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Ricardo Gomes
02-15-2009, 10:36 PM
Hi everyone, i'm new here but i've learnt how to solve a few of the problems i've had with my vls 4.60 so far, thanks to you guys :)
Now, i'm trying to engrave images with my machine but only half of the image gets engraved (only the bigger parts) i've seen the guides, and they mention that image density should be 3 for a 1.5" Lens. I have a 2" one and wanted to use the same setting but that part of the tab is locked. not sure why.
here's an image of what i mean...
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q18/Coldzero_site/vls.jpg

any suggestions?
tks

Margaret Turco
02-15-2009, 11:16 PM
Hi Ricardo,
Not sure I can help, but welcome. Have you tried highlighting the Black and un-checking Image Enhancement? This is different from my screen or I'd try it for you....

John W. Love
02-15-2009, 11:25 PM
Welcome to the Creek Ricardo, sadly my print screen is completely different from yours, but I am betting that someone here will be able to guide you in the right direction.

Dave Yanke
02-16-2009, 1:15 AM
Hi everyone, i'm new here but i've learnt how to solve a few of the problems i've had with my vls 4.60 so far, thanks to you guys :)
Now, i'm trying to engrave images with my machine but only half of the image gets engraved (only the bigger parts) i've seen the guides, and they mention that image density should be 3 for a 1.5" Lens. I have a 2" one and wanted to use the same setting but that part of the tab is locked. not sure why.
here's an image of what i mean...
any suggestions?
tks

I am going to take a wild guess here but are you trying to make the adjustment AFTER you send it to the laser? You need to do it from the properties BEFORE you send it, while still in Corel through properties.

It stumped me for a while when I first got my machine.

Ricardo Gomes
02-16-2009, 10:08 AM
:D ah... so that's the trick to it?? thanks a million...
will give that a go right away ;)

it works :D (of course it would...)

Original BMP
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q18/Coldzero_site/gtr.jpg

Engraved...
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q18/Coldzero_site/Grav_03.jpg

Peck Sidara
02-16-2009, 11:03 AM
Umm...the Nissan GTR. What a beautiful car. :D

Jack Harper
02-16-2009, 11:25 AM
I believe you are going to want to invert that image before engraving. You also will want to photograv it or use the Gold method to halftone it.

Dave Yanke
02-16-2009, 4:21 PM
I believe you are going to want to invert that image before engraving. You also will want to photograv it or use the Gold method to halftone it.

OK, now I have a question:

Gold method?

Ricardo Gomes
02-16-2009, 5:53 PM
I believe you are going to want to invert that image before engraving. You also will want to photograv it or use the Gold method to halftone it.

The image was inverted, as photograv is smart and asked for it.
As for halftone... you mean in the dithering method? or you mean image treatment?

Jack Harper
02-16-2009, 11:52 PM
OK, now I have a question:

Gold method?
Do a search for the gold method and you will find a plug-in/script and instructions to simulate the photograv process.

Jack Harper
02-16-2009, 11:57 PM
The image was inverted, as photograv is smart and asked for it.
As for halftone... you mean in the dithering method? or you mean image treatment?

The windshield in the engraved image is black, I'm sure you would agree that it should be white/clear. Photograv does not always get it right, give it a try and see if you think it looks better inverted from its current state. If the image was processed in Photograv then it has already been dithered/half toned.

Dave Yanke
02-17-2009, 9:28 AM
Do a search for the gold method and you will find a plug-in/script and instructions to simulate the photograv process.

If anyone has a link to this thread/script it would be appreciated. A search is not turning it up.

Jack Harper
02-17-2009, 12:52 PM
If anyone has a link to this thread/script it would be appreciated. A search is not turning it up.

Try here

http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=91167&highlight=gold+method

Dave Yanke
02-17-2009, 2:28 PM
Try here

http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=91167&highlight=gold+method

Thanks a bunch!