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Selecting the right image: Composition
The best images are those that are head and shoulders or closer. The further out the less detail will be achieved. For larger groups we can still obtain a high level of detail when studied closely and can rely on how light reflects on the completed bottles.
Lots of detail, instantly recognisable
Detail but subject size is getting small
No detail will be achieved
Photo Engraving Image Requirements
What we do: No need to panic, we will happily crop, resize and edit your image
STEP 1 :
we resize your image to 5:4 ratio
STEP 2 :
We edit and remove the background details
STEP 3 :
Image is ready for our engraving process
Other lighting conditions to consider
Images in dark conditions can work, the further back the subject is, the less detail will be achieved. The people at the back of this example will have less detail than those at the front.
The example image has a lack of contrast as it is predominantly one colour. This would lead to a lack of definition in the engraving.
The extreme shadowing across the example image makes it unsuitable.
Images with snapchat filters may not be suitable.
Selecting the right image: Lighting
Lighting is the most important aspect to achieving a great engraved image. The right image should have the subject in clear, well balanced, natural light. Images should contain lots of brightness and contrast, the more an image is in shadow, or the sunlight is behind the subject the less detail will be achieved.
Great image, even lit with lots of brightness and contrast
This image is in light shadow, we would achieve a good image. The more in shadow, the less detail achieved.
The light on this image is shining left to right obscuring people furthest left. We would achieve less detail on those to the left of this image.
The light on this image is behind the subjects placing them in shadow and offering no brightness or contrast. This image is unsuitable.
We can't accept photo collages as all of the images have varying levels of lighting and focus, meaning that everything would be a compromise.
With both vintage and older images a significant consideration is the quality of copy we receive.
Vintage images - these normally work really well as they are black and white and already work with brightness / contrast. One exception to this is older wedding images where there will be a lack of detail in veils.
Older / Non digital images - all of the lighting and composition factors matter. Early colour images may carry a lack of depth of colours. The quality of the copy is significant.