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Painted Tile
« on: March 18, 2019, 04:36:43 AM »
I've joined a FB group called "That Dude With A Laser" and he's got a dithering script for the program I use
for my images (Paint Shop Pro) and people in the group are getting excellent results with it.  So, I decided
to give it a go too, since my attempts at dithered images so far haven't been very good.

Purchased several 4" white tile from Home Depot (they are actually slightly larger than 4" for some reason)
and spray painted them with flat black.  The images were processed and resized in Paint Shop Pro, then
inverted, then I ran the dithering script against them.  Then saved there result as a BMP.  Opened in T2, set
to B/W and engrave.  Takes 2.25 hours on a 2.5W machine to engrave.  The image is reversed because the
black paint is burned off to leave the white and shades of grey.

The results are fantastic once you get the settings dialed in.  Next I need to try this on wood.  Too many
projects!  I need to get my 10W laser up and running so I can do two things at once.

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Re: Painted Tile
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2019, 06:15:19 AM »
What type of flat black paint?
Is the tile etched?
Is the finished color the color of the paint?

Thanks for posting.
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Re: Painted Tile
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2019, 06:28:31 AM »
I have been doing these for quite a while. I use any cheap black spray paint and use just enough to cover the tile.

I does not etch the tile - just burns the paint off. Final color is black from the paint and white from the tile.

When finished I put a coat of clear acrylic on for protection.

Did this over a year ago.............
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Re: Painted Tile
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2019, 07:10:07 AM »
What wild.bill said :-)

I don't see much of a use for these other than dust collectors, BUT I suppose if you
want custom tiles for a bathroom or kitchen, it would be interesting to engrave a
bunch of tiles with custom images or designs.  Especially if you made an image that
took up several tiles.  Now THAT would be something to think about!

I also saw someone who had done an engraving on a longer tile, so that would be
interesting to do something like a seascape or lighthouse.  Then, there are a ton of
images on the DigitalBlasphemy site which would look amazing on long tiles.

The "mushrooms" image is the iconic DB image.
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Re: Painted Tile
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2019, 12:21:40 PM »
Great works
my english is very bad, please be patient. :)