I have a new customer that is looking for some personalized items for his Boy Scout troop. Thing is, he’s looking for ~200 items… all the same… except… he wants each kid’s name on theirs.
I told him “No problem! They’ll love it!”
So, sure… I could duplicate the item so I squeeze in as many as I can per sheet and then copy/paste each name into place. And if that’s what I have to do, that’s fine. But I’m wondering if there’s some way to import the names into their appropriate location. I considered writing an AHK macro to do it. And that’s still an option. But I dunno… Is there some “good way” to do this?
So basically I would make a template with placeholder text, then do some clever replacement of each text element. I think the existing script I wrote (and attached) would work for it with little to no modification.
perhaps you create two pieces of art. the base art and the name art. you could use a merge feature of one of the design programs to populate the name file and export out a separate file with names for each sheet. but have the art as a separate file. upload the art, add the names to that, cut/etch, delete names, import new names, cut/etch, rinse/repeat?
Well if you are making say dog tags, you could make a grid of tag templates and then edit them all in a bunch. So yeah edit the base svg, but once for however many templates you have on it. Depending on what you’re making, it might be easier or harder.
A lot lot. The php script I posted can do it in seconds… There’s no practical upper limit, your svg would have to be impossibly large before PHP ran into processing or memory issues, we’re talking tens of thousands of text replaces. [it may require some minor modification, I don’t remember if the specific code had any hard limits embedded in it because I was trying to do something very specific with it.]
TLDR all the replies but I use a mix of applications to accomplish the end goal.
In a situation like this, I use Inkscape to create all the cut and score lines in SVG, and any number of non-traditional apps to lay out the bitmaps needed to be etched. I did a bunch of custom nameplates and used PowerPoint to lay out the text, export to JPG or PDF. You can get some nice shaded effects to produce 3D engraved text if desired.
Nice thing about that method is you can make multiple “slides” and save each as a different JPG. Once you get the layout right, it’s 100% repeatable.
Sorry - one more thing I meant to add - alignment between the cut file and the engrave files, just put a “dot” on opposite diagonal corners in the cut file that will allow you to stretch the engrave file to the correct size. If you import every engrave file, you can then Select-All, unselect the cut file, then move and stretch them as one before setting all to ignore except the one you want to work with.