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Add some instructions for exporting laser-compatible dxf file from Adobe Illustrator #1064

jackie1050 opened this Issue Feb 24, 2019 · 2 comments


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jackie1050 commented Feb 24, 2019

As we tend to use Inkscape, it can sometimes be difficult to help people who use Illustrator.
It would be good to have a set of instructions for creating a laser-compatible dxf file from Illustrator. I found this useful yesterday afternoon: It would also be good to include steps to convert images to paths.

Maybe @zarino would like to do this? (did provide some useful tips a while ago).


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zarino commented Feb 24, 2019

My workflow is usually:

  1. Select everything on the artboard with cmd-A
  2. Set the Stroke to None, in the tool palette
  3. With everything still selected, do "Type > Create Outlines" (or shift-cmd-O) – you could just skip this if you don‘t actually have text in your file
  4. "File > Export As… > DXF"
  5. Hit "OK" with whatever the default settings are.

That’s it. I’ve never bothered to try out the various "AutoCAD Version" options. The chap in that video set his to 2004/2005/2006, I’ve only ever left mine on the default R14/LT98/LT97.

I’m suspicious as to why the chap in the video didn’t need to remove the strokes from his elements. In my experience, exporting with a stroke will result in a file that contains three parallel lines when read into our laser software (the two "edges" of the stroke, plus the centre line). Maybe that’s a weird quirk specific to our software. Or maybe it’s because I’m exporting in the older file format, and he’s using the newer one. Who knows. But just doing cmd-A, setting border to None, then exporting takes about 5 seconds, so I’ve never bothered experimenting further ;-)


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jackie1050 commented Feb 25, 2019

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