Cutting text like a stencil

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Briarview

Cutting text like a stencil

Postby Briarview » Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:40 pm

I want to make a birthday card. Is there any way you can cut out say B R A D like a stencil on the card. Sort of cutting out in a reverse if you know what I mean. Sorry newbie so just learning. Thanks :)

~suv
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Re: Cutting text like a stencil

Postby ~suv » Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:38 pm

  1. draw a rectangle
  2. select text tool, write your text
  3. align text object with the rectangle (e.g. center)
  4. select text and rectangle
  5. apply menu 'Path > Difference'
  6. result: rectangle with text cut out
hth, ~suv

llogg
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Re: Cutting text like a stencil

Postby llogg » Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:23 am

you may have to convert the text object to a path before applying the difference function.

~suv
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Re: Cutting text like a stencil

Postby ~suv » Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:42 am

I tested it before posting, and with a current 0.46+devel build it was not necessary to convert either the text or the rectangle to paths before applying the 'Difference' command - I didn't test it with Inkscape 0.46 though ;-)

When converting the text to path, I had to ungroup it and then - with all characters of the now separated text still selected - apply 'Path > Combine' before I could use the 'Difference' command on both the rectangle and the text path.

Another thing to note: For the 'Difference' command the text object needs to be 'above' the rectangle (stack order).

hth, ~suv

briarview

Re: Cutting text like a stencil

Postby briarview » Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:13 pm

Thank you for the help. Really appreciated.

siafulinux
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Re: Cutting text like a stencil

Postby siafulinux » Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:22 pm

~suv wrote:
  1. draw a rectangle
  2. select text tool, write your text
  3. align text object with the rectangle (e.g. center)
  4. select text and rectangle
  5. apply menu 'Path > Difference'
  6. result: rectangle with text cut out
hth, ~suv


Thanks so much for this. Was looking for a way to "cut out" text from a black background. The idea is that I can print this out onto transparencies resulting in a black background with transparent text. Don't have any transparencies with me right now to test, but I'm thinking this will work.

Thanks again!

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Re: Cutting text like a stencil

Postby syednayab » Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:58 pm

Doesnt work for me,
Nothing happens as per the video, i am using .48
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5la2ecROXaI

What wrong am i doing?

Lazur
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Re: Cutting text like a stencil

Postby Lazur » Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:42 am

syednayab wrote:Doesnt work for me,
Nothing happens as per the video, i am using .48
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5la2ecROXaI

What wrong am i doing?



That video shows more variatons, not a single cutting out.
So could you post the image you are working on, ad tell us where you got stuck?


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