How to make an engraving that excludes the letters?

I am lost! I am trying to make an engraving that includes text. But the text area is not engraved, only the background. I am using Illustrator. Any suggestions would be appreciated! I tried clipping masks and that did not work.

The Glowforge software won’t support clipping masks directly. Text would have to be converted to vectors.

Alternatively, consider just rasterizing the whole image if it is an engrave.


I agree , or use the trace feature in the GF app

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Brilliant! That is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!!!

Here are my results. School staff name tags.


Those tags turned out great!

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Thank you! We are definitely having fun with this machine!

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