You can use most any free cad program to make the lines then I use Hy-cad another free program that converts dwg files to svg and those can be loaded into Gimp. I have not tried to convert an actual picture of a person/baby yet but I have been on the look out to find the best way to do a person pic maybe that will work.
Greg, great find.... also a fellow I know that has a laser machine told me that there is a free program called draft sight, which is supposed to work to convert images into plain line drawings, it's what he uses on all of his work (which looks pretty good).I really have not tried it yet. The guy gets lots of business out of that laser, trophies and plaques for organizations which one order was for 140 of them. And I'm a selling one at a time.
The majority of B&W pictures will print with no problem on the Intellicarve. Gregg mentioned lowered settings, .080 and .100. I've printed three or four pics from the net which came out very well. There is a problem with detail where the image is busy, like with grass.
That was the first photo I Cut. I set at about .080 and it cut wonderfully.
All line drawings do not cut correctly. There are depth issues. If you use something like a coloring book picture, few lines and lots of open space, it works well.
I've said before these CNC machines are designed for mass consumption. To crack that market they need to be virtually idiot proof and simple to use out of the box. No one wants to cut a shitty picture of the grandkids. So they are marketed with virtually FOOL-proof software and hardware. If you can't make the present software work for you, with trial and error, going more complex will not help. It defeats the sales angle of these machines.
FotoSketcher is a 100% free program for Windows which converts your digital photos into art automatically and in just a few mouse clicks. Over 20 different styles are available from pencil sketches to watercolor or oil paintings, pen & ink drawings and cartoons.
Just in case anyone out there is bored today, I have been messing around with the attached image trying to come up with a decent rendering for carving and I am about brain dead on it. So anybody would like to take a stab at it ?
Does anyone know of any training videos of how to create / make 3d greyscale drawings? Thanks
You might want to sign up here and explore the many posts thru out the boards with info on how to make the images for carving as there are many examples and discussions on the topic, most of us on here have been learning by the steep curve of trial and error. I am myself almost 2 years into this machine and I am still learning, so there is no magic bullet that all the sudden everything you want to do works. The video that I posted above is just 1 example ( how to make curved text ) however it is just a step in the process but not the whole thing.
As always Bob, I'm impressed. I think reworking it all was probably the way to go in order to get the results you wanted, a direct crossover to grayscale probably would have been a nightmare to get all the raised carvings looking as good as what you did.
The whole thing was a bit of a nightmare because after I made and shipped it to the guy, the good old USPS must have played toss with it and somebody missed, it arrived with a big chunk tore out of the side. I had it insured so I was reimbursed and had to make another for him.