Try This: Laser Cut Paper Silhouettes

Follow this tutorial, and you'll be well on your way to crafting your own paper silhouette artwork.

Searching for a unique gift or decoration idea? This tutorial teaches you how to create your own paper silhouette artwork.

Required materials:

  • 1 sheet laser paper orange-red
  • 1 sheet laser paper slate gray and self-adhesive
  • 1 sheet laser paper blue and self-adhesive
  • 1 sheet laser paper dark blue and self-adhesive
  • 1 sheet laser paper black and self-adhesive
  • Covering material

Machine used:

  • Speedy 360
  • 80 watt
  • 1.5″ lens
  • Honeycomb vacuum table

For this sample, you can use any laser machine from the Speedy laser engraver series, or an equivalent from another manufacturer.

Tip: For delicate and detailed cuts, we recommend using the 1.5″ lens.

Step One: Create Your Design

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Images courtesy Trotec

Import your own graphics and edit the silhouette design as needed. Then, send the graphics for each layer of your design to the laser (this design uses five) with the following criteria:

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Step Two: Laser Process the Paper

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Laser cutting different types and colors of paper.

Organize your mix of colored paper sheets in their correct order, according to your design. Place them flat in your Trotec laser machine. Cover the remainder of the working surface to allow for a strong vacuum. Parameters may vary by laser machine model and beam strength.

Laser Parameters: Engraving

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Laser Parameters: Cutting

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Step Three: Assembly

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Stick the different paper layers together to finish your multi-layer silhouette.

Choose one color for the backing plate. Next, arrange the colored sheets in the correct order, in line with your design. If you are following our design, use the orange paper as the backing plate, and then place the remaining colors in the following order:

  • Slate gray
  • Blue
  • Dark blue
  • Black as finishing

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Inspiration for a laser cut silhouette.

David Stevens, Trotec Laser

David Stevens

David Stevens is renowned in the industry for his teaching abilities and helping customers improve their laser processing techniques. For nearly two decades, he held multiple roles at Universal Laser, including applications la manager, where he built, designed, and produced Universal's catalog of laser parameters and standardized settings, spending more than 25,000+ hours testing and learning all known materials and its reaction with laser processing, becoming an industry leader in laser technology. He recently joined Trotec Laser Inc. as the industrial applications manager and heads the West Coast Applications & Inspiration Lab.

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