Hello I was wondering what the group think is on engraving gradient images like photos…i have projects that have cut, scored and engraved elements…how do you all do these within a single project???many times the gradient images are not that good…as a teacher i dont have time to do each technique as a separate prepared step…peace
I have no problem with photo prep…i have issues with gradients AND masking…my non masked photos turn out great…what i have are issues when a project has all three types of laser use…i need the masking but also dont need the masking…what are people doing about this???peace
Oh right, masking doesn’t do well with vary power/3d engrave. The issue is that the masking eats up the laser energy for the lower end of the power scale. You can offset that by using the minimum power setting, but tbh it doesn’t work too well. My best suggestion is not to mask fine engraves like that. There are several techniques for cleaning unwanted smoke marks from engraves, that’s what I’d be doing. and have done:
You can get definitely good results this way.
@shogun and I worked together before he had his Glowforge, and all of these were done on maple hardwood and unmasked, then cleaned.