Simple Trick Allows You to Transfer Images Onto Wood Using Only an Inkjet Printer

In what is one of the coolest photography hacks I’ve seen in a while, Steve Ramsey from Woodworking for Mere Mortals shows you how to easily create a print-transfer to wood using nothing more than your standard inkjet printer.

There are many difficult ways to go about putting your photos on wood, but if you’re looking for something quick and cheap, this method will probably turn into your go-to. All you need is an inkjet printer, a non-porous surface (such as the left-over glossy piece of paper left behind from an address label sheet) a piece of wood (preferably light in color), and some lacquer to protect the image once transferred. It’s also worth noting that the wood used needs to be coating-free initially.

Go ahead and check out the quick, two-minute video and see the results for yourself. Sure, this isn’t going to be a method you use for client prints or anything, but it’s definitely a fun and simple project to play around with at home when you’re bored this weekend.

(via Lifehacker)

  • Damodara das

    This. Is. AWESOME!

  • andydv

    if you have an image already dried on regular paper, using acetone (or even just water) will do a fine transfer, although perhaps not as clean as this. Sometimes a little degradation is cool if that’s the look you’re going for…

  • Eden Wong

    That’s hilarious. Well done.

  • Matt

    Maybe set the paper type to ‘transparent’ and get the whites… At least I had that option on some old printers, can’t say I’ve even looked to see if my current one has the option…
    But, pertty cool idea.

  • AdminHarald

    Nicely done How-To. FYI @matt: there is no white ink with “normal” inkjet. White is the absence of color. But there is white ink in certain high-end industrial inkjet printers. But you wouldn’t have on on your desk :)

  • TSY87

    woah… very cool!

  • OtterMatt

    That’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Definitely gonna have to do this. It’d be a great way to make a cheap present for someone. Not that I’d skimp, of course… (<__>)

  • DafOwen

    You had a similar article a while ago. had a look for gel medium but couldn’t find any. Keep meaning to find/order online.

  • Bill Binns

    You can use Mod Podge. It’s available at every craft store and on Amazon.

  • Mark Trevino

    I did this on my guitar using a slightly diff. method, where you can use any type of paper. My method was much easier I think,and you didn’t have to worry about touching the image and smearing it pre-transfer.

  • Mark Trevino

    correct Bill, Hooby Lobby carries gel medium

  • Wayne Yurkiw

    I tried a similar method with wax paper, to no success. This method however looks great!

  • Andrew Gawdun

    I use a liquitex Medium gel medium for my wood transferring and it works perfect. Way better than ModgPodg (however you spell it)