Polaroid transfer

Polaroid transfer is a photographic image-transfer process, or print making technique, which uses instant film. This way an image can be put on textiles, cups, glass and many other surfaces. The process gains its common name from the Polaroid brand film, when Fuji brand film is used the process may be called Fuji transfer.[1] It is more commonly known as emulsion transfer.[2]


Using a camera, enlarger, slide printer or Day Lab, expose colour Polaroid film. You need pull-apart type film, such as Polaroid 669 (now discontinued), 669, 59, 559, and 809, or Fujifilm FP-100C. Develop by pulling the film from the holder. Wait about 10–15 seconds and quickly pull the film apart, not letting the two sides (the picture and the negative) touch. Put the pulled apart negative face down on paper (or other material). Place pressure over negative and let sit for about 20 minutes. Then pour hot water over each side of the negative/paper sandwich. Gently peel the negative from the paper. Allow transfer to dry, face up.

Slide printers allow you to make Polaroid transfers from previously-taken slides or negatives.

See also


  1. AlternativePhotography (2010-02-21). "Fuji emulsion lift". AlternativePhotography.com. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  2. Linders, Jane A. (2010-02-21). "Polariod emulsion lift". AlternativePhotography.com. Retrieved 2019-03-14.

Further reading

  • Polaroid Transfers: A Complete Visual Guide to Creating Image and Emulsion Transfers. Practical Photography Books. Amphoto, 1997. ISBN 978-0817455545.
  • Polaroid Manipulations: A Complete Visual Guide to Creating SX-70, Transfer, and Digital Prints. Photography for All Levels: Intermediate. Amphoto, 2002. ISBN 978-0817455552.

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