COREL DRAW TUTORIAL

This tutorial shows how to cut and engrave a pendant using CorelDraw.
Note: This tutorial assumes that you already have the laser cutter setup and the software installed.

Step 1: Think of a Concept.

In this case, I am cutting out a charm pendant.

Step 2: Launch CorelLASER From Your Desktop.

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Step 3: CorelLazer Preliminary Settings

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First, change the units to centimeters. Then change your canvas size to 30 cm x 20 cm.

Step 4: Enabling Object Manager

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Next, go to the Tools > Object Manager. Once clicked, it will add a new pane on the right hand side of CorelLASER

Step 5: Within Object Manager Pane, Click New Layer

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Step 6: Rename Layer 1 to Cut, and Layer 2 to Engrave.

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Step 7: Creating an Anchor Pixel in the Cut Layer

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Make sure the Cut layer is highlighted and place a pixel sized square in the top right hand corner of our drawing.

Step 8: Draw the Shape of Your Pendant

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Make sure the Cut layer is selected and draw a circle. I made my circle orange with the diameter of 3 centimeters.
Note: the K40 software cuts anything that is NOT white.

Step 9: Hole for the Jump Ring

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Draw a small white circle within the large red circle. I made mine .25 centimeters in diameter.

Step 10: Creating an Anchor Pixel in the Engrave

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Place a small 1×1 pixel in the very top left hand corner of our drawing.

Step 11: Creating the Pendant Border

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For the border of the design, I found a Celtic circle with a transparent background and import into the drawing.

Step 12: Adding the Four Leaf Clover

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A four leaf clover design was imported it into the Engraving layer. So design work is now complete.

Step 13: Configuring Data Formats

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Click the small green pencil icon at the top of CorelLAZER. This will launch a window that allows you to configure the format of the information going to the laser cutter. Make sure that the settings are configured to the following:
Engraving Data: WMF – Normal Windows Metafile 
Engraving Area: Only Selected 
Cuting Data: WMF – Normal Windows Metafile 
Cutting Area: Only Selected.
Note: If you choose other data formats, such as PLT, your cuts may be off.

Step 14: Hiding the Cut Layer

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Click the small eye icon beside Cut Layer.

Step 15: Select the Engraving Layers

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Using the pointer tool click and drag to select everything on the engrave layer.

Step 16: Click the Engraving Button

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Step 17: Configuring the Engrave Settings

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We want origin to be at the very top right, so set Refer-X to 0.0000 and set Refer-Y to 0.0000. Also, set the Method to Dialog and click add task. After hitting Add Task, the window should close.

Step 18: Hide the Engrave Layer, Enable the Cut Layer

Click the eye beside the engraving layer to hide the shamrock and border. Click the greyed out eye beside the cut layer to once again reveal orange circle.

Step 19: Click and Drag to Select All the Shapes Within Our Cutting Layer.

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Step 20: Click the Cut Icon at the Top.

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Step 21:

– Make sure Speed is set to the appropriate setting.
– Make sure your origins are set to the appropriate positions (Refer-X: 0 Refer-Y:0).
– Make sure that Method is set to dialog.
– Make sure that the Starting checkbox is selected.

Step 22:


Click Add Task. The laser cutter start to engrave your project and ultimately cut your project.

For your convenience, I’ve attached the CorelDraw file to this instruction. If you are running into problems, it might be able to help you out!

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