- Your First Prints
- 1: Gift of Good Measure
- 2: A Snap and Store Box with Your Personal Touch
- 3: Make a Gift Tag from Scratch
- Shortcut Keys
- Quick: Transform a Drawing Into a Print
- Quick: Print Your Own File
- Quick: Cut Out a Shape
- Quick: Engrave and Cut Out a Photo
- Quick: Print Text
- Introducing Inkscape
- Prep a Photo Engrave in Gimp
- Prep a Photo Engrave in Photoshop
- Working With Manual Mode
Quick: Print Text
Here's quick instructions to engrave a poem or cut out a word.
For a detailed tutorial showing how to prepare and print a file including text, see Print 3: Make a Gift Tag from Scratch.
- Open Inkscape. (You can also use Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides, or many vector graphics programs.)
- Click the Text Tool
- Click anywhere on your drawing and type a message.
- Convert your text: Click and drag inside your text box to select all of your text, then choose “Path” from the menu bar and click “Object to Path.” You can’t edit your text any more, but now it will print properly.
- If you want to engrave your text, you’re all set.
- If you want to cut your text out, make sure there is a stroke, but no fill.
- Use the selector tool to select your text
- Click the red X indicating “no color” to remove the fill from your letters
- Hold down the shift key and choose a color to add a stroke to your letters
- Save Your File
- Go to the “File” Menu and click “Save As”
- Type your file name
- Choose “Plain SVG”
- Upload and print your file!