It’s that time again! No, not the time when I confess to eating too much ice cream OR the time when I rant about laundry (why is there always so much!?!?) No, it’s the time when I get to show you another thing I made with Photoshop Elements 15 and give away a software box to one lucky winner. Today’s project is a fun DIY home decor piece that would also make a great holiday gift: a wood slice photo transfer. And today’s giveaway is at the end of the post as usual. And yes, I have eaten too much ice cream lately, just in case you were wondering. ****GIVEAWAY CLOSED****
I’ve seen wood photo transfer tutorials before but they’ve always been intimidating and required supplies I don’t have on hand (like gel medium – what the heck is that?). But when I discovered you can transfer a photo to wood (or just about any other surface) with good old Mod Podge, I decided to give it a go.
The transfer turns out pretty cool because you can still see the wood grain through the photo, making it look like the photo was actually painted onto the wood in watercolors…
…which means this is a great technique to pair with the Painterly Guided Edit in Photoshop Elements 15. Painterly gives any photo the look of a painting in just a few minutes. I used the Painterly Guided Edit on this lighthouse photo:
Then I transferred the “painting” to my wood slice to make a pretty remembrance of my recent visit to the Oregon coast.
Watch the video below to see how to turn your photo into a painting using the Painterly Guided Edit in Photoshop Elements 15.
And here’s a video that walks you through everything you need to know for completing the photo transfer:
A few more tips on the photo transfer:
- I used Mod Podge Matte to transfer my photo. There is a Mod Podge product made specifically for photo transfers, but it will make the background of your photo opaque, so no wood grain shows through. I like using the normal old Matte better.
- Your photo MUST be either printed on a laser (toner) printer or a color copier that uses toner. An actual photo print or an ink jet print WILL NOT WORK. I recommend upping the saturation of your photo and printing at the highest quality to ensure more vibrant colors.
- Reverse your photo before printing as the transfer will be the mirror image of the photo you use.
- Be aware that it will take 30-40 minutes to rub all the paper off a transfer of this size (roughly 8×10). But it’s worth it!
I think these would make great DIY Christmas gifts, especially if you use a photo with meaning to the recipient.
Ok, favorite people, it’s time for this month’s giveaway. If you would like to win your very own copy of Photoshop Elements 15, please leave me a comment telling me why you think Photoshop Elements is cool. One winner will be chosen and will be contacted via email. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. Must be 18 or older and have a US mailing address to win. Good luck!