LightBurn Tutorial 06 – Basics #2 Text and Offsetting

The Lightburn Software Series

The Lightburn Software is probably the best generic laser cutting software available (I use it for almost all of my laser work). This series has tutorials, hints and tips as well as the occasional speed comparisons between it and RDWorks. In this session, the Lightburn tutorial covers text and Offsetting.

My thanks to the team at Lightburn for allowing me to embed their videos.

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0:00hey guys welcome to the next video in

0:04the getting started with light burn

0:06series today we’re actually going to be

0:09creating text and shapes using the light

0:13burn tools and this is some of my

0:15favorite parts of light burn and I’m

0:19really excited to show some of these

0:20tools now the biggest one is text

0:24creation so to create text and light

0:27burn it’s pretty simple it’s like a lot

0:29of other softwares we have a text create

0:32and edit tool and when we click on this

0:35it brings up the text bar now to show

0:39the power of this I’m going to use a

0:41script font which if you’ve ever tried

0:45to do any sort of cutting with a font in

0:48the past I’m sure you’ve been frustrated

0:51because normally it doesn’t work very

0:53well and I’ll show you guys why so the

0:56first thing I’m going to do is click on

0:57my workspace somewhere to get a cursor

1:00going and I’m just going to type a word

1:05for lack of a better word we’ll use

1:08light burn now the first thing we’ll do

1:14is we’ll change the height of it now

1:18notice the live editing and if you look

1:24you’ll see that my font already looks

1:28like it’s right for engraving or cutting

1:31now this is because by default light

1:35burn has the weld option turned on

1:38normally when your fonts come in they

1:41they look like this so you end up either

1:43cutting out letters in ways that you

1:46wouldn’t want to like we wouldn’t want

1:48that little guy cut out of the G all

1:50right of the T or you end up with weird

1:54not fully engraved spots like this spot

1:58normally would be excluded from a scan

2:01operation we don’t want that so by

2:05default now life urn has the weld option

2:09turned on and this is really exciting

2:11because now even after it’s

2:14we can still edit so I can change the

2:18horizontal space or the kerning of our

2:22font live and you notice it’s it live

2:26weld so now we see how the vector from

2:30the font is being affected here and then

2:34eventually the B and the U and the L

2:38start getting welded into their adjacent

2:40letters this is probably the one coolest

2:45thing that I’m the most excited about in

2:48light burn yet this this changes

2:51everything with creating fonts it’s

2:54pretty exciting the same thing with the

2:59vertical spacing we can just move our

3:03words up and down and we can change how

3:06our words are aligned you can also live

3:14change our font and it live welds

3:18goodness this is just really really neat

3:21so I’m gonna stick with the script font

3:24that I picked here I’m not even gonna

3:25try and say the word cuz I will put

3:28written and we’re gonna move it over

3:30here now the next thing we’re gonna do

3:34is you know I’d like to turn this into a

3:36plaque so I’m going to create a

3:40rectangle to go around it

3:44and you know I’m eyeball the size and

3:48I’d like to change the size and the

3:53positioning of this so we’ll click the

3:58selection tool select our rectangle and

4:03I want to make this 70 millimeters tall

4:10but notice it changes with at the same

4:13time and that’s because I have the

4:16aspect ratio locked here with the

4:18padlock that means it as I change the

4:21width it’s going to proportionally

4:24change the length or vice versa

4:27I don’t necessarily want to do that

4:29because I want this to be a whole number

4:32and a specific number so I’m going to

4:35click the lock and I’ve decided that 70

4:39is too tall

4:40it’s try 65 still a little too tall 60

4:4650 50 50 is the right number and I think

4:51200 is probably the right number for the

4:54length now I want to make sure that

4:56these are centered up with each other so

4:58I’m going to select everything and click

5:02the align selected objects to their

5:05vertical centers button so that shifted

5:09the words and align selected objects to

5:13their horizontal centers button and then

5:16that’s the nerd everything so now the

5:20rectangle and our font are centered to

5:26each other and now for the last thing I

5:30have a CNC machine and that inherently

5:34makes me hate square corners everything

5:36should be curved because curves look

5:38nice and there’s a really easy way to

5:41radius these corners in light burn and

5:44that’s with the shape properties and if

5:47shape properties isn’t somewhere over

5:51here it’s really easy to enable you go

5:54to window and select shape properties

5:57and in the shape properties box there’s

6:02this option called corner radius so the

6:07easy way to do it is to click the up or

6:10down arrows and we can change the size

6:12of the corner radius that looks pretty

6:16good

6:18and you know now we’re ready to go one

6:25last thing though I think when I finish

6:30this out I think I want to make another

6:36second line for our actual cut so we can

6:39etch this one in to make light burns

6:43stand out a little more and add a little

6:46bit of size to our plaque so what if we

6:49highlight that and we use our offset

6:52shapes tool and I’m going to offset it

6:57outward ten millimeters

7:07we’ll leave the quarter style is round

7:15these are tied together I can’t change

7:18the corner style but that’s okay that’s

7:23kind of how I want it so I hope you guys

7:26picked up some good things from this

7:27video and this one we covered creating

7:30shapes and creating text and editing it

7:33on the fly thanks for watching and be on

7:38the lookout for the next light burn

7:39tutorial

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