UNDERSTANDING LASER ENGRAVING
This article discusses laser engraving and image requirements for our Laser engravable products.
- Our Laser Engraving capabilities - We offer
many products that are laser engravable. Our Laser equipment consists of CO2 lasers that are used to etch, or cut the surface of an item. Our laser engravers do not cut metal.
We do etch into wood, glass, acrylics and other products. Often we laser engrave (to remove) the surface (color) of an item to reveal a color underneath.
- Laser Engraving text - It's important to enter the text exactly as you want it on the product. For example, if you want ALL CAPS, then be sure to
enter it that way in the form. It is your responsibility to ensure the text is correct. We will always center the text unless you specify otherwise in the special instructions.
If you use a small amount of text, we will make it larger. We will always fit the text appropriately into the space unless you give us other specific instructions.
Our engravers work with just about any font. Some products, such as
medallions with laser engraved, text will use Arial bold as the font. We will always center the text on these and size it appropriately. Many products we offer with laser engraving will allow you to enter text and instructions. Here
you can request a specific font, or a stlye of font. You might let us know you want a script font for example. NOTE- If you specify a sprecific font, and we do not have the font in our system,
we will ask you to provide the font file (.ttf) file from your computer. It is possible to upload .ttf files to your order (Upload info below).
NOTE - If it's your first time ordering a product with laser engraving,
we suggest you request a proof by selecting that option on the order details page (proof info below).
If you are placing a repeat order and want the same engraving, just
mention that in the special instructions and list the old order number.
- Laser Engraving images - Many products that offer laser engraving allow an image to be provided. NOTE - Trademarked and copyrighted images cannot be
used without permission from the trademark owner. Laser engravers look at the colors in your image and the engraving intensity will change with various colors. For this reason, we require
a pure black and white image. In some rare cases, it may be desirable to work with a color image or shading, but not all products lend themselves to this.
Please mention any special positioning or requests in the special instructions.
See below for laser image requirements.
- Laser Image Requirements - (see image 2 below) Laser engraving requires a Black and White image with no shading or greyscale. Images need to be high resolution.
Typically images found on social media and websites have been reduced in quality so they load faster on your device, these image are often not suitable for laser engraving.
Acceptable image file types include jpg, jpeg, pdf, png, bmp, ai, eps, psd, tiff, ttf, cdr. We cannot accept images submitted (embedded) in a word document. Please note -
the upload link will not be shown until you complete the order. (See UPLOAD info below)
- Uploading Files - (see image 1 below) If you are uploading a file, here are some helpful tips. Acceptable file types
are (text) .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt (images) .jpg, .jpeg, .pdf, .png, .bmp, .ai, .eps, .psd, .tiff, .cdr (fonts) .ttf
You can upload as many files as you need.
Please provide all text info in one file. Do not upload a separate file for product. Keep it all in one file.
If you have multiple (different) products, be sure to add a note in your file and group each together.
Filenames cannot contain any punctuation such as
apostrophes'. (EX - a file named bills-image.jpg is good, but a file named
bill's-image.jpg will not upload).
Please note - the upload link will not be show until
you complete the order. After payment you will see the link on the "thank you" page where your receipt is shown.
- Proof - Many of our Laser engraveable products have the option to request a proof. If it's your first order for this item, you should request a proof.
Our team will send a proof email with the layout. This allows you to see the font and positioning of the engraving. You will need to reply with your approval, or change requests. Once approved
your order will move to production. NOTE - Proof request can slow the order as we must await your response before we can proceed. If we do not hear back from a proof email after a few days, we
may cancel the order or procced at our discretion. More info in our terms and conditions.
If you are reordeing an item with the same design as a previous order, no need to request a proof.
We save all production files and we will produce the same design. Just let us know that's what you want.
UPLOAD LINK SHOWN IN RECEIPT PAGE AFTER ORDER IS PAID
EXAMPLE OF IDEAL LASER IMAGE