What about artwork? How to submit camera ready, high quality artwork for great printing results

Here at Lazer Designs, we get to review A LOT of logos and images.  Sometimes they are ready to be lasered, and sometimes, well, sometimes they need a little work.  When it comes to laser engraving, or just about any other printing method, the better the input artwork, the better the output!

So, when you are choosing your art, look at the file type and go with the highest resolution possible.  If you have a VECTOR file (EPS, AI, PDF, CDR) this is almost always the BEST OPTION!  However, we understand that not everyone has access to these types of files, so we also accept .JPG, .TIFF, .PNG, .PSD, and Microsoft Office files at a 300dpi+ resolution.
For resolution, take a look at these examples:

Low quality image This image is LOW quality, and would not laser as well as a higher resolution image. The jagged edges may come across when lasered. (this was a .gif used on a webpage)
High quality image This image is higher quality, with crisp edges, and would laser well. (this was a 300dpi .PNG file)

If you’re not sure how your art will look or if you can’t find a high resolution image, just email your logo to us ahead of time and we’ll take a look and provide any tips and feedback. Remember to tell us what you want to engrave it on – some surfaces are more forgiving than others!

Sometimes we will be able to recreate or clean up low quality art.  We are experts with cleaning up artwork and sometimes there is no charge.  If a charge does apply, we will ALWAYS contact you before charging you any additional fees.

What about lasering my logo on Apparel?

apparel artwork for lasering

Apparel (especially fleece) does not show small details as well as other substrates, so we have to be sure details are large enough to show up.

Follow these guidelines for lasering your artwork onto custom apparel:

  • Files must be at least 100dpi in one of the following formats (.JPEG or .PNG) or vector art
  • Files must be black, no color or gradients
  • Fonts smaller than 30 point will not work!
  • Images must be block style. Any fine detail will not show when lasered in fleece! (see diagram)

Other textiles, such as denim, some synthetics and dyed cotton may show smaller details very nicely.

Can you laser engrave photographs?

We can also engrave your photographs! See example of engraved photographs.  Photographs should be in as large a file as you have. Photos look best when there is a quiet background (or solid color in background).

One last important tip: if you have already placed an order with us, reference your order number in any correspondence – doing so will save time and help us serve you better!

Please call or e-mail with any questions or if you would like a quote on your artwork!

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7 Secrets to Powerful Goodie Bag Ideas

So you’ve planned the event, signed people up, signed speakers up, have games and events planned, how do you give the attendees a sense of value after the event, when they go home and reflect back on their investment to attend?

'20111020_060' photo (c) 2011, David Nichols - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/How do you help avoid buyers remorse? Of course, a quality event is paramount – but don’t forget about memorable goodie bags!

Goody bags are a great way to add value to your event! People go home after the event, and see what favors and goodies they received – adding positive feelings to the event and your organization.

Let’s look at a few pointers on how to plan a successful goodie bag promotion and how to make goodie bags with these goodie bag ideas:

  • Ask neighboring businesses to chip in – many are willing to send in promotional items with their name/logo on them (try hospitals, financial groups, athletic stores and services, chiropractors, restaurants in area)
  • If you’ll have different age groups or different demographics, put some thought into having two separate goodie bags for each group
  • Did we mention restaurants? Free food and free food coupons are wildly popular! Many restaurants not only will provide coupons for the perfect goodie bag item, they are prepared to have a booth with free samples of their delicious offerings.
  • If you have ability to choose the imprint on the promotional items, remember it is All in the imprint – put thought into a quality, relevant imprint. Make sure it makes sense to the recipients. Your business name may not mean anything and get little response, but an invitation for a free sample or report, or your unique selling proposition, that may pique interest and encourage people to logon to your site to learn more.
  • Do you get local businesses interested, but not committed? Why not help them by asking for a donation, promising them you’ll do the work of providing a relevant, quality promotional item? Provide them with photos of the promotional gifts you plan to include in the goodie bag, and offer to include their logo. Sometimes, businesses want to be involved but lack the resources or time to plan, so the have to drop out. This is a great way to get ideas for goodie bags – talk to businesses, ask them if they have ideas, and then call us and finalize the ideas!
  • Don’t forget about food! Food coupons, food gift certificate raffles or silent auctions, travel size samples in the goodie bags (bananas, apples, fruit drinks, bars, cookies) and restaurant tables with free samples

Remember, we provide many customized, small items perfect for goodie bags! Browse our site or contact us for personalized help and ideas. Our sales team loves putting together successful goodie bag promotions (we do it for a living after all), so give us a call if you need help.

Any other ideas for a great goodie bag? What’s the best thing you’ve ever received from a goodie bag at an event?

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Laser Engraved Grapefruit – tangy and delicious!

Here at LazerDesigns, we love to play with lasers.

This is a combination you probably have never seen before. A grapefruit. A laser engraver. A shark. And blue color fill paint.

Grapefruit, anyone? Way to go Aaron and Bryce, Grapefruit Engraving Gurus!

Laser Engraved Grapefruit

Laser Engraved Grapefruit

Laser Engraved Grapefruit Color Filled

Laser Engraved Grapefruit Color Filled

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Top 6 Personalized Valentine’s Day Gifts

Looking for something special for that

special someone?


Display your memories for all to enjoy on personalized digital frames

Highlight your special Valentine’s Day memory with a personalized Valentine’s Day photo frame!

Be Mine Sweethearts Frame

Celebrate each other and toast to your love with many fine wine gifts.

Snuggle up with your Valentine in this super soft, warm personalized blanket.

Super Plush Valentine’s Sweethearts Fleece Blanket

What gifts are you giving your Valentine this February 14th? Share your ideas with us!

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Leatherman Wingman and Sidekick Tools Comparison

Leatherman Sidekick Carabiner Accessory
Leatherman released two new tools, the Leatherman Wingman and Leatherman Sidekick, two feature packed tools with great price points!

The Sidekick and Wingman are tools geared toward the first time tool buyer. Not sure you need a Leatherman Wave or Skeletool? Does your team need a quality, American made safety award without all the heft and extra features? The Sidekick and Wingman are the tools for you.

Your logo, names or message is permanently laser etched onto the body panels on the front or back of these engraved Leatherman tools.

So what is the difference in the Sidekick and Wingman? The biggest difference right off is the Sidekick has 1 extra tool – the Carabiner Accessory, which can clip, has a hex bit driver and opens bottles. The Sidekick also features a saw while the Wingman features scissors and a package opener. The Sidekick includes a nice leather sleeve.

Leatherman Wingman
15 Tools

  • Spring-action Needlenose Pliers
  • Spring-action Regular Pliers
  • Spring-action Wire Cutters
  • 420HC Knife
  • 420HC Serrated Knife
  • Wood/Metal File
  • Saw
  • Small Screwdriver
  • Medium Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Ruler (1.5 in)
  • Bottle Opener
  • Can Opener
  • Wire Stripper
  • Carabiner Accessory: Hex Bit Driver and Bottle Opener

Great for: Fishing, bicycling, sailing, camping

14 Tools

  • Spring-action Needlenose Pliers
  • Spring-action Regular Pliers
  • Spring-action Wire Cutters
  • 420HC Combo Knife
  • Package Opener
  • Wood/Metal File
  • Scissors
  • Small Screwdriver
  • Medium Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Ruler (1.5 in)
  • Bottle Opener
  • Can Opener
  • Wire Stripper

Great for: Fishing, camping, sailing, Do-it-yourself home use

Both tools feature:

  • Removable Pocket Clip
  • Stainless Steel Body
  • All Locking Outside Blades
  • Stainless Steel Handles
  • 25-year Warranty

Measurements for both tools:

  • 2.6 in | 6.6 cm (Blade Length)
  • 3.8 in | 9.7 cm (Closed)
  • 7 oz | 198.4 g (Weight)

If this comparison was helpful, please share it around!

What is your experience with the Sidekick or Wingman?

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3 more uses for carabiners

Looking for ideas for carabiner uses? Here are some photos I took while camping this summer!

If you are looking for uses for your traditional carabiner, take a look at these 55 useful and fun things to do with a carabiner keychain and this video with 4 more ideas.

carabiner clip holding camera

carabiner clip holding camera - perfect for timed shots!

carabiners make great zipper pulls

carabiners make great zipper pulls - also can clip sunscrean, bug spray or water bottles onto pack easily

carabiners help hold up tarps over campsites

carabiners help hold up tarps over campsites - who would've guessed?

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Summer Squash

summer squash

Sunni holding a "small" sample of the squash grown by our very own Susan Durst

Some may think of squash as just another sport we don’t understand here in the U.S. (learn more from the World Squash Federation).

Now check out this squash! The giant Zucchini variety. We have talents among our team members other than laser engraving!  Master gardener Susan coaxed this beauty out of her summer garden. Her secret?  Lots of equine fertilizer ( horse poop ).

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