What it is
Generate curved fill with guide lines.
How to Create
- Create a closed path with a fill color. This shape may have holes.
- Create a guide line to define stitch directions:
- draw a line with a stroke color and without a fill color
- select that line
Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Edit > Selection to guide line
- Select both and group them together (
Ctrl + G).
- Open the params dialog (
Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Params) and select
Guided fillas the fill method.
Each group is allowed to contain more than one fill object, but only one guide line is effective and will be used to guide all the shapes of the group, guiding each shape with the intersection of the shape and the guide line. In that case, a shape that does not intersect the guide line will be filled with a regular auto fill. The group is also allowed to contain regular stroke objects. On the canvas, a marker allows to distinguish a guide line from a regular stroke.
If the group contains several guide lines, only one is effective. If the guide line is a composite path, only one subpath is used as a guide line. However it is possible to use sinuous guide line , that may even cross the shape border many times.
Two filling strategies are allowed for guided fill:
Copy (the default) will fill the shape with shifted copies of the line. Sometimes, in particular is the guide line has sharp angles, it may result in a very irregular covering.
Parallel offset will ensure that each line is always a consistent distance from its neighbor. Sharp corners may be introduced.
Set Start and End Point
Set start and end points for autofill objects with Visual commands.
Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Params to tweak the settings to your needs.
|Automatically routed fill stitching||☑||Must be enabled for these settings to take effect.|
|Fill method||Guided Fill||Guided Fill must be selected.|
|Guided Fill Strategy||Copy( default), top, fill the shape with copies of the guide lines. Parallel offset, bottom, will ensure that each line is always a consistent distance from its neighbor. Sharp corners may be introduced.|
|Expand||Expand the shape before fill stitching, to compensate for gaps between shapes.|
|Maximum fill stitch length||The length of each stitch in a row. “Max” is because a shorter stitch may be used at the start or end of a row.|
|Spacing between rows||Distance between rows of stitches|
|Running stitch length||Length of stitches used when moving from section to section|
|Running Stitch tolerance||All stitches must be within this distance of the path. A lower tolerance means stitches will be closer together. A higher tolerance means sharp corners may be rounded.|
|Skip last stitch in each row||The last stitch in each row is quite close to the first stitch in the next row. Skipping it decreases stitch count and density.|
|Stagger this many times before repeating||Stitches are staggered so that neighboring rows of stitches don’t all fall in the same column (which would create a distracting valley effect). Setting this dictates the length of the cycle by which successive stitch rows are staggered. Fractional values are allowed and can have less visible diagonals than integer values.|
|Underpath||Must be enabled to let running stitches travel inside shape instead of around the border when moving from section to section|
|Allow lock stitches||Enables lock stitches in only desired positions|
|Force lock stitches||Sew lock stitches after sewing this element, even if the distance to the next object is smaller than defined in the collapse length value value in the Ink/Stitch preferences.|
|Tack stitch||Chose your favorite style|
|Lock stitch||Chose your favorite style|
|Trim After||Trim the thread after sewing this object.|
|Stop After||Stop the machine after sewing this object. Before stopping it will jump to the stop position (frame out) if defined.|
Underlay in Guided Fill doesn’t follow the guide line, but uses the fill angle which can be defined in the underlay params.