Epilog Laser 101

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This page details the basis of how to create a design via Illustrator and "print" the job to the Epilog laser.

Creating a new Illustrator Artboard

This step is very straight forward and is like creating a new file in any software program you might be familiar with. The critical part of this step is properly setting the dimensions of the material you will place in the laser. NOTE: Failing to properly set the dimensions of your material could result in the laser cutting or etching outside of the intended area.

  1. Open Adobe Illustrator using the shortcut on the desktop
  2. Click the Create New button
    Laser 101.01 Adobe - Create New 1.png
  3. On the right under Preset Details, you need to enter the details of the material you'll be using. The image below shows the most important settings:
    • ITEM 1: Name of your design. IE: Design1
    • ITEM 2: Unit of measure. IE: Inches
    • ITEM 3: Width and Height of your material. IE: 7 inches width and 5 inches height.
  4. When you are done setting up your job, click the Create button. The Job Setup panel will close and you will be shown a blank Illustrator design screen which is called an Artboard.
    Laser 101.02 Adobe - Create New 2.png

Creating your design

  1. This step involve using a variety of toolbars within Illustrator. The main toolbar is usually docked on the left and is called the Advanced Toolbar.
    Laser 101.03 Adobe Advanced Toolbar.png
  2. We are making a large keychain tag. Select the Ellipse tool on the Advanced toolbar
    Laser 101.04 Select Ellipse Tool.png
  3. Use the mouse and draw out an ellipse as shown below
  4. Select the ellipse and then set the Stroke width to 0.001 inches. You will see the Stroke width highlighted in the red box below.
    Laser 101.05 Draw Ellipse.png
  5. Illustrator does not have a dedicated circle option. You use the Ellipse tool and just hold the SHIFT KEY to draw a small circle on the left side of the ellipse.
    Laser 101.06 Draw Small Circle.png
  6. The next step involves placing an image on our keychain tag. In this example we are placing a SVG file but the same process can be used for placing other types of files such as JPG, PNG or DXF files.
    Laser 101.07 File - Place.png
  7. Navigate to the Members folder in the root of the C drive. Navigate into the Intro To Laser folder and select the MakerFX Logo.svg.
    Laser 101.08 File - Place - Locate.png
  8. Hold SHIFT KEY and then drag a handle of the image to get it to the desired size.
  9. Don't worry about aligning the image vertically or horizontally. We will fix that next.
  10. Select both the Ellipse and the MFX Logo. Select the first object and hold SHIFT while selecting the second object. The image below is shown when you have both objects selected.
    Laser 101.09 Align Select Objects.png
  11. This step will align the two objects on the horizontal axis. Select File -> Object -> Horizontal Align Center.
    Laser 101.10 Align Horizontal Center.png
  12. This step will align the two objects on the vertical axis. Select File -> Object -> Vertical Align Center.
    Laser 101.11 Align Vertical Center.png
  13. Save your design before proceeding to the next step.
    Laser 101.12 File - Save.png

Configure Design for Laser

The Epilog laser is connected to the MFX network much like a traditional laser printer. You will be using various print dialogs to configure how the laser will operate for the specific material you are using.

  1. Select File -> Print as the first step
    Laser 101.13 Adobe File Print.png
  2. Make sure that the Auto-Rotate option is not enabled before proceeding
  3. Click the Setup button to open the standard Windows print dialog. It is normally the default printer on the laser PC.
    Laser 101.14 Adobe Print Dialog.png
  4. The Windows printer Epilog - NETWORK is how Windows knows about the Epilog laser.
  5. Click the Preferences button
    Laser 101.15 Windows Print Dialog.png
  6. The Epilog Printing Preferences dialog will open and you will need to adjust multiple settings before actually "printing" the design to the Epilog laser.
    Laser 101.16 Epilog Printing Preference.png
  7. There are six sections of parameters that you need to review and adjust for your job.




Set the resolution for Rastering. 400 dpi is a good starting point.

Laser 101.17 Epilog Print Resolution.png


  • The settings shown on the right are the most common settings.
  • Never check Auto Focus. Focus must be set manually.
  • Make sure that Send to Laser is selected
Laser 101.17 Epilog Print Options.png

Job Type

  • Raster is also known as engraving
  • Vector is for jobs that involve cutting. Lines in your design that have a stroke width of 0.001 inches will be cut.
  • Select Combined if your job is both engraving and cutting.
Laser 101.17 Epilog Print Job Type.png

Piece Size

  • Dimensions are always in inches.
Laser 101.17 Epilog Print Piece Size.png

Raster Settings

  • Refer to this guide to determine Speed and Power for the material being used. This guide is located on a slide out on the left side of the desk.
Laser 101.17 Epilog Print Raster Setting.png

Vector Settings

This section will be active if the Job Type is Vector or Combined

  • Refer to this guide to determine Speed, Power, and Frequency for the material being used. This guide is located on a slide out on the left side of the desk.
  • Set Engrave Direction to Bottom-up
  • Frequency has to be adjusted with the slider and the Minus (-) or Plus (+).
Laser 101.17 Epilog Print Vector Setting.png

Final Checks Before Sending To Laser

  1. Click OK to close the Epilog Printing Preferences
  2. Document and Media size must MATCH.
  3. There is a bug in the Epilog print driver that initially causes them to be different.
  4. Click Setup and then Preferences again
  5. Piece Size settings should be the same.
  6. Click OK
  7. Make sure the dimensions for Document and Media match
    Laser 101.18 Epilog Print Document and Media Match.png

Send Job to Epilog Laser

  • Make sure the Epilog laser is powered on.
  • Click Print from the Adobe Print Dialog to send the job to the laser

Laser 101.19 Adobe Print To Laser.png