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How To Transfer A Printed Images To Wood - Laser vs. Ink Jet Printing

There are a few different methods to transfer printed images onto wood but what printing method works best? Laser printer or an Ink Jet printer? Let's find out!

Materials Used:

Tools Used:

  • Clean Rag

  • Scissors

Remember to flip your image before printing. Especially if you have text on the image. If printed normally the image will be back to front so it has to be flipped first. Also... If you don't want a white boarder around your image then remember to cut as close to the image as you can. You could experiment with different edge styles but I just prefer a clean cut look. White boarders can look good though. I cut out my logo on both the laser and inkjet version leaving no white paper showing.

I used a foam brush to paint a thick (but not too thick) layer of Mod Podge image transfer onto the image itself. I could barely see the image through the white Mod Podge when I was done.

I could then apply the image to the piece of wood. I had split the wood to show the difference between laser & Inkjet versions.

I placed both images face down and smoothed them out using my fingers to make sure they were flat and had no creases or bubbles. I could then leave them to dry overnight.

To remove the paper backing from the images all I did was use some clean water and a clean rag (I used a piece of old T-Shirt).

I lightly dampened the rag and wet the paper back of the images. I left them a short while to soak, then I began to lightly wipe away the wet paper from the image. Be careful at this stage because you could remove the image itself if you aren't careful.

I removed a lot of the paper and left them to dry to see what was left. There was quite a bit of paper left behind so I repeated the previous step of using the wet rag to remove the paper. I did this 3 times for the laser version and just twice for the inkjet version.

The laser print held up great but the inkjet version didn't. It began to fade very quickly and I wasn't able to remove the paper fully.

To seal the images to the wood I used spray polyurethane. This will help protect the images and stop them from peeling or getting scratched off.

The Ink Jet Print Version didn't hold up very well at all.

The Laser Print Version held up really well and the colours are much more vibrant. I think you will agree that the laser version is a lot better quality when compared to the inkjet version. You can use an inkjet print though as you can see but I would highly recommend using a laser print if possible.

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