Laser engraved photo frame

In this tutorial you will learn how to laser engrave an individual design on a wooden photo frame.

Laser engraving for wedding decoration
Laser engraving for wedding decoration


Required material
  • 1 photo frame, solid wood
Machine used

Further personalize your design to suit your customer's needs.

Laser engraved photo frame


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Step by step

Trotec print settings for photo frame engraving
Step 1

Step 1: Import design

Our design may be used as a template to work off of when making your own image. When you have your graphic, send it to the laser with the following settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500 dpi none
Halftone Others
Color -
Laser engraving of glass and wood in one step
Step 2

Step 2: Laser engraving the photo frame

Place the photo frame on your laser machine's work table. Be sure that the areas you want to engrave are laid flat, since both the wooden frame and the glass will be engraved together in a single pass. Be aware that you will also need a distance holder because of the frame's back leg. Focus the laser on the glass.

Since we are engraving two materials with different heights, we need to calculate the z-Offset. For this project, since the difference between our two materials' heights is 7 mm, we set the z-Offset to +7 mm. Please keep in mind that depending on your laser machine and the specific photo frame that you are using, these settings can change.

Laser Parameters Color Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Dark engraving (wood) Black Engrave CO2 35 50 500
Light engraving (wood) Red Engrave CO2 10 50 500
Engraving (glass) Blue Engrave CO2 40 50 500
Laser Parameters Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
Dark engraving (wood) 1 On +7 mm High Quality
Light engraving (wood) 1 On +7 mm High Quality
Engraving (glass) 1 On - -


For the distance holders, you could use any leftover scraps of acrylic or MDF if you have them. Cut them into circles or cross shapes for easier use.

Laser engraving of wooden photo frame
Step 3

Step 3: Cleaning

Wipe off the dust residue from the photo frame with a damp cloth. Your engraved photo frame is now ready to be shown off!


How about making multiple different frames for weddings? You could possibly make a keepsake frame for the menu, seating plan, or even just to give as a wedding gift.

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Questions about applications or settings?
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