Mirage products utilize a proprietary process to create intricate and appealing three dimensional textures from virtually any graphic source. When viewed close up, the sculpted panels have wonderful abstract visual and tactile appeal. As the observer’s distance increases, the true image is revealed and the panel (or set of panels) can take on a photographic quality with subtle details invisible from close up.



Mirage Effect

The Mirage effect can be easily demonstrated. Upon close inspection, the pattern below appears to be somewhat random. When the same pattern is reduced in size or viewed from a distance, the word “Mirage” emerges in surprising detail. This effect can be used with photographs, text, logos, or virtually any other graphic. The typical mirage panel has a thin face material over a contrasting core. When the panel is carved, a high contrast pattern is produced. The panel shown at left was carved from Anthracite ForesCOLOR with a white painted face. More subtle effects can be achieved by using shadows to emphasize the three dimensional features on panels with little or no color contrast.

 Examples and Mirage Output

  1. Group photos almost never work well, faces will be difficult to recognize.
    Group photos almost never work well, faces will be difficult to recognize.
  2. Simple Composition, strong lines.
    Simple Composition, strong lines.
  3. Good portraits usually work well.
    Good portraits usually work well.
  4. Colorful scene, but does not translate well.
    Colorful scene, but does not translate well.
  5. Too busy, maybe OK after photo clean up.
    Too busy, maybe OK after photo clean up.
  6. Strong lines against a contrasting background can be vivid and striking.
    Strong lines against a contrasting background can be vivid and striking.
Specifying a Custom Image
The Mirage process allows any image to be transformed into an intricate three dimensional organic texture. When viewed close up, one sees only the texture, but as a Mirage panel is viewed from a greater distance, the underlying image becomes more visible.

Although any image may be used, not all images are suitable for all applications. Some customers intentionally choose images that are quite subtle, but most customers wish to present their images as vividly and powerfully as possible.
General Guidlines
1.Determine the desired panel size(s) to be used for Mirage product. The aspect ratio of the panel(s) must match the aspect ratio of the image    to eliminate any blank margins on the final output. [ASPECT RATIO = WIDTH/HEIGHT --- Wall HEIGHT X ASPECT RATIO = Wall WIDTH --- Wall WIDTH / ASPECT RATIO = Wall HEIGHT] Example: If image WIDTH = 1200 pixels and HEIGHT = 900 pixels, ASPECT RATIO = 1200/900, or 1.333. That image on a panel 48″ in HEIGHT would need to be 48 x 1.333, or 64″ WIDE. Likewise, that image on a panel 64″ WIDE would need to be 64/1.333, or 48″ in HEIGHT.

2.Choose images that are simple in composition. Very busy images with poorly defined compositional focus will yield Mirage images that are even busier and not very appealing.

3.Choose only images that can stand on their own in black and white. The Mirage process uses only grayscale information. If color is an important part of the composition, then the Mirage output will probably be disappointing.

4.Generally speaking, avoid group scenes. Individual portraits can turn out very well, but if a number of people appear in the same image, the facial definition will be poor and recognition of individuals will be difficult.

5.Choose images with strong lines. If an image can be represented as a relatively simple sketch, then it will probably translate well into a Mirage panel.

Multi Panel Images

The scale of an image produced by the Mirage process is essentially unlimited. If the image is too large to fit on a single panel, it can be spread across any number of panels in a continuous flow. Below is an example of a 4 panel set measuring 16 feet wide by 8 feet tall. Depending on the desired resolution, Mirage sculpted panels could be manufactured in continuous sets hundreds or even thousands of feet across.

The flexibility of the Mirage process allows Interlam to provide an incredible level of customization. One-of-a-kind pieces of art can be produced quickly, and at a cost competitive with other premium surface materials.Customers may supply their own graphics as a basis for custom panels or work with Interlam to develop graphics from which custom panels will be carved.

In addition to custom panels, Interlam offers standard 48” x 96” panels in single and multiple panel sets. Some of these standard panels repeat, and others are designed to be installed as standalone accents.
​Variations Disclaimer:
 Since this product is a natural stone veneer, color and texture variances are not defects within the material, but are inherent to it and part of the natural beauty of quarried materials. Micro-Thin Slate veneers cannot be guaranteed to match panel to panel, so it is recommended that orders take account future maintenance or re-fit possibilities.