Editing pictures that you download off the internet is in general annoying and time consuming, let alone getting it to an acceptable level for engraving it with a laser.
Well that was my goal today.
The JobControl X software that comes with the purchase of a Trotec laser, has amazing capabilities and is extremely advanced in comparison to the other software packages offered by other brands. I would know, I have used almost all of them!
Today I set out to explore the process, of going from downloaded image to a final product, engraved on Stainless Steel.
When I’m looking for an image to engrave, I use a few fundamental concepts in order to mentally filter through images, to see what would engrave well with a laser. They are:
- Image must have high contrast (Black and white images work best, but high contrast grayscale works very well too)
- Image must have a high resolution value, so that when resampled down to the size needed to engrave, we don’t loose clarity or definition.
- The image’s background must be easy to work with, pure white background or transparent background is a godsend!
- The image should preferably be taken front on; skew in an image is difficult to remove and time is money!
So today I found an image produced by