photo carve

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Project by mggraphix posted 09-13-2013 02:22 AM 1310 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone,
This was my first attempt at a photo v-carve. It’s just maple and black paint with a satin clear, and of course the 2 models, my son and daughter. carved with a 60 degree bit in 2 diagonals at a max depth of .035
Also want to say Thanks! to everyone here. Your projects, tool reviews, opinions, and insight have been helping me for quite some time now and it’s about time I said so!

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#1 posted 09-13-2013 05:48 AM

Great job.

-- Todd

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#2 posted 09-13-2013 01:03 PM

Pretty amazing.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 09-14-2013 10:07 PM

Great job.Well done

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#4 posted 09-15-2013 01:31 AM

Well done, you have an eye for detail. keep up the great work,

-- Jim Earl

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#5 posted 09-15-2013 02:58 PM

Thanks everyone!


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#6 posted 09-17-2013 05:37 PM

Can you point me to some website that explains all the steps from photo to generating the CNC program that did the photo carving? I would like to try this sometime. Very nice.

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#7 posted 09-17-2013 10:19 PM

Warner- I use Vectric’s photovcarve, Browse the sight, they do have lots of videos available. The photo has to be high quality for the best results. I bring the photo into photoshop, convert it to grayscale, then start adjusting the contrast between the shadows and highlights. Middle grays are hard to reproduce. I use a surfacing bit on the panel before engraving to be sure it is completely flat with the gantry. In the software you can adjust your depth and offset. There are plenty of forum members at vectric that have achieved excellent results.

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