Fact first……I am incredibly impressed by the fine details in a couple engravings I just did a while ago! PG draft board, size about 3’ - 4”……set to regular graphic only, not dark nor 3D engrave. These were screen shots (png) of images in a PDF. This reinforces the concept that having a good image to begin with will make or break the quality of an engraving. Believe it or not, these look even better in person. I was doing test engraves so that I didn’t wait until using the good stuff to find out that the image was not going to look good.
One thing I love about taking photos of stuff I’ve done is what I can see on these two engravings……only in a photo can I see the weeding that got missed! I know many of you have discovered the same helpful thing.
Before weeding…image #1
After weeding…(see the bits I missed?)
Now…I would like the opinions of my esteemed forum friends, please. I am working on a project that will be made in PG cherry. I was going to engrave one of these types of images directly on the lid, but now am thinking that perhaps I should engrave on maple, so there’s more contrast, then cut the ‘medallion’ out and glue it on the lid? I don’t have any samples to show you, but you’ve all used both kinds of ply, so you will probably have some idea. Just seems like some of the intricate detail might get lost on a darker wood.
My finished project will be posted later……still working on the proto-type and making sure everything fits properly.