Adobe Illustrator

The Alternative to CorelDraw: Illustrator settings for laser engraving

Josh Stephens is the owner of Lasers Plus. Formerly, he was the lead applications expert for Trotec Laser. He has been in the industry for over seven years.

We have had people ask, “Do I really need to work in CorelDraw? I’d much rather edit my designs in another program such as Adobe Illustrator.” The answer? No problem. Use this guide to determine the following settings right at the beginning to make sure your laser system can interpret graphics information correctly.

RGB color space: To change the color profile, select File --> Document Color Mode --> RGB. (Image 1)

Define cutting line: Change the cutting line to a finer, red stroke. (Image 2)

Print dialog: Just like CorelDraw, Illustrator also communicates with the laser via the printing dialog. Click Print. In the Output section, make sure that RGB has been selected as the color space. Click Setup for the classic print dialog. (Image 3)

Select machine and laser parameters: Now select the name of your machine and in Preferences or Settings, adjust the laser settings. When you are finished, click Print. (Image 4)

—Josh Stephens, Trotec Laser