This is the Inkscape version of my previously featured Instructable on the same topic.

I used CorelDraw for the previous version and was pleasantly surprised at the positive response so I've decided to hurry up and do the Inkscape version since Inkscape is FREE & awesome (it's what got me into vector design & I now design professionally.)
Get it at Inkscape.org
A few fair warnings about Inkscape, it is open source software and there are crashing issues, etc. so save your work as often as possible. Soon you'll be Ctrl+S-ing automatically every 10 seconds. It's a good habit!

I still remember what it's like to not know how to use vector graphics editor so I try to explain every step and point out where the menus are, etc. It takes some knowledge of graphics editing and a decent eye for design. Not all drawings can be easily turned into vector graphics, though. You want something with dark ink on white (unlined if possible) paper, that is connected all the way around the drawing (A scene with stars and moon that are disconnected won't be as simple to translate)

The vector art was then submit to Outfab.com for cutting. It's a laser cutting service and you can get a free custom sample on select materials up to about 1"x3" if it's your first time without even signing up so this is a great starter project. All you'll need to buy are some jewelry findings.

So read on, and if it gets over your head feel free to message me for more tips!

Step 1: Get the picture into Inkscape

I really hate using scanners (they take up way too much deskspace!) So I just photograph things with my phone which is connected with Dropbox and...well never mind that part, just get the image to the computer one way or another.
It doesn't matter if your thumb is in the pic, you can edit it out later.

Import it into Inkscape either by dragging and dropping it into a blank page or simple opening it from wherever it is. Don't worry about the size just yet, let's focus on getting that jpg drawing into a vector!
<p>Hello, will this conversion work as a PLT Vector for my Vision rotary engraver?</p>
<p>This is my first instructables tutorial ever :)</p><p>Thank you</p>
<p>Wow! That's great! What material is that? Now you can repeat the same steps with any drawing or high-contrast photograph.</p>
Great to know about Outfab; I've been itching to do some laser-cutting, but didn't know where to do it. Thanks for this great instructable! :)
This is an amazing idea. And thanks for all the inkscape tips, too! :D
Cool! I never knew about that "simplify" option!

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Bio: In my little workshop the most satisfying outcome is a new design come to life.
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