Using CorelDraw to Laser Cut and Engrave an Image

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Using CorelDraw to Laser Cut and Engrave an Image

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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.

New Toolbar
New Toolbar

Click the “Trace Bitmap” button

High Quality Image
High Quality Image

Move your mouse over “Outline Trace”, a new drop down menu will show up. Click on “High Quality Image”.

Vectorize Image
Vectorize Image

You will now be greeted with this new window. Adjust the sliders until you are happy with the outline of the image.

NOTE: The colour detail of the image is not important right now, we are only trying to achieve a detailed outline of the image.

Also make sure “Delete Original Image” checkbox is left unchecked. We will need the original image later. All other checkboxes can be checked.

Vectored Image
Vectored Image

When you click “Ok” the image will now be in vector format. We still have the original image behind the new vector image, on another layer.

Move Vector Image
Move Vector Image

Left hand click on the image and drag it to the right of the original image. Drop it off to the right so we can keep working on it.

Ungroup Image
Ungroup Image

With the new vectorized image selected, click the “Ungroup All Objects” button, to ungroup all the individual pieces.

Create Boundary
Create Boundary

A new toolbar will now be available. Click the “Create Boundry” button to create an outline of the vectorized image.

Create Outline
Create Outline

You can now once again, left click the image and move it to the right of the original image.

Change Line Width
Change Line Width

We now have an outline of the image. To make this outline ready to cut on your Trotec laser, you must first change the line width. You do this by clicking on the outline, then click on the line width dropdown box and select “Hairline”.

Change Line Colour
Change Line Colour

Lastly you will need to change the outline colour to RGB red. This is done by right hand clicking the RGB red options in the colour palette to the right of the screen (The outline must be selected first). This can also be accomplished by editing the outline pen options.

Change Image to Grayscale
Change Image to Grayscale

With the original image selected (the image we first imported), click the “Bitmap” menu item and navigate down to “Mode”. When the next dropdown menu appears, click on “Grayscale 8 bit”.

Grayscale version
Grayscale version

Your image will now be converted to an 8 bit grayscale image, ready to be engraved!

Grayscale and Outline
Grayscale and Outline

We can now delete the vectorized image, as we will not be needing that any more.

Powerclip Image
Powerclip Image

With our original grayscale image selected, we can now click the menu item “Object” then navigate down to “Powerclip”. Once the new dropdown menu appears, click “Place Inside Frame”.

Place Inside Frame
Place Inside Frame

Once you have selected the option “Place Inside Frame”, you will have a different cursor. Move the cursor into the middle of the outline and left click to place the image.

NOTE: This will not always work. If your original image has a background, you may have to manually position the outline on top of the image.

Final Product
Final Product

You should now have an image with a red outline. This is now ready to engrave and cut. The trotec laser will first engrave the grayscale image into your material, followed by cutting along the red outline. You should now be left with a cut out, laser engraved image.

If this tutorial helped you, or you would like to see more of these types of tutorials, please share with your friends! There are more tutorials to come!

Catch ya next time!

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7 thoughts on “Using CorelDraw to Laser Cut and Engrave an Image

  1. Is the red outline only needed if you want to cut out the shape? For example if i am looking to simply engrave an image or logo do I simply need to create an 8-bit gray scale image and be good to engrave? Thanks!

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