While driving home this evening my mind went to my future glowforge (as it frequently does) and I starting thinking about the 3D engrave feature. I’ve been playing around in illustrator and photoshop with methods to turn regular photos into files that would translate well into a 3D engrave. It’s not fast, but since I enjoy those programs it’s fun. What popped into my head was, what if someone had more artistic talent than me (not hard to imagine…at all) and drew something freehand that was intended to be a 3D engrave, darkening the areas they want the deepest and shading and blending the areas in between. Here’s the question, would the 3D engrave feature work from an image scanned by the Glowforge camera? I can’t remember this being discussed before, but I could see it giving a sort of organic vibe to a 3D engrave, especially if some of the crosshatching and what-not showed up in the blends from black to white.
Anyway, just a thought - I was actually thinking of how my mother could use the Glowforge. She has 0 tech ability (don’t tell her I said that, she was super excited she managed to plug in her new printer without me there the other week ) but unlike me has a lot of artistic talent. She taught High School art for years, along with just about every other subject, including Spanish. Sadly I can’t draw or speak Spanish…go figure.