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 of Lightburn tutorial text, we cover text manipulation and Offsetting.

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

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0:00 hey guys welcome to the next video in

0:04 the getting started with lightburn

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

0:09 creating text and shapes using the lightburn

0:13 tools and this is some of my

0:15 favourite parts of lightburn and I’m

0:19 really excited to show some of these

0:20 tools now the biggest one is text

0:24 creation so to create text and lightburn

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

0:29 of other softwares we have a text create

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

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

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

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

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

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

0:51 because normally it doesn’t work very

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

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

0:57 my workspace somewhere to get a cursor

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

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

1:08 lightburn now the first thing we’ll do

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

1:18 notice the live editing and if you look

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

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

1:31 now this is because by default lightburn

1:35 has the weld option turned on

1:38 normally when your fonts come in they

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

1:43 cutting out letters in ways that you

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

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

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

1:54 not fully engraved spots like this spot

1:58 normally would be excluded from a scan

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

2:05 default now life urn has the weld option

2:09 turned on and this is really exciting

2:11 because now even after it’s

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

2:18 horizontal space or the kerning of our

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

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

2:30 the font is being affected here and then

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

2:38 start getting welded into their adjacent

2:40 letters this is probably the one coolest

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

2:48 lightburn yet this this changes

2:51 everything with creating fonts it’s

2:54 pretty exciting the same thing with the

2:59 vertical spacing we can just move our

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

3:06 our words are aligned you can also live

3:14 change our font and it live welds

3:18 goodness this is just really really neat

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

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

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

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

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

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

3:36 plaque so I’m going to create a

3:40 rectangle to go around it

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

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

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

3:58 selection tool select our rectangle and

4:03 I want to make this 70 millimeters tall

4:10 but notice it changes with at the same

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

4:16 aspect ratio locked here with the

4:18 padlock that means it as I change the

4:21 width it’s going to proportionally

4:24 change the length or vice versa

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

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

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

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

4:39 is too tall

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

4:46 50 50 50 is the right number and I think

4:51 200 is probably the right number for the

4:54 length now I want to make sure that

4:56 these are centered up with each other so

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

5:02 the align selected objects to their

5:05 vertical centers button so that shifted

5:09 the words and align selected objects to

5:13 their horizontal centers button and then

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

5:20 rectangle and our font are centered to

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

5:30 have a CNC machine and that inherently

5:34 makes me hate square corners everything

5:36 should be curved because curves look

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

5:41 radius these corners in light burn and

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

5:47 shape properties isn’t somewhere over

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

5:54to window and select shape properties

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

6:02 this option called corner radius so the

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

6:10 down arrows and we can change the size

6:12 of the corner radius that looks pretty

6:16 good

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

6:25 last thing though I think when I finish

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

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

6:39 etch this one in to make lightburns

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

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

6:49 highlight that and we use our offset

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

6:57 outward ten millimeters

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

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

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

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

7:26 picked up some good things from this

7:27 video and this one we covered creating

7:30 shapes and creating text and editing it

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

7:38 the lookout for the next lightburn

7:39 tutorial

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