Hi I have a plotter / cutter that uses .svg files and Most of the free files
available and tutorials are created in inkscape. Can I follow steps created
in inkscape if I use illustrator?
I am having loads of problems with inkscape crashing on a windows 7 computer
and need an alternative to create my cut with.
Sorry please look at this attached word document as well as these instructions
This is really the same as method one but you do the making of everything rather than my website doing half of
it for you. My website will still do the maths for you because I can’t think of anyone except me who actually
You might pick up a couple of useful snippets of inkscape knowledge with this one as I will walk through it
step by step.
As with method one you need to measure the cake / glass top diameter, bottom diameter and height – in mm
please. Then go to http://www.bratpack.org.uk/cake-wrap-2.php and enter them along with the overlap and
wrapper height you require.
Instead of giving you a file this one will give you the values you need to make the wrap from scratch, the values
returned are (I will be using these values for the walk through)..
The circle diameter is 325
The circle start angle is 233
The circle end angle is 307
The rectangle width is 211.74
The rectangle height is 75
The first thing we will do is create the bending arc, this is simply a section of a circle path.
In inkscape select the circle tool and draw a circle in the middle of the screen, if you hold down CTRL while
you do it you will be able to easily keep it a perfect circle, don’t worry about the size as we are going to enter it
on the toolbar.
When you have a circle drawn click the selection tool (black arrow) and then enter the circle diameter
measurement my website provides in the width and height boxes – If you held down CTRL when you made the
circle you can turn on the little padlock and you will only need to enter the value in one box
If by any chance you have a filled circle remove the fill and add a 1px stroke instead, it works without but its
easier to see with a stroke and you may need a stroke later anyway
Now, we need to set the start and end angles because we don’t want a full circle. With the circle still selected
click the circle tool on the left and enter the start and end angles in the boxes on the toolbar..
The three little icons to the right of the start/ end boxes are for (1) a pie slice where the ends of the arc are
joined to the middle of the circle (2) An arc which is JUST the curved part which we want and (3) Resets back
to a full circle and clears the start/ end boxes again.
OK that was fairly painless, you should now have a nice arc instead of a full circle Lets move on to the
The wrapper starts its life as a rectangle, my website gave you the dimensions for creating it, I do rather hope
that if you are intending to create a cake wrapper then you know how to make a rectangle! As with the circle set
the size of it to exactly the size the website gave you.
Now a rectangle would make a cake wrapper, it would not be exactly the most thrilling work of art anyone has
ever seen though so you will want to fiddle with it, cut bits out, add a fancy top edge, jazz it up a bit. That is
beyond the scope of this tutorial so I will leave that up to you.
While we are talking about the wrapper rectangle.. You do not HAVE to use the rectangle, you can make the
wrapper however you like but it must be roughly rectangular in shape, it MUST be a single path object (no
groups) and it MUST be exactly the size given. The ends must be vertical of course and remember if you set an
overlap then the right side will overlap the left side by that much when you assemble it.
If you decide to make your own then once it is done use the size boxes on the toolbar to set its size to exactly
what you are given by my website.
I am going to knock together a very quick and dirty example to show you the kind of things you can do..
There you have it, a masterpiece of inkscapery if ever I saw one!
So, now I have a wrapper, I have a curve so all that is needed it to combine them into a bend effect.
Select the curve use Path->Object To Path and copy it to the clipboard. Open the Path->Path Effect Editor,
select the wrapper thing and in the path effect editor click the paste path icon. And that’s all there is to it really,
Well not quite, you will need to make a slit and a hook if you are going to use it as a cake wrap – or stick it
together with superglue or something.
The finished wrapper is shown on the next page because it won’t fit in this tiny bit I have left on this one
I have a plotter / cutter that uses .svg files.
What does that mean?
How do you actually send a .svg file to the cutter? What software are you using that talks to the cutter?
Illustrator can export .svg. Most anything you can draw in Inkscape that is suitable for cutting can be drawn in Illustrator. But telling you how to draw in Illustrator would amount to re-typing the documentation in an online forum. Read and work through the documentation to learn how to use Illustrator.
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