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Project by EMVarona posted 02-20-2013 12:28 AM 1106 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have not been doing portraits for sometime since the shop that serves as my outlet closed down. I am trying it out again since it feels like new territory at this point. I started of with a photo. With the use of Gimp, I converted the photo into a black and white photocopy image. I farther increased the contrast and erased unnecessary elements using Inkscape. Next I traced the image on to the board using carbon paper then cutting. The back board is 1/4 in plywood covered with book cover material.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 02-20-2013 12:47 AM

Very nice work!

-- just rjR

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Karson

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#2 posted 02-20-2013 12:49 AM

Great looking picture

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Woodenwizard

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#3 posted 02-20-2013 12:50 AM

Great job on the pattern and the cutting.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#4 posted 02-20-2013 01:20 AM

Great Job Ed!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 02-20-2013 01:27 AM

Excellent. Nice job on the layout and execution of the piece!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 02-20-2013 01:44 PM

Great work Ed!

Very true-to-life and just enough detail without going “overboard”.

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#7 posted 02-21-2013 12:38 AM

Really cool, nice work

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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EMVarona

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#8 posted 02-21-2013 08:52 PM

Thanks a lot guys. Through experience when working on a project like this a lot of discretion has to be taken. The computer will produce a high contrast image but it includes almost all details. The scroll sawer has to use his/her judgement in selecting what to include or eliminate. This is where experience comes in.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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Roger

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#9 posted 02-23-2013 10:39 PM

A scrolled picture sure looks better than a photo picture. Super nice scrolling

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#10 posted 02-26-2013 02:48 AM

Very nice artwork Ed, I myself is a Photoshop expert but never done before the techniques you mentioned above. Great job on the scrollsaw.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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EMVarona

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#11 posted 02-26-2013 10:19 AM

Thanks, Armand, I do not know much about Photoshop cause I use Gimp, an image manipulation program for Linux. Basically the technique is to convert the photo to a high contrast image.
Thanks again. Good to hear from you once more.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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