Awards & Engraving

April '20

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LESS-THAN-STELLAR ARTWORK AND INTRICATE DESIGNS Designing graphics and artwork for the laser is different than the design work that goes into, say, creating a web page or printed collateral. With time and practice, the majority of engravers become fairly proficient in their design skills; however, their clients often are not. Two of the biggest hurdles when it comes to graphics include determining fonts and cleaning up client-supplied artwork. Identifying Fonts: Have you ever received an engraving file without the font files included or the fonts are in a bitmap format? Every engraver knows the frustration of trying to match up a font to the sample that a customer brings in. Thankfully, there are several online font identification resources that can help. Most of these programs allow you to upload an image or link, then generate a list of possible matches. After you select your font, click on it to view further details and pricing information. Keep in mind it is worth the time and effort to price different fonts. Some are free, and when there is a charge, there can be big differences in price between fonts of a similar style. Cleaning up Client-Supplied Art- work: As engravers, we know what types of images and files are best suited for the laser. Unfortunately, your clients may not. If you're handed logos or graphics not ideally suited for laser engraving, it's important to know a few basic techniques that can help transform these images into something that laser engraves well. Some of these techniques include: Two of the biggest hurdles when it comes to graphics include determining fonts and cleaning up client-supplied artwork. Fig 3 10 a-e-mag.com • A&E APRIL 2020

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