NEW Video Release: Manual Tracing 2!


Finally, after 18 months, I’m releasing a new video for sale. Manual Tracing 2 covers how to trace images using the Arc Edit function and I highly recommend you give it a try because it’s ideal for images with lots of curves, but can still be used with straight line portions, too. You’ll end up with fewer nodes than with any other method and I also show a way to make sure symmetrical images are traced perfectly.

More videos are planned for release in the upcoming weeks! For anyone not using Paypal, you have the option, after being directed to the Paypal site, to use a credit card for the transaction. Just note the left side of the screen.

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Pam Z!

Chris’s posted announcing Pam Z as the winner is under the Comments link below! A hearty congratulations to Pam and a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated! : )


VDBC is celebrating its first anniversary this month! Chris is offering all of my readers a chance to win a membership to her Quarterly Membership Club (either Oct-Dec or Jan-Mar) at

Its easy to win- just enter a comment on this post TODAY, October 2, and you will be entered in a drawing for one membership. (Scroll to the end of this section and the link to comment is below the three photos. All comments must be approved, so I promise to check off regularly all day long and get them all approved before Chris does her drawing of the winner tomorrow!)

Chris’s Quarterly Membership Club includes 20 plus files offered in GSD KNK WPC AI SVG SCUT
All new original files created freshly during the quarter. Value is $10.00

Winner will be announced tomorrow, Saturday, October 3rd, at this blog. So be sure to post your comment TODAY and then tune in tomorrow to see who won!

For all of you readers who have expressed how much you enjoy this site… please thank Chris! She’s the one who pushed me to get started with this site and answered a jillion questions that I had about the proces. Chris, congratulations on your first year! I wish you continued success and thank you for getting me started blogging! You’re the BEST!!! : )

Fitting Text to a Shape


Lisa B posted to the I Love KNK group asking if there is an easy way to fit your text into another shape… such as I show in the above screen shot. The answer is, “Yes, but you need to use Inkscape.” The process isn’t difficult, but it does require a number of steps as shown in today’s video:

Fitting Text to a Shape

If you do not already have Inkscape, then it’s a free download from and I believe this will work the same in either the 0.46 version or any of the beta 0.47 versions. The only tricky part I’ve run into is getting the text set to the font I want to use. Inkscape has always had a few quirks with their text function. But you should be able to do what I show in the video and then type what you need for your shape.

Also remember to verify that your original shape from KNK Studio matches the shape in Inkscape. It will also flip vertically during the conversion, so check that. Otherwise, have fun with it and maybe, someday, we’ll be able to do this in KNK Studio automatically!