Introducing Inkscape


Inkscape is a professional quality vector graphics editor that’s available for free. It runs on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux operating systems. Since it’s so accessible, we use it for examples and troubleshooting.

If you run into a snag with a file or an upload, we may suggest that you open it in Inkscape – it’s a way for us to make sure we’re looking at the same thing as we work together.

Install Inkscape

Installing Inkscape involves a quick download from the Inkscape site.

Learn Inkscape

You can learn how to use Inkscape through Inkscape’s tutorial pages, from our own users in the Glowforge Tips and Tricks page on the Glowforge forum, or from some of our guides to getting started in the Learn By Doing section of our support site.

Save Your File

When using Inkscape, it's important to save your designs as a Plain SVG before uploading them to the Glowforge App.

If you're having trouble with an SVG from another design program, sometimes opening and re-saving it as a Plain SVG in Inkscape can help!

  1. Go to the “File” Menu and click “Save As”
  2. Type your File name
  3. Choose “Plain SVG”


If you have questions, please contact our team and we'll be happy to help!

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