I’m working on a project right now, and I want to have some trees in it. I made these trees in Inkscape, then adjusted the coloring on each layer. I wanted the foreground trees lighter than the background trees.
My questions are:
Can you have a layer from an SVG file set to do a grayscale engrave?
Each tree consists of multiple overlapping objects. If uploaded into the GFUI the way it is, will it only engrave the visible part of the objects, or the full object? (I only want it to engrave the visible part.)
Should I just make this a bitmap then embed it into the SVG?
There should not be a problem with the file format but I often get weird results from Inkscape so I am trying to learn other packages to see what gives me the best, most repeatable results.
From what I can see PDF is the best format for including several types of eliments in one file
I’m looking forward to seeing more native formats.
You can just use the png that you posted above as an embedded image in the file. (It will probably do a grayscale engrave, but I’m not 100% certain.)
Or you can create your SVG file, load it to the interface, and then use the Add Artwork button to place the png file into the SVG file once it is opened using the GFUI. In that case, I’m pretty sure it will do a grayscale engrave on it.
Trying to use them as vectors will require a bit more work to get them ready for engraving.
No need to create a separate bitmap file to then reload into an SVG or import into GFUI separately from vector files.
Inkscape can convert those items into bitmap artwork WITHIN the vector file you’re already working in, and save the SVG with it embedded. The bitmap art will be a PNG file with transparency maintained, plus it will be a copy so your original art will remain untouched so you can use it to then create cut paths if you like. Plus the bitmap art will also be output as its own PNG file so you dont even have to do another export step.
(Please remember to delete the originals though, if you wish to treat the object as an engrave only. It will add a lot of extraneous stuff to the file that will confuse the interface as to what you want it to do.)
And I’m still not sure that that will grayscale engrave from inside of an SVG. Probably will, but I’m not 100% positive.
Once I get my hands healed up, remind me and I’ll run a small test to see if it does. (Current project I’m working on can be somewhat hazardous for klutzes.)
Oh blast, heck and tarnation…I just figured out how to keep from slicing myself into ribbons…wish I’d done that about three stab wounds ago. (It’s amazing how much more dangerous an Exacto blade is compared to a laser! )
Yes…“Ow” is definitely right! (I do try to avoid it but sometimes the material slips. I get a lot more upset if I bleed all over the fabric though, so i usually have to pause production. That’s the bigger annoyance.)