This is one of my favorite tricks in AD, so I thought I would share it.
Glowforge can’t handle clipping paths yet, which sometimes makes it tedious if you only want to use part of a raster image in your design. But if you have AD, it’s actually pretty easy! Here’s a sample before and after:
Here’s how I do it: (click triangles to expand steps)
1. Drag your raster image into your workspace.
I’m using a PNG file that I want to cut out for a t-shirt design for my granddaughter. (Not actually a Glowforge project, but it works the same!)
Now you have a piece of artwork you can use for engraving in your Glowforge designs!
Note that your design can have curves, too – just grab the lines and pull them to curve where you want them to, and/or change the node types and use the “handles” to adjust.