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Need Help photos on wood

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by BillyBoy86, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. BillyBoy86

    BillyBoy86 Member

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    I have a client looking for a little wood sign.
    she wants a couple of photographs and a quote on it.
    my thoughts on how to do this are to print the photos on a thin vinyl and apply to the wood.
    then use a thick clear coat over them. i've done something like this before but never this small or with an actual photograph, but i found that if you brush on the clear, it can give full color images a look to them as if they are painted direct to the wood (make sure the brush strokes are visible.
    i figured i'd engrave the quote below the photos.

    anyone have any other methods they'd recommend for something like this?

    my only concern is that i don't want the photos to look like i just pasted them to a block of wood.
     
  2. Gino

    Gino Major Contributor

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    Apply the photos to another substrate, clear them with several coats of clear and mount the substrate to the wooden plaque. It will truly have a 3D appearance and will look nice at any distance.
     
  3. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    youtube videos available how to take a print from paper and transfer it to wood with mineral spirits & clear coat it with poly.
     
  4. petepaz

    petepaz Major Contributor

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    what about mounting it to the would, adding your quote and then apply doming solution?

    http://daius.com/

    you can get the do it your self kit. we use it all the time for small run decals in house
     
  5. BillyBoy86

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    i like that idea. do you think it will look odd though with the photos being dimensional off the front while the quote will be cut into the wood?
     
  6. BillyBoy86

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    looking into. this could work
     
  7. BillyBoy86

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    i forgot, i did see something like that before. not a bad idea
     
  8. BillyBoy86

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  9. tobyl

    tobyl New Member

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    Find a shop nearby with a laser if they are ok with no color in the photo! Amazing results!
     
  10. BillyBoy86

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    i have access to a laser, but as it is right now, she wants the photos in color. though i may do a trial run with the photos lasered and see what she thinks. could be a nice sample to have if she doesn't like it, right?
     
  11. Tim4

    Tim4 Member

    Direct print on wood

    There is a local photographer that produces prints directly on wood. I don't think he runs anything but his own prints but it is an example of the possibilities.
     

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  12. Pauly

    Pauly Colour Guru

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    A flatbed printer would get the best results.
     
  13. mameighan

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    There are sublimation Wood panels now available. Not sure on sizest but they are very cool when printed
     
  14. BillyBoy86

    BillyBoy86 Member

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    i'll have to see if the local guy i deal with will print wood. i don't have a flatbed myself. if i go that route, i wouldn't need to engrave anything,....i could just print the quote as well
     
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