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Digital Alchemy: Printmaking techniques for fine art, photography, and mixed media by Bonny Pierce Lhotka

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15. Clear Gelatin Transfer to Plastic Sheet

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In this project, you’ll create a translucent panel by transferring a digital image to a thick sheet of clear acrylic, polycarbonate, or Plexiglas. I use this process to create images with both a virtual and physical sense of depth. I’ll create my image in Photoshop, using many different layers. Then I’ll print the composite image and do a single transfer to a sheet of plastic. Or, I might split the image and print part of it on regular inkjet paper to place behind the plastic sheet. For an added twist, I sometimes use translucent plastic and then backlight the image, simulating how it actually looks ...

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