The “magic” of image transfer is only surpassed by the satisfaction you will feel from the results you get.
I’ve been doing transfers for almost 20 years, and they still amaze me. Image transfer allows you to create one of a kind works of art in minutes. Not every image comes out perfect. Some need
work afterwards such as manipulation or added colors, but each can be turned into a unique creation you will be proud of.
Below is a fast summary of how to do the process. However, this is just a starting point. After you get over the initial anxiety, you will soon move on to create your own
unique way of expressing yourself. If you have any problems, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work it out together.
You can make a transfer either dry or wet. I think a dry transfer is easier to do and creates a better result. You be the judge.
1. Place your hot press 140 lb water color paper or any other porous material on a smooth dry surface. Our starter kit comes with the 140 lb
hot press (smooth) paper.
2. Take the picture with your Daylab unit.
3. Wait 15-25 seconds and then peel the film apart. (By waiting around 25 seconds, I not only get and image transfer. I also get a positive I
can use later on for an emulsion lift.) (While you are waiting, cut off the bottom part of the Polaroid along the border of the picture next to the numbered edge. This eliminates the excess
chemistry from oozing out when you breyer the negative. Be sure to handle the Polaroid on its sides; do not touch the flat surface. Mishandling of the Polaroid will leave an area without
chemical showing your finger impression.) After peeling, place the negative (goopy side) face down on the art paper. Use your breyer roller and roll in one direction for about 10 seconds
with medium to firm pressure.
4. Pick up the paper with the negative, place it between the palms of your hands and rub in a circular motion for 30-60 seconds. Concentrate
especially in the area you are going to begin your peel which will be the edge with the tabs still attached. I sometimes use my finger tips to insure I have a good transfer in this critical area.
5. Place the negative and paper on a hard surface. Press down with your breyer roller while you slowly peel the negative from the paper.
If there is any puling of the emulsion, it can sometimes be saved by just using the roller to repress it in place and then proceeding with the peel.
6. An optional vinegar bath will intensify the color. Place finished transfer in solution of 1/4 tsp. distilled vinegar to half tray of
7. Allow to air dry or use a hair dryer.
1. Prepare your art paper by presoaking it in room temperature distilled water for about 30 seconds. (To
enhance the color process in your final picture, add 1/4 tsp. distilled white vinegar to your tray half full of distilled water.) It is best to use hot press 140 lb. watercolor paper such as
the paper included in the starter kit.
2. Place on a hard surface and squeegee off the excess water using your breyer roller.
3. Take the picture with your Daylab unit.
4. Wait 15-25 seconds and then peel it apart. (While you are waiting cut off the bottom part of the Polaroid along the border of the picture
next to the numbered edge. This eliminates the excess chemistry from oozing out when you breyer the negative. Be sure to handle the Polaroid on its sides; do not touch the flat surface.
Mishandling of the Polaroid will leave an area without chemical showing your finger impression.) Pull apart the paperback from the negative and place the negative face down on the art paper.
Hold onto the negative along the top and gently roll the breyer toward you. (Be careful not to slide the negative on the paper.) Use your breyer roller in one direction 20 times with medium to firm
5. Wait another 30-40 seconds and then carefully peel off the image. Begin in one corner and peel slowly.
6. If you are getting lift off, make another exposure. This time after you are done rolling, place the negative and art paper back in the
water. Slowly peel it from one corner. This will help to keep the image intact while transferring onto your paper medium.
7. You can allow the image to air dry or by using a hair dryer for rapid results.