Last Revised: June 15, 2010

KNK to SCAL

In KNK Studio:

Three Things to Know:

  1. SVG images export flipped (vertically) from KNK Studio, so it's necessary to flip the image before exporting to SVG.
  2. Pieces need to be pulled apart before exporting.
  3. Pieces of the same colour should be placed near each other because SVG does not retain the colours when opened in SCAL (everything is black).

Make sure all objects are ungrouped and fill is on.

Make a copy of your final artwork and place somewhere in your sign blank so that the SCAL user will have a reference of what the file will look like.

Separate the second copy of your final artwork with pieces of the same colour placed near each other.

NOTE: Do NOT resize any pieces!

Example (click image to enlarge)

Remove any notes and bitmap images (such as logos and signatures), these will not survive the export to SVG.

Marquee select all objects.

Click on the Vertical Mirror button.

Example (click image to enlarge):

knk_to_svg

Now Export to an SVG file:

Click on File > Export

Change the Save as Type to Scalable Vector Graphics (*SVG)

 

In InkScape

One Thing to Know:

SCAL,cannot import a multi-layer file as a whole while still retaining the separate paths as individual pieces. So, you will need to save each group of the same colour pieces as a separate svg file.

Open the SVG file

  1. Using the Select Tool, select all the split-out pieces of the same colour. This should be easy since you seperated the pieces in KNK Studio. Note: Do not touch the copy of the graphic that is layered together-this is for your reference only.

  2. Copy these files to the clipboard by selecting
    Edit
    > Copy or use


  3. Open a New File by Clicking on: File > New

  4. Paste the files from the clipboard by selecting
    Edit
    > Paste or use


  5. Save this new SVG file with a descriptive name in a new folder.
    File > Save As. Create a folder and rename the file.
    (i.e. owlfileYELLOW.svg)

Repeat steps 1-5 for all the colours (with the expception of creating a new folder).

Your folder might look something like this:
"owlfileYELLOW.svg"
"owlfileLTbrown.svg"
"owlfileDKbrown.svg"
"owlfileWHITE.svg"
"owlfileBLACK.svg"

Each of these svg files will be IMPORTED into the SCAL software and placed WITHOUT resizing in the cut preview window where they'll appear as black outlines.  From here, based on the meaningfully named files and the color of paper fed to the equipment, the pieces can be sent to cut.

In SCAL

On a new Blank page, click on:

File > Import SVG

Select one of your svg files.

Place it where you want on the page and then click on any unused area of the page. This will deselect everything. Note: new imported files will merge with anything you have selected!

DO NOT RESIZE.

Repeat this step until you have imported all of the individual svg files to make your graphic.

Click on File > Save Project Asand name your file. Your new file will now have a .scut extension.