How to Put Photos Onto a Canvas

Things You'll Need

  • Canvas
  • Laser print or Xerox copy of the photo
  • Acetone
  • Cotton balls

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.

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.


About the Author

Lynn Johnson is a textile artist, fashion designer, mother and small business owner. Johnson has been copy writing since 2006. Some of her work is published on sites like eHow. She writes about parenting, crafts, fashion, games and textiles. Johnson has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and has attended Master of Fine Arts programs.