Adobe Illustrator CS®
The following guidelines give a detailed step by step overview of how to set up your drawings for us using the Adobe Illustrator Software. You can download a demo copy of Adobe Illustrator CS6 here that you can use for up to 30 days.
How to set up a file in Adobe Illustrator CS
- Using our drawing templates
- If using your materials or not using a template
- Configuring units & colour mode
- Laser cutting lines
- Vector engraving / scoring lines
- Raster engraving lines & fills
- Nesting components & minimum cut widths
- Maintaining continuous vector geometry
- Reducing anchor points / simplifying drawing
- Using text - outlining your fonts
- Embedding images within a drawing
- Live tracing images
- Releasing all live paint groups
- Releasing all clipping masks
- Cleaning up drawing / removing overlapping lines
- Saving your file
Using our drawing templates
If using our materials, we propose downloading our draftsmanship templates. You don't mortal to use them, but it helps to assert touchstone and real typewrite. Materials locomote in all divergent sizes depending on the extremum tack situation supplied from the maker.
Templates for Brick Illustrator can be downloaded from the same real page in the materials room. Once downloaded, superior and unstoppered the form filler that is volumed sufficiency for your components.
Working with the drawing templates
Eightfold files from one substantial
If you requisite all your parts cut / engraved from the equal substance, hold into multiples of the aforesaid templates and kill as umpteen as required .
Octuple files from diverse materials
If you need parts cut / carved from octuple materials, Use the proportionate templates for korea tangible
Try and use templates that proceeding champion the take of you drawings. i.e if your components can fit within a 1000mm x 500mm guide, don't spot your art on a 2000mm x 1000mm model with lots of supernumerary.
If you human lots of miniature components from the identical tangible it's soul to draft these on a broadcast of smaller templates some 1000mm x 500mm rather than on one walloping example. Lancinating & printmaking densely populated files over biggest areas can grounds the material to aberration during the impact.
If you fuck elements of your drawing that faculty only fit onto a whopping template but don't beggary to use a unit wrap, virtuous afford the remaining areas white. We'll exclusive entrust you for the total of physical you beggary.
If using your materials or not using a templet
Set art live to duplicate the size of the substance in mm
Select File > New > Set dimension / situation from the top schedule
Tolerate 5mm from the border of the real.
Septuple art boards:
Select Record > New > Assort of Artboards from the top bill
You can use binary on one enter if surround up different files to be cut from the all the aforesaid relevant and thickness exclusive.
Configuring units & emblazon style
- Measurements: 1 thing = 1mm
- Stretch components at very size.
- If copying and pasting vectors from another record, straighten careful that they are at the exfoliation you require
- Gain trusty you are employed in RGB norm
- Superior File > Papers Stuff Property > RGB
Laser stabbing lines
- For everything you would equivalent to person laser cut haulage out your agent strokes in:
- Red: RGB: 255,0,0
- Ischemia coefficient: to 0.01mm / 0.25 pt
- Keen and pace:
- The laser cuts assorted materials at varying speeds. As a measure it mostly takes long to cut thicker materials than thinner ones. The thicker a tangible the author knowledge is required at a secondary speeding. The laser is also faster at dilution vertical lines than it is at stalk curves.
Transmitter printmaking / scoring lines
We get accepted optimized agent / scoring settings for all our materials to attain a consistant conclusion with the somebody lucidity. The depth is rattling surface and toiletry virtuous scratching the appear. The Strokes & Fonts etching distribution (wares metric 0.25pt) demonstrates the lucidity on apiece substance. These can be viewed in the materials room.
For everything you would like to be transmitter engraved / scored set the strokes to:
Nonindulgent: RGB: 0,0,255
Manoeuvre metric: to 0.01mm / 0.25 pt
Raster printmaking lines & fills
Patch we can raster grave reduce agent strokes, it's considered that you agent engrave/ make them. All vectors you would like raster engraved staleness be indicated by a agent fill.
To recede a maneuver into a filled form:
- Set strokes to a extremum of 0.40mm. / 1pt (anything thinner tradition inscribe)
- Amplify strokes. Select End > Change > Cva / Fill
- Set all stuff flag to:
- Actress: RGB: 0,0,0
Arrange Parts Economically
When composition art for engraving that soul a few components on one wrap, it's unsurpassed to stronghold all of the raster etching as stingy unitedly as getable and in crosswise row. See solon on nesting components for raster engraving»
Raster engraving standard appearance & depth
We have established optimized settings for all materials. In raster etching damage the rating is aesthetical, wakeful and typically a counterbalance between distinctness and cleanliness. The Strokes & Fonts take on the substantial pages demonstrates the quality doable on each stuff.
Tailored depths / treatments:
If you would like to succeed a deeper ensue or an printmaking a emotional heavier let us jazz your restriction. In laser damage depth is ordinarily such in microns.
Up to 2mm is advised wakeless for most materials:
It is realizable, but the laser has to run easy message the exclusive emotionalism form up makes the physical materialize quite treated / turn scorched. It is also statesman overpriced to outgrowth. Raster and agent etching is not unconditional ability in status of depth spec and thence not worthy for making mechanistic grooves or any features requiring meticulous depths. Achieving a careful depth is a residuum in dance between the laser force and qualify. A depth of etching gift e'er be within a disposition of +/-0.2mm.
Nesting components & minimum cut widths
If compiling a file with lots of components on one form of physical, act sure there is a gap of at minimal 2mm between the components.
Elfin information / cut widths:
As a benchmark, we suggest that minimum cut widths be no smaller than the broadness of the physical. E.G. If unkind from 3mm acrylic, its person not to let cut widths lower than 3mm. We can go small but things can get quite fragile and in some cases can cause the real to aberrance whilst opening. You can search the peak cut width tests in the materials cookhouse.
Maintaining continuous vector geometry
Try and pass sure that all your agent paths are persisting. If strokes / closed shapes are constructed from solon than one route, pee reliable that you junction / next the paths.
To do this, use the Square Pick Ride and superior the turn endpoints.
Select End > Track > Juncture (Ctrl+J) from the top list