I have searched the forum in multiple ways. I watched tutorials I found in the community. Everything seems to say there is a “step” where it lets me put cutlines, but I am not seeing it. I even see where there is an icon on the left side of the app in one tutorial specifically named cutline, but I do not have that.
How do I add my own cutline (square or circle, etc) to an image I scan in?
Additional question, how can I add a cutline in Fireworks or Photoshop or Illustrator before I import the image? It has to be simple, but finding how to do it has not been.
Thanks in advance.
You need to use a vector drawing program like Illustrator to create the cutline (square or circle or whatever) first.
Then you save that file as an SVG. Once it is created, you can drag and drop the file onto the artboard in the Glowforge interface and there it is!
Since you mentioned using Illustrator, I’m going to point you towards some short tutorials.
These will get you up to speed quickly:
The Dashboard: Sign in to
Keyboard Shortcuts and Maneuvering in the Interface:
Copy (Select item)… CTRL/CMD + C
Paste (Select item)… CTRL/CMD + V
Undo … CTRL/CMD + Z
Delete (Select item) … Press the Delete key on the keyboard.
Update on Delete: _After the Autosave Settings Saver migration on 01/08/2018, if you delete a part or item from your file it will stay gone when you close it.
The next time you open the file, it will not be there.
The Trace Tool in the Glowforge User Interface can be used to scan printed artwork for engraving, and to create cut lines around the artwork, or inside the artwork, by clicking with the mouse.
There are a couple of ways to do things with the Trace Tool.
(I’m going to borrow one of Glowforge’s freebies to demonstrate since my drawing skills are non-existent. I printed this airplane out - pretend it’s hand drawn.)
Procedure To Scan a Physical Drawing and Add Cut Lines:
Black ink d…
I’m going to demo an alignment process below using my (ancient) version of Adobe Illustrator, but the process is the same for Inkscape or CorelDraw or Affinity Designer. Whichever one you like to use, you’ll do the same things, with the tools in that program. (I’m also going to give you the thought process that goes into creating a design with 2D Design software, to keep from having to write another one up, so if you can slog through it, you’ll pick up some stuff you need to know to make thing…
It’s soooooo easy to create files easily in programs like Illustrator, Inkscape, CorelDraw and Affinity Designer if you understand what the Glowforge interface sees when it looks at your file.
(Think of this as a last batch of Tips and Tricks, then I’ll quit bugging you.)
I’m going to demo in Illustrator again, but the same things will be done in whatever program you choose to use for your designs.
If you have questions about specifics for other kinds of drawing and modeling software, …
For All Programs:
If you want to engrave a bitmap (raster) style image and include it inside a vector SVG file, you need to Embed the image in the file if you want it to stay aligned inside the SVG file. Otherwise you will need to re-load the raster file and use the camera to align it visually.
(That’s fine, but you will completely lose the benefit of more accurate alignment that you get from the design software.)
There are instructions for how to Embed raster images for some of the main 2D…
Then if you want to get started designing your own stuff quickly, the Matrix has a lot of tutorials and video links showing the best of the tips and tricks:
For using the Glowforge:
Glowforge Customer Knowledge Base - Laser
Click on the Arrows at the Links below to be taken to the tutorials,
GLOWFORGE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS:
Unboxing to first print video - Glowforge.,Glowforge Unboxin...
For Using Photoshop, GIMP and Paintshop:
Glowforge Customer Knowledge Base - Raster Programs
Hover over the link and click on the arrow to be taken to the tutorial
Raster (Bitmap) Based Drawing Programs,Adobe Photoshop,GIMP,Corel Paintshop
Laser Related Basic Reference Tutorials
For using Illustrator, Inkscape, CorelDRAW and Affinity Designer:
Glowforge Customer Knowledge Base - 2D Vector Programs
Click on the Links below (pop-up arrows) to be taken to the tutorial
2D Vector Programs
Glowforge Specific,Adobe Illustrator,Inkscape,CorelDRAW,Affinity Designer,Vector...
For using Fusion 360, OnShape, Openscad, Rhino, etc.
Here is an SVG of different shapes. You can upload them in the add artwork button once you get to the operations space of the GFUI. Delete what you don’t want.
Pretty much everything you need to know to use AI for a cut line in this 1 minute video from Adobe
The Youtube site has written instructions to go with it as well.
And, to round things up, you can use the auto trace function of the Glowforge itself to generate a cut line. Just put your printed image in the bed of the Glowforge, click on Trace, and after the preview shows up, drag a square around the image and click just outside the image. When you Place Artwork and go back to the home page you should see on the left side a cut operation and an engrave operation. You can set the engrave operation to Ignore and use the Cut to cut out your image. (Note that if you are trying to cut around the same item you just traced, you should do it right under the camera and it might still be a bit out of alignment. You can try
this process to tweak the image placement if necessary).
Awesome resources! Thank you so much.
Thank you! That’s a time saver right there.
That will be so helpful on those line art items we have to do. Thanks for the quick reference video. Short and to the point. Much appreciation.
Thanks for the answers everyone, that’s great! I’m going to close this thread - if you have any other questions, go ahead and post a new topic.