How to Transfer a Photo to Wood – Video Tutorial

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This is a good rainy day (or weekend) project for you to try at home. All you need is a print of your image (reversed, demonstrated in the video) on regular paper, a piece of wood, and a couple of other supplies (listed below the video).

Step by step – transfer a photo to wood

This video by SLR Coaching takes you through all the steps to print out your photo and get it transferred and applied to a piece of wood. He’s using pixlr.com to rotate and change the image, you can use that or your preferred photo editing software. If you don’t have Photoshop or Lightroom some other good free options include PicMonkey and Canva.

The mediums he used for the transfer are:

  • Medium gel (you can get matte or glossy finish and can only use it on top of the image as well)
  • PVA glue (although he recommends using a varnish in the second video below – you can get it in matte or glossy finish, spray or paint it on. If you use the paint on and put it on a bit heavier you’ll get a texture on the surface like a painting.)
  • Block of wood (get one at your local hardware or craft store)

Updated video with a few extra tips such as: best type of wood to get, coating the photo afterwards, and a few others.

If you “have a go” as he says, share a photo of your completed project below.

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Darlene Hildebrandt is an educator who teaches aspiring amateurs and hobbyists how to improve their skills through articles on her site Digital Photo Mentor, online photography classes, and travel tours to exotic places like Morocco and India. To help you at whatever level you're at she has two email mini-courses. Sign up for her free beginner OR portrait photography email mini-course here. Or get both, no charge!

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  • Tom

    Interesting project, thanks for sharing it with us. I do have a suggestion though. Could you please do a video in English? Ha ha, just an American here having some fun with you! Thanks again.

  • Thanks Tom – Canadian here! We didn’t create the video just shared it. I thought it was kind of a fun project to try.

  • Hey what’s up with my English lol!
    I was delighted to see my project featured here, I feel like I’ve made the big leagues ? Thanks Darlene

  • I’m not sure if you’re asking a question or answering one Robin.

  • Darlene, any chance you could link to my site rather than just the YouTube videos please http://slrcoaching.com/how-to-transfer-your-photo-onto-wood/, it has way more content and a full step by step. Thanks

  • Darren Goodall

    Hi Tom, it’s my Aussie accent you had problems with. Cheers Darren

  • Darren Goodall

    I really was a terrific project to do. I had a ball!

  • Darren Goodall

    SLR Coaching site is a great place to start for any person wanting to get into photography, clear , fun and simple information . A terrific foundation to build on. Thanks Adrian, Darren in Austarlia

  • Hey Darren, fancy finding you on here! Thanks for the endorsement ?

  • Nice one!, really simple and great video tutorial also great inspiring for me!! Thanks.

  • Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Kristi Caudill LaZur

    I started doing this last fall and love it. A few of my favorites. These are all my pictures, and the dog is on metal.

  • Mustafa Subakan

    inkjet or laserjet print?

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