File will only engrave, not cut?

I’m very new to my Glowforge Pro, and uploading PDFs & SVGs, but some of them will only allow me to Engrave and not cut. I’m sure I’m doing something “newbie stupid”, but could anyone please help??? Thanks!! :slight_smile:

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PDF and SVG file types are “container” files, they can contain both vector and raster (pixel based) image types.

But raster images can only be engraved, there is no vector path associated with it to tell the machine how to move for a Cut or Score. For that you need to add a vector path.

So if all you get is an Engrave option…it’s likely a raster based image. :slightly_smiling_face:

There’s a little Design Basics tutorial here that explains what’s going on:


Thank you, Jules; I obviously have a lot to learn!! :upside_down_face:


Just a bit, but the learning is fun! Enjoy your new toy! :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

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Welcome to the Glowforge community @dnrss524! Thanks for the answer @Jules, that’s right. I’m going to close this thread - if the problem reoccurs, go ahead and post a new topic. Happy printing!