I have an svg that I exported using Photoshop. I am pretty new to laser cutting and photoshop both so bear with me but I used Blending options to create an outline around my svg I purchased online (with a few custom tweaks so I can add hooks), then converted to a smart object , then selected that outline path and created a new path from it. At that point, I tried to print and found that the SVG exported still wouldn’t print and found this post:
I used “Copy SVG” to a new layer, hid the old layer so I had a fresh layer with only the outline in it. Then I was left with two layers total:
my svg engrave layer
my outline layer which only has that nice outline on it with a stroke
I used export again and uploaded. And glowforge still says engrave is the only option for the outline. I am not sure I can upload the asset - I only have a personal license but please let me know if I’m off base on that or I can upload the outline portion only. I’ve been working on this project for ages though so any help would be amazing.
Without looking at the file it would be hard to tell you what it needs, but you might be able to just create an Outline for cutting using the Outline feature in the Premium software trial. It does a really good job on creating cutlines.
Load the design into the interface…I’ll show a simple example below:
This design has a raster (Photoshop) image for the pink flower, and a vector cutline, the orange circles, just laid over the top. They are set up to engrave and cut respectively when you load them into the interface.
For a little more technical detail - Photoshop is primarily a raster program with a few limited vector capabilities. Sadly, exporting an SVG with vector data isn’t one of them. Vectors (shape layers, paths, etc) created in PS can only be exported to Illustrator .ai format. If you have Ilustrator as well I can walk you through that.
Thanks! Adding an outline around it in the premium trial definitely works in this case but I was hoping to learn a bit more about my software options in the process on this project - I would definitely appreciate any pointers to doing this in CAD or Illustrator if there’s a canonical post I can follow. I can get Illustrator. Or if it’s easier to create the file in Photoshop and open and save in Inkscape?
Thank you! That’s precisely what I wanted! FWIW - I want a pretty detailed path and I wanted the option for an interior path that can be more painful with a the outline tool. Illustrator + Photoshop will give me that choice with a bit more pain when needed.