Monday, February 5, 2018

Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl LII Champions Scroll Saw Pattern.

Sometimes Super Bowls are known more for the commercials than the game. Super Bowl LII will go down as a fantastic football game. The Philadelphia Eagles outlasted the New England Patriots 41-33 to become National Football League Champions in the 52nd Super Bowl. 

This was the Eagles first Super Bowl win and their first championship since 1960 before the Super Bowl started. Even more remarkable they did it behind the super effort of backup quarterback Nick Foles. Foles looked every bit the match for the legendary Tom Brady of the Patriots. Both QB's looked great but to the winner goes the spoils. 

Congratulations to all the Philadelphia fans. Enjoy the championship. Looks like you have a quarterback controversy coming up next season. :) That's a good problem to have. 

Designing Scroll Saw Patterns:

I get a lot of email asking what software is needed to design scroll saw patterns. Obviously you need software that allows you to draw the pattern. There are two different types of graphics programs. Bitmap and vector graphics.  

Bitmap graphics programs are used to manipulate photos. You can draw with them but they draw with pixels. The screen is divided up in a grid of points(pixels) that are either turned on or off with a color. If you wish to enlarge a line drawn with a bitmap graphics program it will add pixels and just get blurry. They also tend not to have very good printouts on your printer. This type of graphics program does not work well for scroll saw designs.

Vector graphics programs work different. A line drawn in a vector graphic program is a calculation between two points on the screen. If you want to enlarge the line, the program recalculates the line between the two new points and draws the line. This produces fine line drawings. A circle is an object calculated that can be stretched, skewed, enlarged in any way without loss of line detail.

You can also take two drawn objects like a circle and square and weld them together in a vector graphics program to produce a completely different object. 

I'm not going to sugar coat it. These vector based graphics programs do have a learning curve. The good news is that as pattern designers we use a limited subset of the tools in these programs. We are just drawing black and white lines. This makes the learning curve somewhat easier.

The two programs that many pattern designers use are Inkscape and CorelDraw.

Inkscape is free open source software available on Windows, Mac and Linux. It has all the tools you need to draw scroll saw patterns. There are thousands of users of the software and many online tutorials available. I am personally not a user of Inkscape for scroll saw patterns because it does not have certain features I need. I also find it clunky to use. The one feature that is hard to argue with is the price. Free is hard to beat.

CorelDraw is a commercial program. The full version is quite expensive. Luckily for home users they also have a Home and Student version. The price for the Home and Student version runs around $130 for the most current release. Amazon often has earlier versions much cheaper. Version X8 which is one version old is currently $59.99 for the download edition. That is a great price for this powerful program. The Home Student has everything you need to make scroll saw patterns.

Should you use either of these programs? If you have a desire to learn something new and have moderate computer skills then yes give them a try. You can start with Inkscape to get your feet wet then if you like the process move up to CorelDraw. 

Designing patterns or even editing existing patterns can add a great deal of fun to the hobby.  

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