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03-30-2019 02:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: laser control software laser control laser software image editing

Good Morning Folks,

I just purchased and EleksMaker E3 Pro w/ the 2500 mw laser module. The setup was super easy, the unit is nice and sturdy. This unit clearly will do fine as an advanced hobbyist tool. Probably just a bit light for production work, but that is not my goal.

My issue is control software.

I had previously played around with a very cheap little unit using T2Laser software. It’s ok for lightweight hobby work and the support is excellent, but it does not work with *.svg vector files. The Eleks comes with a proprietary control software which is actually pretty good, but could still use a bit more if you know what I mean.

Using Inkscape as a image editor – ok, but not intuitive and having issues resizing images.

So folks, asking the experienced laser guys – what software do you use both for image editing and laser control. Not hot on paying Adobe $30 a month to edit – but if consensus says that’s what I have to do… Any suggestions would be helpful.

Eager to be able to add laser engraving to my projects.

Thank you in advance.

Doug

-- The only limit to your skills is your willingness to learn


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#1 posted 03-30-2019 04:16 PM

I have a 1500mw LX (eleks – get it?) Here's what I explained

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#2 posted 03-30-2019 08:11 PM

;)

Still looking for answers guys.

ty


I have a 1500mw LX (eleks – get it?) Here s what I explained

- Madmark2


-- The only limit to your skills is your willingness to learn

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#3 posted 03-30-2019 09:46 PM

I use Benbox for the laser and Photo and photo 3D on windows for converting pictures. I’m also learning Inkscape to use it also. I have resized in Inkscape but I’m not confident in my abilities with it yet. I have had issues with large file sized photos crashing Benbox when hitting the burn button. I think I have a work around for that but I haven’t tested it yet.

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#4 posted 03-31-2019 03:20 AM

Photoshop CS2 and Imageready CS2 are free now from Adobe. I’ve got it on Windows XP, 7 and 10. It’s several versions old but it works just fine and a whole lot cheaper than paying Adobe a monthly fee just to more or less rent it from them.

Go here to download, and be sure to write down the Adobe serial number for either Windows or a MAC, whichever one you use.

https://www.techspot.com/downloads/3689-adobe-photoshop-cs2.html

-- Bruce Free Plans https://traditionalwoodworking.org

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#5 posted 04-01-2019 02:37 PM

Bruce,

Awesome – thank you for the point in a super direction!

Doug


Photoshop CS2 and Imageready CS2 are free now from Adobe. I ve got it on Windows XP, 7 and 10. It s several versions old but it works just fine and a whole lot cheaper than paying Adobe a monthly fee just to more or less rent it from them.

Go here to download, and be sure to write down the Adobe serial number for either Windows or a MAC, whichever one you use.

https://www.techspot.com/downloads/3689-adobe-photoshop-cs2.html

- bruc101


-- The only limit to your skills is your willingness to learn

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#6 posted 04-01-2019 02:40 PM

Bruce,

I’m an IT guy, so I checked the licensing and this article in Forbes explains that it is not free. Tons of links in google all saying no good.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/adriankingsleyhughes/2013/01/07/download-adobe-cs2-applications-for-free/#48667a554671


Photoshop CS2 and Imageready CS2 are free now from Adobe. I ve got it on Windows XP, 7 and 10. It s several versions old but it works just fine and a whole lot cheaper than paying Adobe a monthly fee just to more or less rent it from them.

Go here to download, and be sure to write down the Adobe serial number for either Windows or a MAC, whichever one you use.

https://www.techspot.com/downloads/3689-adobe-photoshop-cs2.html

- bruc101


-- The only limit to your skills is your willingness to learn

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Madmark2

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#7 posted 04-01-2019 03:39 PM

Did you read the thread? It did explain benbox and how to get perfect 1:1 print and it even had a link to the users group.

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#8 posted 04-01-2019 03:47 PM

Yes, Mark, did see it. And all good stuff.

Soooo, I work in IT and have spend years coding, debugging, etc… I could go with a Raspberry Pi, etc….

However, this time I just want to be the end user and get two packages that will require less screwing around on my part and more work on the part of the software.

Just my preference this time around.Been coding almost 50 years now and it’s lost its appeal – but that leaves a lot more time for sawdust.


Did you read the thread? It did explain benbox and how to get perfect 1:1 print and it even had a link to the users group.

- Madmark2


-- The only limit to your skills is your willingness to learn

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#9 posted 04-01-2019 04:47 PM

Doug, I use T2 and Inkscape. Although, a lot of Inkscape tasks can be done with T2. I use Inkscspe to edit artwork and convert to DXF.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 04-01-2019 04:51 PM

Gene,

Thank you. Can I ask – as an inkscape newbie – i am working with a particular image that came to me as adobe illustrator *.ai , When I load it to inkscape and try to use transform to resize, the help/instructions are not clear or intuitive. How do you resize and save images so that they will burn the size i want?

Thank you in advance for any insights!

Regards,

Doug


Doug, I use T2 and Inkscape. Although, a lot of Inkscape tasks can be done with T2. I use Inkscspe to edit artwork and convert to DXF.

- Gene Howe


-- The only limit to your skills is your willingness to learn

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#11 posted 04-01-2019 07:16 PM

Mine comes up with the option when I try to save it. Like I said I’m really new to Inkscape so I’m sure there is another way. Also I have been watching a lot of videos on YouTube about Inkscape, they are all super boring so if you find some let me know please.

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#12 posted 04-01-2019 07:17 PM

will do, thank you


Mine comes up with the option when I try to save it. Like I said I m really new to Inkscape so I m sure there is another way. Also I have been watching a lot of videos on YouTube about Inkscape, they are all super boring so if you find some let me know please.

- diverlloyd


-- The only limit to your skills is your willingness to learn

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#13 posted 04-01-2019 08:25 PM

Hi Doug,

I have the EleksMaker too, and have been just using Benbox software (and cursing at it regularly haha). I have wanted to give T2 or this a try:
https://lasergrbl.com/en/

But it seems I always just use what is already there and working, and have not made time to try either. LaserGRBL is open source and will require a new image loaded on the engraver control board.

Good luck, and let us know what you find.

-- Luck, the point where preparation meets opportunity.

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#14 posted 04-01-2019 09:35 PM


Bruce,

I m an IT guy, so I checked the licensing and this article in Forbes explains that it is not free. Tons of links in google all saying no good.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/adriankingsleyhughes/2013/01/07/download-adobe-cs2-applications-for-free/#48667a554671

Photoshop CS2 and Imageready CS2 are free now from Adobe. I ve got it on Windows XP, 7 and 10. It s several versions old but it works just fine and a whole lot cheaper than paying Adobe a monthly fee just to more or less rent it from them.

Go here to download, and be sure to write down the Adobe serial number for either Windows or a MAC, whichever one you use.

https://www.techspot.com/downloads/3689-adobe-photoshop-cs2.html

- bruc101

- Doug


Photoshop CS2 is free to download for use and has been for a couple of years now. The Serial numbers are provided by Adobe and most likely it’s their dedicated number for the software. many other reputable places offer the free download also. Adobe put out an article on it.

Adobe made a mistake with the licensing of it and and said what the heck, here it is use it. Techspot is also probably the most reputable download site in the internet.

You can actually get any program in the CS2 package for free and you can download the package and get all of it at one time.

It’s been downloaded 100’s of 1000’s of times.

Adobe CS2 Creative Suite download

https://www.techspot.com/downloads/4948-adobe-creative-suite-free.html

It may ask you if you want to register it and it will give you a couple of options. One of them is No i do not want to register it and you’ll probably never get asked again. That’s the only piece of Adobe software we have that gives you that option, and we’re eat up with Adobe software in here in our office.

-- Bruce Free Plans https://traditionalwoodworking.org

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#15 posted 04-02-2019 12:52 AM

Hey Bruce,

I confirmed with my sales rep – I purchase it for my institution. They are turning off support for CS2 so that when the software is installed, it wont be able to be activated. So, if you did get a bootleg and installed it, when the machine dies, the software won’t be reloadable without a hack on the license activation.

Bruce,

I m an IT guy, so I checked the licensing and this article in Forbes explains that it is not free. Tons of links in google all saying no good.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/adriankingsleyhughes/2013/01/07/download-adobe-cs2-applications-for-free/#48667a554671

Photoshop CS2 and Imageready CS2 are free now from Adobe. I ve got it on Windows XP, 7 and 10. It s several versions old but it works just fine and a whole lot cheaper than paying Adobe a monthly fee just to more or less rent it from them.

Go here to download, and be sure to write down the Adobe serial number for either Windows or a MAC, whichever one you use.

https://www.techspot.com/downloads/3689-adobe-photoshop-cs2.html

- bruc101

- Doug

Photoshop CS2 is free to download for use and has been for a couple of years now. The Serial numbers are provided by Adobe and most likely it s their dedicated number for the software. many other reputable places offer the free download also. Adobe put out an article on it.

Adobe made a mistake with the licensing of it and and said what the heck, here it is use it. Techspot is also probably the most reputable download site in the internet.

You can actually get any program in the CS2 package for free and you can download the package and get all of it at one time.

It s been downloaded 100 s of 1000 s of times.

Adobe CS2 Creative Suite download

https://www.techspot.com/downloads/4948-adobe-creative-suite-free.html

It may ask you if you want to register it and it will give you a couple of options. One of them is No i do not want to register it and you ll probably never get asked again. That s the only piece of Adobe software we have that gives you that option, and we re eat up with Adobe software in here in our office.

- bruc101


-- The only limit to your skills is your willingness to learn

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