Line thickness question


#1

New to lasers and new to illustrator. I’ve been using photoshop for years, but never had a need for illustrator, until now. I just received my Glowforge yesterday and I love it already. I only did 3 parts, but it will be a great addition to my maker cave.

Question:
How do I make lines different thicknesses when I import my svg into the Glowforge. Everything looks good in illustrator, but when I put it in the Glowforge app, the lines are all thin lines and when I change the line I want to be engraved, it engraves a whole circle.

The red line is a cut, the blue line should be engraved that wide, and the green line is a score.

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#2

If you want to engrave that blue line and have it show up at the thickness you’re seeing in Illustrator, select it then object > path > outline stroke.

Applying a width to a stroke doesn’t actually change the vector path in Illustrator, which is why the GFUI sees it as a thin line. Outlining the stroke converts it to a vector object that the GFUI can recognize.


#3

That was perfect. Thank you very much for the assistance.


#4

You’re welcome!


#5

Outline Stroke, Expand Appearance, and the various Pathfinder operations will be your best friends.


#6

As always there is more than one way to skin Bézier curve in Illusrator. You can also use Object -> Expand.

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Selecting just stroke will give you the outline of the black circle.

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Selecting fill will give you the white disk from the inside. So if you select both you will get two objects.


#7

I just learned about Shape Builder yesterday – it’s now on my Illustrator > GF short list too.