So I have a shape (in this case, a bear) that I am trying to engrave other shapes (in this case, trees) onto a portion of before cutting out the bear outline.
For some reason, I can’t figure out for the life of me how to get Lightburn to essentially chop the trees off at the outline edge, but retain the shape as separate. I’ve tried all the Booleans and tricks I can think of, I wasn’t sure where else to check as this is a pretty specific problem. I’ve attached a screenshot of what I have now… the trees will be “filled” and the bear “line”(cut).
Yes, trees in bear. Also thank you for all your help!
Regardless of which order I select them in, then use the Boolean Intersection, the result comes out the same (below). I tried red bear then black trees, then black trees followed by red bear and got identical result with Intersection.
I spoke too soon. Here’s a wrench for ya… what if I want different trees to be different layers (for different power settings to try and achieve a non-uniform look on wood) ? Obviously then I can’t combine them into one shape… and when I try to select them when layered different it won’t let me Boolean Intersection. I grouped them as one shape (even when different layers) and when the Boolean Intersection happened it changed them all to one layer color. Thoughts?
Break the overall process described above into several pieces, designed for each layer you want (different layer for the different power levels you want to cut). In other words, do the exact same process multiple times, isolating the desired sections and place them on a different layer. Repeate the process for each section until you have the complete presentation.
No sooner than I had typed I think I figured it out. I duplicated the bear, selected one tree, and Boolean Intersection’d. Then I duplicated the remaining bear shape, selected another tree, again.
As a suggestion from a dummy like me, a cool thing would be a short little animation that pops up with a blurb about the Boolean functions, with one of those boxes “click here to never see this again”. I use them semi-seldomly and despite best efforts, seem to need to re-learn the little tips and tricks each time. Thanks!
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