Probably the hardest thing to predict is what the leather will look like once it is engraved. Depending on the color of the leather and the tanning process, leather can have a very different look from item to item. It takes time, practice, and much trial and error to understand what the leather will look like once engraved.
One product we have been very impressed with are the Leatherette products from JDS Industries. JDS not only has various colors in their leatherette products but they hold up well and have an outstanding look once they are engraved. Today we did a few checkbook covers as samples. (See picture below). On thing you will note is that all the engraving comes out black with exception to the black checkbook cover. The engraving on the black checkbook cover comes out gold. The crisp clean lines by the laser and the leather itself is amazing!
All lasers will have a different speed and power setting. Our Zing 40 watt laser requires a speed of 100 and a power of 35.
* Important Note*
While lasering on 100% leather renders an outstanding look, do NOT laser engrave on synthetics, or pleathers. Synthetics and Pleathers have a tendency to melt instead of burn and do not work well when lasered.