Join Claudia McCue for an in-depth discussion in this video Laser die cutting, part of Print Production: Embossing, Foil Stamping, and Die Cutting.
Another method of paper sculpture is to use a laser and we're seeing more and more…of this. It's a direct process wherein a laser…essentially burns and evaporates parts of a piece of paper.…Now it's a one off process meaning that it's one piece at a time.…But there are some advantages. There's no die tooling involved because…there's no die cutting. And it can hold very fine detail, it's a…digital process, so that means that if you need to make a modification to a job, you…don't have to recreate a die and start all over.…
You can just recreate the digital file that's driving the laser.…What's this used for? Well, projects like special event pieces,…wedding invitations, business cards, I've seen a lot of greeting cards this way.…How do you supply your artwork? Well, really it's just art that you would…create in illustrator. You do have to keep some things in mind.…Think of it as being sort of like a stencil.…You have to have little bridges to hold little pieces in.…In other words think of doing the letter O.…
- Understanding how dies are created: hand-engraved, machined, or photo-engraved
- Preparing files for die-cutting
- Choosing appropriate stock
- Creating artwork for single- or multi-level embossing
- Checking proofs
- Examining a cutting die
- Handling a complex bleed
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Embossing Basics
2. Manufacturing Considerations
3. Preparing Artwork for Embossing
4. Foil Stamping
5. Die Cutting Basics
6. Designing Die Cutting in Illustrator
Handling a complex bleed6m 57s
7. Designing Die Cutting in InDesign
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