I was searching through the "other" forum and found a practice plate that was posted by SVD.
Sam, should I name the other forum?
Rather than revive the old thread I started this one.
Thanks to SVD over on the "other" engraving site for drawing the first one, hope you're Ok with me modifying your plate design.
I imported it into inkscape and eventually figured out to make a vector file by tracing the .jpg .
I tried to upload the .svg and .eps file directly but the forum won't accept those file types. So, you have to uinzip the files.
If you have Inkscape, it will use the .svg file, Illustrator should load the .eps file although I couldn't test that file for compatibility. If someone with Illustrator wants to let me know if it converted Ok I would appreciate that info.
For those of you not familiar with Inkscape it is a very capable program, free, and does an excellent job of tracing bitmap graphics so you can convert them to vector formats. It has an automatic tracing module, but for the simple stuff I do I just do it manually.
This was done with ver 188.8.131.52.
There is a new version of inkscape out.