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