LightBurn Lesson 2: Jigsaw Puzzle

Work through this lesson and create yourself a custom made jigsaw puzzle.



What you will learn:

  • How to import multiple designs files.
  • How to resize and position multiple designs files.
  • How to setup and perform multiple cut layer operations.
  • How to engrave an image.


What you will need before you begin:

  • Completed the 'Getting Started' section of the User Manual: LINK
  • The jigsaw puzzle design files: LINK
  • 3mm plywood measuring at least 150x110mm



Step 1:

After downloading and uncompressing the design files, drag and drop both files onto the workspace.





You will now have the image and jigsaw design loaded onto the workspace, with two cutting layers created. A file is assigned default cutting settings when imported. These settings are changed later in the tutorial.





Step 2:

We want to resize our imported design file to be 110mm high, so it matches our material.

First select the image by clicking on it in the workspace. Then type 110 into the 'Height' field above the workspace as shown in the image.




Repeat this process with the jigsaw pattern and you will now have both designs correctly sized as shown below.




Step 3:

We will now position our designs into the lower left corner of the workspace.

Select both designs by pressing CMD-A (Mac) or CTRL-A (Win).

Then select 'Arrange / Move to Page Lower Left' from the top menu.




Step 4:

From the Cuts menu in LightBurn, we can see the two layers that associated with our imported design files. When running a laser job, LightBurn will work down through the list of layers.
In this tutorial, we want to engrave the image before we cut the jigsaw pattern, so we need to switch their order in the Cuts list.




To move a Layer up or down in priority, highlight it in the list and use the up and down arrow buttons on the right-hand side of the panel.

For this tutorial, select the layer with the image and move it to the top of the layer list, as shown in the image below. Your image layer will now be cut before the jigsaw pattern is cut.



Step 5:

Use the Library to apply the 3mm Plywood presets to your two cut layers:

Image layer =  Plywood 3mm Image

Jigsaw pattern layer = Plywood 3mm Cut




Step 6:

Place your material into the workspace.




Step 7:

Close the lid of your Emblaser 2 and press the 'Enable' button on the front right corner. The button will illuminate red to indicate the laser has been enabled.





Step 8:

Select the 'Laser' tab to display the Laser menu.

Then press the 'Start' button to start your job running.





Enjoy your puzzle!




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