How to Print on a Foam Board

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How to Print on a Foam Board
Print your art and photos on foam board. (mystical art digital art background image by Svetlana Romanova from Fotolia.com)

Print amazing photos, posters, and images on your home printer and mount them to foam board. Use a large- or small-sized foam board to mount projects for school or work. Foam board can be cut down to fit smaller-sized photos and papers. You can purchase adhesive foam boards from an office or art supply store, and simply peel back the adhesive to stick your image to. Additionally, you can use a spray adhesive to attach images to a foam board. Remove air bubbles and add a border to make the final product look professional.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Adhesive foam board
  • Adhesive
  • Sharp knife
  • Mat border

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Instructions

    Print the Image

  1. 1

    Open your software to view and edit your image to be printed. Change the resolution to at least 150 dpi for large images or choose "photograph" in your print settings.

  2. 2

    Change your printer settings to your photo paper type of either matt or glossy.

  3. 3

    Print your photo at a size smaller than the dimensions of the foam board.

    How to Print on a Foam Board
    Print your image. (The printer image by vin5 from Fotolia.com)

    Mount Your Image with Self-Adhesive Foam Board

  1. 1

    Lay the image to be mounted on the foam board before peeling back the adhesive paper from the foam board. Use a ruler and pencil to determine, if needed, where any additional foam board should be trimmed. If desired, measure a margin for a mat border by adding the image and border measurements.

    How to Print on a Foam Board
    Measure the foam board. (ruler image by Oleg Kapustin from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Using the sharp knife, trim the foam board to the exact size you wish to mount the image and any mat border to.

    How to Print on a Foam Board
    Use box cutters to trim the foam board. (stock pictures of a box cutter with a very sharp blade image by Albert Lozano from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Peel back the adhesive paper to reveal the adhesive on the foam board. Measure a margin for the mat border and draw four corners to place your image within.

  4. 4

    Starting at a corner, carefully place the image onto the foam board, keeping it aligned and smoothed out. Press down the image onto the adhesive foam board. Use your hand to smooth the image flatly onto the adhesive foam board to prevent creases and air bubbles.

  5. 5

    Mount your mat border around the image onto the adhesive foam board.

    How to Print on a Foam Board
    Mount a border. (picture frame 7 image by chrisharvey from Fotolia.com)

    Mount Your Image with Adhesive Spray

  1. 1

    Lay the image and mat to be mounted onto the foam board. Use a ruler and pencil to determine, if needed, where any additional foam board should be trimmed. Using the sharp knife, trim the foam board to the exact size you wish to mount the image and any mat border to.

    How to Print on a Foam Board
    Trim off any extra foam board. (stock pictures of a box cutter with a very sharp blade image by Albert Lozano from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Measure a margin for the mat border and draw four corners to place your image within.

    How to Print on a Foam Board
    Measure a margin for a border. (ruler and pencil image by Hao Wang from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Lay down a drop cloth or newspaper. Lay your image face down onto the drop cloth. Spray the adhesive spray onto the back of your image.

  4. 4

    Position the top corners of your image within the corners you drew, if using a mat. Starting at a top corner of your image, carefully place the image onto the foam board, keeping it aligned and smoothed out. Press down the image onto the foam board.

  5. 5

    Use your hand to smooth out the image flatly onto the foam board to prevent creases and air bubbles. Allow the material to completely dry.

  6. 6

    Lay your mat onto the drop cloth. Spray the adhesive spray onto the mat. Mount your mat border around the image onto the foam board. Allow the material to completely dry.

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