Accepted File Types for
We use Adobe
and Adobe InDesign CS4
version to draw and
laser cut. We can also use a variety of other programs as long as
you can export or save your file in a vector format. If you are
using a different program we might still be able to use your file if
it is saved in PDF format.
Issues to consider
- Cut Lines - Draw thin, black lines where you want the laser
to cut; the laser beam will cut through the center of your
lines. In Illustrator or InDesign the lines also
known as "Stroke" should be set to 0.001" but if you are using
a different program please make sure the lines are as thin as
- Layout - The largest layout area is 23.50" x 17.50". Please
keep in mind that we need at least 1/8" space all around the
paper as our machine cannot cut any design all the way to the
- Send only one file per design - The file should include one
copy of the design with indications of how many of each you
need, and the paper from which they should be cut(if using
multiple stocks). This information can either be text in the
file, or explained in your email.
- Multiple Files - If you must send more than one file for a
single design, you may submit them together. Please clearly
explain what you would like us to do with each file in your
- Choose a unique name for your file - Something like
"melissa_place_card.ai" is much better than "laser_cut.ai"
since it would make it easier for us to track your
- Line Sharing - When setting up a layout that includes line
sharing (two parts right next to each other so that they share
a single cut line), please be sure to delete any redundant
copies of the lines. If you have lines stacked on top of each
other, though you might not be able to see them in your file,
the laser cutter will see the paths apart and end up cutting
twice along the same line, degrading the final design and
possibly causing damage and paper burn.
- Sharp Corners - If you have any sharp or rough corners, you
might consider rounding them so your parts will be less likely
to crack around the corners. We can certainly cut your parts
with sharp corners if you prefer.
- Text as part of your design - Text should be converted from
a font to line art often called "Outlined" in Illustrator or
Indesign, otherwise if we do not have the font you are using,
our programs will substitute your font with a different one.
If you do not know how to convert the text to vector, please
include the font when submitting your file.
The edges of paper will get charred from the laser. The degree of
charring depends on the thickness of the paper as well as its color.
The burnt edges are usually more visible to the eye especially if
you are using a lighter color stock. Also the back side might show
more charring or some scorching (the laser bounces off the metal
grill on which the material sits and hits back of the paper, leaving
scorch marks) although we always mask the stock to decrease the
charring and scorching on the paper surface but the edges will still
Setting up a sketch or mock-up
If you would like us to create your design on the computer, you will
need to prepare a mock-up file of your desired design or a file with
a written description of the design you need. The file can be any
file type that we can read, such as a text file with written
description, a scan of a hand sketch (JPG, GIF, BMP, PDF), a mock-up
in Word, Paint, Excel, etc.
To request a quote that includes file creation, please submit your
file via email and mention that you need us to design it for you.
For file creation costs see our Proof & Pricing
section. Written descriptions should include all sizes, quantities,
weight, and color of the stock; for example: "10 circle card to be
cut to 8" in diameter on a letter size 120 lb Metallic Bronze". If
you are drawing a sketch by hand, please scan your drawing and send
the resulting JPG, GIF, BMP, PDF file.
Mock-ups and scans should include all relevant dimensions. Please
try as much as possible to make your drawings close to scale. If you
need to send more than one file, please zip the files.