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Maintaining layers when exporting to SVG

I have searched on here and online in general and can't seem to find an answer to my problem. 
I have a mtc file that has four layers. I want to save it as an SVG but when I do it merges everything into one layer.

When I open the saved SVG I can manually go in and select items to put on one layer and eventually get everything back onto four layers but it takes time and if I'm selling the SVG file, it's not something I'd like to try and explain to my customers if there is a way to keep original layers.

Is there a different way to create an SVG file on MTC than by making sure all layers are visible, selecting the whole project on the mat, and then clicking export to SVG?

I'm guessing since I'm selecting all visible layers on the mat that is why it all gets merged into one layer but that is the only way I can get the "export to SVG" to work.

Is there a better format to save it in to keep all four layers? It seems like it shouldn't be this complicated. What am I missing?

Thanks for any help in advance!
 

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  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,584
    You don't mention which program you're using for importing so I'll just explain how to do this for SCAL.  In MTC, for all shapes that you want to stay together as their own layer, select them and either apply a basic Weld or a Join.  Then those objects will be considered as one object and will remain on the same layer when you import that SVG into the other program.  You can't keep them as separate colors but in whatever program imports them, you can break them apart, if needed and change the colors there. 
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Orbit, Skycut C and D
    Over 90 free MTC videos: http://www.iloveknk.com/support/mtc-support/
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  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,584
    edited June 24
    Oops.. forgot my screenshots!  

    In MTC, I applied Join on each different group of shapes: 

    Then, when this file is exported as SVG and imported in to SCAL, I get this:




    At this point, each layer could be selected and dragged upwards and to the left.  That's it... but again, this is for SCAL. 
    Post edited by SandyMcC on
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Orbit, Skycut C and D
    Over 90 free MTC videos: http://www.iloveknk.com/support/mtc-support/
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  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 10,343
    @AmandaWalsh - as Sandy mentioned knowing what program(s) are being used for importing the SVG from MTC would be helpful. Silhouette Studio, Design Studio (Cricut), and SnC (brother) all handle SVG files very differently. So let us know, and we can further direct. If you are selling your files, you may need to bump up to a more professional program like AI (adobe illustrator the preferred program used by SVG designers). Inkscape (free) may also do the task better. 
  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 10,343
    So I created 3 shapes, a triangle, a circle and a square, each on their own unique called triangle, circle, and square:



    In SCAL you expand the 3 layer 3 colours folder to see this:



    Layers in Inkscape:



    Just so you know, the SVG format actually does not support the idea of layers as we want them to :) - they do groups, I know, pain in the butt. The way around the issue is to create a bundle of svg files, one svg for each of the bits that would go on a layer by themselves. This is what 3DSVG.com and Svgcuts.com do, they have been in this market for several years and are extremely popular and successful, and they have instructions/videos for how to use their files in each of the different popular programs, Silhouette Studio, Design Studio, etc. If I wanted to sell my files, that is what I would be doing.

    Just for info, here is a conversation about layers for the SVG standard from 2011. Not much has changed except that SVG is now synonymous with cutting files, more than it is scaleable vector graphics for webpages as it was first intended back in like 1999 when it was first a subgroup of the World Wide Web Consortium (WC3):

    http://www.inkscapeforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=10604
  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 10,343
    PS I have been following that group since about 2000.
  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 10,343
    PPS download one of 3dsvg.com's FREE files and look at how they deliver their files:

    https://www.3dsvg.com/product-category/free-svg-files/
  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,584
    I just want to add that, while I didn't show it, in SCAL you just individually drag each of those 4 layers I show upwards and they are out of the group mode and on their layers, just as I had them in MTC. 
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Orbit, Skycut C and D
    Over 90 free MTC videos: http://www.iloveknk.com/support/mtc-support/
    Latest MTC User Manuals: http://www.iloveknk.com/Support/user-manuals/
  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 10,343
    @SandyMcC & @AmandaWalsh - I did a lot of experimenting yesterday with this...I am like a dog with a bone, LOL!! Each program is so diversely different, I can appreciate how SVG designers must be disciplined in order to create SVG files that hit the middle mark...generally compatible with most programs. I think for Amanda's purpose, changing things so that each group say of a colour, is one SVG, and all the SVG files are bundled together in a folder (computer folder) and then zipped for downloaded purpose would work best, as I suggested as is done by the top SVG sellers.
  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,584
    I edited my posts based on feedback from Gabe. I didn't really explain the SCAL part very well.   Also, I realized when I tested again, that you don't need to weld or join... not sure WHERE I got that idea!  lol   
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Orbit, Skycut C and D
    Over 90 free MTC videos: http://www.iloveknk.com/support/mtc-support/
    Latest MTC User Manuals: http://www.iloveknk.com/Support/user-manuals/
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