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7 8 G R A P H I C S P R O F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M straightforward and pretty simple. The learning curve is in creating designs," says Smallwood. "The graphic design side is where people get hung up." To help, most manufacturers offer training for their users. For example, ev- ery person that buys a laser machine from AP Lazer gets eight hours of training, two hours on the laser and learning about la- ser maintenance and the other six hours on CorelDRAW, iD Works, and Photo- grav, the software programs that come with its laser engraving machines. Epilog Laser offers its customers a training suite that walks them through a couple of exercises to teach them how to operate the laser. "Learning the la- ser is 5% of the process. Anybody that knows CorelDRAW or Illustrator can be up and running in a matter of a It is important to learn how a laser reacts to a variety of materials, which can take time and some trial and error. For example, wood requires different settings than marble. (Images courtesy Trotec Laser) A laser engraver is capable of producing high-quality photographs on a variety of substrates, including an- odized aluminum. Note that there are certain metals that cannot be marked by a CO 2 machine without a marking agent. (Image courtesy Kern Laser Systems) TROTECLASER.COM When the laser hits glass, it chips the surface. Adjusting the settings helps ensure a quality finished product. (Image courtesy Epilog Laser)

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