BOSS LASER APPLICATIONS

PHOTO ETCHING

Laser Process Photos


Laser processing photos and images onto stone, wood, acrylic or even metal offers a one of a kind finished product. You don't have to settle for the stamped out, typical gift when you can utterly amaze by laser engraving unique and personal photos and designs instead.

HOW DOES LASER ENGRAVING PHOTOS WORK?

Simply use your PC to open the laser interface or your favorite graphic software, second - upload your image whether its a design or photo.  Third - if you want you can add unique text or color to further personalize the image.  Finally, press print and let the laser 'print' the image onto your material of choice.

Photo etching is the process whereby photos are laser etched or rasterized (similar to that of printing), onto a select material. A CO2 laser engraver is more than capable of efficiently processing scanned images (using multiple file types) for the sole purpose of laser etching or marking detailed family photos, design, or logos onto most any material surface.

The finished results can be stunning.

Some of the more common materials that fiber or CO2 lasers can photo etch include:

  • ceramic
  • corian
  • glass
  • wood
  • anodized aluminum
  • brass
  • Alumamark
  • plastic
  • acrylic
  • granite
  • marble
  • leather

Photo Etching Tips


If you really want to make images and photos 'pop', one trick is to take a grayscale clipart image and raster engrave it to wood. Laser engraving grayscale images creates a three dimensional shading effect that is even more pronounced when the material of choice is balsa, cherry or alder wood. Wood is an incredibly rewarding material to laser process since you can adjust the speed or power settings to render darker or lighter contrasts. The higher resolution photo the better but clarity on wood offers surprising detail with as little as 300 DPI engraving.

More importantly, however, photos will raster with much more clarity when the image is first processed through a specialty software like PhotoGRAV.

Traditionally, etching photos has been hit or miss in terms of producing a quality etched image resulting in a lot of wasted material. In many cases the task has been so difficult that even engraving shops will not engrave photos for customers. That's where this laser engraving image software can really make a difference.

Boss Laser offers the laser system to get you going but if you're interested in taking laser engraved images to the next level then you'll want to check out Boss' latest version of PhotoGRAV 3.1. It's easy, automated, interactive and compatible with many of your favorite image processing programs, such as Adobe Photoshop or CorelDraw. The images on this page have been etched using this popular software.

HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

Application images are used as a visual to demonstrate the various types of materials that a CO2 laser can engrave, etch, or cut. If we can help or demo a photograph on a specific material type feel free to give us a call for help at: (407) 878.0880.

BOSSLASER - photo-etching MACHINES

  • $4,997.00

    BOSS LS-1416

    <p>If you're looking for a professional grade desktop, laser engraving or cutting machine to inspire your small business or DIY projects, then Boss' LS-1416/20 may be the best laser machine under $5K on the market today. Get <strong>4X more speed and 1.5X more CO2 power</strong> vs. competing hobby lasers.</p>

  • $7,997.00

    BOSS LS-1630

    <p>Designed &amp; engineered by Boss the LS-1630 offers a popular 16x30" engraving area with optional Boss <strong>X-Series&trade;</strong> 70 or 105W CO2 laser tube. Drive system includes <strong>Hybrid Servo Drive&trade; motors giving you 4X more speed vs stepper motors.</strong>&nbsp; Includes 2021 <strong>LightBURN&trade;</strong> Made-in-USA laser software that is both intuitive and feature rich. <strong>Free GEN3 Rotary Upgrade! $597 Value - Ends Nov 30th.</strong></p>

  • $9,997.00

    BOSS LS-2440

    <p>Boss' Industrial laser cutters and engravers start with the LS-2440.&nbsp; Now features an extended 40" x 24" engraving area.&nbsp; &nbsp;New! Turbo Drive closed loop servo motor drive system. Upgrade your X-Series laser to 155W of cutting power (includes chiller). Made-In-USA LightBurn offers a simple, All-In-One laser software thats both intuitive and feature rich. <strong>Free Gen3 Rotary Upgrade!&nbsp; $597 Value - Ends Nov 30th.</strong></p>

  • $11,997.00

    BOSS LS-3655

    <p>Boss' industrial grade LS-3655 offers a 14.5% larger engraving area compared to the standard 48"x36" platforms. New available Turbo Drive Turbo Drive&trade; closed loop servo motor drive system. Upgrade your X-Series&trade; laser to 155W of cutting power (includes chiller). Made-In-USA LightBurn&trade; offers an All-In-One laser software thats both intuitive and feature rich. <strong>Free Gen3 Rotary Upgrade! $597 Value - Ends Nov 30th.</strong></p>

  • $16,997.00

    BOSS HP-2440

    <p>High Power 155W - 24x40" Servo Driven laser cutter delivers the ultimate in material flexibility. Vector cut and raster engrave both metal and non-metal. New Flex&trade; LIVE reciprocating laser heads. Turbo Drive&trade; closed loop servo motor drive system. Includes Made-In-USA LightBurn&trade; Laser Software.&nbsp;<strong> Free Gen3 Rotary Upgrade! $597 Value - Ends Nov 30th.</strong></p>

  • $18,997.00

    BOSS HP-3655

    <p>High Powered 155W - 36x55" Servo Driven laser cutter delivers the ultimate in material flexibility. Vector cut and raster engrave both metal and non-metal. New Flex&trade; LIVE reciprocating laser heads. Turbo Drive&trade; closed loop servo motor drives for up to 5X more speed an acceleration. Includes Made-In-USA LightBurn&trade; Laser Software.&nbsp; <strong>Free Gen3 Rotary Upgrade! $597 Value - Ends Nov 30th.</strong></p>

  • $23,997.00

    BOSS HP-5598

    High Powered HP-5598 delivers up to 250W. Servo Driven with working platform of 4x8'. BOSS designed and engineered dual control technology allows the HP Series to vector cut PLUS raster engrave both metal & non-metal materials! New Flex™ LIVE reciprocating laser heads. Now, includes high speed Turbo Drive™ closed loop servo motors.

  • $8,997.00

    BOSS FM-Desktop

    New and Improved! Designed and engineered by BOSS for mobility. The FM-D offers an adjustable galvo scanner head to project between 20 to 50 watts of fiber laser power. Operates using a solid-state 1064nm fiber laser that is built to serve with very little maintenance and zero consumables. Includes a 2-Year Warranty that includes the fiber laser power

  • $10,997.00

    BOSS FM-Station

    <p>New and Improved! The FM-S (Station) offers offers an all-in-one station. Includes an adjustable galvo scanner head that can project between 20 to 100 watts of fiber laser power. Operates using a solid-state 1064nm fiber laser that is built to serve with very little maintenance and zero consumables. Quickly and permanently mark or etch most metals or industrial polymers. Includes a 2-Year Warranty that includes the fiber laser power!</p>