INKSCAPE for Laser Engraving 101 | Vector Editing for Ezcad and Lightburn

Everything you need to know to get started with Inkscape for ANY laser.

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0:00 – Intro
1:14 – Document Setup
2:36 – SVG Export Settings
3:33 – Text Tool
6:00 – Path Effects – Prep
7:18 – Path Effects – Envelope Deformation
8:48 – Path Effects – Lattice Deformation
9:09 – Combine Text Elements
9:44 – Perspective/Envelope
10:50 – Finalizing Path Effects
12:15 – Basic Transformations
13:40 – Layer and Group Management
16:14 – Circle Text – Outer Text
18:43 – Circle Text – Hollow Circle
19:06 – Circle Text – Inner Text
22:09 – Circle Logo Customizations
23:38 – Basic Alignment
25:03 – Vector Inversion – Start
26:58 – Layer Cleanup and Boolean Prep
32:03 – Vector Inversion – Finish
35:03 – Naming Layers
35:36 – Boolean Operations Overview
37:28 – Boolean Demo
39:34 – Corner Adjustments
45:00 – Cut Aways
47:04 – Image Trace Simple – Overview
49:10 – Image Trace Advanced – Overview
49:47 – Image Trace Advanced – Upscaling
54:31 – Image Trace Advanced – Final Trace
56:54 – Document Cleanup
57:35 – Exporting for Lightburn
59:08 – Exporting for Ezcad
1:02:26 – Final Thoughts
1:03:26 – Outro – Supporting the Channel

If you can’t afford the expensive subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud then Inkscape is a great alternative for vector editing outside of your laser software. In this video we take you step by step through the basics of creating laser friendly artwork with this FREE alternative. It’s a powerful and feature packed piece of open source software and while it’s a bit less user friendly than some others we’ve looked at you certainly can’t beat the price!

WARNING: Laser engraving machines are inherently dangerous. The content on Laser Everything (this YouTube channel) is for demonstration and educational purposes only. Laser Everything LLC can not be held liable for any harm caused to any individual or personal property related to settings, activities, procedures, techniques, or practices described in whole or part on this YouTube channel. By watching this video in whole or in part, you agree that you alone are solely responsible for your own safety and property as it pertains to activities, procedures, techniques, or practices described on this YouTube channel.
REMEMBER: Do your own research before purchasing machines, materials or accessories. I always do extensive research before making my purchases always speak at length with the manufacturers before placing my order to be absolutely sure what I was getting could be imported, would work with my electrical setup and performed the tasks I wanted to perform.
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