You may have already seen our tutorial for our favorite way to transfer graphics onto furniture. But we know old school overhead projectors can be expensive and hard to find. This method is a great option for those who don’t have access to an overhead projector.
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Now before we get started, I should probably define “special equipment”. You’re still going to need access to the internet and a printer. We’re assuming if you’re reading this you have access to the internet. And even if you don’t own a printer, you can still easily print things at multiple places like FedEx or a public library.
First, choose your graphic. You can check out our favorite places to find free graphics here. It’s also important to remember that low quality graphics may become blurry or pixelated if you blow them up too much.
Next, go to blockposters.com.
Click the “Get Started” Button in the center of the screen.
Next, click the “upload your image” button
After you’ve uploaded your image, scroll down just a bit and you’ll see your image. This is where you’ll be able to crop and change the image size. The free version should be all you need for most graphics, even on large furniture, but if you happen to need a really big graphic you can choose the premium version of Blockposters for $5.
When you’re finished sizing your graphic, check the little box to accept the terms of service, then click the green “create my poster” button.
Click the “download your poster” button.
Your image should now be downloaded to your device and you’re ready to print. (If you’re having trouble finding the download in your files, it usually saves as “blockposter” followed by some numbers). Once you’ve printed out all your pages, you’ll want to lay them out on a flat surface face up. Carefully line the pages up and tape them together so you have one big poster.
You can see in the photo above that there’s a small border around each page (even if you choose “be borderless” in BlockPosters). I just cut the little borders off with scissors so the pages would line up perfectly. Try to position your tape so it’s behind the blank portions of your graphic.
Now it’s time to transfer your graphic. Flip the poster over so it’s face down. Using a pencil, rub the pencil lead all over the back side of the graphic. You don’t have to do the entire page, just anywhere there’s a graphic.
Next, flip your graphic face up and line it up on whatever surface you’re transferring to. Once it’s lined up it’s a good idea to tape it in place so it doesn’t accidentally get shifted. Using a pen or pencil, carefully trace out your image. This will transfer the pencil lead on the back side of the page onto your piece, leaving an outline of your graphic.
When you’re finished, slowly peel back one corner of the graphic and take a peek to make sure everything transferred nicely. If you’re good to go, remove the whole poster.
If you’re transferring your graphic onto a dark surface, you can rub chalk instead of a pencil on the back of your poster. This is a little messier and smudges easily so it’s not my favorite method, but it works in a pinch.
Now you just have to paint your image in. I have a ton of different brushes but I really like this inexpensive set.
Is this the most ideal method for transferring large graphics? Not in our opinion. We prefer an overhead projector like this one for most of our projects. But if you don’t have access to an overhead projector or you’re just doing something small, this is definitely a doable method. If you’re interested in reading more about how we transfer graphics with an overhead projector, check out this post here.
What’s your favorite method for transferring graphics? We’d love to hear about it in the comments.
We are not affiliated with Blockposters.com in any way and we have not been compensated for writing this post. We’re simply sharing information we think you might find useful.
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