Inexpensive Laser Photo Tiles.

Introduction: Inexpensive Laser Photo Tiles.

About: New to laser engraving, but having a lot of fun with it.

You can create a photo tile that looks even better, in my opinion, than engraved granite at less than half the cost.

The tiles attached are white glossy ceramic wall tiles from home improvement store covered in spray paint.

The the pet pictures are done with a glossy black spray paint on a 6x6 tile.  

The tile with the couple in the loft door is done with a Rust-oleum brand spray paint, primer and paint in one.  The color is Oil Rubbed Bronze.  The tile size is 9 x 12.

After spray painting I let the tiles dry for a day.   I processed my pictures through PhotoGrav, then through my 30 watt laser,  I ran them at 30% power and 80% speed at 1000 dpi. 

I find it far less annoying to ruin a $1 tile than a $10 piece of granite.

The pet tiles where my first try.  

The idea was not originally mine.  I got the basics of it from the project files on 

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    Question 1 year ago on Introduction


    Do you have to seal the paint afterwards? Does the spray paint on top of the glossy tile come off or scrape off after you laser it?

    I'm just curious if you touch it will the spray paint come off.



    Reply 1 year ago

    I have been packing this one around as a sample to craft fairs for 4 or 5 years and it is fine. I use a quality Tremclad paint and have had no issues. If you put it outside you may want to coat it in outdoor Mod Podge or something like that.

    Please note I had to edit this. I was writing it when I was tired and I reversed the power and speed settings that I used. I will look into doing a full step-by-step in the future.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    You ought to write a step-by-step for this process!