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I want to create an SVG for a cutting machine. The file contains text (which has been converted to curves for exporting) and, to make the cutting easier, it is recommended to add a little 'padding' around the text area. The Affinity Help pages actually cover this:

  • The Cricut Design Space app will push all layers within your document to the edge of the material when cutting. Again, this is to prevent material wastage. If you would like to add padding around your document, you can add a Rectangle Layer around your Curve Layers before merging all Curves into one layer

Sadly, I cannot work out how to actually do it. I have managed to put some padding around the text by making a rectangle and dragging the text into it on the layers panel (presumably this is the rectangle layer). If I click on the rectangle, Create Compound is not selectable. If I Create Compound using only the letters (now curves), then the padding from the rectangle is ignored.

I could do with a helping hand please.

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Hi Callum

(Thanks 😊 ). Yes. It's to do with the file being used by a cutting machine. If you don't create a compound then when the file is opened in the cutting machine software you basically get a pile of individual letters all stacked one on top of the other - you lose the outline of your word effectively.

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Not sure if this will give the desired result, as I don't have a cutting machine or software to test it on, but you could try:

  1. Convert to Curves
  2. Ungroup
  3. Expand Stroke
  4. Create Compound

Hope it helps,



Affinity Photo 2.5.3,  Affinity Designer 2.5.3, Affinity Publisher 2.5.3, Mac OSX 14.5, 2018 MacBook Pro 15" Intel.

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