Inkscape and logo with transparent text?


I need to make a t-shirt with a one color design that is EASY as a .png. But the shirt company wants it as a vectored .eps file. I tried sending them an import of the .png but that wasn't good enough.

All I need is a red square with transparent text and a logo: a one color stencil that includes text and the logo. But I am finding it near impossible to create with Inkscape. I can't seem to get the transparent text to cut out (erase?) from the red background square. If it's transparent, then all I see is a red square. If I make the text and logo black or white, it looks fine, but I need a ONE color design with the color of the t-shirt showing through the transparent parts.

Can anyone help me with a simple tutorial for this? I'm quite versed in GIMP but haven't done a ton with Inkscape. I just need to make text and the logo and have it erase from the red background, rather than being a layer on top.

Hope this makes sense. Thank you for any help!!! :-)

1/25/2014 7:11:00 PM

Accepted Answer

This is quite basic, actually.

Caution, I'm writing this without an inkscape at hand, so I may be wrong.

  1. You have to create two elements (the text and the box).
  2. Then put the text on the box.
  3. Then select both elements, and make an "exclude" boolean operation (I think it's CTRL+-).

I'm not sure, but step 3 may not work, if one the element is a Text Element. In this case, select the text, convert it to a shape (CTRL+SHIFT+C), Ungroup (CTRL+SHIFT+G), Assemble (CTRL+K).

Again, I have no inkscape to test it here, but read well the messages in the status bar, and search the menus, you will surely manage to cut two shapes ;)

1/25/2014 8:04:00 PM