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Using CorelDraw to Laser Cut and Engrave an Image

Posted By Adrian

In this post we will be exploring ways in which to generate a file ready to be cut and engraved on a Trotec laser machine. In this example we will be using a stock image of a Robin.

Stock Image of Robin
Stock Image of Robin

First import or open a file you would like to work with. To import the file, navigate to “File” then select “Import” and follow the prompts to import your image into the blank CorelDraw document.

Alternatively you can click Ctrl + I to open the import dialogue box.

Select Image
Select Image

Make sure your image is selected. Once selected, a new toolbar will appear.

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Anodized Aluminium Engraving

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Laser Engraving Anodized Aluminium – The right way

Posted By Adrian

Anodized Aluminium is a very versatile material, it has high contrast when laser engraved, moderate wear resistance and is highly resistant to corrosion. This makes it a very good candidate for making signs, plaques or machine tags. Because of its high contrast once engraved, it is also perfect for barcoding and QR applications.

From experience, I’ve found that many people are unable to get the very best contrast out of this great material. Today I made a small 90x60mm interior grade plaque for my blog.

I started out using the ever trusty CorelDraw X7 software package, to create the vector graphic I wanted to engrave. I use a vector format because it can be scaled without the fear of resolution issues. For more information on vector graphics Click Here.

You can see the vector image that I created using CorelDraw X7 below.

Corel Vector Image
Corel Vector Image

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Laser Engraved Bamboo

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Laser Engraving Pictures from the Internet

Posted By Adrian

Editing pictures that you download off the internet is in general annoying and time consuming, let alone getting it to an acceptable level for engraving it with a laser.

Well that was my goal today.

The JobControl X software that comes with the purchase of a Trotec laser, has amazing capabilities and is extremely advanced in comparison to the other software packages offered by other brands. I would know, I have used almost all of them!

Today I set out to explore the process, of going from downloaded image to a final product, engraved on Stainless Steel.

When I’m looking for an image to engrave, I use a few fundamental concepts in order to mentally filter through images, to see what would engrave well with a laser. They are:

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