Artwork Guidelines

To laser cut, engrave or mark your designs, we will need vector files of your artwork, logo or text compiled using drawing editing software. 

We use CorelDRAW® and find it fairly easy to use, but there are other computer design software packages available, including Adobe Illustrator and AutoCad that you can use to create your artwork files. If you need help to use any of these, check out YouTube, as there are loads of tutorials on there.

​When setting out your artwork, please bare in mind that the laser needs to identify the lines to be cut and the areas to be engraved. The laser is very clever and interprets these using the RGB colour palette.

​Please see the guidelines below on how to prepare your artwork and if you have any problems or questions, please click the I NEED HELP button below to get in touch and we'll do our very best to help.

Once you've completed and saved your artwork, please send your file(s) to us so that we can get a quote back to you.

Laser Cut Lines

  • Ensure your colour palette is RGB.

  • Use RED (R255, G0, B0).

  • Line thickness of hairline or 0.01mm.

  • Use outline pen for lines.

  • Ensure paths are continuous.

  • Delete ALL duplicate lines.

Top Tip

  • Ensure your colour palette is set at RGB - the laser cannot read CMYK.

 

  • Check for any double and overlapping cut lines on your artwork.

line engraving/scoring

Vector Engraving

  • Ensure your colour palette is RGB.

  • Use BLUE (R0, G0, B255).

  • Line thickness of hairline or 0.01mm.

  • Use outline pen for lines.

  • Vector engraving is used for single line, detailed engraving and also scoring.

 


Top Tip

 

  • Ensure your colour palette is set at RGB - the laser cannot read CMYK.

 

  • Use for only line engraving - not suitable for area engraving.

Raster Engraving

stroke/fill engraving

  • Ensure your colour palette is RGB.

  • Use BLACK (R0, G0, B0).

  • Line thickness of at least 0.25mm.

  • Use the fill tool for area engraving.


Raster engraving is used for large areas of engraving and for thicker line engraving.
 

Top Tip

  • Ensure your colour palette is set at RGB - the laser cannot read CMYK.

 

  • We can engrave in different depths - please ask about this.

Laser Cutting Text

​ALL text will need to be converted an outline or curve whether cutting or engraving - this can easily be done in all design software.

By converting the text, it creates a "vector" and preserves the font you have originally used, allowing us to open the file our end without any errors.

Certain letters have 'islands' in the middle of them, so when the letter is cut out, so is the middle, leaving a gap in the letter.

This will be the result of cutting our a letter with an 'island' in the middle.

By adding 'bridges' to the letter, we can break it up to stop the middle from falling out.

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