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Just a quick update to let you know that I’ve just had my first font posted to Dafont! Arrow Maker started out with diecutters in mind but I realized it might have broader application as well. Be sure to check out the tips doc and character key that comes in the folder. I’ve got to warn you, this font is just fun to play with.
For those of you who use Inkscape, Silhouette Studio, SureCutsaLot, Make the Cut or even MSWord, I’ve included many characters made just for text to path so you can make your arrows bend, curve or circle any way you want. Silhouette users can upgrade their text on path skills with this video.
I have shared these files in various forums over the years but never got around to putting them on my blog. If you are cutting vinyl for a standard 16 oz double wall tumbler then this template will let you curve the text so that it will be in a straight line when applied to the tumbler.
Download the 16 oz tumbler template in .studio format here.
Download the 16 oz tumbler template in .svg format here.
Open the shared Cricut Design Space 16 oz. template here (letters have to be ungrouped and positioned/rotated individually)
You can see from the Silhouette Studio screen shot above that the instructions are on the mat, but basically you just double click and backspace over the sample text, type in your own, change the font and size, then recenter. Ungroup and regroup your text to move it from the curve or leave it on the curve to keep it editable. Delete what you don’t need and cut.
I tried to make this template a no-brainer, but a basic knowledge of text on path is helpful for using it to the fullest. Here’s my video on the text to path if you need a refresher.
I have also included a print and cut file for a paper guide that you can place inside the cut to help you get the vinyl on straight.
Download the .studio print and cut tumbler helper here. As shown below, this goes inside the cup to help you position the design when its time to apply it.
And if you want to make your own templates for other size items, instructions for using an online generator are here.
To download a free Inkscape template of ready made shapes, click here.
2. To install the extension, copy both the bezierenvelope.inx and the bezierenvelope.py file into the folder/directory indicated.
-In Windows: Copy the two files into: C:\Program Files\Inkscape\share\extensions\
( Assuming that your Inkscape is located at C:\Program Files\Inkscape)
-On MacOS for Inkscape .48 or earlier : “/Applications/Inkscape.app/Contents/Resources/extensions”
-In MacOS for Inkscape .91: “/Applications/Inkscape.app/Contents/Resources/share/Inkscape/extensions”
To get to either location on the Mac, you can use the Finder’s “go to folder” feature, in the Go menu and copy/paste the string inside the quotation marks
If you don’t can’t find the extensions folder using this path, you can open Inkscape and look under Preferences>System>Inkscape Extensions to find your specific path
3. Re-open Inkscape and verify that Bezier Envelope appears under Extensions menu > Modify Path submenu.
If you need more help installing the extension, here are some videos
Time for posting the 2015 edition of my “class of” SVG and .studio files. Hope you enjoy the file and congrats to all your graduates!
Terms: Free for personal and commercial use. Just don’t sell the file in digital form. Please share the link to this post, rather than the file itself. Thank you!
Finally updated my Silh Studio File Formats Cheat Sheet for V3. Click here for a printable PDF.
The changes from version 2: Macs lost the ability to open .ai files, Mac basic users lost the abililty to open .pdf files. Win DE users gained the ability to open PDFs, and all DE users can take full advantage of vector PDFs as of version 3.3. BE added new vector options.
I’ve also prepared a new chart just to help you understand how to handle a PDF depending on its content and what version of Silhouette Studio you have.
To determine if a PDF has vector or bitmap content, zoom in to at least 800% and if the lines are still crisp, it is a vector. If the lines are blurry or pixellated, it is a bitmap. If you need help understanding the difference between vectors and bitmaps in general, this video should help.