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 Inkscape.org 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!
On Tuesday, I posted the demo video that showed the new features in the Beta Inkscape .47. Wednesday, I posted the short videos showing where to download this Beta version, where to find 7 Zip to install, how to use 7 Zip, and then how to set up Inkscape as a shortcut on your desktop. TODAY, we have a video I made to show you how to create some quick flourishes, weld in Inkscape (if you need to) and export/import into KNK Studio for further designing. If you have ANY questions, let me know! I hope we’ll see some of your designs, using this feature, posted at the Yahoo groups!
Creating Swirls and Flourishes in Inkscape .47
Here are three videos to help with the installation of the Inkscape beta version. I meant to create a fourth showing some of the same designing in Inkscape as in the demo, but I ran out of time today. I’ll try to do that tomorrow!
Step 1 Downloading the Inkscape Beta
Step 2 Downloading 7 Zip to Extract Inkscape Beta
Step 3 The Inkscape Non-Install
Inkscape has done it again! They’ve come out with a new enhancement in version 0.47 that’s an answer to most scrapbookers’ number one Wish List item. It’s a SUPER easy way to design swirls and flourishes that match those you see for sale in the stores. I downloaded the beta version and tested it myself and it’s just so much fun to play with!!! This, in combination with the ability to export from Inkscape as .eps and import into KNK Studio, KNK Studio GE, or Design Master to cut your designs, makes this the best solution for those wanting this capability. Watch this video produced by a guy who calls himself “Heathenex” and see how it works.
Inkscape 0.47 Demo
Note that because 0.47 is a beta release, you may wish to wait until it’s considered a stable version before downloading. That’s entirely up to you. Since I only use Inkscape for specialty cases like this, I went ahead and tested it out. I had no problems with using this feature and exporting/importing for cutting to my KNK. The beta versions of Inkscape are available from:
Inkscape Beta Releases