Vector edging is a technique which uses shallow vector cuts to create an outline around areas of raster engraving.
This is done by creating a vector copy of an image which is overlaid on top of the original raster. The vector copy is run as a cut, but not given enough power to go all the way through the material. The end result is a much sharper edge than you would get with just a raster engraving.
Vector edging works well with most raster designs and can even be used on its own in place of engraving when you only want an outline, not a filled in shape. This technique can also help smooth out engravings that are noticeably pixelated.
While vector edging is possible with almost any image, it is not compatible with all types of materials.
As with all projects, it is recommended to try it on scrap material whenever possible.
Before you begin, you will need to have both the raster image to engrave and the vector lines for the edge work.
Once you have both versions of your image, you will need to align the vector on top of the raster in the software.
The raster settings will be exactly the same as they would be for a non-edged project, however the vector settings will have to be significantly altered.