroke applied to the cut lines was pretty thick, and the gradients only go to the edge of the stroke color, not all the way to the centerline of the stroke, so there is a tiny lip all the way around.
Chuckle! That might be a glitch added by Illustrator when we open AffinityD files in there…I’ve noticed them being created on files that originated in other software (and even newer versions of Adobe Illustrator) before. (No way to tell which ones it’s going to wind up on without knowing where the file originated, so now I just tend to delete them.)
Affinity Designer uses clip paths a lot in it’s subtractive processing, where Illustrator and Inkscape use actual subtraction. Can’t explain it other than to say I think the Glowforge interface knows how to deal with them by now, and you can just safely ignore them when you are preparing your files, as long as you remember to rasterize your gradients.
If it does continue to be a problem, you might want to try out Inkscape for conversion before you save the SVG.