How to make custom templates in SVG format with Ideogram
Ideogram has had a big upgrade and now generates SVG templates. Also added to the tuck boxes and envelopes are pillow boxes, shadow boxes, stars, milk cartons, boxes with polygonal cross sections, gift bags and more, all to your exact specifications! If you’ve ever tried to trace a template or design one from scratch I know you’ll be excited about these new free online tools. Let me show you how easy it is to generate custom templates for Silhouette Studio Designer Edition as well as Make the Cut , Sure Cuts A Lot or Cricut Design Space with it.
- Go to http://www.ideogram.nl/boxmaker
- Scroll down the page to find the shape you want. Lets try the new truncated cone shape and make a wrap for a votive holder as an example. (You MTC folks can indulge the rest on this choice and even though you don’t need a conical shape generator and don’t need a scale factor, the other steps may be helpful for the other templates)
- Click More Options
- Enter your units, the two diameters of your object and the height (to the “table”). The order of the 2 diameters doesn’t matter.
- Leave the others measurements as is. They don’t seem to be working yet.
- Click the SVG button
- You will see the wrap shape on the next page. It may say “pdf” but this is actually the SVG.
- Right click and Save or Select File >Save Page As (may vary depending on your browser)
- Select a location and click Save.
- We need to check/change a couple of things in Silhouette Studio preferences to be sure this works as expected. Click on Import Options on the left and at the bottom under “When Importing SVG” click As-is and check both boxes.
- From a blank document in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition select File>Merge and navigate to the location where you just saved the template, (if you are using Windows, choose SVG or All Files from the File Type pull down at the bottom of the window), select your file and click OK.
- You will see the shape on your mat, but it is obviously not the right size. File>Select All and Object>Group before doing anything else.
- Through experimentation, I have determined that the scale factor needed is either 125% or 250% so we will try 125% first. Click the Scale button and enter 125% in the first box and click Apply.
- Turn on the grid and eyeball the size to see if it looks realistic to you. Since my votive holder is 2.6 inches high, I know that the straight side should be about that dimension. Clearly this is still too small. With boxes and envelopes there will be at least one side you know the dimension of so this is an easy process once you get used to it.
- Click 200% in the Scale window (to bring us to a total scale of 250%)
- That looks like the right size so now I can, remove the text and work with just the template. I want to set the line widths to zero. Select all, then slide the slider to the right and then back hard left. (It may erroneously show zero with multiple objects selected but this will make sure they all zero out.)
- in the Cut Style window set the shape to Cut. I can also use this shape to crop a pattern, or to wrap text, add cutouts, etc.
- If I want to remove or change the score line, I simply select the line, remove it, or change to solid or a different dash style.
I am hoping there will soon be an option to generate the template without the tab, but until then, if you do not want the tab,
- Draw a rectangle on top of the shape as shown, select both shapes and Object>Modify>Subtract.
Hope this helps you make the most of ideogram and your cutter. So now geometry shall no longer stand between you and a fabulous project!