Engraving

Mermaid
Raster engraving on ceramic tile, with a gold acrylic infill afterwards.

Basketwork box
Engraved MDF to give a basketwork texture.

Raster engraving transfers a bitmap image to a surface. This can be a line drawing or even a photograph.


Materials

Wedding commemorative slate heart
Engraved slate, just as engraved

Most materials that can be cut can also be engraved. Even some of those that can't be cut can be engraved though, such as glass, stone, ceramic tile and aluminium.


Dogtags in engraved acrylic plastic

Some materials give a clear black-and-white engraved result, others can reproduce greyscales to give a photographic effect. Halftone techniques, as used by newspapers, can give a greyscale effect from a fine pattern of dots.

Heavy engraving can even be used to sculpt the surface of materials into a bas relief shape.


Infill

After engraving, an ink or paint infill can be applied as a highlight.


Artwork

Engraved relief map on plywood.
Fine detail, 300mm wide.

Display logos for a silversmith,
with engraved text added to a cut outline.

Artwork for engraving is usually easier to produce than that for cutting.

Bitmaps can be produced from scans, photographs or drawings. For a successful engraving, these should be of adequate resolution and with clear black and white areas.

Engraved text can be generated quickly, just from the text that is needed. A variety of fonts are available.