But in order to do this, I'll need to convert my hand-drawn paper pattern into something that the laser will understand. If you want to do the same, you'll need the following:
- Paper pattern
Step 1: Scan Your Pattern Into CorelDRAW
Step 2: Do an Image Trace
From the Bitmap menu, choose Centerline Trace, then choose Line Drawing from the pop out menu. This will open the PowerTRACE window. Give the program a minute to generate your trace. Check it to make sure all is well and it didn't forget to trace anything you need. If necessary, fiddle with the controls to get a better result. Make sure the "delete original image" box is checked, then hit "OK" to accept the trace.
Congratulations, you've now got a vector drawing of you pattern! However, you aren't done yet.
Still not done yet though...
On the side toolbar select the icon that looks like a pen and choose Hairline Outline from the pop out menu. Then select the icon that looks like a paint bucket and choose No Fill from the pop out menu.
You now have a laser ready file! Repeat this process for any other patten pieces you've got, and don't forget to save!