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Preparing Photos for Engraving with EngraveLab PhotoLaser Plus

Learn how to quickly prepare photos for engraving using PhotoLaser Plus.
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With PhotoLaser Plus you can engrave your customers’ most detailed photo memories – even those which can be tricky to reproduce with a laser, such as landscapes and under or over-exposed images. PhotoLaser Plus removes the guesswork from your photo engraving projects. Once your photo has been processed, simply print it to the laser using our suggested material settings.

Engraving photos using PhotoLaser Plus

Let’s look at how the process works.

Prepare Photo

Begin by importing a photograph into PhotoLaser Plus. Select the Import option.

Prepare the photo by importing

Then select a photo.

Select a photo

Now click on the work area to place the photo.

Click on the workarea to bring up the a family image

Next, resize the image to match the engraving piece. In this example, our engraving piece is 6” x 4”.

Resize image of family

With the photo resized to fit the work piece, resample the DPI to the same resolution you’ll use at the laser. For this example, we’ll engrave this photo at 600 DPI. Select the ‘Image Size’ option from the Image menu at the top of the screen.

Set the image size to match laser resolution

Enter 600 for both the horizontal and vertical resolution and click Apply.

Set the resolution of the image to 600

All that is left now is to apply the preset material filters to the photo and send the photo to the laser.

Apply Filters

To apply the filters for your material, select ‘Photo Laser’ > ‘Interactive’ from the Transform menu at the top screen.

set interactive filter

With the ‘Photo Laser’ panel open you can see the original photo on the left and a low-resolution sample of the photo post-processing on the right.

preview filters using low resolution sample

Near the bottom right side of the panel, make sure ‘Exclude White’ is checked, as well as ‘Keep original’. This will make it easier to process the original photo for another material later.

be sure to tick exclude white in filter settings

Next, click on the ‘Open Folder’ icon and select from acrylic, anodized, engravable plastic, glass, leather, marble, or wood.

set the preset material for engraving

Note the two wood settings in the options – ‘Large’ and ‘Small’. The small option should be used for images smaller than 3” x 3”.

Note the two wood settings in the options

For this example, select the large option, then the ‘Open’ button.

Select the large option

Once PhotoLaser has finished applying the filters and updating the preview window, click the ‘OK’ button to finalize the process.

Finalize the process by clicking OK

Now, simply print the photo from PhotoLaser Plus or export the photo using the ‘Export Image’ feature, and bring the photo into your favorite graphics editing program for some final additions.

Preview of the final family image ready for export

For this example, we’re going to print the photo from PhotoLaser Plus, then show you one of the great new Fusion Pro features, the IRIS™ Camera Positioning system.

Fusion Pro Laser Machine IRIS Camera Positioning system on Fusion Pro

Select ‘Print’ from the ‘File’ menu, then choose the ‘Epilog Engraver’ from the printer options, and click ‘OK’.

Select Print from the File menu Select the Epilog Engraver from the printer options

With the new Fusion Pro and Dashboard, simply drag and drop the artwork over the piece that has been placed into the system. Adjust settings for the material and press print to send the job to the laser.

Drag and drop image in place using the fusion pro dashboard Preview the family photo on the final material and adjust your settings

At the laser, simply press the ‘Go’ button to start engraving.

Hit go and see the epilog in action at 165 IPS Engraving Speed

Reproducing your customers’ favorite photos with stunning detail has never been easier. PhotoLaser Plus reduces the time you spend preparing artwork for the laser and makes it easy to produce predictable, high-quality results. With an Epilog Laser system and PhotoLaser Plus, you can reproduce photos on wood, marble, coated metals, acrylic, glass, and more.

Family photo engraved on wooden frame

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