Lazertran has this to say about Lazertran:

Lazertran Waterslide Decal Paper 8 1/2 in. x 11 in. pack of 10 Lazertran Silk for color copiers or laser printers

"An amazing new type of transfer paper for art, crafts, home decorating, scrapbooking, and more - use it anywhere you want to add your own picture or design. It enables you to add your unique design or image to almost any surface, including paper, tiles, windows, painted or papered walls, stone, fabric, metal foil, plaster, candles, polymer clay etc. Just print or copy your image onto the special Lazertran paper, trim it, soak in water, and then apply - the image literally slides off the paper! Instructional video with tips and project ideas is also available.

Regular Lazertran is meant for use with color copiers; Lazertran for Inkjet is to be used with inkjet printers only (not for use with laser or bubblejet printers). Lazertran Silk can be used to apply transfers to fabric, metal foil, or polymer clay; for use with either color copiers or laser printers."

Lazertran Waterslide Decal Paper 8 1/2 in. x 11 in. pack of 10

Lazertran is truly an exciting new product. It was developed for the art community by Mick Kelly and Simon Rees. In January 2003, they published a book, available at Amazon, called Transferring Designs: How to Transfer any Image onto any Surface.

Although not inexpensive, the product is remarkable. The transfered images (which they call decals) are bright and colorful -- not the washed out ones that we usually get when transferring images.

It comes in three varieties.

Water Slide Decal Paper

When copying your images onto a sheet of this type of Lazertran, you must use a color or black and white photocopier that runs no hotter than 180° C or 356°F. Canon, Xerox, Ricoh, Minolta, QMS and Tektronics fall into this category. Undoubtedly there are others.

Lazertran water slide decal paper is water activated, not heat activated, so it will not melt and jam a photocopier the way other transfer papers will.

This paper can transfer onto almost any surface. Since this web site is about altered books, I will include steps for transferring on to paper.

  1. Photocopy your image onto the transfer paper.
  2. Flatten your paper that is to receive the image, and seal with acrylic medium or craft glue. Dry.
  3. Trim your image then soak it in clean water for a couple of minutes. Expect it to roll up.
  4. Apply fresh acrylic paint, medium, gel or adhesive to the paper that is to receive the image. Note that this is in addition to the primer that you added in step two.
  5. Remove the transfer paper from the water. Partially slide the transfer off the backing sheet.
  6. Position the decal onto the wet acrylic. Slide the backing sheet out and away.
  7. Burnish your image with a brayer or old credit card.
  8. Dry thoroughly. If the finished image is too shiny for your liking, apply matte acrylic medium.

Lazertran Silk Paper

You can use this paper with any toner-based printer. The temperature does not matter. I have heard rumors that HP machines do not work with this product, but I have not tried one personally.

This product is used for ironing images onto tightly woven fabric, ribbons, metal or polyclay. If the fabric is not tightly woven, you can use it provided you first spray it with a product like 3M Photomount Spray Adhesive , available at

Lazertran Inkjet

Use this product with any printer that uses inks. Do not use with a printer that uses toner. Find a setting that applies as little ink as possible, otherwise the inks will bleed. This could take some experimenting. If your printer has a Transparency option, that would be a good starting place.

  1. Print your image onto the front side of the transfer paper. Dry for one hour.
  2. Soak your image in warm to hot water for a minute. The image, colored white, will release.
  3. If you want your image to be clear rather than white, spray with 3 coats of Krylon Crystal Clear , also available at Dry thoroughly between coats.
  4. Attach image to your page with a water based adhesive.

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