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I found an easy way to transfer photos onto wood. The process uses something called Matte Gel Medium which is a paint base that you can buy at any craft store. The medium goes onto the prepared wood like a paste, spread with foam brushes, then the photo gets smoothed on. After drying overnight, remove the paper by wetting it and rubbing with your fingers. Apply clear poly or Mod Podge as a top coat when finished. Here's a link to a lengthy video of the entire process on YouTube.

Things to remember:
Soft woods with tight grain work best (pine,poplar,maple,birch,plywood, etc)
Cut the wood to size, route the edges if desired, sand to 220
Use a foam brush for the best application of medium
Clamp a block on top to keep pressure while the piece dries
Use regular lightweight printer paper from a laser printed picture
You may need to bump the contrast and color up a little because the process mutes the colors
Be patient when removing the paper, don't rub too hard or you'll remove the photo from the wood
The idea is to have a rustic, aged look to the transfer. Works well for old logos and phrases.

Matte Gel Medium
http://www.amazon.com/dp/product/B000KNJFKI/?&tag=g07de-20

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Pretty cool… Thousand and one uses I'm sure… Thanks for sharing…
 

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Thank you Matt
 

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Matt, that was a really cool project that could open a lot of avenues for custom signage/logos.

Question tho, you mentioned laser printer so a regular ink jet printer would not work?
 

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I have also done this method with laser printers and it is as easy as the video makes it look. (remember to print a mirror image!!!) I have also tried the iron transfer method and found this one to be far superior.

-Shed " so a regular ink jet printer would not work" I don't think this method will work w/ inkjets but I found this
http://matsutakeblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/how-to-transfer-inkjet-images-to-wood.html
 

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Ink jet won't work. It'll smear all the ink instead of just transferring it. If you don't have a laser you can run to a copy shop and have them run a copy for you.
 

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Magic, Thank you so much for that, I too, can see a heap of uses.
 

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Very well done video that even the likes of me can understand. ;)
This project is perfect as a personal gift to friends and family.
 
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