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    Family.jpgWell.........I have received my new laser this week. I got the Boss. Very excited. Just got it set up and ran a test file. Now I have to learn how to use it and what to do with it!!!! I am hoping someone can answer this question. I ran a file to engrave and attached a photo. I was expecting it to make the inside of the letters black. But it is not coming out that way. I have tried a few power settings but still the same thing. Does anyone know a trick to get it to be burnt inside black? I appreciate the help. I am completely new to this machine.Family.jpg
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    All wood will engrave differently . Taking the material out of focus will help darken the engraving , but most likely with out real high power your not going to get a burnt black, and even then it will depend on the type of wood. There a product called Laser Dark which will darken the engraving. A trick I've used is to seal the wood before engraving then use a ebony stain to fill the engraving, but this method often results in the stain bleeding into the wood. I've also seal the wood after engraving then used black acrylic paint to fill the engraving this works pretty good but it doesn't have the burned in look. Its going to be trial and error till you find a look you like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Webber View Post
    Does anyone know a trick to get it to be burnt inside black?
    Species will dictate much of the 'tone'. Slower speed with higher power will char the wood more...you could do a vector outline to add some 'pop' also. Defocus the bed too to increase the spot size. Test and log your results.
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    Apply a low-tack paper mask, engrave, paint fill with a few light coats of flat black enamel, then remove the mask. This process is simple and results in perfect black engraving every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Webber View Post
    Family.jpgWell.........I have received my new laser this week. I got the Boss. Very excited. Just got it set up and ran a test file. Now I have to learn how to use it and what to do with it!!!! I am hoping someone can answer this question. I ran a file to engrave and attached a photo. I was expecting it to make the inside of the letters black. But it is not coming out that way. I have tried a few power settings but still the same thing. Does anyone know a trick to get it to be burnt inside black? I appreciate the help. I am completely new to this machine.Family.jpg
    Off topic response, but if you're using a Boss, You may want to replace the RDWorks software that it came with and give LightBurn a try. Much more user friendly than RDWorks and has a lot more capabilities as well. 30 day free trial to give it a spin.
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    5 things are certain:
    Death
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    Everyone who buys a laser expects wood to go black
    Everyone needing wood to be lasered expects wood to go black.
    Lasered wood hardly ever goes black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev Williams View Post
    5 things are certain:
    Death
    Taxes
    Everyone who buys a laser expects wood to go black
    Everyone needing wood to be lasered expects wood to go black.
    Lasered wood hardly ever goes black.

    an't that the truth LOL
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    Yep. And a lot of times if I get a decent black, it brushes right out.... Paint fill or laserblack
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