5 Tips for Drawing Gray-Scale Relief Carving Graphics

Jim Puentes opened COOLaserCraft in 2008, providing his clients with marking, cutting, and fabrication services. Contact Jim at jptreeman@sbcglobal.net.

  • Save, save, save. Drawing gray-scale relief carving graphics is time-consuming. You don’t want to lose a work in progress with an unexpected shutdown.
  • Archive. When you get a good graphic, save it in a relief carving graphics folder. You’ll reuse much of your work.
  • Symmetry saves time. For symmetrical items, you may only have to do half or an even smaller portion. Then you can copy, paste, and mirror. For example, once you have one detailed bird wing drawn, you can copy, paste, mirror, and reposition for the other wing.
  • Control the depth of cut by changing the brightness value of an entire graphic or its parts.
  • Avoid using RGB white in the graphic. The laser will not fire in those white areas and they will be annoyingly evident in the finished carving.

—Jim Puentes, COOLaserCraft

Learn more about carving gray-scale relief graphics in the June 2018 issue of A&E.