Horse and Shoe Engravings

22" Clydesdale Engraved on Plywood and a 24 Second Photoshop Thing

The client provided an image for this project, but it’s wasn’t quite suitable as-is. To change it into something that would look pleasing engraved, I set up a few adjustment layers in photoshop in the following way:

I first added Black & White and Posterize Adjustment Layers. Then, fiddling with color sliders in the Black and White adjustment makes it easy to fine-tune what gets engraved and how darkly. (The default setting for Posterize of four levels works out great with plywood and my Glowforge laser.)

Here’s quick clip showing the adjustment setup in action.
Here’s a time-lapse of the engraving process.