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Laser Cutting File Setup: Adobe Illustrator

Color Mode: When creating a new document to work in, set the color mode to RGB.
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Art Boards: Create an artboard for each sheet of material, in the size of the material. For example, if you are planning on using two 18”x32” sheets, create two artboards that are 18”x32” and then lay out your file.

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Designing a File:

Cut Lines: Set stroke weight to .001”
Set stroke color to RGB Red (255,0,0)
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Score Lines: Set stroke weight to .001”
Set Stroke Color to RBG Blue (0,255,0)
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Engraved Area: Set Fill area to RGB Black (0,0,0)
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Illustrator Punchlist:

  1. Convert editable Text to Vector

    -Select Text
    -Type>Create Outlines

  2. Release Clipping Masks

    -Object> Clipping Mask> Release Clipping Mask

  3. Ungroup

    -Edit>Ungroup

  4. Release Compound Paths

    -Object> Compound Path> Release

  5. File Export:

    Save As .ai le.

Using Our Templates

If you would like, use our templates (Coming soon)! Download the template file and drop your designs in and then send to us. There is a helpful checklist on the template that is specific to Adobe Illustrator, to make sure everything is set up correctly so we can give you the speediest service possible.

18″x32″ Sheet Illustrator Template 12″x24″ Sheet Illustrator Template
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