I’ve barely played around with photo engravings since I’ve had the Glowforge but I thought I might give it a go with the engrave options rolling out.
I didn’t want to burn wood just for the sake of burning wood. I’d rather have a piece that could sit on the desk. Or maybe on a ledge. Or something. I referenced a location in a previous post, “An Open Letter To Glowforge.” That’s where all of this puzzle business got started, so I figured it would be appropriate homage to have sitting around the office.
Here’s that rocky outcrop where ideas are born.
Source file, modified in Silver Efex Pro (A Nik Effects Lightroom Plugin). This is a scary thing to do to an image but it is what it is. The Silver Efex Pro has some great black and white options inside of the program - the two that I think really help for preparing for a laser are the Structure settings and Soft Contrast settings. I don’t even really know how to describe Soft Contrast in the plugin - it’s way different than just setting a contrast slider, and while I’ve gone to the more extreme side with this image, it’s pretty awesome for just regular photography.
This is straight out of the laser using 2 passes of SD Photo on med. maple ply:
This is cleaned and brushed with denatured alcohol.
I prefer the uncleaned version as far as the overall coloring… it has less of an orange-cast (these are pretty balanced as far as white balance, exposure, etc.). But, once cleaned, the piece has a greater depth to it that shows the fine details better.
This is about 8x10”.