Here’s a project I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but didn’t have it ready so I spent quite a bit of design time on it. I happen to own a Rubicoil spiral binding system (basically, the heavy duty punch that punches the closely spaced holes for a spiral coil). I wanted to make wooden covers for a blank journal.
You would not believe how many iterations I went through in Illustrator before I got the holes of the right size and spaced correctly. I used the blend tool in Illustrator between two equal sized circles to generate the circles in between but kept getting the count and spacing wrong. The final result is still not absolutely perfect if you superimpose it on a punched sheet but it worked well enough with the plastic spirals.
I got the graphic from Print Shop 3 (consumer level graphics program); it was in color so I converted it to grayscale and changed some of the layering of colors to give it more contrast. It’s not a very high contrast image because I wanted it to be more in the background. But you will notice some of the leaves are darker than others and that reflects the levels of gray in the original image. I chose the medium engrave setting for this image.
The text was created in Illustrator using the Anna Clara font (licensed from MyFonts.com). I converted it to outlines, filled with no stroke, and exported. Engraved with dark settings.
I have had and used many versions of it over the years, but somehow in the last 10 years have moved off to doing other things. I’m glad they are still around. I probably still have some old Print Shop CDs laying around somewhere
I wonder if this would have been a good application for trace on the Glowforge? Could a punched piece of white paper be placed on a black piece of paper and the holes be traced? If it didn’t get resized, the alignment should have stayed good. Then just add engraves and hit print.
It’s easier if you color match the stroke color of the asset. i.e. red for cut, blue for engrave etc… (color does not matter they just need to be different.) Then they get grouped as one op. This same technique can be used to engrave and cut the same vector.