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How to Put Photos Onto a Canvas

A photograph on a stretched canvas can make the image look like it was painted or drawn rather than printed. Transferring a photograph to canvas is easy. The canvas can be stretched onto a frame after the image is transferred.

Things You'll Need:

  • Laser Print Or Xerox Copy Of The Photo
  • Canvas
  • Acetone
  • Cotton Balls

Blow up your image to the size you want it with a computer program or adjust the size on the copy machine. Either print the image on a laser printer or make a copy of it on a toner-based copy machine.

Place the image face down on the canvas where you want the image to be transferred.

Hold the image steady while rubbing acetone on the back with a cotton ball. Rub the entire image until the paper is translucent.

Lift the paper off the canvas to see your transferred image.


The transfer will create a mirror image of the photo. Any text in the photo will be backwards. Reverse the image in a photo editing computer program before printing if desired.


  • Acetone is toxic and flammable. Use in a well ventilated area.
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