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Interested in laser cutting but intimidated by the software required to make a file? You're not alone! This Instructable will demystify the magic of laser cut files and get you on your way to your first project.

I make most of my laser cut files using Illustrator. Illustrator is a vector based program that outputs laser cutter friendly .ai files. It includes a lot of tools and shortcuts that make putting together a file more efficient.

Step 1: Open the program and create a new document

Let's start by opening the program and creating a new document.

File > New

The hot key for this is crtl + n

Enter the document name and dimensions