With Father’s day coming up, I wanted to do something neat for my father and father-in-law. And this also gave me another bit of practice at photo etching.
I made two of these, one for each Grandpa. Heehee! The trophy image was a coloring book picture I found via Google. I added the words on the bottom and etched my son’s face on the top portion. I also created the simple, circular base to make it stand up. The overall size was about 4" and I had to go through several test runs to get his face to show up well. At that size, it was easy to lose too much detail and be too dark.
All editing was done in Corel Paint Shop Pro and Inkscape. Trophies were made on Medium Maple Plywood. Photo etching was the “convert to dots” setting. I did a lot of photo editing on the picture with the sharpen tool, burn tool, and brightness/contrast tool but I had to actually reduce the dot pattern density to about 80. Anything more and it was too dark and anything less made it too light.
Overall, I’m really happy with how they turned out.