LightBurn Tutorial 09 – Basics: Snapping

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 LightBurn Tutorial we learn about the snapping feature.

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

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LightBurn supports a number of snapping behaviours that can help you when setting up your projects. Here’s a quick walk through of how they work.

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LightBurn Tutorial on the Snapping Feature
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0:00today we’re going to learn about

0:01snapping in Lake burn what it is and

0:04what it’s for so if you haven’t seen

0:07snapping behavior before it’s fairly

0:09simple to demonstrate I’m going to use

0:11my pen tool here create a line and as I

0:14drag the end of the line close to an

0:17existing shape you’ll see two things

0:18happen one my cursor changes and two the

0:22line snaps to the other shape and so you

0:26can use these snapping behaviors to line

0:29up things in light burn and to make sure

0:30that things are attached to other things

0:33so as I’m dragging this line you’ll see

0:35that the cursor changes to a plus two

0:37tell me that I’ve hit a node or a corner

0:39the cursor changes to a line with a

0:42small circle in the middle to tell me

0:44that I’ve hit the center of an edge now

0:46this works over here as well as up here

0:48or you’ll see a line with a small slash

0:52through it to tell me that it is

0:54attaching to another line or an X with a

0:58circle in the middle to tell me that I’m

1:00at the middle of another shape so this

1:03is very useful when you are trying to

1:05create things freehand so I can create

1:08this line drag it snap it to that corner

1:10create another line and when I’m

1:12starting this second line my cursor has

1:15changed to a snap cursor so I know that

1:18when I place the beginning of this other

1:20line it’s snapped perfectly to that one

1:22and so on so I can again drag more lines

1:27wait for the snap to happen and attach

1:31it to existing shapes this also works

1:34when you are in selection mode so I’m

1:36going to remove these two if I create a

1:39copy of this square put it over here if

1:44I wanted to drag this square so that it

1:46was perfectly touching this one there

1:49are a number of tools in light burn to

1:50do this such as the alignment tools up

1:52here but you can also do it quite

1:53directly by just grabbing the edge when

1:56you see the cursor change to an edge

1:58snap drag it over to the other shape and

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2:01they will snap together edge to edge you

2:05can also do this with points so I can

2:06select this corner point here and when

2:08the cursor changes to the snap cursor

2:10for the corner I can tell that I’m going

2:12to be dragging from the

2:13corner and then as I get close to the

2:16existing corner on the other shape and

2:17the cursor changes to the snap cursor

2:19again now they are snapped together that

2:23will work for center points so if I grab

2:25the center drag here I can snap to the

2:28center of this I can snap to the center

2:31of this and so on

2:34Center snapping also happens when you

2:36grab from the middle if I drag from the

2:39center handle here it’s automatically

2:41snapped to the middle and then if I drag

2:43over another shape and you’ll see the

2:45cursor change to the X with the hole in

2:48it that means I’m snapping to the center

2:50of that other shape and so these two

2:51shapes are perfectly centered over each

2:53other now this is useful for things like

2:56offset editing if I create a small piece

2:59of text like this select it and do an

3:05offset change the color of the offset so

3:08let’s say that I was planning on cutting

3:10this out as a keychain if I move this

3:13out of the way to make it simpler for me

3:15to weed the unwanted bits out of the

3:17middle I lose the registration that I

3:21had between these two shapes so this

3:23shape and the shape are no longer

3:25aligned and I want to get that back so

3:27if I grab the center drag handle here

3:29and drag it over the original when the

3:32cursor changes to the X shape I can tell

3:35that they are aligned again and so when

3:37I let go now these are perfectly aligned

3:38back the way I wanted them to be this

3:42behavior also works in node editing mode

3:45so as an example if I just create a

3:48random shape the nodes in node edit mode

3:53will also snap to other shapes like this

3:56they’ll snap to each other so if I

Transcript for LightBurn Tutorial Basics: Snapping (Cont…)

4:00insert a new node here in this one I can

4:04snap it to that one I can snap it over

4:06here and so on and this also works for

4:08control handles as well so these handles

4:11will snap to other things in the same

4:14way that nodes will snap to each other

4:17the snapping behaviors are also useful

4:20for creating things like rulers so light

4:22Burton does not have guide rulers

4:24however there’s nothing to prevent you

4:27from

4:27making your own so if I use the line

4:29tool I’m gonna hold shift to make this

4:33line perfectly vertical or you can also

4:34make it in 45 so I’ve made this vertical

4:39line this line is on a layer that is set

4:41not to output so that’s why it’s faded

4:44but it means that it won’t get sent to

4:46the laser so it’s not part of my design

4:48however it is useful for alignment so if

4:52I want to make sure that multiple shapes

4:55are lined up along the same edge I can

4:58do so by grabbing the shape on a line

5:00like this and dragging it until I get

5:03that snap cursor on this other line and

5:05so I’ve effectively created my own guide

5:08line and I can use it to make sure that

5:12these two shapes are perfectly in line

5:13with each other as well as with other

5:16shapes anywhere that I wanted to so it’s

5:18very useful for creating your own guides

5:20rulers things like that and that’s kind

5:24of what it’s intended for but it also

5:27just helps general creation so hopefully

5:29you find it as useful as I do thanks for

5:31watching

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