If pressed for what we mean by photo magic, I think that we would simply tell you, "Watch the before and then notice the after and listen carefully for our secret command-Presto-Chango!"

We will demonstrate several examples of how we start with our customer's photo and how we finish on various materials and we think that you will soon understand just how we do it.  Remember, the secret is how you wave the wand and how you say-Presto-Chango.




For our first trick we will show you how some very busy background disappears right before your very eyes. . .

As photographs go this is a very good one.  There is a great deal of detail of the girl, the cat and the girls room.  It is a great photo for an album.  When an engraving is the end result background detail is not only unnecessary but it is also distracting.  For the bookmark the subject is Shawna and Socks and that's why we make all the rest completely disappear.
There's a place for engraving background detail, of course.  This engraving might be titled Shawna in her room with socks.


This engraving is on wood, red alder to be specific, though some other wood species like cedar, cherry and walnut would be fine too.

Engraving with background like this would be marginal on rock cork or leather.



This is a good example of where background is very undesirable.  Everyone likes to pose for pictures in front of a Christmas tree, of course, but for a coaster the the festive effect is lost.  Notice how the man's dark shirt is lost in the dark Christmas tree.  Do you also notice that on the engraving on the right a dark halo has been added on all the outside edges?  This is done because everything that is white like the woman's blouse and her hair would be lost on the white background once the Christmas tree is removed.      


The background of plants in the above photo has been cropped and removed in order to make an excellent engraving on the wood ornament to the right.

Stone is a particularly difficult medium on which to engrave a photograph because detail in the subject itself muddy up the image that is engraved into the stone.  It is therefore critical that as much definition within the image be accentuated and almost made as a caricature of the subject.  In the case of the cat licking its paw the photo image was radically lightened and contrast between dark and light accentuated to give the very lifelike image on the Clean your paws at the door stone on the right.

Similarly, the above photo of the dog needed a little magic in the form of removing background, adding a dark halo edge so his white body would stand out once the background is removed and an accentuating of lines to give his hair some definition in the stone.


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