Our Design Guides suggest using 2 different engraving types: Heavy vector line engraving and Heavy raster fill engraving.
These are the two engraving types which tend to provide the best result on most materials. They are also the ONLY types we would recommend for use with acrylic - as it enables us to leave on the protective paper coating that comes on both sides of the acrylic from our supplier.
If you are not using acrylic, however, you may be interested in experimenting with the other engraving types, which are outlined below.
Vector line engraving
Medium vector line engraving
Set the stroke color to green with RGB values of 0, 255, 0:
Light vector line engraving
Light vector line engraving results turn out best on wood - and are best avoided when using cork, leather or felts. Be sure to look closely your material samples (if you have ordered some) or the material catalog pages to see the results you're likely to get
Set the stroke color to magenta with RGB values of 255, 0, 255:
Raster fill engraving
Lower power raster fill engraving results turn out best on wood and leather - and are best avoided when using cork or felts. Be sure to look closely your material samples (if you have ordered some) or the material catalog pages to see the results you're likely to get.
A pro-tip is that you can actually use any strength in between "heavy" and "light", as long as all three of your R.G.B. values match in your fill color
Medium raster fill engraving
Set the fill color to medium grey with RGB values of 128, 128, 128:
Light raster fill engraving
Set the fill color to light grey with RGB values of 230, 230, 230: