Make Bolder Engravings By Centering Texts and Adding Fills

Here's how to properly align and center your text or images when engraving on smaller objects like dog tags or jewelry.

I’ve done more than 12 projects with it already, which means I have gone through plenty of trial and error so you won’t have to!

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The trick to better alignment involves measuring your blank or plugging in the dimensions on the blank’s packaging and creating a template using the basic shapes tool in Design Space.


Don't use Snapmat! If you are trying to engrave on a skinny metal bracelet or a dog tag it’s like shooting blanks in the dark trying to hit that sweet center spot.

To make your template, measure your item from the innermost “shape:”

Draw a geometric shape similar to the engraving blank you are working with and plug in dimensions. Make sure to change your linetype to “draw.”

Use the align tool to center accurately: Make sure to use that center align button to make sure your project is placed accurately inside Design Space.

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