Using layered svg files in SCAL 2.0

July 27, 2009

One of the great new features of SCAL 2.0 is that you can import layered svg files into SCAL and use the layers as they are, or use the ungroup feature to separate the svg layers and move them around.  You can get SCAL 2.0 here as either a new program or an upgrade.  I used Inkscape to create a card file with three layers, one to score the card for folding, one to use markers, and one to cut the card.  I created a separate layer for scoring rather than using dashed lines because you can use an old blade turned upside down in the blade holder to make score lines.    Here are the steps I used.

  1. Create an svg with a layer for each technique you want to use (ie a cutting layer, a scoring layer, a layer for each color of marker, etc).  Leave all of the layers that you wish to use in SCAL visible.
  2. Import the svg into SCAL.
  3. If the layer window in SCAL2 isn’t showing, from the menu, Window/Workspace/Advanced.  The layers window should be in the lower right corner.
  4. Click on the triangle next to the svg folder to reveal the svg layers.
    layer svg 1
  5. Open and close the eyes to determine what is in that layer, then click on the menu button at the top right corner of the layers box, select “Properties”, then change the name to represent that layer.  Do this for each layer.
  6. Close all of the eyes, then open them one at a time to use each layer.

Here is the card I made.  You could also use the marker layer to cut an overlay for the card instead of using a marker.  The download includes the svg file, a 2.0 scut for use with a 6×12 mat, and a 2.0 scut for use with an Expression.  These files are for personal use only. Feel free to link to this post, but the files are not to be shared or distributed in any way.

Download the files from here.

happy birthday card copy