Episode 013

Episode 013 – Funkified Text

by Richard Querin

This screencast describes a way to ‘funkify’ some text using Inkscape.

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14 Responses to “Episode 013”

  1. kastaldi Says:

    Quite useful. Thanks !

  2. Richard Says:

    Hey, I’m watching your screencasts almost every Day and this one is one of the best =) I like the funky style^^
    Greets from Germany, Richard

  3. BobSongs Says:

    I have another comment that may prove useful.

    In the screen cast the speaker takes an object and moves it out of the way. This is done by holding down the Ctrl key (to keep it aligned). Work is done and then the object is returned to almost the same position while holding the Ctrl key again.

    Suggestion: Click the object in question. Hold down a Shift key. Hit a cursor key (down, up, left or right, depending on which is most useful). Just recall the number of times the key was “hit” to move it far enough (5, 10, 20 times… whatever). When restoring it exactly where it was: reverse the process.


  4. Carmen Says:

    What a great video. I’m sure you’ve had many requests and mine is a simple one, maybe you can direct me – you might have already created one of these.

    I use inkscape to create text to use with my Sure Cuts A Lot software to cut images on my Cricut die cutter. I am not inkscape literate – I am actually terrified of it 🙂 I am a scrapbooker and card maker and want to learn to convert jpgs or pdf images to svgs so I can send the file to SCAL. Do you have a simple tutorial showing how to do this?

    Thank you in advance. I think you are fabulous!!


  5. Richard Querin Says:

    While Inkscape has a Trace Bitmap function, it works best on images that are made up of lines and/or solid colours. You can indeed trace more detailed bitmaps like photographic images, but the results are less than ideal. Of course it might be the result you’re looking for in your specific case.

    I’ve been thinking for some time about doing a screencast on using the Trace bitmap functionality to do a CD cover or something. Maybe this would be an interesting way of covering it.

    Glad you like the screencasts. 🙂

  6. Justme Says:

    This tutorial was very helpful! Thank you for creating it!! 😀

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  8. Ricardo Says:

    I am trying to duplicate this on Inkscape 0.47, but when I double click after clicking “Object to Path”, I get the nodes, but only for whatever letter I am double clicking on. Am I doing something wrong or is this something that has changed?

  9. heathenx Says:


    Once you convert your text to a path you have to Combine (Ctrl+K) all of the individual characters to make one complete path. Just an extra step.

  10. HighlanderJp Says:

    Thanks! I had a same problem like Ricardo and Heathenx solved this in explaination.
    Sorry about my very bad english.
    Thanks a lot.

  11. asdf Says:

    Thanks for the Ctrl+K tipp!

  12. juhoh Says:

    I Was getting frustrated with not getting the Dynamic offset going on. Good thing I checked the comments. Thanks for the tip @heathenx

  13. Ferguzon Says:

    There were lots of us getting frustrated with de Dynamic thing… xD Control + k was the solution!

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