Well, I finally had a request to try my hand at photo engraving. I worked through a few prototypes and adjustments on this photo and I’m really pleased with the result! I am a new fan of the “Vary Power” option. It appears to engrave at varying depths and adds dimension to the piece. This is quite a bit different than ‘dots’ that appears to print on the surface.
I used photoshop to adjust the photo to black and white. I adjusted the contrast/brightness/saturation levels so that the blacks were darker and the whites were lighter.
This was engraved on proof-grade draft with the following settings:
Grayscale: vary power
My husband and I are going to personalize the back with a message to each of our neighbors.
Hopefully you can see the depth, or 3D effect that the vary power option gives. The pictures don’t really do it justice. Give it a try! I’d love to see what you do too.