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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 J U L Y G R A P H I C S P R O 9 3 and surfaces. Transfers can produce deep levels of luminosity, transparency, and depth using layers that allow surfaces' textures to show through. Depending on the method, some transfers create an aged or distressed look due to the natural im- perfections of the technique. SOLVENT TRANSFERS Most transfers start out as printed imag- es. One of the simpler transfer methods starts with a printed picture output from a black-and-white laser printer, but it can be printed with an inkjet printer or print- ed on a press to a piece of newsprint. The image can be transferred to paper, wood, leather, glass, metal, or plastic. This par- ticular technique produces a nice artsy, sketchy look. First, tape the edges of the print to the destination media print-side down so that it won't move. I suggest that the receiver media be somewhat heavier and more rig- id than ordinary 20-pound printer paper. Brush acetone onto a small area on the back of the print using a soft flat brush. Substitute nail polish remover if you don't have acetone. With a soft pencil, densely scribble on the back of the print to fully cover the wet area (Figure 1). Use the pencil as a bur- nisher to produce a nice sketchy appear- ance. For a smoother image, use a spoon or any flat metal implement. Repeat the process until the entire back of the image is entirely covered, first with acetone and then with pencil lines, working on one small area at a time (Figure 2). When the acetone evaporates, which happens quickly, carefully remove the print from the bottom media to reveal the transferred image (Figure 3). This tech- nique works with both black-and-white and colored images. WAX PAPER Another simple and popular method of transferring images requires that the sub- ject be printed on a sheet of ordinary wax paper from an inkjet printer. First, trim the wax paper to the exact size of a plain paper sheet, say letter size 8 1/2" X 11". It's important that the wax paper aligns perfectly with the other sheets in the pa- per tray so that it moves through the printer effortlessly. If the image has text or is asymmetrical, be sure to reverse it in the software pro- gram that is generating the print (Figure 4). Run the print and then let it dry for a few minutes (Figure 5). Figure 3. The source image (left) transferred to a piece of card stock distressed by pencil burnishing (right). Figure 4. If the image has text or is asymmetrical, reverse it in the software program that is generating the print.

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