[scribus] Clipping business cards using a die

Ivan Winters iwinters at virginmedia.com
Fri Feb 10 18:27:29 UTC 2017

Peter Nermander sent

> My idea was to use some kind of mask drawn with Scribus vector line tool
> or by another program. The mask would be transparent where the cards are,
> and colored in between them.
> The mask could be placed in a layer above the cards to be able to switch
> it on or off, and when you export this document to a pdf, the cutter RIP
> should be able to extract the mask's curves and use them for cutting.
>I think that could work, if you put the mask on a separate layer it can be
>toggled both for visibility and for print.

>Give it a try.

>It might however be better to place a layer with the shaped “paper” behind
>everything (instead of putting a mask in front of everything).

>But it depends a lot on what capabilites the RIP has.


I used to be a print broker arranging printing of clients projects back in the

One suggestion I might make would be to think of the old adage of using 'horses
for courses'. I would suggest that SVG might be a better vehicle for

this rather than PDF. I seem to remember that Inkscape has various tools to
generate 'clipping paths' which are fully editable node by node. These tools

files of co-ordinates compatable with industry standard cutters.


Ivan Winters
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