One of the common questions on the SCAL forum is how to get solid letters with Cricut markers. One option is to use a thin, even font such as Learning Curve. I found a font called Multistroke that also worked well. Another option is to use Inkscape and make a series of smaller and smaller linked offsets. This method will work with any font. My first attempt at this turned out pretty well. There were a few spots that weren’t filled in, but one more offset would have taken care of that. Here is how to do this in Inkscape.
- Change your Inkscape view mode to outline (View/Display mode/Outline)
- Type your text
- With the text selected, use the menu Path/Object to Path
- With the text still selected, Path/Linked offset
- Click on the little white square that appears somewhere at the top of your text and drag it inside your letters until you think you have a good distance between your offset and original letter
- With the offset still selected, Path/Object to path
- Repeat as necessary from step 4 until you have your letters filled in. See below for an image from my sample file and the results with the markers.
Here is a sample I made using Ariel with the linked offsets, Learning Curve, Multistrokes, and ALS Script. I set the height at 1″ for all of the fonts. The dots between the letters on Learning Curve and ALS Script are because I forgot to use Path/Union before importing into SCAL.
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Thanks! This issue has been bugging me for awhile.