In this tutorial we will show you how to optimize a photograph for engraving with a picture editing program, and which laser parameters to pay attention to.
1. For the engraving in this tutorial we are using laser-friendly poplar plywood, which is available in our material store.
2. Open a picture editing program of your choice. For our tutorial we have downloaded a free program called
This is how our edited picture file looks now:
If you zoom into your picture, you will see the points which the laser is using for orientation. Your graphic consists of single dots (also known as pixels). These pixels are later interpreted by the Mr Beam software which turns the laser on for black pixels and turns it off for white ones.
6. Upload your file to the Mr Beam Software. In our example we have chosen plywood in the material settings and then the following parameter settings (click on advanced settings in the bottom left corner to see all options):
7. Our laser job is finished after approx. 1,5 hours. In the end you can clean your engraving with a sponge to get rid of excess soot particles.
We also have a video on this topic (in German) on our YouTube channel.