I want to import a clipart image into Inkscape and send it to the Glowforge to cut out the shape. When I imported the image and saved it as an SVG, it was over 11 MB and the Glowforge wouldn’t accept it.
Only vectors will cut. The SVG file type can hold vectors and rasters, so if you used a jpg (raster) clipart image, and just saved it as an SVG without converting it first, you don’t have a vector. At 11mb, I can only assume that the SVG had raster data in it. The file looks like 12kb when I vectorize it.
I use Adobe Illustrator, but Inkscape has an autotrace function as well, I think it’s called Trace Bitmap. I don’t know inkscape, but there are tutorials in the matrix I linked above, or tons on youtube. It should be fairly straightforward to get started.
Once it’s up in the GFUI, you can also change the setting from “Engrave” to “Cut”, and the cloud software will do a sorta kinda edge detection trace. The results may not be as good as a real program, but it’s always a potential last resort.
click on a raster image, click the Image Trace button that appears in the top tool bar. Set the options, hit ok, and then hit the Expand button that appears next to where the Image Trace button was.
I made a very short video a while ago that goes through it really quickly:
but it goes pretty fast, the tutorial that @jules posted above will walk you through the whole procedure, step by step.
Thanks for the help, everyone! The tutorial matrix @jbv linked to is an extremely helpful resource to get started with designing for the Glowforge. I’m glad you were able to get that file uploaded using Firefox. If you want to keep using Chrome, I’d suggest clearing your browser cache and ensuring all available updates are installed before trying again.
I’m going to move this to Everything Else to let the discussion continue, but if you run into any other trouble, please start a new topic in Problems and Support to let us know.