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1 8 G R A P H I C S P R O • J U N E 2 0 2 3 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M S I G N A G E & P R I N T I N G object, and we give you a perfect die-cut line. If you have a photo you need a die line from which you will have to create the path in Illustrator from scratch. You could also make a work path in Photoshop, so it is imported with the .tif. • Bottom layer (Bleed) would be any additional bleed if necessary. For vector files, you can simply add a stroke or offset the path. If you have a photo, you might want to add additional color that is similar to the creative for the tolerances of your CNC or laser cutter. e other option for photos is offsetting your path (Object-> Path-> Offset Path) by negative 1/16" (-.0625) to choke the die line into the photo. is is to make sure no white is left around the perimeter of your graphic. Save that Illustrator file with all the lay- ers that were created. is will be the mas- ter file from which your production files will be generated. Your print file will have the regmark, print and bleed layer on with CNC files are named by tool and a brief description of the graphic being cut. This name is also printed with the graphic so the CNC operator knows which file to open. 1/2" acrylic with a second surface print. Premask is applied to the bottom of the print so the graphic is not damaged from flareup. Final lasercut 1/2" acrylic letters from a print and cut workflow.

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