Coreldraw is an amazing drafting tool, and it can be utilized to laser engrave with the proper set up.
There is a bit of a learning curve, but with patience and attention to detail, you will no longer be wondering how to set up laser engraving with Coreldraw and instead be working diligently on your next project.
Here are the 16 steps to set up laser engraver with Coreldraw:
- To start, import and open the image file you will be working with. Use the file tab, and navigate to ‘import.’ Follow the prompts to place your picture in a blank Coreldraw doc.
- Select the image, and a toolbar will appear. Now, click ‘Trace Bitmap.”
- Mouse over “Outline Trace” and a brand-new toolbar will appear. Now, click on “High Quality Image.”
- A new window will pop up allowing you to adjust the Coreldraw sliders to your taste. As a note, ensure the “Delete Original Image” box is left un-checked. You will be needing that.
- Click “OK,” and the image will be created in a vector format. It is layered, with the original behind it.
- Now, left click the image in order to drag it to the right. Drop it there so you can continue working with it.
- Select the new image, the vectored one, and select “Ungroup All Objects.” This ungroups all of the individualized elements.
- A new toolbox will pop up. Select “Create Boundary” to create an outline of the vectored image.
- Left click the image and move it to the right to be able to work on it.
- You now have a working outline to use with your laser cutter. But first, the lines must be adjusted and fine-tuned. Click on the image then access the drop-down line width toolbox and select ‘Hairline.”
- In order for the laser to work effectively, the color of the line must also be adjusted. Right click on the RGB red options in the palette to the right of the screen.
- Select the original image then click the “Bitmap” menu in order to access the “Mode” selection. When the menu drops down, select “Grayscale 8 bit.”
- With this done, the image has been converted to an 8-bit gray scale and is prepared for engraving.
- Delete the vectored image in order to stay organized and select “Object” from the menu and scroll down to “Powerclip.” A new menu will appear so you can select “Place Inside Frame.”
- A new cursor will appear at this time. Move it to the center of the image and click the left mouse button to place the image where you wish it to be.
- Once it is in place, activate your laser printing sequence.
Congratulations! Now you know how to set up laser engraving with Coreldraw.[jetpack-related-posts]