I finally have the time and courage to try to engrave some of my photos.
Original photo converted to black and white. Tweaked contrast and sharpened a bit.
The finished product!
Finished size is approx 15cm across.
PG Maple Hardwood, HD photo, Vary Power default settings. Approx 46 min engrave, GF Pro
Not too unhappy with the result but I have some questions for the veterans in the crowd.
- after cleaning up with isopropyl alcohol and a toothbrush the finished piece is slightly warped. I tried not to use too much liquid but the thin PG and the engraving seems to exaggerate the warping a bit. Any tried and true methods for flattening it out other than gluing it something else?
- I was surprised at the depth achieved. Is it better to increase speed or reduce power to reduce the engrave depth?
- is there a good ‘clean up’ setting to use as a second pass that might smooth out some of the larger field areas or would I lose some of the detail in the feathers?
- Does the depth of the engrave stay consistent regardless of the overall size of the piece? i.e. on a larger piece would the depth changes seem more subtle because of the relative size?
- I’ve read a few of the tutorials on prepping photos but still experimenting a bit. I wish these engraves didn’t take so long so iterating with variables was easier.
Any other comments or suggestions?