Tutorial 28 – LightBurn Projects Drawing a Rattan Weave Pattern

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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 Projects Tutorial, we learn how to utilise a variety of tools to design a few Rattan weave patterns. My thanks to the team at Lightburn for allowing me to embed their videos.


This projects tutorial shows how to use a number of different tools in LightBurn to design a couple variations of a rattan weave pattern. Most of this is done with node editing and the pen tool, but you’ll learn a few other tricks along the way.

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0:00someone in one of the facebook groups

0:01that i’m a member of asked if anyone had


0:05rattan pattern that they could share

0:08and i looked up a picture of it and

0:10thought that doesn’t look too

0:11complicated i could probably draw that

0:14and as an exercise i decided to do so

0:18i shared the pattern in that group and

0:20the response was kind of surprising most


0:23didn’t know

0:25that they could do such a thing or how

0:28and so i thought it would be useful to

0:30sort of show what i did and how and

0:34hopefully you’ll learn a few tricks


0:37how to draw your own designs in light

0:38burn along the way

0:40so first i’m going to switch out of

0:43filled rendering mode so i’m hitting the

0:45hotkey that is alt shift w you can also

0:48do that from the window menu and just

0:50say toggle wireframe or filled

0:54the retan pattern is actually just this


0:58and this is actually just three lines

1:01really it’s this vertical line here

1:04this horizontal line here and this

1:06diagonal line here

1:08in a square so i’m going to draw a

1:10square around it just to show you the

1:13part of the pattern


1:16section repeats and it rotates 90

1:19degrees for here and another 90 degrees

1:22for this corner and another 90 degrees

1:23for this corner so it is just this piece

1:26rotated and placed here and then rotated

1:29in place here and rotated and placed

1:31here so we’re just going to draw this

1:33piece and i’ll show you how to do that

1:36so first i’m going to draw a rectangle

1:40using one of the tool layers so i’m

1:41going to select my rectangle tool click


1:45and drag this out until it snaps to the


1:48i’m also going to draw

1:50guidelines here that i can use so i’m

1:53going to use the pen tool


1:56draw a line

1:59pardon me

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2:04right here


2:06and from the same spot

2:09and down until it snaps and this is

2:12important it has to in order for this

2:14pattern to repeat properly

2:17you’ll notice that i counted three grid

2:18squares in from the top here and i

2:21counted three grid squares in from the

2:23side here so these have to line up when

2:26this rotates

2:28and so they have to be the same distance

2:30from the top edge and the side edge in

2:33order to line up correctly and then

2:35i’m going to draw a diagonal line across

2:38this grid square so this is the basic


2:41and if you take this and duplicate it

2:44and rotate it

2:46and do that again

2:49now i’m not going to cover the hotkeys

2:51that i’m using right now i’ll cover

2:53those later

2:54but it’s basically this pattern repeated

2:57over and over again

2:59so we’ll remove the duplicates that we

3:01just made so this is

3:03essentially our guide for how to build

3:06this shape


3:08i’m going to make this middle line a

3:10little bit longer

3:12i want it to actually go out far enough

3:14that when i start overlapping these i

3:17can use it to

3:18slice the other parts of the patterns

3:20and i’ll show you what i mean by that


3:23all i’m doing to expand that is holding

3:25the control key so that the scaling

3:27moves from the center instead of

3:30just me dragging it from one corner so

3:32it’s duplicating the scaling that i’m

3:34doing from the middle out

3:37these other lines here these are okay

3:39the way they are

3:40so now we’re going to offset them to



3:44bars wide effectively

3:47so i’m going to

3:49select a line

3:51choose my offset tool

3:54say outward i want it corners

3:57and i’m going to play with the size a

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4:00little bit so at one millimeter that’s a

4:02fairly wide line


4:060.5 millimeters it’s probably a little

4:09bit too narrow

4:10so we’ll try 0.75 and see how that looks

4:15so i’ll do that one

4:16now a trick with

4:18the offset tool is if you

4:21want to repeat the same offset multiple

4:23times you can hold your control key or

4:26the command key on the mac and just

4:28click the offset button again and it

4:30will redo whatever the last offsetting

4:32operation was

4:35um one thing to note

4:37i am

4:39setting it to corner mode here not round

4:43because i actually want these ends to be

4:45blunt and sharp if you set it to bevel

4:48it’ll offset from the end if you set it

4:50to corner it basically just caps the

4:51line right at the end of the line so

4:53that’s what we’re doing with this

4:57i’m going to do

4:59these three

5:02in black so these are going to be the

5:04actual pattern that gets repeated

5:07but i want gaps in between them so that

5:10you can tell that this line is going

5:12over or under the other lines and those

5:14gaps need to be cut out

5:17and so to do that we’re going to make

5:19another pair of lines

5:21and i’m going to use the t1 layer again

5:23for this and do another offset

5:26and this offset will say

5:29try 0.9 maybe 0.95

5:33that looks like enough maybe

5:36maybe we’ll even go just to a full


5:39so i’ll do that one and then using the

5:41control offset trick again i’m going to

5:43repeat that to get these three

5:46and so now these are what i’m going to

5:49use as guidelines for when i’m cutting

5:52the black shapes here

5:55so you’ll notice that in this little


5:58this horizontal line goes under the

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6:01other two

6:03and this vertical line goes over the

6:05other two

6:06so in order to make that happen

6:09for the horizontal line to go under we

6:12need to snip out the part that is here

6:16and here

6:17and you can do that in a couple of ways

6:19and i’m going to show you a couple

6:21different ways to accomplish this so the


6:24way to do it is to use the boolean tools

6:26so i’m going to select this rectangle

6:29hold my shift key and select the second

6:31rectangle and then just say boolean

6:34difference or boolean subtract if i

6:36click that it cuts the second thing that

6:40i selected out of the first and so you

6:42can see now



6:46cutting tool was consumed it’s no longer

6:48available for me to use and it snipped

6:51itself out of these shapes

6:54so i’m going to undo that for the moment

6:56and i’ll show you the other way to do it

6:59and if i go to

7:01edit nodes

7:03and hover here so in between existing

7:06shapes if i hit the t key it will trim

7:10the section of that shape away

7:14and so

7:16now i can just select these bits and

7:18delete them now the one bad thing about

7:20doing it this way is that it doesn’t

7:23close these lines up so i will now have

7:25to use the pen tool

7:27and snapping to draw

7:30black lines it’s important that they be


7:34in there and so i’m just clicking on the

7:36ends dragging out a line and then right

7:38clicking to cancel when i’m done and so

7:40that would be the second way you can use

7:41the trim tool

7:43and then add new lines now i’m going to

7:46back all of this up with the undo

7:49because what i really want to do is use

7:51the boolean tools because they’re


7:53and so

7:54going back to my reference here i want

7:57this one to be over

7:59both of the other lines

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8:02so i’m going to select this shape

8:05in order to do this i’m actually going

8:07to need to make a copy of this one

8:08because i need to cut twice

8:10so i’m going to duplicate this

8:13select this line

8:14that one

8:15and then

8:16alt and the minus sign on the number pad

8:20is the shortcut for boolean subtract

8:23and so now i’m going to do it again from


8:26i’m also going to duplicate this one

8:28duplicate is ctrl d

8:30so i select this line

8:33that one

8:34boolean subtract and so now this

8:37main black center line goes over the

8:41other two

8:42and now i need this horizontal line to

8:44go under the other two which means that

8:47i have to snip

8:48this piece away from it so i’m going to

8:51duplicate this one

8:53select this

8:54and this

8:55and boolean subtract again

8:58or alt minus

9:01and now i have

9:03the basic pattern

9:04i still need to correct this upper

9:06corner however

9:08the bottom corner here if you look


9:12reference shape

9:14basically the bottom corner is just as

9:16it is

9:17the top corner however has a cut out and

9:20so that’s the part that we’re going to

9:21do next

9:22um for the bottom

9:24it’s relatively easy for me to just snip

9:27this off and i’m going to do that using

9:30node editing and the trim feature so

9:32i’ll ungroup this because it was grouped

9:34from doing the boolean operations

9:38i will go to node editing

9:40and then i’m going to trim

9:42by hitting t

9:43to trim that line

9:45in this line

9:47and now i can delete that one use my pen



9:53again in black

9:54draw from here

9:56to here to here and i’m just using node

9:59snapping to make sure that it snaps to

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10:00the ends and to the corners

10:03so that is

10:06this shape completed

10:09now i have to do the upper one

10:12so to do that i’m going to select all of

10:15this and actually i’m going to select it

10:16using the crossing selection so

10:19if you drag from

10:21left to right you get a red rectangle

10:24and this is called an enclosing

10:25selection it captures everything inside

10:28it and nothing outside it

10:30if you drag from right to left it’s

10:33called a crossing selection and it will

10:35capture anything that touches it or

10:37anything inside it and so for an

10:39enclosing selection i would have to

10:41capture all of this for a crossing

10:44selection i just have to make sure that

10:45it’s touching

10:46so it’s a little easier sometimes to use

10:48the crossing selection they both have

10:50their uses so i’m going to duplicate

10:52this whole thing

10:53move it over rotate by using my greater

10:56than and less than keys


10:59i’m going to group this whole thing just

11:01so it’s easier for me to delete when i

11:02need to later

11:04but now i have a guide here

11:07and you can see this line


11:11if i undo that or ungroup that this line

11:15i actually want to extend up like this

11:17so that i can use it as a cutter

11:20or as a guide

11:22and so

11:23now i’m going to select this piece

11:26go to node editing hover over the piece

11:29that i want to remove and hit t to trim

11:31and again over here


11:35now i can delete


11:38and this which i’m doing by just hitting

11:40the delete key after selecting them

11:44i also need to trim this shape and

11:47actually turn it into just a little

11:49rectangle in the corner there

11:51so i’m going to again go to node editing

11:54and i’m doing this with the hotkey

11:55control tilled

11:57on the keypad

11:59and i’ll trim that little section there

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12:01and that little section there

12:04and now i can delete this piece

12:07now i’m ready to delete all of this


12:12i can do that

12:13by just selecting

12:15deleting those

12:17i don’t need that and now i need to

12:20finish off this little triangle and

12:21finish that line there so i’m going to

12:23do that with the pen tool again

12:27wait until my cursor changes to a snap


12:34and that’s pretty much it

12:36at this point

12:38i can

12:40hide the other layers that i have here

12:42oops i don’t need to be in pen mode

12:46select this

12:47and if i duplicate it move it over and

12:50rotate it

12:52i’ve done that wrong

12:55i have a tiny little bit out there and

12:57that’s why that rotation didn’t work


13:01so try that again

13:05so that time i captured that corner bit

13:08so we’ll do this

13:09using crossing selection so i don’t

13:12screw that up again

13:15let me undo



13:21grabbing just the parts that i care


13:24and rotating there now it’s all lining

13:26up and you can actually see that it all

13:28lines up um if i flip to filled

13:31rendering right now if i go to toggle

13:33filled you’ll notice that not everything

13:35is filling and that is because these

13:38shapes aren’t closed yet so

13:41this line i drew manually

13:44this corner i drew manually and so on so

13:46i’m going to select these

13:48and then go to

13:51edit auto join selected shapes or just

13:53alt j

13:54and when you join shapes

13:57it will

13:58close them up for you

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14:00so it’s basically select all of the

14:02lines you want to connect together and

14:03hit alt j to join them

14:07and i’ll do

14:09these three up here

14:12alt j

14:14and there’s still a line here that’s not


14:27there so i just used the

14:29node editing tool

14:31and dragged that one manually into place

14:33to get it to do what i wanted

14:35and so now i have my

14:37shapes filling correctly so if i grab

14:40the whole thing

14:41and group it all

14:45now i can duplicate with control d move

14:48it over and rotate with the greater than

14:50less than keys

14:51duplicate again move it down rotate it

14:54once duplicate again move it over rotate

14:57it and so on and now if i copy this

15:04and change this to filled we now have

15:06our retan pattern and it’s properly


15:10so this will get you

15:13a return pattern that you can fill

15:17it will not cut out properly because

15:19it’s got these vertical lines in it if

15:21you wanted to score it for example or

15:23cut it out

15:24those vertical lines

15:26here where the the breaks are would

15:28cause you some problems


15:30this version

15:32of the shape

15:34works well for


15:37but it does not work for scoring and so

15:40we can make

15:41a copy of it

15:43we’ll move it over here


15:46remove the

15:47extra pieces that are screwing this up

15:49for when we want to score

15:51and so if i ungroup all of this again

15:55go to

15:56node editing mode

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16:00i’m going to hit d

16:02while hovering over these lines that i

16:03want to remove so i just want to remove

16:06anything on a border edge of that square

16:09so the outer square that kind of

16:11encompasses this whole thing

16:13is where these lines are going to meet

16:15each other when we tile the pattern and

16:18so any lines

16:19on that outer square need to be removed

16:23and so this version

16:26now is correct for


16:29with scoring pardon me so if i move this

16:32and rotate move this and rotate you’ll

16:35see that all of these lines meet up


16:39it’s a nice seamless pattern



16:43version right there if i group this is

16:46now what we need for a scoring version

16:49of this pattern

16:51so i’m going to create a copy of this


16:55and do the

16:57duplicate and move trick

17:00to get it like this

17:02so this version right now if you were to

17:04group this whole thing not just the

17:07corner but this

17:09this version of the pattern is useful

17:11for filling

17:13and if i take this one

17:15oops not save

17:21and group that

17:23this version is useful for scoring and

17:26i’ll show you what both of those look

17:28like as grids

17:29so we’ll use the grid array tool now and

17:32because the pattern is just a square

17:35it tiles seamlessly and if you zoom in

17:38you can see that it’s tiling nicely so

17:40this if you were scoring the pattern

17:43onto material would give you the nice



17:48if i move this one out of the way and

17:50grab this one

17:52flip over to filled rendering mode


17:56do the grid array with that one

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18:00this one gives us

18:02a perfect fill and again tiles easily

18:06you basically set your

18:08x spacing and y spacing both to zero and

18:11that’s padding between edges and because

18:14it is a square pattern it just butts

18:17properly and you get a nice tile

18:21that’s pretty much it

18:25there is a third version of this pattern

18:28that i’ve made that is meant to be both

18:30scored and cut


18:34that one

18:35basically you draw cutting lines around

18:38the inside

18:40here very much like

18:46here if i take

18:49this one

18:51we’ll move it back up here

18:55snap it



19:06ungroup this i’m going to remove

19:08these other pieces of this

19:15so that i have something clean to work

19:16from again

19:19to do the scoring version

19:21scoring with cutting you basically want

19:25to draw cutting lines


19:30the outside edges of the black lines

19:33so i’m going to use


19:36switch to the green pen just because

19:38it’s nice and visible

19:40if i start here

19:42and i draw a perfect horizontal line

19:45to there

19:47and then a vertical line to there

19:50and i do the same

19:54let’s do

19:55from this point

19:57perfect horizontal line until we get to


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20:00and then a diagonal up to there

20:04then this one

20:06to there

20:08now this one’s a little bit tricky

20:09because this line you have to go


20:13to here so the way that i’m doing the

20:15horizontal line is i’m holding the shift


20:18because the shift key will keep the line

20:19horizontal but i can still use the edge


20:23when i get to this line

20:26and then vertical line i’m just using

20:28the corner snaps um and technically i

20:30don’t want this green line across the

20:32top i don’t need that one

20:34and so i just deleted that by hovering

20:36over it and hitting the d key

20:40so i’m going to draw

20:41another line from here snapping

20:45holding the shift key until i get to

20:47that edge

20:50i’m going to draw one this one is a

20:52perfect diagonal and the shift key will

20:54also snap to diagonals

20:57and now i can snap to that point that i

20:59made up there

21:02and then from here

21:05diagonally until i snap to that edge and


21:11and now this one i’m going to go from

21:14here across to there

21:18down diagonally to here

21:20down vertically to there

21:24i also want to cut out this inside


21:28and so this one is a little trickier

21:30again because we need to do a line here

21:33to there

21:36and then one to here

21:38and now i’ll go from this corner

21:40horizontally to here and then vertically

21:42down to there

21:45and we need one from here

21:50and then up to that corner

21:53so if i just


21:55the green lines or highlight the green

21:57lines by turning the other layers off

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22:01or even hiding the other layers

22:03completely you can see that there’s a

22:04green cut out


22:09and one here

22:11and one here and one here and one here

22:14and so on and so these green cutout

22:16lines are going to meet

22:18each other when i tile this pattern and

22:21so that is

22:22that is what you want you want those

22:24green lines to meet one another

22:26and so the green lines are your cuts

22:29the black lines become fills


22:34the orange lines are guides and you can

22:37simply remove those so i’m just going to

22:41remove my guidelines now because i don’t

22:43need them anymore


22:50technically i don’t need most of the

22:52black lines anymore either if i hide the

22:55green lines you can see that there are

22:57still black lines there


23:00most of those black lines aren’t needed

23:03anymore i really only need the black


23:06here and here to show that this shape

23:08has been scored

23:10so i’m going to

23:12set the green lines not to output just

23:14so that they are


23:17select my black shapes here

23:22and go to node editing mode

23:24i’m going to hover over this corner i

23:26want to leave this section of the black

23:29line here

23:30so i can do that in a couple of ways i



23:35and trim will snip away the line


23:38between intersections so that one works

23:41you can also hover over a point and hit

23:44i to insert a node

23:47and so that also works i can hover over

23:50where these intersection points are and

23:51just hit i

23:52to insert new nodes in these lines and

23:56then i can just delete the sections i

23:58don’t want

23:59and so again hit i

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24:01hit d

24:03i want to delete that line

24:05i’m going to hit i here delete that one

24:10move over to this shape i don’t need

24:13that line or that one or that one or

24:15that one

24:17on this shape up here i don’t need

24:21any of these three

24:24on this shape i don’t need those two

24:28on this shape

24:30i need to keep these two sections here

24:33in the diagonal and so those ones i’ll

24:35need to insert new points so i’m going

24:37to do that

24:38just wait until the crosshairs show up

24:41to show me that i’m hovered over a point

24:43and insert

24:45and then i can

24:46delete the other points i don’t want or

24:48the other lines i don’t want by hovering

24:50and hitting d

24:54and this one

24:55just delete those two

24:59this one i can delete all three of these

25:02so i need to node edit

25:07and so you can see i’ve now left scoring

25:10lines just to sort of


25:14where the rattan pattern is supposed to

25:17look like it ends or crosses things

25:21and the green lines are going to be the

25:23cutouts and so the green lines are the

25:25ones where the laser will actually cut

25:26through your material and cut holes

25:29so from here if i group this

25:31duplicate it move it over and rotate

25:33duplicate it

25:35rotate duplicate it rotate i’m just

25:38using the cursor keys or the arrow keys

25:39on my keyboard to move the pattern and

25:41because i chose

25:44a 10 millimeter square to do my work

25:47each cursor movement here moves five

25:49millimeters so it’s just two keystrokes

25:51to move it over the right amount

25:54if you weren’t using a perfect grid snap

25:57like that you can also just hover over

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26:00the point like this hover over a point

26:03and drag and when you get to another

26:05point on your design it’ll snap for you

26:07and so that works as well if your

26:09pattern is not nicely grid aligned like

26:11mine is

26:13and so now if i were to group this


26:17this is ready to go

26:19these lines the green lines will cut and

26:21the black lines will score i would

26:23obviously have to

26:25change my pattern here so that the black

26:27line was also line mode set my speed and

26:30power appropriately

26:32but this pattern if i repeat it

26:37will do what i want

26:42and that’s pretty much it

26:44um hopefully you’ve learned something

26:46from this

26:48you can once you have created something

26:51like this you can save it as a file that

26:53you can then import later or load later

26:56you can also add it to your material or

26:58to your pardon me to your art library

27:01so i

27:02have a library running right now of a

27:05couple of other patterns that i’ve made

27:08and so after you’ve opened your art

27:09library and said new to create a library

27:12give it a name

27:14you can select a section like this and

27:17just say import graphic from project

27:21give it a name and if i call this

27:25new return

27:28it’s now in my art library and then if i

27:30want to use it later

27:33let’s say that i’ve wiped everything out

27:35i can just drag it out of my art library

27:36into my project and it’s ready to go


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