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How to Transfer a Photo to Wood – Video Tutorial

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
Darlene Hildebrandt

is an educator who teaches aspiring amateurs and hobbyists how to improve their skills through free articles on her website Digital Photo Mentor and online photography classes. She also teaches all about photo editing using Lightroom, Photoshop, and Luminar Neo and has courses available on all three.

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