A Glowforge-related question has been rolling around in my mind like a big load of laundry that never stops. I can’t answer it myself, so I present it to you: If I start from scratch, meaning I have a basic understanding of how to use a computer or a mobile device and an appreciation of art, design and engineering, but no experience of how to create or work with graphics or design, what steps can I take to prepare myself to get the most out of my Glowforge? What can I study or put into practice to maximize the Glowforge’s capabilities straight out of the box? What can I do to learn about vectors and rasters and using software without taking a college course? What resources will help prepare me, and which ones should I work on first? Also, what software should I begin to familiarize myself with?
I want to confidently add things of beauty, quirkiness, awe and fun to my little corner of the world, without always relying on the brilliance of others through the catalog. My goal was always that the Glowforge would earn its keep somehow, and that seems to depend a lot on me. I really want to learn how to use the Glowforge well, and I want to maximize the time I have before my Glowforge comes strolling in (Work on that strolling function, Dan!). What skills do I need to get to work on, and how? What tools are out there that I can plug into for help?
I love the inspiration I find in the forums, and I can’t wait to hear your suggestions!