LightBurn Tutorial 10 – LightBurn Welded Names: Quick Tips

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 LightBurn tutorials, hints and tips as well as the occasional speed comparisons between it and RDWorks. So let’s learn about Lightburn Welded Names!

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Example of LightBurn Welded Names
Example of LightBurn Welded Names

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A quick walk-through showing how to use the LightBurn Welded Names such as text, offset, and weld features to create a simple composited graphic.

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0:00 hey folks I’m going to apologize in

0:03 advance for the terrible production

0:06 quality of this video this is intended

0:08 just to help a specific user who’s

0:10 having an issue producing a graphic

0:13 however I thought it would be useful

0:14 enough for other people that it would be

0:16 worth recording this and posting it for

0:18 everyone so let’s go the user posted a

0:22 graphic that looks like a large word

0:28 like Nana or somebody somebody in your

0:32 family who’s important to you and then a

0:34 bunch of children’s names overlaid on

0:35 top of it and the whole thing sort of

0:37 welded together with the names not

0:40 conflicting with each other so I’m going

0:42 to walk through how I would do this

0:45 using light burn so first I’m going to

0:48 create the main word and we’re gonna

0:50 make it fairly large because that was

0:53 kind of what this user had she had the

0:57 word Nana like this quite tall and then

1:02 there were three children’s names laid

1:04 over top of it these are going to be

1:07 much smaller so I’m going to do these

1:09 like this Andy I don’t actually remember

1:14 what the names were so let’s do it was

1:25 something like this those aren’t the

1:27 correct names but we’re close and they

1:30 were done in a script font so I’m going

1:32 to use something maybe a little more

1:36 interesting than that

1:38 let’s try brush script okay so that’s

1:41 actually pretty close so this is

1:45 approximately the look that she was

1:47 going for now what I’ve done so far is

1:51 very very simple I’ve just typed the

1:53 text and chosen a font and scaled it I’m

1:57 not using any hotkeys or anything

1:58 exciting like that for this I’m going to

Transcript for Lightburn Welded Names (Cont…)

2:03 grab it from the middle here move it

2:06 into the centre here and when you see

2:08 the cursor change to that

2:10 X that means I’ve snapped to the centre

2:14 so we have the text snapped to the

2:17 center of the big word then I’m going to

2:19 grab the sizing handle over here and

2:22 drag it and holding the control key

2:24 makes it drag from the centre so I can

2:27 get get things lined up close to the way

2:31 I want now this is the tricky bit so if

2:35 I have this layer set to fill and I do a

2:39 preview right now so that’s up here on

2:41 the monitor this button is the preview

2:43 button or you can hit alt P either one

2:46 of those combinations works we get this

2:50 and if you zoom in you’ll see either

2:57 double burn or you’ll see intersections

3:00 where things overlap neither of those

3:02 are what we want and in fact I was

3:05 expecting to see intersections

3:07 everywhere so I’m kind of surprised that

3:10 we didn’t that’s why I’ve got fill

3:14 shapes all at once this is the default

3:16 setting and in fact I’m just going to

3:18 reset this to the default completely so

3:20 that we’re sure that everything is clean

3:22 and then go here again now this is the

3:27 effect that she is getting right now and

3:31 not what you want so you can see

3:34 everywhere that there’s an edge

3:36 basically lightburn toggles the fill so

3:40 if you were to engrave this on something

3:43 and you were trying to read this text it

3:46 doesn’t show very well it doesn’t look

3:48 very good so the idea here is to put an

3:52 offset around this shape or around this

3:55 text and then cut out the big word using

3:59 that offset shape so what I’m going to

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4:01 do here is select my simple text or

4:05 sorry the small names by just clicking

4:08 go down over here to the offset tool

4:10 click that choose an offset distance

4:14 that’s appropriate so two millimetres is

4:17 probably enough three millimetres eighth

4:20 of an inch or zero point

4:22 one two five if you’re working with

4:25 Imperial numbers so you can see that is

4:28 creating an offset around that text

4:31 that’s fairly large so I’m going to do

4:33 that I’m also going to set it to select

4:36 the resulting objects that’s not

4:37 necessary but it makes the next step a

4:39 little easier click OK and now you’ll

4:42 notice that that outline is selected so

4:46 now we want to weld this new outline

4:52 with the big text and that’s the key if

4:56 I preview this right now we get

4:58 something that looks like just as much

5:00 of a jumbled mess as what we had before

5:02 if we hold down the shift key and also

5:08 select by clicking the big word in

5:10 behind go over here and hit the weld

5:13 button now you’ll notice that all of the

5:17 edges or lines that went through the

5:21 kids names are now gone so I’m going to

5:24 undo so that you can see what it used to

5:27 look like and then I’m going to redo the

5:30 weld so you can see what it looks like

5:32 now and notice the differences so this

5:35 portion of the egg goes right through

5:37 the D and the R if I redo the weld it’s

5:42 gone so if you preview this now by

5:46 clicking preview or Alt P we get fairly

5:51 readable kids names overtop of the Nana

5:55 graphic and if you were to engrave this

5:58 onto a Tumblr or a cup or a serving tray

6:02 or something like that it would make a

6:03 cool keepsake that’s it

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