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Export eps file with two different colors for or engrave

Postby cnc74 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:07 am

Hello all,

I will cut to the Chase and then I will explain why I am looking for this function: can aspire export to an EPS file showing 1 color that is for cutting and a secondary color that is for engraving. Example would be black vectors & blue vectors.

Pay no mind waste no time and don't bother explaining how spireworks because I already know. Are you familiar with glowforge? to explain it simply and directly glowforge understands cut and engrave by simply differentiating between two different colors in an EPS or PDF file. I would very much like to use aspire and simply select specific vectors to be a secondary color and exported to EPS or PDF file.

Can this be done? in the case that it can't which I suspect is the likeliest scenario I am hoping that someone from vectric is going to read this because I know for sure it would be an easy add-on for them to modify the next version of they're great software! Inkscape Gimp illustrator they all blow.. I want to do this in aspire and not have to go anywhere else to modify anything it would be tits if it could!
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Re: Export eps file with two different colors for or engrave

Postby garylmast » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:41 am

Short answer: NO.

Attached, the first picture was exported from Aspire as an eps file (Red and Blue). When opened into Photoshop (second picture) it was all black. However, I use Aspire a lot to create vectors on the laser cutter. I will export the vectors as an AI or DXF file to import them into the Laser's software (AI for my 60 watt and DXF for my 400 watt) Once imported into the Laser's software, I will change whatever vector I want to a different color, so I can select different power settings or whether I want it cut or not. (third picture). The only time I export it as an ESP file is to import it into Photoshop to increase the resolution, then I change it to a grayscale, then to a Bitmap. When saved I will have a much sharper image. Hope I answered your question.

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Re: Export eps file with two different colors for or engrave

Postby martin54 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:16 am

May depend on what software you are importing the file into, not an expert & wasn't sure myself so gave it a try, i set up 2 layers in Aspire, then placed a blue square on one layer & a red circle on the other. Exported as an EPS file & a PDF file. Opened my signmaking software created a new job & imported the EPS, got a preview as I would expect & when I accepted the 2 shapes imported & were both black. I then tried importing the PDF file, got the preview as expected & then accepted & the file was imported all to one layer but the square was still blue & the circle was still red.
So from that I conclude that it can't be done with an EPS file but can be with a PDF file :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Export eps file with two different colors for or engrave

Postby cnc74 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:00 am

Thank you gentlemen!

I will attempt to export to PDF and report back.
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Re: Export eps file with two different colors for or engrave

Postby dhellew2 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:35 am

I have a simple work around. I use Corel draw for the laser print file
First step is to have the different colored parts in their own layer, setting the layer to the desired color
cow layer blue.png

cow layer red.jpg


With both layers active export to dxf
Import them [I just drag them] into Corel

MAKE CERTAIN THE LAYERS ARE POSITIONED IN THEIR RESPECTIVE PLACE WITH EACH OTHER BEFORE EXPORTING
I PUT A TEMPORARY BORDER AROUND THE SHEET WHICH MAKES IT EASIER TO CENTER IN COREL (p)

cow aspire layers.jpg

cow red.jpg

Layers make everything better!

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Re: Export eps file with two different colors for or engrave

Postby Adrian » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:11 am

Is EPS/PDF the only export choice you have? If you export as SVG then the colours are preserved. Otherwise I would do as Dale suggests.
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Re: Export eps file with two different colors for or engrave

Postby dhellew2 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:40 pm

OTHER REASONS FOR USING LAYERS
One of the greatest benefits of layers for me is the ability to make changes to any part of a project without affecting the others.
You can use the circle resize gadget to change same size circles as a group but what if they are all different? Much more work
What about square and rectangle slots that are often determined by the material thickness?

Like a lot of folks I took too long to start using layers, but the more I use them the more benefits I find. :shock:
I do still have an issue forgetting to activate the layer I am changing... sure would like a check box for 'the last selected' layer :D
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