Can you define what you mean by etching? I am familiar with acid etching and dry point.
Can you explain what you are referring to?
Sorry for the lack of information. This would be for acid etching, we are looking at creating the etching digitaly in order to compete with our competitors, we currently do everything old school (light table, hand). Thus I am gathering innformation on what software we will need along with equipment, my gut feeling is we should be able to acomplish what we want with the use of Illustrator and Live trace,. But I am trying to confirm that and also find maybe some printed material that explains the process.
I see what you mean like perhaps there are effects you need such as a
mezzotint or aquatint. if you can post some samples it might help make
Now Live Trace is good but you should enlarge the result and take a
look then you should also look at a program like Vector Magic which is
a dedicated tracing application.
then the thing about illustrator it has some tools you might like like
creating symbols for repetitive work of simple or complex art, graphic
styles which allows you to create an effect or group of effects on an
object and apply it in the future to other documents and objects with
a click. You can create pattern fills, add transparency to gradients,
you can apply effects which are live and can be turned on and off at
will, there is the gradient mesh tool which would be very helpful if
you are creating Illustrations with surfaces that require tonal
variations such as a face or an automobile.
You can create your own brushes.
You can mask off areas of the art.
I am not too familiar with acid etching, but I would think the same principles would apply as to glass etching with a sand blaster or chemicals. It basically comes down to getting a plotter than can use a knife instead of the pen. The knife would then cut out masking material which sticks to your object where you then apply chemicals or a sand blaster to remove excess material from the object.
These plotters vary on what software will work with them, but it should be feasible to find a plotter that will work with Illustrator.
Well that might be the case with glass but with metal it can be
essentially a photosensitized film material coated to the plate
similar to offset.
The developed areas remain and the undeveloped areas a re washed away
the emulsion is protects the plate from the acid bath. Don't put your
hands in the acid it can sting and will definitely cause you health
problems and certain will start to eat it away after a period of time.
Well it depends on what strength the acid is mixed at. It will eat
I think they use the same acid.
You can also use the photomechanical method for Glass as well. I used
the method for signage and an edge lit map.
But these guys may have a different bent on this as their procedures
must have an application I would think is different than I might have
used it for myself.
And it has been a very long time ago so my memory is not all that good
When ever the process required acid etching you could always charge a
little more because the concept of acid scared everyone.
I am extremely busy this week, but by Friday night I will set step by step on how to this.
However, what I will need from you is to know how experience are you with illustrator and do you have photoshop?
See attachment as sample of what I think you are looking to achieve.
If so, you can upload the image that you want me to try.