Tag Archives | Pattern Making

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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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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How To Design Scroll Saw Patterns

Awhile back, I created a classroom series on how to design your own scroll saw patterns using GIMP and Inkscape. This class was freely available on Scroll Saw Village in the Village University forum. It included a video tutorial along with written instructions.

Recently, I started working on a new website; How To Design Scroll Saw Patterns (http://www.designingscrollsawpatterns.com). Quite honestly, its the exact same information as provided in the Village University. So why create a new website? There’s a couple reasons:

  • First, I wanted a more pleasant presentation of this information (I wanted it to look pretty ;)). You’ll find the layout much easier to read and view the videos. The illustrations in the written instructions are also easier to see. I think the navigation is much easier too, moving from one lesson to the next.
  • Second is for search engine purposes. While the lessons in the Scroll Saw Village do show up in search results, this new site is better optimized for search engines. Hopefully this will make the information a bit more visible. At the end of the day, I really want people to find these lessons and learn to create their own patterns. I think it adds a whole new dimension to the scroll sawing hobby. I’m proud of these lessons, and I want to share it with as many people as possible.

I added a couple new features to the new website. At the top of each lesson, I’ve added links for you to download the actual video file. I get a lot of requests for this option, and I find it easier to provide a link rather than explain how to do it. I also have a link to the written instructions in PDF format for you to download. Many people find it easier to print the instructions and follow along with a hard copy.

Just to be clear, the information in the Village University will remain there. I’m not closing that section down. All classroom discussions and questions from How To Design Scroll Saw Patterns will still be directed to the Village University forum.  The new website is only there for concise reading.

So there you have it. The new website. If you have your own website, feel free to link to http://www.designingscrollsawpatterns.com (It would be much appreciated). If you know anybody who wants to learn to make their own patterns, please direct them there too.

Enjoy the new website!

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Mini-Clock Contest

Daylight Savings is right around the corner, so what better way to celebrate warmer weather ahead than to have a Mini-Clock contest?  We need something to set forward on March 14th, right?  Cut or design a mini-clock and be entered to win a copy of Miniature Wooden Clock for the Scroll Saw, by Rick Longabaugh.  If you’re a pattern designer, I have made available a Mini-Clock Template for Inkscape.  The template is free, but the design is up to you!  If you’d like to learn how to use Inkscape to make mini-clocks, you can check out this video tutorial.

The contest is being held by Scroll Saw Village.  Details for the Mini-Clock Challenge can be found here.  Good luck.  But more importantly, have fun!

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