I was working these up to learn to tweak the 3D engraving process on various kinds of hardwoods, so figured I share the base template in case anyone else wants to experiment a bit.
Left to right that shows the effects on Maple, Cherry, and Inventables Padauk.
(I ran quite a bit of preliminary testing on basswood hardwood as well, and while I like it for quarter inch and thicker slabs, it’s a little fragile for the 1/8" material that’s needed for these notebook covers. But you can get some really great, really deep sculpting in 1/4" materials.)
The PG cherry is a favorite for the depth of colors you can get:
But the Padauk comes in a close second for the sharp detail it picks up - it’s very hard and burns clean, but when you remove the char, you also remove a lot of the contrast.
The Maple doesn’t contrast as well, the engraving is a little lighter in color, and it’s a little more fragile…I cracked it while scrubbing … but it looks cool too:
The file was created in Illustrator, so if you are importing into another program, the sizing might be affected depending on that program’s native import settings.
If you need to scale it for your software, the correct size is 4.25" x 5.75".
The depth map was just one I found somewhere online…I collect things and I’ve had that one for a while.
Mead Five Star Cover shared.zip (706 Bytes)
Oh, and these are the notebooks they fit: Mead Five Star Notebooks