Stained Glass Patterns and Break Apart command

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Stained Glass Patterns and Break Apart command

Postby SueB » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:13 am


I got a die-cut machine for Christmas and am trying to use it to cut out my stained glass patterns. I use a stained glass design program to create the patterns. I remove the coloring and text from the pattern pieces and export the file to a bmp. I import the bmp into Inkscape, set the desktop to inches and resize the image. I then select the image and use the Trace Bitmap function.

I move the traced bitmap to the side and delete the original. I then select the entire image and use the 'break apart' command, which leaves me with a big black area and the outlines of the pieces. How do I get the solid black area off of the bottom image?

I've used trial and error to move a piece off and then go back to the same area and slide the black area off and delete it. The problem is getting the piece I moved back into place. In order to allow for the width of the solder line, I set an offset in the 'preferences - behavior - steps', I lose that offset when I move the piece back.

Once I am able to get the top black area off, I can save the image as an svg and upload it into the die-cut machine software. If the pattern is larger than 12", the software automatically rearranges the pattern pieces to fit them on the 12" x 12" mat. This allows me to have the machine cut the pieces out of vinyl or cardstock and the allowance for the solder lines are already included.

Is there a better way to do this? I can't print out pattern pieces for patterns larger than 11.5" if I don't get the pieces separated first.



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Re: Stained Glass Patterns and Break Apart command

Postby Moini » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:53 am

Select all: Ctrl+A

Now: set a stroke, remove the fill.

See ... ialog.html

This way, all shapes will only have their border visible, and will be easier to select.

Other option would be to click on one item, then use Alt + mousewheel to scroll through the stack in the location of the mouse cursor.
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