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:
Your vector files should be saved in either formats below and emailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, 2 weeks in advance before your deadline:
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.