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How to Photo Transfer

How to Photo Transfer


It's time to personalize! Creating something handmade always makes great gifts and home decor. Whether you are painting or decoupaging, there are endless possibilities for creating a handmade piece that shows you care. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, we are here to give you some tips and tricks for one of the most popular ways to transfer! 

If you are a lover of Mod Podge, than you know that the photo transfer technique is one of the most well known ways to use this unique glue, sealer, and finish. If you have never done photo transfer before, no worries, we've got you covered! You may be surprised to know that there are several ways to photo transfer. We have made photo transferring easier than ever before with our Mod Podge products! Today we will discuss all the techniques and even some new ones you may have never heard of.

Read on to learn the basics of photo transfer and learn more about the new Heat Transfer Tool! There are a variety of ways to transfer your photos to wood, canvas, fabric, and so much more! We have the supplies and the inspiration to make your next craft project come to life with your personal touch. So grab your supplies and get crafting with us as we explore Mod Podge Photo Transfer techniques.



Watch this video from Cathie and Steve as they show you the very basics of photo transfer.

Check out this recent video where we show you 3 ways to photo transfer your pet's image to a coaster OR download this photo transfer e-book HERE!

5 Tips for Successful Mod Podge Photo Transfer Projects 

  1. Use regular copy paper with a laser printer - Regular copy paper gives you the best results. Thicker paper is much harder to remove during the photo transfer process. We, also, don’t recommend using photo paper or actual photos. A laser printer is a must for any photo transfer project.
  2. Prep the paper for removal - Wet the paper and let the water seep into the paper. Let it sit for 2 minutes before removing the paper
  3. Removing the paper - The best way to remove the paper is in slow circular motions using a sponge or fingertips. It may take multiple times to remove the paper Best surfaces to photo transfer on for a beginner - Best surfaces for a beginner are a rigid surface such as wood or canvas.
  4. Best Photo type - Dry toner image. Most important use a dry toner image (color or black & white).
  5. Reverse the image - If you have an image with words, reverse the image on your computer or on the copier so the words will show correctly on your finished piece

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between our photo transfer and image transfer mediums?

Here is a quick comparison chart to show you the similarities and differences.

We recommend some of these Mod Podge Tools to make your photo transfer experience easy! Shop now!



Check out this great V-day wreath idea using the photo transfer technique. Follow Plaid on Instagram now!

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The Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium can transfer color and black-and-white photocopies of your favorite photos to any decoupage project surface such as wood, fabric, canvas, and more! Simply brush on this unique medium onto your photocopy. Then apply to your project surface; when dry, rub paper to reveal your image. 

With this unique medium, you can put your face on almost any surface. Great Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or Father's Day gift ideas!
Shop Mod Podge Photo Transfer Gift Ideas - Project | Plaid Online, Mod Podge ® Brush Set, Decoupage - 24781, Mod Podge ® 2-in-1 Smoothing Tool - 10614 and more

Check out this episode of Make it with Mod Podge to see how you can use the Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium to create fun decals. 



Transfer photocopies of special photos and artwork to wood, glass, metal, and canvas with Mod Podge Clear Image Transfer Medium. This formula is a water-based, non-toxic medium that provides the ability to transfer any photocopied image onto a variety of surfaces without creating a paper halo around the transferred image. Mod Podge Clear Image Transfer Medium dries to a clear, matte finish—perfect when working on colored backgrounds. It does not require a topcoat or finish; however, one can be applied for added protection.

Have more questions about this formula? check out our handy downloadable FAQs!

Create personalized gifts with a unique touch when you use Mod Podge Clear Image Transfer Medium. Add photos of your family, kids, pets, and more with these one-of-a-kind gift ideas.This formula is great for if you want your surface to show through.

Did you know you can photo transfer on fabric too?

Make this fun paw print pillow for the pet parent in your life.


The Mod Podge Photo Transfer Tool can transfer color and black and white images quickly and easily. Use on wood, paper, fabric, leather, and so much more! This lightweight, easy-to-handle tool has variable temperature control with a pen-like grip. Each kit includes the photo transfer tool, 1 disc transfer tip, and stand. Transfer images in no time with the Mod Podge Photo Transfer Tool.

Create custom coasters quickly and easily with the Mod Podge Heat Transfer Tool!

Make sure to check out our Mod Podge Photo Transfer website for more unique projects, how-tos, and inspiration. 

Check out this fun video where we demonstrate all 3 of the different ways to photo transfer

Want more photo transfer tips and tricks? Explore this Mod Podge Photo Transfer playlist on Youtube!



Let's Get Social!! If you are looking for more project inspiration with Mod Podge, make sure you join the Getting Crafty with Mod Podge group on Facebook. This is an amazing community that loves sharing their project ideas, sharing tips, and so much more. This group is perfect for all decoupage skill levels!


Each week on Facebook, we have our Make it with Mod Podge episode feature Cathie & Steve, our Mod Podge gurus. Bringing a fresh approach to arts and crafts, home décor, and so much more, Cathie Filian & Steve Piacenza are Plaid's Mod Podge experts. They both grew up in the Midwest and have been getting crafty since they can remember. Their approach is easy: try something new every day and get creative with what you have. 

Follow Plaid on Facebook so you can tune-in every Thursday at 6:30 PM ET to join Cathie & Steve for a new way to use Mod Podge.

What have you photo transferred? Share your fun, personalized pieces with us using #PlaidCrafts!

Happy Crafting!
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