This is a beginners level workshop in Canvas Workspace to create a panel design; including welding text and fixing issues when welding, offsetting layers and naming layers & groups. Please note: there is an intro screen for about 1 minute at the beginning; the video is playing, but you can skip to around 1:14 to jump straight in.
Panel designs are great for vinyl projects, but also for card fronts and appliqué designs. They are a great way of getting used to using all of the main features of Canvas Workspace: text, basic shapes, calculations, alignment tools and grouping.
When we work with text, we usually advise using the Desktop version of Canvas (also known as offline or downloaded). This is because we can then use our computer fonts as well as adding new ones. If you haven’t yet downloaded Canvas Workspace, it is free to do so from here.
Both versions of Canvas give you access to an array of basic shapes that you can use to build more complex designs. In this video, I kept it simple for beginners, however, you can use them to fold boxes and 3D shapes as well as complex decal designs.
Calculations are how we convert basic shapes and text into more complex designs. Here, we show you how weld, subtract and divide work as well as using offset to build your layers.
We also show you how to fix shapes that refuse to be calculated. You’ll come across this a lot with free fonts (like Beach in the video) and also if the design has any open paths.
Alignment tools are how we tidy elements within our panel so they align or space correctly. In this video, we show you how the different alignment tools work and how to use distribute to even space 3 or more elements.
If this tutorial has got you interested in designing for your ScanNCut, check out our books for more project ideas to get you started.