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Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire, LL18 5TQ
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Fast, High Quality, Photo
Engraving Software



What is PhotoVCarve?
PhotoVCarve is an exciting development in the world of photo engraving. The software allows you to create amazing engravings of photographs or other bitmap images, using the V-Carve process.

What is V-Carving?
V-Carving produces an engraving line of constantly varying thickness by moving a V profile routing or engraving tool up and down in the material as it moves along. When V-Carving a photograph the resulting effect works in a similar way to how newsprint uses different sized black dots to create a photographic image.
What Materials Can I PhotoVCarve?
TechSoft supply a large range of materials suitable for v-carving:
Engraving Laminates

Engraving laminates have a base material covered with a thin layer of a contrasting colour. As the material is engraved, the base colour is revealed, and the photographic image appears.

VCarving Board

This is a special manufactured wooden board which has a different coloured top surface (like an engraving laminate). Just like engraving laminates this material is ideal for PhotoVCarving.


Photos can be v-carved into wood quickly and easily. However, to make the image stand out, either the surface needs to be painted/stained prior to engraving, or the engraved areas need to be infilled with colour and then the top surface sanded to remove any excess.

Brass & Aluminium

Once engraved an etching chemical such as ‘Blacking Fluid’, black paint or enamel is applied to the surface. Wipe the surface clean and polish to finish the process.

What Machines Can I Use PhotoVCarve With?
PhotoVCarve outputs directly to all Roland 3D capable miller/routers and the TechSoft RouterCAM range.

Can PhotoVCarve do anything else?
As well as its core functionality of V-Carving photographic images, PhotoVCarve also has some other great features:
3D Lithophane Machining

Lithophanes are 3D photographs that when back lit transform into stunning 3D pictures with depth and detail that cannot be seen in a flat 2D photograph.

3D Greyscale Image Machining

PhotoVCarve automatically converts a greyscale image into a 3D height map that can then be machined.


Software Information

Site Licence
A Site Licence allows a school/college to install the software on any number of computers on the school site.

Minimum Hardware Requirements
Windows 98 / Me / 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista / 7.
Microsoft recommended minimum hardware specification advised.
Network compatible.

In order to avoid software theft, the software is encrypted with the name of the licensed user, typically the name of a person, or the name of an individual establishment.

When ordering please state:
a) Name of licensed user/site (max 28 characters, including spaces).
b) Address for site licence if appropriate.

Prices £                                                                                                excluding VAT

VS002 TechSoft PhotoVCarve Site Licence 195.00 buy
VS003 TechSoft VCarve & PhotoVCarve Site Licences (Save £95) 295.00 buy
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2D Design
 2D Design V2 Demo Software

In the demo software, the only restrictions are that you will not be able to save files or output them. Also, to reduce download times, only a limited number of drawing textures and TechSoft fonts are included (the software will still be able to use the full range of Windows fonts). A pdf file containing a number of software tutorials is included in the download. On installation this file may be accessed from the 2D Design V2 Tutorials icon on your desktop. If you are unfamiliar with the software, working through these short tutorials is the quickest way of getting up to speed and is strongly recommended.