Several years ago, the SketchMee app was brought to my attention, and I’ve been enjoying it for my personal projects, but had to use Adobe Illustrator or other techniques to translate it into a drawable SVG. Recently I stumbled on the solution for using Inkscape and am happy to share it with you now.
Part 1 – Sketchmee to PDF
The first video explains which app to download, and how to convert your photos with the app to a PDF. It applies to all diecutters and pen plotters.
-Import a photo from the the Camera Roll on your mobile device.
-Apply the following settings
Paper Color: None
Detail: (adjust to taste, lower settings are faster to draw)
Redraw for variations
-Email PDF to yourself ($3.99 PDF Export upgrade required)
Part 2 – PDF to SVG
The second video explains how to take that PDF and convert it into sketchable layers with Inkscape. It applies to all diecutters and pen plotters that can use SVG input.
-Open PDF in Inkscape
-Select image and ungroup twice
-Select an individual path
-Edit>Select Same>Stroke Style
-Change stroke color temporarily to review results (and for Cricut users, note layer differences)
-Path>Combine (for Cricut; or optionally, Object>Group for other cutters)
-Repeat for remaining line widths
-Save as SVG
Part 3C – SVG to Cricut Drawing
The third video is for Cricut users, and explains how to import the SVG into Cricut Design Space, and how to choose and set the pen layers for writing with a Cricut Explore, Explore Air or Maker.
-Import SVG to Cricut Design Space
-Resize as desired
-Create a rectangle to represent your frame, set it to score, and position your image inside it as desired
-Select all and Attach
-Set the light layer to write with “Black 0.3 Tip”
-Set the medium layer to write with “Black 0.4 Tip”
-Set the dark layer to write with “Black 0.8 Tip Glitter”
-Run the file, beginning with no tools installed, to perform the “air score” step. Watch to confirm proper positioning on paper.
-Respond to pen prompts as follows (won’t necessarily be in order) and continue until complete
at the “Black 0.8 Tip Glitter” prompt install your chosen dark pen
at the “Black 0.4 Tip” prompt install your chosen medium pen
at the “Black 0.3 Tip” prompt install your chosen light pen
Recommended pens for Cricut
Pitt Artist pens in XS, S, F and M (Note that the photo is correct, but the description is incorrect at both Amazon and the Pitt website.)
Zig Millenium or Pigma Micron pens in adjustable marker holder from Chomas Creations (important: pen barrels must be the same diameter and thumbscrew must be oriented the same each time to ensure that layers line up with each other.)
Part 3S – SVG to Silhouette Drawing
Unfortunately, I am having to withhold the Silhouette tutorial at this time because of an unexpected change/bug in the way sketch files are rendered in the current versions of Silhouette Studio. I will post as soon as this is resolved or when I am able to find a workaround.
Free Sketch Files
(video 3 above will show you how to use these with the Cricut)
Army Boot |.svg |
Seagull | .svg |
Dressform | .svg |
Reindeer | .svg |