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    I have a pattern I want to cut smaller. It is a pdf file pattern of a toy that Steve Good made. How do I change the size and not lose the squareness? I look at utube videos but they are way to general going on about ratios and math and I get frustrated. Just click here here and here and you are set. That's what this old geezer needs.
    Thanks.
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    StephenD


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  • #2
    First click the black arrow on the left Look at the red area on drawing. Make sure the pad lock is locked.. I set to inches. change one of the dimensions.. bitmap.png ..
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    • #3
      Also, depending on Steve's pattern he will add veining in at the end. I always make sure I select all items by hitting ctrl-a. Most patterns are okay but this has bit me a couple of times.

      Then do as John shows above.
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      • #4
        If you already have the pattern as a pdf, and just want to reduce it, why not print it out at less than 100%? You can try various percentages until you get the size you want. I don't see why Inkscape needs to be involved.
        Carole

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        • #5
          Carole has hit the easy button.
          Just as easy to scale down as up.
          Jim
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          • #6
            Originally posted by handibunny View Post
            If you already have the pattern as a pdf, and just want to reduce it, why not print it out at less than 100%? You can try various percentages until you get the size you want. I don't see why Inkscape needs to be involved.
            Weelll aint you a smartie. THAT is just what I wanted. Cripes, I didn't know that feature was there.
            Thanks
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            StephenD


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            Desert Woodcrafters
            Grandpa for the 7 most amazing children.

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            • #7
              I use rapidresizer when I want to cut a pattern to the size of the wood I have. But first choice is reducing on copier.
              Betty

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              • #8
                Steve draws his patterns in CorelDraw, which produces patterns in the CDR format. This is a vector format, just like Inkscape uses. Steve then publishes his patterns as a PDF file. But inside they are still CDR files. So if you open Inkscape and import any of Steve's patterns (Ctrl-I, then select the page you want to import) the pattern comes in as a vector diagram perfectly. Then all you have to do is select it, click on the padlock (as KeystoneCop discussed) and you are home free. Make it ANY size you want and it will always be an exact copy.

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                • #9
                  Interesting. But how would you know that the PDF could be imported in vector format, without knowing how Steve works? I always assumed that once a pattern or document was sent as a PDF that was the only way it could be accessed.
                  Carole

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                  • #10
                    Most drawing programs will import PDF files. For printer settings.

                    size you want / original = percentage x 100 If you want a 4" final size the original is 11"

                    4 /11=.363 .36*100= 36 that is the scale you would enter in the printer.

                    I like reducing it in my drawing program and saving the smaller version for future use.
                    Note always set your printer back to actual or no scaling. I never set mine to "fit page" it will bite you at some point.
                    Last edited by Rolf; 05-01-2021, 08:27 AM.
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