PREPARING YOUR FILE
For laser cutting...
PREPARING YOUR FILE
For laser cutting…
For laser cutting we require a vector image. A Vector image is one made of lines and solid shapes. They are able to be scaled to any size, whilst still maintaining crisp sharp edges, unlike Raster images which are made up of millions of tiny pixels of color, as in photographs. When Raster images are enlarged too much they become blurry or pixelated.
There is a wide range of software that can be used to create Vector images. Autodesk, AutoCad, Adobe Illustrator, Rhino 3d, Corel Draw, Inkscape and Vector Designer are just a few.
If you are unsure about creating a Vector file yourself, ask us about our tracing and/or design service. You can send us your design work (high contrast Black & White works best) and we’ll trace it for you, otherwise we can design it for you.
ACCEPTABLE FILE FORMATS
Our laser cutters can generally accept the following formats listed below.
- AutoCad .DWG
- Portable Document Format .PDF
- Adobe Illustrator .AI
- Encapsulated Post Script .EPS
- Scaleable Vector Graphics .SVG
- Drawing Exchange Format .DXF
CREATING TEXT OUTLINES
All text / fonts need to be converted to outlines before submitting any artwork. Instructions on how to do this will depend on the Vector program you are using.
Adobe Illustrator- a) Select the text block using the ‘Selection Tool’
b) Select the dropdown ‘Type‘ menu>Create Outlines
Corel Draw- a) Right click text object then select ‘Convert to Curves’
Note: Some programs will create outlines on text automatically.
PREPARE YOUR FILE FOR UPLOAD - FAQ's
Generally speaking, if you have a good quality image in another format such as .jpeg or .png we may be able to trace it for you.
If you require artwork completed for you we can certainly help you out with that.
Vector files are able to be scaled to any size whilst maintaining crisp edges and lines. This file type will ensure your artwork is of the highest quality.
If you have one of the file types listed above, any one will be fine to upload.
If .jpeg or .png file is all you have, choose the one that has the largest file size (1000kb = 1mb). The larger the file, the better chance we have of getting a good result.
Generally this will be a ‘Raster image’ (see description above) If it is all you have we can attempt to trace it for you.
Your graphic designer will most likely have your file in a vector format. It’s worth asking them to send you a copy of it if they do. Ask that they have the ‘fonts’ outlined.
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