How to Print Photos on Silk

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How to Print Photos on Silk
Photographs can be easily printed on luxurious silk fabric. (white silk image by NiDerLander from

Create an elegant silk pillow that features a favourite photo with the use of a computer and inkjet printer. Silk is a luxurious fabric that absorbs colour well, making it a natural for this method of printing photographs on fabric often used by quilt makers. Photographs printed on silk can also be used as flags or banners commemorating a special occasion or the birth of a child. Keep the images uncomplicated and the background simple to make your photographs stand out.

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Things you need

  • Light-coloured, lightweight silk fabric
  • Shampoo
  • Iron
  • Freezer paper
  • Digital camera
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Wash the silk fabric with the shampoo. Rinse, dry and iron the silk.

  2. 2

    Using the iron, press the silk onto the waxy side of a 9.5-by-12-inch piece of freezer paper.

  3. 3

    Cut the silk/paper to 8.5 by 11 inches. Make sure no loose silk threads are hanging, or they will jam the printer.

  4. 4

    Download your digital photograph into your computer’s photo program.

  5. 5

    Size the photo in the photo program or drag the image into a word processing program and size it to fit the page.

  6. 6

    Place the silk/paper combination into the printer and print the photo on the silk side. Let the ink dry thoroughly and heat set it by ironing for two minutes with a piece of paper covering the image.

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