Community Glowforge Tutorials: Table of Contents

The Design Team Tutorial Project

(aka “The Matrix”)

This post and all related links are created and maintained by generous and helpful Glowforge customers. They have not been vetted or approved by Glowforge staff.

List of Official Learning Tutorials from Glowforge:

Safe Operations:

Safety (Don’t be sorry later, read this now.)
Operating Environment ( Don’t let your machine be uncomfortable.)
Stop using your Glowforge unit if…
Repairs to a Modified Glowforge
Regulatory Information


Print a Gift of Good Measure.
Print a Snap-n-Store Box with Customization
Make a Gift Tag
Shortcut Keys
Trace a Hand Drawing with the Glowforge
Print your Own File
Cut Out a Shape
Engrave and Cut a Photo
Print Text
Introduction to Inkscape
Prep a Photo Engrave in GIMP
Prep a Photo Engrave in Photoshop
Manual Mode in the Glowforge - How to Save your Settings

Other Useful Information:

Create Accounts, Share/Delete Glowforge Access
Cleaning Your Glowforge
Moving/Packing your Glowforge
Recalibration of Lid Camera

The Matrices listed below are a quick way to access the tutorials in those categories, by subject matter, without spending a lot of time trying to find things. Each link leads to a Google Docs spreadsheet that organizes tutorials about that topic. Hover the cursor over any link and click on the arrow to be taken directly to the tutorial.

Please note: Apologies…it can take a little time for the spreadsheets to load…they contain a lot of information. Give it some time. :slightly_smiling_face:

There are more links and tutorials listed in these than appear in this category, so
USE THE MATRIX links below.

The Matrix:

Designing for the Laser - Designing for the Laser

Designing with Raster software - Raster Programs Matrix
(Adobe Photoshop / GIMP / Corel Paintshop)

Designing with 2D Vector Software - 2D Software Matrix
(Adobe Illustrator / Inkscape / CorelDRAW/ etc.)

Designing with 3D Vector Software - 3D Modeling Software Tutorials
(Fusion 360/OnShape/OpenSCAD, etc.)

Workflows Using the Glowforge Interface - Workflows for the Glowforge Interface

Tips and Tricks - mechanical/material etc. - Tips Tricks and Handy Links

Another Disney Sign
Glowforge prep advice
Testing for Settings
CorelDRAW - Adjusting for Kerf in your Design
A look at a production GF demo
Is there an idiot's guide?
First try at engraving a picture
First Week
Recipes/Settings Book
Rock engraving
Topographical 3D Engrave
Pro Arrived and I'm Not a happy camper
Manual? Non proof grade material questions
Mothers day gift that is going viral at work or, How I got hooked on engraving
Inkscape - combine vectors into engravable image
Adobe Illustrator - Setting Stroke and Fill Colors
My First 3D Print - and a few questions
What is a group of GF :glowforge: called?
French cleat wall storage
Preparing for Glowforge
A number of issues right off the rip
Importing images to print?
Grants from Glowforge to fund your creativity at Maker Faire
3D design - Software
File preparation
Class 4 laser training materials and glasses
Cutting Text - (Designing Word Art)
Adobe illustrator
What am I missing!?
Looking to learn in PA
Can't cut a tracing. Won't let me change from engrave
Playing with photos
Ai- image trace problem
Need a local GF buddy
Waiting on my Glowforge Pro
AutoCAD to scale
Unable to get fine cuts. Everything getting blown out
First night printing
Tips or tricks willing to pass on
How to cut out an etched design?
InkScape property settings for Glowforge
How do I import an image into Inkscape and cut around it
Tutorial done! Time to play ;)
How to cut
2(ish) Weeks with my Glowforge
I haven’t done a single “cut” yet
A cool summary page that I can no longer find
Resizing artwork WITHOUT keeping the dimensions
Working with svg in Inkscape
Artist, printmaker, needs help
Best format for photos on wood
How do I upload a file that will create a cut?
Cut and engrave on prepared (curved) image
Recommendation for where to start learning how to design
Stray lines engraving
Is Glowforge a con?
Stray lines engraving
First attempt at pass-thru...what went wrong? Aligning the image
Precise dimensions
Is there a free box building website
Software help, please!
Fills for engrave coming over solid
AI Help
Completely frustrated and discouraged
Help with vector svg logo vs. png
Unable to upload anything to the UI
What is the best software to make designs for my glowforge
Uploading pictures
Depressed and Disappointed
50 Things That Would Make the GlowForge Better
Copyright rules and regulations
Please define “kerf” and when to worry about it! For the Newbie
This is not as easy as it is made out to be
Apps for creating finger joints/snap pieces
Can someone please explain to me
CorelDraw 2019
Desperate for an answer!
Using other platforms for Glowforge
No Artwork message
I think they sent me a used one
Wild Things Light Box
Getting Unintended Results for 1st Print Intended Projects
Ribbon cable
Copy and paste a traceed image
Material thickness I need help
How to insert a file to cut
Glowforge is interpreting two SVGs with the same size box differently!
Just getting started
What file type for cutting?
Digital files
Engraving but not cutting through PG maple plywood
Creating cut and engrave files from scratch...HELP
Glowforge ignoring parts of design
Help with cutting out words
Simple phone holder with lots of design potential
What's your setup?
Upload won't work
Illustrator PDF wont give me separate layers in GFUI
School Photo Frame
Cut outline
Trace from uploaded image
Mechanical prints
How to set design to cut!
Getting started...Lines and Colors
How to add text to engraving
Quick Gifts - Phone Stands
Marvel Calendar won't print - 6 inches
Advanced Inkscape outline cutout for beginners
New to glowforge
I made my first thing
October 2022 Update
Cutting material thicker than .43 inches
I need Help!
Geneseo High School Class of 1981 Earrings
Starting to have alignment issues
Cutting my own design
What I wish I knew from the start.Ora manual for the app would have been nice
SVG Problems
Inkscape Tutorial
Way Over My Head
Inkscape curved lines
Set To Focus : Constant Frustrating Hassle
Keeps changing my thickness and I get and error
New to glowforge pro
Uncertifed material greyed out
Cut line and word help please
Help with FDNY logo
How do I save a file as SVG
Wood Project
Random Line When Engraving- Please help
Optimal dpi in PDF?
Material thickness problem
Set focus error
New to GF can't wait to get it
Where can I find a tutorial to design my own slotted standing Christmas tree file with illustrator
Will GF ever support DXF
15 min to prepare your print
How to cut a photo printed on art paper adhered to adhesive backing?
First week with my Glowforge
Common problems/questions
Engraving specific area of image only
Total forgechaos
Engrave Plate
Wrong autofocus calculation
Help engraving a Tray
Help Me! - Software Questions
Work Flow for Export?
White line while engraving
Receiving a measuring error on an item that is 1.8”
Is XQuartz software really necessary?
How to cut monograms
Frustrated! [Resolved]
Help engraving on wood
Help a newbie
Foreground and Background Distinction
Cut and engrave on same object
I created a file from scratch by drawings for board game
Stuck at Calculating precision movement
Inverting pattern
What after ruler
Pro e-mail received!
Laser University
It's alive
How to make a simple, singular, cut?
Trying to turn a friends sketch into a printable file
Ok im lost lol
I"m in need of a Glowforge workshop
Material size
Day 10 e-mail
New owner
Just got my Glowforge!
Online PDF box generator with symmetric notches –
Telephone support
Here there be Dragons
How to add text
AA Token
Which computer program do folks recommend?
Hanging on "Scanning your material"
File Size Changes when Uploaded
Super Glowforge survives battle with the Brown Menace! Kryptonian technology comes through for truth, justice, and the Maker Way!
Help with this
Newbie in startup have basic question: Photo -> Engrave?
Glowforge prep advice
Please Point me in the right direction
How to create cake topper templates
Cutting out
Where would I look for
GriffeyForge is up and running!
Video on how to create a pendant with a ring around a name using photoshop/Illustrator
LIBRARY of User Info made for GF laser world?
The first two weeks with my Glowforge
Manual Settings
Testing files before cutting
Interlocking puzzle design help
Renewed Optimism - Small Box
Adobe Illustrator - Don't check Responsive when exporting to SVG
Glue, laminate, epoxy
What is a group of GF :glowforge: called?
What am I missing?
My SVG exported from Illustrator isn't working. HELP!
Glowforgey World in the Winter
Suppliers of Bamboo or MDF?
So glad I got the passthrough
June 2022 Update
Creating Cut Line on Graphic Within Photoshop
Set Focus stopped working after several successful etches
Size issues
Porsche emblem
Art- Canvas cutting
Method for making press-fit parts?
AutoCAD to scale
Please help me understand
Stray lines in engrave
For the newest of Noobs
App.glowforge uploads do not stay the same size as it was designed
Basic Game Board Box With Drawers
Cut file
Introducing Snapmark (September 2018)
Inkscape design
This Year's Honey Contest Awards
Material Selection
Preview totally different
How to combine jpeg and text
Just ordered a pro
Need help preparing files for cutting
Help scanning and printing
The app will not allow me to move the vector graphics design
Getting started in design (newbie advice)
Glowforge on an iPad
Mystery Inkscape unwanted circle in cut file
Discussion of the September 2017 update (OLD)