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michiel | 2 years ago | 8 comments | 8 likes | 1,286 views

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Pioneer and others in this community have asked why solid vector drawings, like for example exported fonts from Affinity designer, end up in the sketch layer with double lines.

The reason is that TrueType and OpenType fonts are defined as outlines.

What you are looking for is called centerlines.

Converting outlines to centerlines is not trivial. There are not many apps that offer this conversion. One of them is this online tool:

As you can see, the result is not perfect.

My questions is: do you know a tool that can do the conversion? And could we use such a tool inside Bixelangelo or BluffTitler?

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Oh, and Rapidresizer uses rare EPS features. We had to adjust BluffTitler to make it work, make sure to use at least version

michiel, 2 years ago

Great.Thank you Michiel

liuyongcai, 2 years ago

Great Michiel, have upgraded to the latest version. Will try the link tomorrow and report back. Once again many thanks for pursuing this line of enquiry. John

Pioneer, 2 years ago

i don't know program for that, but if we could import a text in Bixelangelo, it could trace it, it have just to trace a line between interior and exterior lines and delete both int. and ext. 😊😊Easy!!! say

vincent, 2 years ago

Would be great, I found a Inkscape add on:
I don't use inkscape but maybe this software will do the trick?

Another online piece of software:

And maybe the free software Dr. Engrave gives some insights. It's the most promissing but it don't save EPS files.

Filip, 2 years ago

Is this good Michiel? it traces outer or center lines

chaver, 2 years ago

Chaver, as you can see in the above screenshot it's good but has issues with some shapes, like the Σ.

michiel, 2 years ago

ok Michiel i thought i have found a new one. my mistake sorry

chaver, 2 years ago

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