There are two main types of laser engraving: Raster and vector.
Raster engraving is the most common method of engraving and refers to engraving line by line or point by point from the pixels of your designed graphic.
Comparatively, vector engraving (also known as “scoring”) refers to the laser machine tracing the lines and curves of your graphics, one after the other or “vector by vector”, while engraving at the same time.
For applications with larger areas, such as images, stamps, shaded-in lettering or wood engraving, the raster engraving method is more appropriate and will offer better results. Alternatively, using the vector engraving method for thin lines will be faster and more favorable.