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