My design in Inkscape I'm trying to eliminate the cut paths on the top and bottoms of the letters. Hello Cut out

So that it will look something like this type of card cutout example card

  • Hi Tracy, Welcome to GDSE. Are you going to use a cutting machine for this?
    – Billy Kerr
    Feb 22, 2020 at 15:25
  • Yes, I am using a Cricut Explorer Air to cut this. I've been able to export svg files from Inkscape into Cricut Design successfully on other projects. But just cannot seem to figure out this one.... (I'm a newbie to Inkscape; but have watched over 30 files).
    – Tracy
    Feb 22, 2020 at 15:58

1 Answer 1

  1. Select the text and do Path > Object to Path Shift+Ctrl+C. This will convert the text to outlines.

  2. Ungroup the the text Shift+Ctrl+G

  3. Path > Union Ctrl++. This will join up all the letters as one path.

  4. Draw a rectangle over the text

  5. Select both text and rectangle and do Path > Intersection Ctrl+*

The result will be all outlines so that your cutter will work properly.


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  • Thank you SO MUCH Billy Kerr!!! I'm going to try this right now!!!
    – Tracy
    Feb 22, 2020 at 16:15
  • Bugger. I just got the HELLO cut out (truncated the top and bottom) but it actually cut the whole letter out. Was hoping for the "cut path" to stop at the top and bottom, and skip to the next letter......
    – Tracy
    Feb 22, 2020 at 16:37
  • Did you miss out step 3, Path > Union? Or perhaps you need to move the letters together so that they overlap, and will actually join up - so that the cutout will be one piece.
    – Billy Kerr
    Feb 22, 2020 at 16:45
  • Ah! I think the latter, maybe they need to join up; as I did Path>Union. I did try it with a rectangle and star, but used: Path, Cut Path option and that worked just fine. I'll keep messing around with it.
    – Tracy
    Feb 22, 2020 at 16:53
  • After a second look at your example, it looks like a popup image. Is that right? You may have to go about this a different way. Let me think about it and I'll see if I can come up with something.
    – Billy Kerr
    Feb 22, 2020 at 17:02

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