How to Photo Transfer

Learn how to photo transfer printed images with this DIY project. The easy technique lets you use favorite photos in your home decor.

Use favorite photos in your home's decor. Learn how to photo transfer with this crafty DIY project.

To give a treasured photo a more permanent place than even a frame, transfer it onto another surface! This easy technique works on both wood and canvas. Make a series of family portraits for your living room or commemorate a beloved pet. Or why not give one as a gift to a friend? They'll be so touched by your thoughtful keepsake.

What You Need

  • Flat wood block or canvas
  • Image, laser-printed in reverse (you can get one at a copy shop)
  • Gel medium
  • Foam brush
  • Small brayer or spoon
  • Water
  • Rag
  • Clear sealer

Step 1: Apply Gel Medium

Brush a thin, even layer of gel medium over the front side of your photo, making sure it covers the whole surface.

Step 2: Smooth and Dry

Gently place the photo facedown on the wood. Smooth out any air bubbles with a brayer. If you don't have a brayer, the back of a spoon works just as well. Now for the waiting: Allow the gel to dry overnight, or at least 8 hours.

Step 3: Wet Image

It's time to soak the transfer. Press a wet rag against the back of your photo, making sure the entire image is soaked.

Step 4: Remove Paper Backing

Carefully rub off the paper fibers with your hands. Be sure not to dig too deeply, or you might scratch the image.

Step 5: Seal and Finish

Once your masterpiece has fully dried, protect it with a layer of sealer.

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