How to Print Photos Onto a Glass Window

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How to Print Photos Onto a Glass Window
Print a photo or a design onto a glass pane. (glass art image by robert mobley from Fotolia.com)

A photo print on a glass window is an inexpensive way to create a dramatic, personalised stained glass effect by transferring inkjet toner onto the window pane. Inkjet printers use toner instead of ink, which is actually a black plastic powder that the printer seals to paper with heat. Glossy paper will allow you to readily transfer your image from a computer to a glass window pane with the help of acetate toner and a household iron.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Inkjet printer
  • Acetate toner
  • Glass window pane
  • Glossy paper
  • Iron
  • Water

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Print your image onto high-gloss printer paper with acetate toner in an inkjet printer. Use the highest toner settings possible in order to get a good print onto your glass pane. You can adjust the toner settings on most printers from the print dialogue box that pops up in most software programs when you print.

  2. 2

    Flip your image toner side down onto a glass pane.

  3. 3

    Set your iron to the highest possible heat setting and allow it to warm up.

  4. 4

    Apply pressure and heat from the iron slowly onto the design so that it transfers evenly onto the glass pane.

  5. 5

    Remove the glossy paper from the pane by gently submerging it in water. Allow it to soak for one minute until the paper softens, then gently peel it up from the glass pane.

  6. 6

    Add your photo-printed glass pane to your front door, an interior window, home decoration or other desired use.

Tips and warnings

  • Magazines print with ink instead of toner, which means that you can replace the glossy printer paper by reusing glossy magazine paper instead.
  • You may want to print your design mirrored so that it will transfer to the glass pane with the same orientation as the original design on the computer screen. This may be particularly helpful to make sure that the side of your glass pane with the toner is not exposed to the outdoors.
  • You may also print onto a transparency and use that on top of or in place of a glass pane, as a less expensive alternative to a glass window.
  • Heat the glass in a bowl of very hot water before applying heat from the iron in order to avoid cracking the glass.

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