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Putting Text On A Path With GIMP

I got a question from Gator on Scroll Saw Village. He’s working on a pattern in GIMP and would like to add text along a path. In this video, I’ll show you how to add text along a wavy path, as well as in a circle. Creating this kind of word art in GIMP is a little clunky. A better tool for this would be to use Inkscape where you have a little more control over the letters and paths you create. However, it is possible in GIMP with some trial and error to get it to look the way you want.

You can find the discussion page on Scroll Saw Village if you have questions or comments. Enjoy the show!


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Word Art Intersecting Word Art

Brian is trying to design a sign where a script intersects existing word art.  He wants to design it so that it’s easy to read, and won’t fall apart after cutting.  In this episode, I’ll show you how to create word art that intersects word art.

You can find the discussion page on Scroll Saw Village if you have questions or comments.

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Using Lines as a Design Element in Inkscape

Here is a quick pattern designing Q&A. Jeff is designing a dream catcher and he was wondering how to design the webbing in Inkscape. This episode I show you how to lay in the webbing with the bezier tool, then change that line into an object.

Robert had a question on how to export a JPG in Inkscape. I show you the workaround.

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Designing Bunny Cars

Easter is right around the corner, so I think a couple bunny cars are in order. This quick and easy project is perfect for the little ones in your life. But before we make them, we have to design them. This episode, we jump into Inkscape and design our Bunny Cars.

Be sure to watch the next episode where we’ll build these cute bunny cars.

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Moving Elements With GIMP

It’s been awhile since I put one of these tutorial videos together, so I thought I’d do a quick pattern tip video. Docupton on Scroll Saw Village shared a portrait pattern he was working on using GIMP. He did an amazing job on it and really captured his subject matter. The only comment I had was the amount of space between the girl and boy. Naturally, he was working from a photo and didn’t have any control over the composition. But in this video, I demonstrate an easy way to close that gap between the two subjects to create a stronger composition.

If you’d like to learn how to make your own scroll saw portrait patterns using the free program GIMP, there is a free class at Scroll Saw Village.

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Making Scroll Saw Patterns with Inkscape – L8

Welcome to the very last lesson in our free online class on how to use Inkscape to make your own scroll saw patterns.   This time, we demonstrate how to use the tools we learned up to this point to create an elk mini-clock.  The clock takes a standard 1 7/16″ mini-clock insert.  You can find these inserts online or at some local craft stores.  This lesson is a bit long, but you’ll see the entire process as we create this really neat desk clock.  You can find the finished pattern here.

You can find this lesson and others at Scroll Saw Village in the Village University forum.  You’ll find videos, written instruction, downloadable source material, and classroom discussion where you can have all your questions answered.  Be sure to stop by and check it out.

I hope you guys enjoyed this class and learned a thing or two. Inkscape isn’t a hard program to learn, it just takes a little practice (just like anything else). The possibilities are endless with this program and you can come up with unique designs that nobody else has. I hope you choose to share your talent with the rest of us and upload some of your creations to the Pattern Library. Scrollers are very appreciative of pattern designers. Plus, its a huge thrill when you see someone cut one of your patterns. I can’t wait to see what y’all will come up with. Anyway, on with the show!

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