Last Revised: June 24, 2010

KNK to GSD (Method 1-Best Quality)

Step 1 - KNK Studio:

1. Make sure that all of the parts of the file are UNGROUPED.

2. Make a copy of your final artwork and place somewhere in your sign blank so that users will have a reference of what the file will look like. Example (click to enlarge):

break apart

2. Separate the other copy of your artwork with pieces of the same colour placed near each other. Like sample above.

3. Select all objects (make a note of the size of all objects selected)

4. Click on Edit > Copy

Note: If you have a bitmap image in your file (like a logo), it will NOT be brought into most exported formats and causes problems for some.

It's better to just use a text copyright note, here's how:

from the Measure Tools menu, click tthe NOTES icon (little purple icon at the end). Using this will make it so that 'notes' do not cut, but still appear in the file. Use a common font like Arial so everyone opening it can read it.)

Step 2 - CS3 Illustrator:

Open a new Document the same size as your selected objects from KNK.

1. Click on Edit > Paste

Note: If you have opened an exported AI file instead of copying and pasting your image from KNK Studio, right-click on the selected objects to verify that no compound paths exists. Grouped objects do not survive the trip to DXF, so if you find something doesn't arrive in the final GSD file..you can go back and release compound paths.

2. Make sure all objects are selected and ungrouped.

3. Open your Stroke Panel (click to enlarge graphics):

stroke panel

4. Change the line weight to 0.5pt and the line style to Butt Cap

5. Click on File > Export

6. For File Type select
AutoCad Interchange File (*.DXF)

7. In the popup window, change AutoCAD Version to 2000/LT2000 and the units to 10:

8. Click OK.

Step 3 - RoboMaster:

Click File > Load DXF

Your file will likely be placed very small in the lower left corner, so Marquee around all objects and stretch to fill the page.

1. Select all items you want to have the same colour Note: Hold down the SHIFT key to select more than one item.

2. Click on the Fill icon (bottom of screen):

3. In the pop-up window, change the Fill type to Solid and Modify Colour:

4. Change the Line Colour

5. Repeat these steps for all objects on the screen.

When finished, your file should look something like this (click to enlarge):

RoboMaster

6. Click on File > Save As

7. Save your file as a GSD file

Note: Modifying fill colours is optional However, modifying line colours in necessary!

KNK to GSD (Method 2 - For those who do not own Illustrator)
Note: In this method, you will not be able to change the Fill Colour in RoboMaster
KNK Studio Inkscape RoboMaster

In KNK Studio:

Three Things to Know First:

  • SVG images export flipped (vertically) from KNK Studio, so it's necessary to flip the image before exporting to SVG.
  • Pieces need to be pulled apart before exporting.
  • 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).

1. Make sure all objects are ungrouped and fill is on.

2. Separate your artwork with pieces of the same colour placed near each other.

3. Click on File > Export

4. Change your Save as Type to Scalable Vector Graphics (*.svg)

5. Name your file and click OK.

In Inkscape:

1. Click on File > Open

2. Locate the file you just exported from KNK Studio

3. Marquee Select all pieces. Do not resize.

4. Click on Path > Object to Path

5. Click on File > Document Properties

6. In the pop-up window, click on Fit Page to Selection. Then click the Red X at top to close window:

7. Click on File > Save As

8. Change the the Save As File type to Desktop Cutting Plotter (*DXF)

9. Name your file and click Save

 

In RoboMaster:

1. Click File > Load DXF

2. Your file will likely be placed very large starting in the lower left corner, so click on the Zoom Out button until you can Marquee around all objects and shrink to fit within the page:

zoom out

3. Marquee Select around each item to group and change line colour. Note: You will not be able to change the fill because your pieces are made up of small line segments.

Example (click to enlarge):

4. Click on the Line icon (bottom of screen and modify the colour:

5. With the image still selected, click on the Group icon (top of your screen):

Robomaster group

6. Repeat steps 3-5 for each object on the screen.

When finished, your file should look something like this (click to enlarge)

RoboMaster

7. Click on File >Save As. Save you file as a GSD file.