SVG File help!

When I do centerline tracing it gives me this:

And this:

The original is on the left and the outcome is on the right. While the second one works… it’s too wavy. I’m making candle holders.

Something is definitely up with your settings…sadly I don’t have access to my copy of Inkscape right now so I can’t run it through to see where the issue is. It looks like your ~margin of error~ is way high…

Even when I drop it to “1” it still looks the same. Thank you for your help though.

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Almost looks like it’s been simplified too much. Did you delete a bunch of nodes in Inkscape?

Looks like you need to increase the passes to get it more accurate, not decrease them.

Amazingly, You can use Gimp to do very sophisticated outlines now. It will turn masks into paths and export paths as SVG vectors that are easy to drop into Inkscape
This shows doing an outline, but any mask van ve a SVG vector…


I try not to mess with the nodes. I usually just take a picture of my design from cricut design space and upload the JPEG to inkscape.

This is what happened when I change the margin to 10.

upload the original jpeg

This is the first one I tried.

This is the second one

This is the third one I tried.

maybe it helps you

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Yes! It’s perfect. How did you do it?

LightBurn to trace
Qcad to cleanup the file

Here is a Gimp quicky…
Screen Shot 2020-12-20 at 6.07.42-a

Why are you using JPG at all?

good point people have strange ways of working here :slight_smile:

I don’t like designing in Inkscape. I had a Cricut before I bought my glowforge. So I use Cricut design space to create and then use Inkscape to convert to svg. I honestly didn’t have the patience to learn a new design tool.

Is Design Space similar to Silhouette Studio? The business edition exports usable SVGs directly.

(There’s always some distortion in converting vector to raster to vector, it may become more of an issue for things that need to fit together)

I mean this with empathy:

It takes just as much or more patience to learn and do an unreliable workaround process as it does to learn a more conventional workflow.

Learning new things can be a climb but it will pay you back. This isn’t an svg problem, this is a process problem and it’s not really something we can help you with.

The real answer is “your process is the long and unreliable way, there are well established ways to do this.”

That is something we can help you with.


i am not using inkscape much. The jpg are a bit odd doesn’t Cricut design have a export function to a vector like format?