Have fun personalizing your cover !!
Step 1: Find the Right Picture
Step 2: Pop-art Editor
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
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).
Step 4: Illustrator 'image Trace'
This is what you have to do:
1. open a new file in illustrator (A4 landscape)
2. drag the image into the file
3. select the image and go to 'object' - 'image trace' - 'make'
4. choose '3 colors' in the preset
5. press 'expand'
6. remove the lightest color by selecting one plane, then go to 'select' - 'same' - 'fill color' and delete all the selected planes
Step 5: Illustrator Final Steps
Perform the following steps:
1. Drag the file with the contours in the illustrator file
2. scale the photo until it fits on the phone
3. now you have to save the file 3 times as .pdf:
- one with only the cover contours for outlining
- one with only one of the colors
(select it all and make it black before you save it)
- one with the other color (again make it black before you save it)
Step 6: Lasercut
1. place a piece of plywood in the corner of the cutter and engrave the contours of the phone
2. outline the cover on the contours, tape it to the wood so it won't shift and place the plywood back in the corner
3. engrave the first part, START VERY LIGHT, if it's not deep enough you can do it over again (light means a high speed)
4. engrave the second part at half of the speed (so it's double as deep)
Here the first engraving is so light that it just mattified the varnish on the cover. As a result, the contrast between the two tones is even greater.
Your cover is done !! Now your phone is protected AND personal !
(You can also engrave letters, very easy ! Just use illustrator to type something in the contours)