Our challenge was to design and get the image to pop or stand off so that it could be easily seen. Pine can sometimes be difficult. What we did was mask the entire piece of wood before we lasered it. The masking allowed us to do a black paint fill after lasering so that it could be as dark as possible. Once we paint filled the freshly rastered wood piece we removed the excess masking and viola!!! The pictures really don't do this project justice but it really did turn out fabulous! What a great gift!