Essential Laser Engraver Tools: Laser Engraver Software & More

Those just starting their laser engraving journey might realize that there’s a lot to take in. Not only do you have to purchase the machine, but you also have to figure out how the mechanisms work, determine what aftermarket parts you need, and master the laser engraver software. Luckily, the barriers to entry aren’t as steep as you think! 

Fortunately, seasoned hobbyists like Kelly Bazzle from Living Bright with Bazzle are here to give you expert advice! As a valuable OMTech partner, Kelly Bazzle crafts custom gifts and products for her Etsy shop. 

co2 laser engraving on wood

As someone who has spent countless hours working with our OMTech CO2 laser engravers, Kelly is well-versed in laser engraving. Here are some of her most essential laser engraver accessories that help her bring her products to life. Check out her original article on the topic here.    

4 Best Accessories for Laser Engraving 


As one of the best laser engraving software on the market, Lightburn is essential for most laser engravers, including OMTech CO2 machines. Pay a one-time fee of $119 instead of having to pay a monthly subscription fee like other software for laser engravers. This will save you overall costs in the long run. 

Lightburn software is compatible with Windows, MacOS, and Linux computers, accommodating your existing systems. You can also import artwork in various graphic formats like AI, PDF, SVG, DXF, PLT, PNG, JPG, GIF, and BMP. 

lightburn software for laser engraving

Lightburn software for laser engraving allows you to arrange, edit, and create new vectors within the application. Features like offsetting, boolean operations, welding, and node editing permit further editing. For fine-tuning details, settings like power, speed, number of passes, cut order, brightness and contrast, dithering mode, and more are available in Lightburn to control your laser engraver. If you’re looking for laser engraving machine software that can do it all, Lightburn has you covered!   


If you’re creating a design from scratch, Canva is one of the easiest and simplest applications for design. Whether you’re making patterns or utilizing text, Canva has countless tools, settings, and templates available for users. Using the platform is free, but investing in a pro membership allows you access to premium tools like Background Remover, Magic Expand, and more. 

canva design website for laser engravers

For small businesses and hobbyists, we recommend using Canva. Creating mockups is a huge deal for selling your products, and Canva allows you to create custom designs, documents, and pictures with ease. Those interested in Canva Pro can grab it at $119 per person annually. 

Adobe Illustrator

Perfect for detailed designers, Adobe Illustrator is a step above the average editing application. While the many tools and settings may seem intimidating, there are hundreds of YouTube tutorials, articles, and experts out there with expert advice on how to navigate Adobe Illustrator. 

Adobe Illustrator’s advanced vector editing software is ideal for creating complex and incredibly detailed artwork that you can send to your laser engraver. Use this application to transfer photos onto wood, stone, or other materials! You can get Adobe Illustrator on its own for $22.99 a month. 

ShaperTools Trace 

The ShaperTools Trace frame can turn objects into vector images for your laser engraving machine! Simply lay an item in the frame and take a photo. The ShaperTools Trace app will create an SVG file for you to utilize wherever you want. 

trace frame software for laser engraving

Use the ShaperTools Trace frame to create instant vector files to fuel your laser creations! This tool is $99, with the app included. Compatible with IOS or Android, simply download the application and get scanning! 

Get Started with OMTech Today!

Now that you know what laser cutting machine software and applications to utilize with your OMTech laser engravers, you’re ready to start creating your own products! Whether you’re amped about starting your own business or you’re just excited to start crafting for fun, OMTech is here to help you get into the game. 

With over a decade of experience in the laser industry, OMTech products help you craft top-of-the-line items. DIY projects with wood, glass, metal, paper, and plastic are all within your scope with OMTech’s high-quality laser engraving/cutting machines!

Contact us today if you have any questions about our top-rated laser machines. Remember, investing with OMTech isn’t just a business transaction—it’s a lifetime guarantee for support and community. Stay connected with OMTech by joining our Facebook group. It’s time to start crafting! 

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