Any tips for higher-resulotion exports?

Discussion in 'Lamination PRO Support Forum' started by Dave Freeman, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. Dave Freeman

    Dave Freeman DaveintheShop

    I mostly use Laminate Pro for modelling patterns and exporting those as jpegs that I can use in Sketchup and Unity 3d-engine for pre-programmed camera tracks and lighting. I've been able to simulate wood luster using the lighting by creating a normal map and mapping the patterns out the way the wood would be reflected in real life.

    What I'm looking for is a way to get higher quality exports from LaminationPro to work with. Most of my exports are limited by my screen size, I think, however far zoomed in I can get the window without getting cut off by the program window. My exports end up somewhere around 600-800 pixels square for something in disc view. It usually comes out pretty pixelated, especially the dark black lines where the segments meet up. I'd also like a way to make that skinnier, but have only figured out a way to do it with GIMP by cropping and scooting them closer.

    At this point in the process most of the wood grain is gone, so maybe adding other, more pronounced grain into the image files would pay off? I would love it if the image were able to be a vector format so everything scaled well.

    I'm unable to upload any examples of what I mean here, but I have some action shots of the software and some results of running these patterns through other programs at www.instagram.com/daveintheshop
     

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  2. stuart johnson

    stuart johnson Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dave, I can't answer your question or even guess at an answer but I do have a question. If you made up a piece like in the photo would it be laminated to a base or how would you handle all the cross grain issues?
     
  3. Dave Freeman

    Dave Freeman DaveintheShop

    Great question, my personal improvement on the art, coming from a furniture design background is resawing. All my patterns are veneer thickness and laminated onto a sheet of plywood to create a large flat paper thin surface and then sand on our giant dimensional sander for a dead flat surface before finish sanding. At this point I'm referencing older marquetry and parquetry patterns that are thin veneer on substrate to inform my wood movement considerations. I have not yet found this to be a problem. Most of then are finished in shellac, but aren't surfaces that see temperature fluctuations like a kitchen surface.
     
  4. Lloyd Johnson

    Lloyd Johnson Administrator Staff Member

    Stuart, in my experience, once your resaw a multi-generation lamination thin and then apply it to a substrate, you will no longer have cross grain issues because the edge-to-edge gluing is no longer handling any of the strength - it is now all flat grain to the substrate surface.
     
  5. Lloyd Johnson

    Lloyd Johnson Administrator Staff Member

    Dave, I'm afraid that Lamination PRO is a design tool only and is pixel oriented. You can change the resolution of the species but the only thing that will accomplish is to make the grain bigger or smaller in the image itself - it will not change the resolution of the graphic that is shown. I do understand what you're looking for but it simply wouldn't be possible without writing an application similar to SketchUp or Illustrator where vector graphics are used and are filled with saved images at the resolution they were saved. A little beyond the capabilities of a one-person software company, I'm afraid.
     
  6. Dave Freeman

    Dave Freeman DaveintheShop

    That's about what I thought, thanks for the explanation. There's an answer somewhere in the infinity mirror or kaleidoscope that just reflects one image out so you only need to render the one strip are triangle but it displays it across the screen. How long til the supercomputers take over and write these programs themselves?
     
  7. Lloyd Johnson

    Lloyd Johnson Administrator Staff Member

    The super computers could easily write this software today. The problem is trying to find segmenters willing to pay $40,000 for the software. :-<
    The super computers are going to take over soon enough, I'm afraid. I'm not sure we should be making fun of them. They are listening and they are not happy. My Alexa told me so.
     
  8. mfisher

    mfisher Super Moderator Staff Member

    Skynet is just a matter of time.... beware of the machines.
     

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