First off, I would be totally happy if someone says “do a search on X” for this but I don’t know what the “X” is that will get me what I’m looking for, so instead I’ll describe my problem and maybe someone can point me to the right thing.
I am making a bunch of little “tokens” for my son’s 100th day of school. Essentially he made a pencil drawing of his school’s logo and I’m cutting out 100 1" circles with his drawing engraved. This is already happening and it’s almost done (been going for 3+ hours so far). Here’s where the question comes in.
I first tried in Illustrator to make a 10x10 grid of these (1" circle with the graphic inside embedded). This resulted in a very very long save time and a file that was nearly 50MB. The glowforge app was not happy with me. Next I tried the same, but I grouped all the circles and I tried to group and rasterize all the image parts thinking/hoping I would get one big image that it could do by sweeping all the way across and all the way down and then going back and doing all the cuts. This got me to ~45MB and it loaded in glowforge but it said “my design has a bunch of colors and would take up my whole weekend” or something like that. So I sent back again. I tried another number of ways but nothing seemed like it was going to be happy so what I ended up doing was saving a version with just one of the tokens and then using copy/paste and the power of doubling, created a 10x10 grid of the tokens in the interface. This resulted in a time of 3 hours 35 minutes or so, but each individual graphic is getting individual attention one at a time so there’s probably 50% or more “wasted” effort on the sides of each image as the head tries to slow and go back, instead of only doing that stuff at the edges.
Is there a way that I could or should build this sort of file out in the future so that it will a) load in the interface b) minimize engraving time and c) work real good.
Any help or suggestions or “search for X” where is X is the specific name of whatever I’m trying to do would be much appreciated.