I was showing a former coworker what I’ve been up to with my new Glowforge. I showed him a picture I’d done that I purchased from Travis Sturgill. He asked if I could do try to do one for him. He’s a huge Lord of the Rings fan and had a picture that he said he’d been trying to find. He sent me a copy of the picture he wanted.
I tried it first from the photo he sent, but didn’t like the way it came out. I used a poplar plywood board, using the lighter side because I thought the engraving would show up better. It didn’t.
So I figured out how to print it out in black and white and scanned it in. I figuring that the contrast would be much better for engraving. It was.
I tried to print it, the GF would give the “no artwork” message, as the white border would be outside the edges, even though the photo was inside .
I struggled with how to get it better, importing it into both Inkscape and Silhouette, but couldn’t get rid of a white border around it. If He, though, thought it was great. I finally got it to be saved as a “cropped” picture when I scanned it, so it didn’t have an edge around it.
In the end, I think it turned out well. I took it to him today. I showed him the first side first, and he was happy with it. (huh?) Then I told him I was unhappy with it, so redid it on the other side. He took a step back and his mouth dropped open. Needless to say, he was very pleased. I told him I’ve got some baltic birch ordered and will redo it, hoping that it’ll be better.
It was a big learning curve for me, but one I’m anxious to try again. Here’s the end result.