Creating SVGs in Illustrator - Nodes Question

Hi everyone. I’d like to start offering SVGs in my illustration packs and have a couple of questions regarding the artwork. Andy Croft mentioned in one of his recent videos that when creating SVGs, you need to check the ‘nodes are clean’. What does this mean? :thinking:

Also, should illustrations be simplified to cut down on the number of nodes? I hand draw most of my graphics, so they tend to have a rough edge, compared to drawing it with the pen tool in illustrator.

Thanks in advance :+1:

Clean nodes means using as few as possible without losing the quality of your design. The fewer nodes there are, the easier the design will cut :smile:

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Hi Stephanie. Thanks so much for your reply. :+1: It looks like I’ll need to simplify my illustrations then, before saving as SVGs as they’re all quite complex. That’s my wokload sorted for this week then!
Thanks again :smiley:

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You’re very welcome!
I would recommend downloading Design Space to test any SVG files. It’s free to download and you don’t have to have a cutting machine.
I always make sure to do this since sometimes my designs can appear normally in Illustrator, but they have issues when uploaded to Design Space.
If this happens and you’re not sure why, or how to fix something, I’m happy to help :slight_smile:

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Thanks again Stephanie. I downloaded Design Space yesterday and tested one file and it appeared to look as expected, but it was my first test. Thanks so much for the offer of help, very much appreciated! :smiley:

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No problem at all! :smile:

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Good question Jo, I was wondering this myself. Off to download Design Space myself now :+1:

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