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Personalize your wooden phone cover

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A few weeks ago I bought a bamboo iphone cover for my girlfriend. She was searching for a while, so I bought it as a surprise. But I wanted to make it more personal ... 

Have fun personalizing your cover !! 
 
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Step 1: Find the right picture

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When looking for a picture, it is important that there is a lot of contrast. It is best to take a picture where the face is partially illuminated by the sun, but where shade is also present.

Step 2: Pop-art editor

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Lasercutting is not the same as printing. If you lasercut a picture, you actually engrave a small layer off, so the only difference in color/shade is that between the engraved and the not engraved. If you can engrave deep enough, a second shade is possible sometimes, but that is the maximum.

So what you have to accomplish is a simplified photo that consist out of 2, max 3 kinds of color. Great examples we find in pop-art pictures (think Marilyn Monroe or Che). So for the first step in simplifying the photo I used an online photo editor that converts pictures into pop-art. I used FotoFlexer.

Just upload the photo, use the pop-art effect and download it again.

Step 3: Photoshop

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The pop-art editor creates the photo 4 times in different colors, so I used photoshop to cut out one of the pictures.
After that I removed all the 'noise' in the background because i don't want that to be engraved. (select the background with the lasso tool and just erase it)
Save the picture as a .tiff file, this remembers what you have erased (not necessary, just handy).

rsharp83 months ago
Stupid question i guess, but what did you ise to laser engrave? What machine is what im asking i guess..
RubenRosseel (author)  rsharp83 months ago
Just a 'normal' laser cutter (trotec speedy 100, laser cutter in my school). Load in the black image, set the power on 10 and speed on 12 for the color black, and the program will automatically translate the image into a sequence of lines that are lasered. Because of the high speed the laser won't cut through the material, but just engrave it.

PS: the preset for speed (12) and power (10) is different for each machine (the numbers are percentage of the electrical power and max speed of the machine). So start with a low power level and a high speed, you can always go over it again.

Hopefully this will help you out !
NAR3 months ago

Awesome, original and stylish !!!!

RubenRosseel (author)  NAR3 months ago

Thanks !

Erchan3 months ago

Nice job. It seems like stencil.

RubenRosseel (author)  Erchan3 months ago

Yes it does, but it's just engraved.

fixfireleo3 months ago

awesome. your girlf is lucky to have a guy that thinks of her like you do.

RubenRosseel (author)  fixfireleo3 months ago

Thank you ! I will tell her that ! :D

dmajor33 months ago
Now that is pimpin
RubenRosseel (author)  dmajor33 months ago
Haha thanks
lindarose923 months ago

Very cool!!

RubenRosseel (author)  lindarose923 months ago
Thanks !