Laser etching, or laser engraving, is the practice of using lasers to engrave granite or other material. The technique does not involve the use of inks, nor does it involve tool bits which contact the engraving surface and wear out. The laser etching process allows Faith Monuments the ability to produce highly detailed graphic images. Giving you pictures to last a lifetime!
Etching Process
The etching or engraving process consists of processing a photograph, either digital or print that has been scanned, through a series of photographic editing computer programs and turning it into a high contrast black and white picture. The picture is then sent to the laser where it is engraved into granite using a laser beam 3 thousands of an inch in diameter. The process is very similar in action to an ink jet printer however instead of shooting out ink, the laser shoots out a beam that evaporates a tiny spot of the engraving surface. And like a printer, the laser can be set to a variety of resolutions depending on the quality of the initial picture. The better the picture, the better the engraving.
Jet Black Granite
Jet black granite is the preferred material for photo engraving in the memorial industry. This is mainly due to the contrast capabilities. Starting with jet black granite is the best way to achieve a high contrast without a color fill. Jet black granite is inherently grey below the polished surface therefore the engraved picture will be a muted “black and grey”.  When granite is laser engraved correctly it should produce a white or gray mark. The white or gray mark overlaid against the black granite will result in a black and white photo engraving. The engraved photos are best highlighted with light or placed in bright sunlight. They will not fade or yellow and can be cleaned with nonabrasive soap and water. Inside they will last for generations upon generations. If placed outside, as for a memorial, it will take decades to show significant weathering.
Laser Etched Cemetery Grave Marker
Design Process & Photo Requirements
At Faith Monuments, we offer families the ability to personalize their loved ones granite memorial with one or several photos. Our memorial collage option incorporates up to five of your favorite photographs laser engraved on a jet black granite headstone or monument. The headstone or monument will be specifically designed around your photos and specifications. Faith Monuments laser engraved memorial series provides your family the ability to create a truly one-of-a-kind memorial tribute to your loved one.
What kind of photograph will we need to create a beautiful memorial?
• Always – original photographs or digital images from your camera
• Never – prints of scanned photographs
• Never – photocopies of photographs
• Never – prints made from laser or ink-jet printers