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I made this for my grandson. I tried every method I could find on the internet, and the only one of these That I liked was cutting the pieces freehand. Unfortunately, I am terrible at it. So I developed a new method. Using Inkscape, I layered the template over the photo. The only downsides I found were: You must cut on the lines and the lines can be hard to see in the dark areas.

My Grandson and his cat Twitch

Template Puzzle 4x6 - 002 - Odin and Twitch.png


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What a great photo, BadBob! You have a beautiful grandson (and grand cat 😉. You must be very proud.

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did you look at Steve Good's site  he has templates for puzzles

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did you look at Steve Good's site  he has templates for puzzles




Yes, I looked at Steve's templates. I liked these better.

My problem was mostly the picture kept getting damaged. I tried Steve's method first using a real photo. He makes a sandwich with the photo in the middle. The photo stuck to the sacrificial wood. The other thing I did not like about that method was that you couldn't see what part of the picture you are cutting through. 

Using my method, I know where the cuts are going before I print the photo.





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What a great photo, BadBob! You have a beautiful grandson (and grand cat 😉. You must be very proud.

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Thanks, he is very smart and a bit of a hand full. He is our center.



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What type of printer are you using to print the photo?  Once it is cut, what are you using to seal it?  Great looking guy and a good idea to use Inkscape!
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What type of printer are you using to print the photo?  Once it is cut, what are you using to seal it?  Great looking guy and a good idea to use Inkscape!


I used a Brother Laser Printer and Hammermill 100 Brightness, 32lb, 8-1/2 X 11, Photo White paper.


I did not seal it because everything I had on hand would change the colors slightly. 

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Not sure how inkscape works, but you may be able to change the black outlines in the template to white or bright red or something.
Might make it easier to see the lines.

Just a thought.

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Not sure how inkscape works, but you may be able to change the black outlines in the template to white or bright red or something.
Might make it easier to see the lines.

Just a thought.

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I could make them any color. I chose black intentionally. If I wander off the line a little using black, it is barely noticeable.

I want to make the lines a bit thinner. The ones I am using are slightly thinner than a #5 scroll saw blade. 

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I found it impossible to get a good cut using inkjet glossy paper. Always got some tearing of the colour along the cut edge. Tried various blades and different sandwich methods. I switched to regular paper and then spray lacquer to add some shine and protection. Anybody got glossy inkjet puzzles to work well?
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I found it impossible to get a good cut using inkjet glossy paper. Always got some tearing of the colour along the cut edge. Tried various blades and different sandwich methods. I switched to regular paper and then spray lacquer to add some shine and protection. Anybody got glossy inkjet puzzles to work well?


The first one I tried was a purchased glossy print. Even cutting it with a new razor blade would damage the edge.



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