Try it out: laser cutting

Course Dates: 18/09/21
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Learn how to cut and etch paper with your own images, patterns or text. Learn some basic skills to personalise an existing template own using Adobe Illustrator. Send your file to be produced on our laser cutter and leave with your own design. All materials included in a choice of colours. Suitable for absolute beginners.
Please note: the first session of this course will be delivered online. The second session will be delivered onsite at the college.
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Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00

Course Code: VW276

Sat, day, 18 Sep - 18 Sep '21

Duration: 1 session

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

This is a basic introdution to laser cutting and its potential for various practical outcomes. We will use Adobe Illustrator on mac laptops to create or customise a simple template, which you will then send to cut on our Speedy 300 laser cutter. You will leave with at least one design of your own. All materials included. Suitable for absolute beginners.

What will we cover?

- Basic drawing and image tracing techniques in Adobe Illustrator
- Designing and personalising
- Identifying correct power settings for cutting / etching papers
- Saving and checking digital files correctly for laser cutting.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

All learners:
- Use at lease 2 tools in Adobe Illustrator
- Design and customize a simple design
- Gain an understanding of the laser cutting process

More experienced learners:
- create your own designs instead of working from a template
- play with different line thicknesses.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners. No previous experience necessary although if you are familiar with Adobe Illustrator you can use the time to build on your basic knowledge.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is a punchy tutor lead workshop. Your will primarily work alone on your own file, with opportunity to share and discuss ideas with you peers throughout. There will be a chance for discussion and idea sharing as the course progresses. No work is required outside of class.
Please note: the first session of this course will be delivered online. The second session will be delivered onsite at City Lit.
You will need to have access to Adobe Illustrator. If you do not have the software, City Lit can provide you with a temporary license that will last for the duration of this course. If you require more information please contact us on
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Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

If you wish to cut more than one item there will be a charge of £3 per item. Additional cuts may not be possible within the course duration and should be negotiated with the tutor after class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offer a wide range of short and year-long design courses, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.

Browse our current offer for complemtary courses.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.