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DIY photo-etch

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    September 2010
DIY photo-etch
Posted by retdfeuerwehr on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 3:48 PM

Bought the Micro-Mark photo-etch system the other day...wondering what computer drawing software would be best for designing templates for photo-etching.  TIA

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 5:56 PM


I have done this work using CorelDRAW! 9.0. But this baby is hard to get, so what you are looking for is some vector design program that supports layers.

Good luck with your PE and have a nice day


All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: Cave City, KY
Posted by Watchmann on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 10:04 PM

Inkscape does vector drawings, and it's free, open source, software.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 9:16 AM

I use Corel's Paint Shop Pro.  Lots cheaper than Photoshop, but almost as powerful.  Definitely more powerful than Photoshop Elements for same price.  GIMP is a fairly good shareware program, but is a bit harder to use than most.  Skimpy online help, but there is a book published on using it.


I find using the Micro Mark set a lot of work.  I am working on alternate ways to do homemade PE.  I have used toner transfer paper (the toner acts as resist), and latest effort is using Cricut machine.  So far with either, I cannot get as high a resolution as with the MM kit, but they are both useful for larger or less detailed parts.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota


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