Custom Inkscape, Illustrator, CorelDraw and Affinity Designer Color Palettes for ordering operations in GFUI

I just wanted to bump this thread up to the top now that people are taking their deliveries.

This is good info for streamlining artwork into the GFUI and didn’t want it being forgotten!


Thank you. I was getting ready to go looking for this again


Yes, this is a very helpful and important concept for everyone. It works on engraving, cutting and scoring. So each object in your design with a different color gets imported into the GFUI as its own separate operation. So a red filled square and a blue filled square will be different operations that you set for different engraving settings. A red outlined square and a blue outlined square with appear as different operations for cutting. I’ve noted that some folks are still grappling with this concept.


I made an updated Affinity Designer color palette that doesn’t require you to dive into the application package contents and doesn’t require administrative privileges. I also assume this would work on (1.0 KB)

See the image below for where in import the Glowforge.afpalette file. The button is a little small, but you want the small menu button to the right of the brushes tab.

Also, if you import it as a System Palette, it works across your Mac in other applications as well.


Nice and thank you!

I have got to get back to playing with Affinity Designer and do your palette import.

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That’s going to be great for the AD users to have, thanks for sharing it! :grinning:

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this has saved such a head ache


Thanks for figuring this out! I had bookmarked this awhile ago and just found the need to add it to my Inkscape on Windows 10. For anyone else using Windows, I couldn’t save directly into the directory, but could move it in after I had made the file. I found my paletes folder here: This PC > Local Disk(C:) > Program Files > Inkscape > share > palettes OR C:\Program Files\Inkscape\share\palettes if you don’t want to click through;p


I was laboriously making up an AF Palette when I came across yours. Thanks!

I noticed that you fixed the error in the original post and echoed in the earlier CSV Affinity Designer palette, for Orange (12). Should be #ff6400 and not #64ff00. I haven’t checked the other contributed versions, but you will want to make sure that the second to last color actually looks orange.


Thanks for pointing that out. It’s been sitting there long enough. The RGB was good but the hex not.

I’ll fix it now.

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So I just started up the Glowforge last night and I noticed something I’d like to change. In cutting out the plaque, it cut the perimeter, and then the little triangles. But they are all grouped into one “Cut” feature. What determines that order? And is there a way to fix that? Or is that just how things are when you get them from the catalog?

The line color defines the order. So in from-scratch designs it’s a general practice to cut from inside out & use different colors so you can do that in case something moves (air assist pushes it, slight warp causes a drop, etc). GF has said they don’t see any real difference in cutting order so their designs have single colored line cuts. The actual processing path/order within a color is determined by the cloud software and is a proprietary algorithm it seems.

To fix it, you’d need to replicate the design in your design software - either trace or draw. Then you’d have full control.


Dang! I was hoping to have one cutting feature control multiple different color lines but then have the color mean the order in which they are cut automatically! But instead, it looks like from earlier in this post, color only means the order things are loaded in the software.


Color determines the default order in the glowforge app, and the order in the glowforge app is the production order. So you can control the order by using color in your design program, and when you load into the glowforge app, that order will be recognized.

However the glowforge app is also flexible, it gives the option of manually re-ordering things if needed.


You can also move each different color in relation to one another within a single design (or move multiple colors at one time).

This is quite handy for those rare times when you decide you do not like how something looks and have enough scrap to play around with some alternative arrangements. Or when doing batch work on scrap material (design in simple grid, bump and shift around holes)

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Thank you VERY much for this quick workaround. I was trying to add the one that @mpipes provided but could not seem to find the right paths to the folders. This one worked great, and I will appreciate using it.


@marmak3261 Thank you so much for working through this for Inkscape.

Finally took care of adding it to pallettes this morning, and bringing it up within Inkscape.

Time for someone to get serious here, and prepare projects for the arrival of our Glowforge.


When I loaded that swatches file into Illustrator CS6, I only got 13 of the 26 colors. Any thoughts ? I am currently in the process of placing a screen cap of the swatch pallette that @markmak3261 posted and recreating and adding the colors that are missing.

On a side note do we know how many steps that the GF App can handle before it chokes and errors out?

This is what I’m trying to program. The circular engraving test alone will use 20 different steps.

As I understand it since we cannot save settings, that it would be more effective to create high res raster PDF instead of an SVG (with grayscale to test engraving darkness). Because I want to cut a test swatch across all my supplies, as well as use it as a quality control reference for cut quality assessment. (I don’t want to waste my life setting each operation manually every time I want to run a calibration / QC check).


Laser cutting materiale template by Noloxs,


Well that wasn’t wasted since I found out some info that the devs @ GlowForge couldn’t be bothered with to share. That’s 5 hours of my life I want back. @marmak3261 was onto something with the black first and white last and I took it from there. (67.6 KB)

That goes here:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS6 (64 Bit)\Presets\en_US

In a nutshell the Red of RGB is given priority in process sort ordering. Green is given secondary, and blue tertiary (third).

This took far too long. Sequencing a test file and uploading it only to see that it was off and resorting and checking the swatch.

I’ve included a 26 color swatch that is properly ordered which should be of great use to those with large projects to sequence AFTER GF lets us finally save parameters (till then it’s a huge waste of time… better off using hi-res grayscale PDF)

I’ve also attached the SVG I made to get it sorted out.

01 000000 0 0 0
02 0a8040 10 128 64
03 3952a4 57 82 164
04 46a4db 70 164 219
05 5a52a3 90 82 163
06 642b10 100 43 16
07 69bd45 105 189 69
08 6d64ac 109 100 172
09 6fccdd 111 204 221
10 806040 128 96 64
11 808080 128 128 128
12 8ac4eb 138 196 235
13 b79ac8 183 154 200
14 b9529e 185 82 158
15 bec031 190 192 49
16 c0bfbf 192 191 191
17 cada2a 202 218 42
18 d2edf3 210 237 243
19 dda5cb 221 165 203
20 ed2024 237 32 36
21 eecde2 238 205 226
22 f47f1f 244 127 31
23 f6eb13 246 235 19
24 fbf6b6 251 246 182
25 fddfcc 253 223 204
26 fecf10 254 207 16

Nice job. @marmak3261’s swatch is good for general use with a dozen colors but for calibration tools (cutting & engraving) settings you really do need more colors or you spend a bunch of time in the GFUI moving things around, copying/pasting and resetting parameters. That’s why I didn’t re-do the templates I uploaded back in the spring even after the new pews & zooms change came out. Figured I’d wait until I got the Pro to do all that again since the PRU is not a good baseline for anyone (me included) going forward.

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