Last Revised: June 28, 2010

PDF to KNK

KNK Studio

In KNK Studio:

Note: If your PDF is a multi-page document, you should open the PDF document first using a PDF reader (i.e. the free PDF Reader) and make note of the page number you want to import. It is recommended that you import a single page at a time into KNK Studio.

  1. Click on File > Import
  2. Select Portable Document Format (*pdf) in the Files of Type box
  3. Select the PDF file you want to open
  4. Your cursor will be a Corner icon, allowing you position the top-left corner of the imported file any where on your workspace. Click your left mouse button to place.
  5. A PDF Import Options pop-up window will appear, select import text as graphics, choose Single page and put the page number (see note above) in the box, then click OK.
PDF Options
  1. Marquee Select all objects
  2. Click on Stroke and Fill Tools icon on the Tools toolbar and select Line Style icon from the pop-out.
  3. On the Smart Bar, click on the No Line icon (see below):
KNK Stroke & Fill

KNK No line style

Tip:

This will prevent that pesky error message: "Objects with thick line attributes have been found in this graphic".

 

If the file is a vector PDF then you may be lucky enough to simply go to the next two steps

  1. Click on File > Save As
  2. Save as a Klic-N-Kut Drawing (*KNK)

 

However, sometimes the vector PDF will have a bounding box. In that case:

  1. Marquee Select all objects
  2. Click on Arrange > Break Path (this may take awhile, be patient)
    Note: You may need to turn fill off (View > Show Fill or ALT S) to see the paths.
  3. Click on File > Save As
  4. Save as a Klic-N-Dut Drawing (*knk)

If the file is a raster PDF then you are not so lucky, the file would need to be traced before using. I will try to create a tutorial on this.

Note: You can figure out if the file is vector or raster by double clicking on one of the pieces. If you get nodes the file is vector, if you get an Accuscan (auto-trace) pop-up window then the file is raster.