Saturday, January 25, 2014

Giraffe WordArt and Inkscape

I am loving wordart.  I created this design using a program called [bTAGUL.  It is a FREE app just go to and read the very basic instructions, the Tagul forum has some info as well.  There is also a helpful video from Useful Graphic Design to get you started.   

I exported the design to Inkscape and changed it up a bit, added the polka dots to the giraffe.  It takes a bit of time to learn Tagul but I think this came out really well. In Inkscape change up the colors but not the fonts so you would want to do as much as you can in Tagul first.  You can also export from Tagul to a bitmap file but I made the bitmap after playing with Inkscape

There is the file in svg format.  Two layers:  one for the background text and one for the Giraffe.  Ungroup to play with it.

The png file works well for P2C or as a t-shirt transfer.  I did me a t-shirt with different colors. I'll use the png for a congrats card for a new baby

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My system

  • Mac with Mt Lion
  • eCal with Sizzix eclips
  • Inkscape 0.48

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Heart WordArt Tagul/Inkscape

What an adventure!  I spent  some more time with Tagul creating this design…learned a lot more along the way.  This design goes on a t-shirt and most likely my Valentine for this year.

In Tagul:

  • I imported my own heart shape
  •  I used only one color for the text I found it easier with one color as I knew I would be changing things in Inkscape.
  • Used the Tagul feature to change the angle of the main words.

I exported the Tagul file to (svg) Inkscape.  NOTE there is fine print on the Tagul site that says IMPORT the svg file… do not use open  in Inkscape. 

Alas, I could not find a way to change the font after I got it into Inkscape so you are pretty stuck with what Tagul gives you, some fonts don't look so good so that becomes yet another challenge.

I ungrouped and separated the big words from the small group of words and put them in separate layers so I could mess with positioning, size and colors. Once I was happy with the colors and positioning. 

The red heart background is also in a separate layer, to have a background Use it or not.  

VIOLA!  transferred onto the shirt.  It is hard to see the really small words in this picture but they are there.

This video from Useful Graphic Design  got me started.
The Tagul Forum also provided some answers and help.
Visit and browse there too.

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Heart WordArtPS png
Heart WordArtPS svg

My System
  • Mac w/ Mt. Lion
  • Inkscape 0.48
  • eCAL w/ Sizzix eClips