To start off, I found a great source of thin timber veneer material today. I was browsing in Bunnings (Lowes to our American friends ) and was in the flooring section. Here I found some take home samples of the various timber floor material. Rather than the whole section 10mm thick, it was just the top layer of the laminate, a nice 2mm piece.
See below, they charged me $1 each for the samples but I thought it was worth it.
Anyway, the purpose of this post is to illustrate how easy it is to get images from web pages or any other source and get them into Cut2D as vectors. The only additional software you need is Inkscape, free from inkscape.org.
Select your image, doesn't matter what it is, if Windows can render it then Inkscape can deal with it.
Open Inkscape and Select File -> Document Properties
Set the page size to the size of the material you are going to engrave or cut
File -> Import and select your image
Make sure the image is selected (look for the crop marks) then choose Path - Trace Bitmap
I use Edge Detect at 0.5, play with the setting and see what you get. Try selecting Greys for a totally different effect, have a play.
Drag the original image out of the way and see what's left
Select the new vector and then File -> Save As and output to a DXF
Open Vectric and create a new project the same size as the one you did in Inkscape
Import the DXF, add your toolpaths and away you go
The result looks like this
40 minutes to do
1200mm per minute