Photo engraving with laser software Ruby

You probably already know our new laser software Ruby! It is very easy to use and offers many new features and tricks for an even faster way to the laser engraved or laser cut end product. In thism Tips & Tricks we will show you the photo engraving process in just a few steps.


A highlight for testing different screens or resolutions on the photo is the possibility to assign all 16 colors of the material database to the image. In JobControl, only black is/was always available for selection in connection with the raster. Read more about the different screens.

Note: All changes to brightness, contrast, color, etc. must be made in Ruby before importing. However, resizing and inverting can be done directly in Ruby.


Step by Step

Step 1: Import data

Import the desired photo. The fastest way to do this is by dragging and dropping. Alternatively, you can also insert the data via "Import file". To edit, click on the image, the "Design window" will open.
All imported data (*.pdf; *.svg; *.png; *.jpg; *.jpeg; *.bmp; *.tsf; *.tld; *.tlj; *.zip) are displayed under "Designs".

Tip: Assign tags for all data (designs, jobs, parameters, ...) to filter and find content faster.


Step 2: "Edit" photo

In this step you can resize the image, invert it if necessary and assign the desired color. Furthermore, you can also add text or simple crop lines. New is the function of the crop mask, with this you can crop images individually.

As described above, to test different grids or resolutions, you can resave the image and assign a different color to each of them.

Once you are done with all settings, click on "Create Job" in the upper right corner.


Step 3: Place job(s)

When you click on "Create Job", the graphic is automatically displayed in the "Prepare Window". This area is comparable to the plate in JobControl®. Here the individual designs are placed and can be aligned to the laser pointer.

To load additional graphics into the Prepare window, click on "Designs" on the left and drag the corresponding data onto the virtual workspace. Here, too, the size of the individual jobs can still be changed.

Unlike in JobControl®, in Ruby it is only here that the parameters and job properties (material effects) are assigned. Learn more about material effects: Material Database - Material Effects in the Laser Software Ruby


Step 4: Assign parameters

Select the desired material in the "Material" field on the right. Then assign the colors according to the different material effects.

As in JobControl®, only one parent parameter can be used per plate in Ruby. However, the material effects can be used to define multiple processes, such as different resolutions, screens and speeds per color.

In Ruby, there is no extra photo-optimized process mode. The laser software recognizes photos automatically, so only the desired dithering (raster) has to be selected. This is done directly in the material effect.


Step 5: Laser

After assigning the parameter, click on "Queue" to send the job to the queue of the laser. There the jobs are processed in sequence. However, the sequence can be changed using drag & drop. So you can also click "Push to Laser" to send the job to the beginning of the queue.


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