Q. Where can I get or create a file for laser cutting or engraving?


There are two ways to create a file for laser cutting or engraving. The file you need to create for laser cutting or engraving is called a "vector" file. You can either create it from scratch or download from a website and edit it.

Creating an vector file from scratch

We recommend you use the following software to create your vector file:

Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphic design program provided by the school as part of Adobe Creative Suite. You can access this software using selected computers installed with Adobe Creative Suite in the Study Zone. 

Download and edit a file from a website

There are websites which offers either a free or paid license for their vector files. If you do not have the budget to pay for vector files, we recommend that you download those with a free license. Here are some websites you can go to:

  1. Freepik.com
  2. Flaticon.com
  3. Vecteezy.com

File Formats

Your vector files should be saved in either formats below and emailed to us at collaborativezone@tts.edu.sg, 2 weeks in advance before your deadline:

  1. *.ai 
  2. *.eps

Tips on Images

It is important to keep in mind the result and effect you want to achieve when selecting images for engraving or laser cutting.

Engraving - For example, when engraving on wood, photographs that feature a wide variety of shading that goes from light to dark, give the best effect. It is also recommended to get an image that has little or no background. On the other hand, if you plan to engrave on paper for a greeting card, then images of objects, patterns and words would be what you need.

Laser Cutting - Images should be as clean and simple as possible. You will also need to have a good idea what parts of the image you want to keep. 

  • Last Updated Jan 03, 2019
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  • Answered By Hui Ching Ng

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