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This answer may not count if you require a strictly programmatic solution, but I found it interesting so I thought I'd share. :) The math way would be to break the shape into a collection of triangles and do a weighted average of their individual centers of gravity. I don't think any of the popular drawing programs will automate that for you. It can be ...


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For simplicity's sake, I'm going to assume that you already have a mesh and a "piece with holes" in vector form. If not, we have existing questions on how to do that: How to create a triangular grid in Illustrator How do I create a polygon tessellation pattern in Adobe Illustrator? How do you generate the shapes at the bottom of the image? Is is done with ...


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would this work for you? open Document Info Panel, select Objects. Right at the top you'll see the length of the selection.


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You could use this method in Illustrator: create a shape like this with your symbol Crop the selected area. select your croped object and go to Pattern Options (Window>Pattern Options) once the Pattern option tab opens up click the waffle and select Make Pattern A windows will pop up where you can navigate how the pattern should flow, ...


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I did not realise that RGB was also an option under the fly-out (the right arrow(s) in the upper right corner of the Color palette). It's also worth note that I should (could?) have chosen the document color mode by selecting a correct new document profile in "New document" dialog box. Jacob Bugge and Monika Gause pointed them out for me on the Adobe ...


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You can do it at home. I think a specially made box for a gift is a wonderfully personal touch, increasingly rare and the more welcome because of that. It doesn't have to look bad, although as Lauren says it will take a little practice. A steel straight edge or ruler is a must, and a steel French curve would be a plus. Plenty of Xacto blades are another ...


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Use Vector Graphics Software The important part of the question is the fact that it is going to be used for laser cutting. Laser cutting requires vector paths so you will need to use a vector graphics program. Adobe Illustrator is probably the most popular but there are free alternatives such as Inkscape. For laser cutting you will want your paths to ...


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Using Adobe Illustrator, here is how to combine Shapes in the way you describe: Select the two Shapes you want to "join". Under the Pathfinder palette, select Unite. Done. There may be some other tweaking or options depending on whether you are actually using Paths, Strokes or Shapes, whether they're filled, outlined, etc. With lines/outlines, you ...


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For this kind of project: 1. Not only you need to be careful about bleed, but you need to make sure your sticker is a bit bigger than the white area in your book. Otherwise it will look weird and white borders will be visible if the stickers are not perfectly applied! People don't apply stickers perfectly, you need to add a few millimeters to help them a ...


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Select your paths, then in the Application bar, make sure "Constrain Width and Height Proportions" is enabled. Then, type in 18.75in in the appropriate dimension field.


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Disclaimer: i just fiddled with this, and it might not be exactly what you want. These two models will work, though I am sure there are better ways of doing it. Here is some of the problems: if you need the checkerboard pattern to be exactly as above (i.e. defined difference between black and white) you cannot divide the shape into six. You must ...


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This answer is not quite what you wanted, but perhaps and alternative to it. There is this website called http://www.shapeways.com/ It's a lot like that cardboard safari website, except better ( In my opinion.. ). They use different materials, but I think their materials ( which include stainless steel ) is an upgrade from what cardboard safari has ...


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Traditionally, "crop" means to block something with something else. So is a bitmap term... pixels or edges or something else cover up something else, hence it's cropped. The term you want is "trim" or "cut", and the tools you'll need are going to perform a slice like action to your vector (SVG) imagery. Find a vector editor you like. These are CorelDraw, ...


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All you need to do is select the nodes of the path and move them accordingly. The Editing Paths section of this Inkscape Tutorial details how to edit paths and the keys needed to select multiple nodes, constrain the angle of movement etc. in Inkscape. Since this is intended to be laser cut for a specific material you probably need the notches to be a ...


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I found out that this is a known bug of the Cairo library that Inkscape is using to convert to PDF: https://bugs.launchpad.net/inkscape/+bug/1174909 https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=77298 It seems that a fix will be created real soon, so hopefully the next release of Cairo will include it.


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Photoshop is the wrong tool for the job since Photoshop is essentially a raster program whereas a dieline is a vector. That being the case you will need to use a program that was designed to handle vectors. I'd highly recommend inDesign in this instance since it handles both vector (the dieline) and raster images (the illustration) very well. This process ...


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If each line is truly on top of each other and not overlapping at all, you should be able to select them all in Illustrator then in the menu bar go Object> Compound Path> Make (⌘+8 or CMD+8). Hopefully this will transfer the shape over to be read as a single shape in lasercut.


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Verify the interlocking edges by printing out the 6 faces' bounding boxes and taping them together before sending to the cutter. Additionally it looks like the tabs on your edges are not an even subdivision of the edge's length. In the image you linked the tabs are nicely spaced, whereas yours change size on the corner. This can also cause a problem with ...


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Open Illustrator. Draw your desired circles Draw a series of triangles/quadrangles and shapes around the circles to create your mesh Make sure none of the shapes touch in order to leave a solid area behind. Color in the shapes with a dull grey as needed to help you flesh out the design and visualize the "positive" to remain, and the "negative" to be removed. ...


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I am answering my own question once again, Ok after some trial and error testing, no it does not. It is simply a measurement unit. Let me give you an example: Let's consider that we have a circle with a circumference of 100mm. We can have 1000 plotter units of 0.1 each or 100 units of 1.0 each. Its the same thing and it does not affect in any way the ...


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You could use an Offset Path effect to give you the look of a single line but it would still be compound when expanded. If nothing else, that gives you something accurate to trace over.


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I am answering my own question. After extensive testing, i can confirm that AT LEAST Version X4 and X6 of CorelDraw GS has a PLT IMPORT bug. The bug happens only when there is an extremely high count of nodes in a path. I have filed a bug report with Corel's Paid Support and i am awaiting for answers. A workaround if you are in the same situation is to ...



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