I’ve been searching for a good design platform that would work well with the Chromebooks we have at our school. I’ve tested and evaluated a handful of programs, but none really compare to programs like Inkscape, Illustrator, or CorelDraw. The closet contenders have been vectr.com and gravit.io, but for a variety of reasons, neither of these platforms have been ideal for precise cutting and layout.
Recently, I decided to try using Google Drawings with my students, and I’m really happy with the entire tool-chain. I created a drawing template that has guides set for the minimum margins for any given vector or bitmap artwork. I think that Google Drawings will adequately fill at least 95% of the things that we need in our class.
Here are some general guidelines I created:
Design Tips / Notes
- Page Layout:
- Set Page Size to 20" x 11" – This is roughly the limits of the cutting & engraving area of the Glowforge.
- Artwork limitations:
Cutting - 0.01" left horizontal margin,0.01" top vertical margin
- 0.70" left horizontal margin, 0.01" top vertical margin – vector engrave
- 0.71" left horizontal margin, 0.01" top vertical margin – bitmap engrave (slightly different - not sure why?)
Maximum Artwork sizes
- Cutting / scoring: 19.48" x 10.98" (allowance for 0.01" margin)
- Engraving: 18.03" x 10.98"
Overlapping objects are joined / grouped together
Cutting, scoring, and engraving can be differentiated by line AND fill combination.