General Advice for Processing Leather with a Laser
Your results may be dependent on the type of leather, among other factors.
The process of engraving or etching leather results in a debossed effect and, depending on the surface of the leather, produces a noticeable and clean contrast. Light-colored leathers produce significant color contrast, whereas engraving darker leathers results in a more subtle contrast. If you need a dynamic color contrast, go with a tan, beige, or light brown leather.
Your engraving results are mostly dependent on the type of leather used as well as your laser speed, power, and frequency settings. As with any material, we always recommend testing different parameters until you achieve your desired results.
If you engrave leather from the bottom up and have adequate ventilation, there isn’t much in terms of residue. However, anything left behind can simply be wiped away with a damp cloth.