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Insetting Instead of Offset/Shadow

Insetting Instead of Offset/Shadow

One of the most popular features that Cricut Design Space lacks is the ability to offset or add a shadow layer to designs and fonts (unless you happen to use one of the Cricut fonts that has a set shadow layer).  Many people choose to use Inkscape to create SVG files to add this effect and I have a video on that feature (click here for that video).  However, another feature that can be used is Inset which allows you to create a similar effect but on the inside of the image or font, sort of an "inner glow" feature for those who are familiar with the option in Photoshop.  This allows you to gain a similar effect without having to use up more space than the image or font current occupies, whereas a shadow layer occupies soft of a "bubble" around the object.  In the image below I have created an offset alongside an inset on a font the same size so you can see the difference. Notice the ruler lines that show the top and bottom of the "T" to ensure an optical illusion doesn't happen when you are looking at it.

In the video below I show you how to create this effect using Inkscape, save the SVG and import it into Design Space.

 

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