Thanks. I hadn’t thought to make the path a hairline in this. I have been converting to a path but then in the process of breaking apart and deleting the inner path so I have a solid fill, that leaves letters with the counter space not punched out correctly when I do the difference. I played with the steps a bit more, worked with the counter spaces individually for the letters and came up with a way to get the punch for the engraving of the background around the letter, leaving the full size of the letter in silhouette. I’m almost theree but the counter spaces in the a, o, g, and e are not correct. I need to keep trying. It’s easy enough to export a PNG of the punch out and import it, but for the process sake, it would be nice to have it all as an SVG.
By the way, this post helped me get to posting an svg and have it visible. I never could understand why they weren’t showing up. Turns out they were, just at 6x4 pixels!