Engraving wood darkly but not deeply?

Anybody have some general advice for how to get a wood engrave that is dark but not deep? (I want to make a jigsaw puzzle from an engraving; don’t want it to be 3-dimensional.)

I know I’ll have to do some experimenting, but I hope I can at least start off in the right direction.

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Dark will depend on the wood you are using, not much you can do to change that.
Deep is caused by the power/speed ratio of the laser.

Some folks have used ink or pens into their engrave lines prior to removing masking in order to artificially darken an engrave, and then a sealant to keep everything in place.

This is a great intro to manual mode and messing with power/speed:


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