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  • Something like Walgreens photo

    Have you ever made a holiday greeting card on On their website, they have a tool so that you can drag and drop photos, input text, etc in a very user-friendly way to make a holiday photo greeting card. I was doing that the other day and I thought it would be cool to have something like that for custom signs on a cnc side gig website I'm working on. It would be even more constrained though. Just for carved signs in wood. Very limited number of fonts, only walnut or maple, v-carve or straight, only offering black paint to make lettering / vectors stand out, etc. Maybe even some clipart available. I want to be able to offer this type of signage, but I don't want to have to do endless back and forth with a customer to get a file ready to go (I need a vector. What's a vector? etc)
    Many thanks for any thoughts on how to accomplish this, or something like it.

    2021 Stinger II 4ft x 4ft
    3kw spindle
    blackbox cyclone
    Jtech 7w pro laser
    air assist
    laser crosshair
    recoil ready

    Central Texas
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    Not an easy task without custom coding for the website. Need really good PHP programming skills, HTML, and need to consider Internet security in all of this. I used to have a small 45watt laser and did engravings on small granite plaques. As I'm a application developer by trade (retired), I was able to code the site myself at the time (it no longer exists) and basically I set up pick lists of the features I was willing to accept. Here's an example of a similar site for brass plaques...Brass Plates Laser Engraved (Custom Size) ( And even with all of this, I still had lots of back and forth over the image, its editing, and the placement of the image and text. Not that easy.
    Stinger 1 (2014)
    1.7Kw spindle / Recoil Lathe
    Performance Package (FTC / On-Off via G-code / Laser Cross Hair)
    Aspire 8 / WinCNC / Hexagon
    Epilog 45watt Laser


    • #3

      I would think that most folks have an idea for their sign but rely on the sign maker to design but I am pragmatic and either send an email or call for birthdays etc. I have not celebrated my birthday since I turned 21 which was more about drinking legally than my age. ????
      Keith Hyde, Winchester, VA
      2016 Stinger 1, 1.7KW HF Spindle HSD
      Performance Package Pro, Vac, lathe, Aspire 10
      Former Marine and retired Seabee Master Chief.
      Furniture is my hobby not my vocation.


      • #4

        Hi, mate. Personally, I’ve used it a few times to make a present for my daughter’s bday. Looks nice, but, actually, I’d like the image to be better printed. Anyway, it’s all personal. Btw, have you tried these frames I want to print a bug family photo to hang in the living room, so I need a big frame. I’ve read some reviews, and people say the frames here are really nice. So, I think I’ll buy one. I remember my grandpa made a frame by himself. I still have a picture put in this frame in my room. I still miss him, and this frame reminds me of him every time I see it. Anyway, keep us updated.
        Last edited by OplertDor; 07-18-2022, 06:44 AM.