Laser cut silhouette

Follow this tutorial to learn how to create your own paper silhouette artwork. These finished pieces make great gifts and decorations.

DIY laser cut silhouette
DIY laser cut silhouette


Materials required
  • 1 Sheet Laser Paper Orange-Red
  • 1 Sheet Laser Paper Slate Grey + self adhesive
  • 1 Sheet Laser Paper Blue + self adhesive
  • 1 Sheet Laser Paper Dark Blue + self adhesive
  • 1 Sheet Laser Paper Black + self adhesive
  • Material to cover the laser bed, such as plain paper

The LaserPaper range is available for purchase on our engraving supplies webshop.

Laser machine used
  • Speedy 360, 80 Watt
  • 1.5" lens
  • Honeycomb vacuum table

Any Speedy laser engraving machine can be used to create this sample. .


We used the 1.5" lens as we wanted to make very delicate and detailed cuts.


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Step by step

Trotec laser print settings: LaserPaper
Step 1

Step 1: Design

Import our pre-created graphics and adapt it to your requirements. Send the 5 various graphics to your Trotec Laser with the following settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500dpi none
Halftone Others
colour Enhanced geometries, Inner Geometries first
Laser cutting different types and colours of paper
Step 2

Step 2: Laser cutting and engraving the paper

Lay the respective coloured paper sheets in your Trotec Laser, covering the rest of the working surface with plain paper to get a strong vacuum. The parameters are likely to vary betweenlaser machines and the power available.

Laser Engraving Parameters

Black Engrave CO2 40 70 500
Colour Process Power % Speed % ppi/Hz
1 ON 0mm High Quality
Passes Air Assist Z-offset Advanced

Laser Cutting Parameters

Colour Process Power % Speed % ppi/Hz
Red Cut CO2 15 1 1,000
Passes Air Assist Z-offset Advanced
1 ON 0mm -
Assembling the laser cut silhouette
Step 3

Step 3: Assembly

Take the orange rectangle as a backing plate, and then stick the remaining colours in the following order:

  • Slate grey
  • Blue
  • Dark blue
  • Black as finishing

Why Trotec Materials?

Our Laser Paper range is ideal for a range of applications, having been specifically developed for laser cutting and engraving. This means you can achieve the highest contrast wtih your laser machine, with a clean cut mark from laser cutting. This quality paper, which is available in a variety of different colours, can be used in many applications including invitations, brochures, business cards, greeting cards and much more.


  • Cut spacers from thin TroLase ADA which you can stick between the paper sheets. This adds additional depth and spaciousness to the final piece.
  • Depending on the design, the laser cut silhouette could be used as a gift card.

Speedy series
The ideal laser engraver and cutter for personalisation.

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Questions about applications or settings?
We're happy to advise you from A for Air assist to Z for z-offset.

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