How do I get the best results when engraving photos?

Laser Q&ACategory: Application QuestionsHow do I get the best results when engraving photos?
Serena Staff asked 11 months ago
1 Answers
Jordan Staff answered 11 months ago

Photographs are one of the most popular items for engraving purposes. Taking a captured memory and engraving it upon a different material such as wood or marble truly takes photographs to the next level.
 
There’s no single correct method of engraving photos. The more you engrave photos, the better you will become, so don’t get discouraged if at first your engraved photographs do not display the perfect results you’re looking for.
 
Some simple tips to always follow when engraving photos are;
 
(1) it’s all about material choice! Not all materials are suitable for engraving photos onto. Our personal favourites are clear acrylic and anodised aluminium but others like wood and engraving plastics also work quite well
 
(2) use a lower dpi – a higher dpi doesn’t mean better quality when it comes to engraving photos. Using a lower dpi of 200 or 300 allows for better spacing between the lasered dots giving a better looking final result. If you are scanning in a photo its best to scan it in at the same resolution you  plan to engrave it, ie. 200dpi or 300dpi.
 
(3) not all photos are suitable – when laser engraved, the photos that produce the best results feature a wide variety of shading that goes from light to dark. You want to avoid high contrast photos with large areas of solid colours such as black shadows.
 
Try to avoid photos with expansive backgrounds containing only one or two small subjects. You may also find that cutting out the subjects of the photo and deleting the background can dramatically improve your photos as well
 
(4) consider using a Photo Engraving Software like Epilog Laser’s PhotoLaser Plus that automatically optimizes your photographs for engraving on a variety of materials. PhotoLaser Plus is extremely versatile, making it ideal for both beginners and advanced engravers.
 
Beginners eliminate guesswork by simply importing artwork, running it through the program, selecting the material they’re engraving onto and then sending the job to the laser. As beginners improve and become more advanced, they can utilize powerful photo adjustment tools as well as create and access custom photo processing settings, greatly reducing production time on photo engraving jobs. Click here to learn more about PLP