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How to laser engrave photos

Laser engravings use lasers to etch highly detailed graphic images onto materials such as wood, acrylic, coated metals, plastic, glass and stone. The process of laser engraving consists of scanning the photo, converting it into a grayscale image and then transferring the image by laser onto the material. The laser shoots out a beam that evaporates a tiny spot on the surface, engraving it. Laser engravings produce crisp, highly detailed images and require high-resolution photos for quality image results.

Scan the photo that you want to engrave. Choose a high-resolution photo for optimal results.

Import the image into the graphics editor software. Modify the page size to match the size of the surface to be engraved.

Convert the image to grayscale, and refer to your laser system's instruction manual on how to connect the laser system to your computer. Connect the laser system to your computer.

Refer to your laser system's instruction manual on where to place the item you want engraved. Place the item inside the laser system and send the print job to the laser system to be engraved.

Choose your print option from the laser menu and push the button to start the engraving. Refer to your instruction manual on the correct print option for the material you are engraving.

Things You'll Need

  • Photo
  • Scanner
  • Graphics editor software
  • Laser system
  • Instruction manual
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