I’m new to all of this and am trying to learn as much as I can before my GF arrives in a few weeks. I keep seeing the term “sublimate” or “sublimation” and, well, I have no idea what that means in relation to laser engraving/cutting. I’ve googled the definition but I’m not sure if that is something that I need to know when it comes to engraving, for example, cell phone cases. Example: 5265104130 Sublimation phone cases sublimation phone cases | Etsy
If anyone can explain it and also let me know if it’s something I need to concern myself about, I would appreciate it.
Unless you are very familiar with other software, now is a great time to become familiar with Inkscape and Gimp! Gimp modifies raster files, and Inkscape does best at vectors and preparing the files for the Glowforge. You do not need a working Glowforge to learn any of it.
I started by just working through all the commands, to see what they did, without a finished piece in mind so when I did need to do something I knew of the command to do it
The reverse is the question. Can you sublimate on something you laser engrave? That is a key question for me. It is not just the print but the need for heat and pressure to move the color to the material. Hard to do that if it is not flat for starters.
The reason I asked the way I did, is I see a product I would like to engrave, but I can only find versions of it that are made for sublimation. So, if I purchased that item, I would be engraving directly on to it, skipping the sublimation.