A personal photo made into vinyl art on an old shower door using Inkscape:
I L.O.V.E. this idea. It incorporates so much of what I love about
using vinyl decals to craft: It re-purposes something (which makes it
affordable), adds 3-D art to an otherwise bare wall, and immortalizes
a very personal moment in our lives.
wouldn't want a beautiful, meaningful photo turned into immortalized
A tutorial on using Inkscape to outline a photo for vinyl:
Step 1: Pick out your photo
(This is from our wedding day. Aren't we cute?! I chose this
picture because we looked so natural and in love. A great reminder of
that perfect day to see all the time!)
Step 2: Download Inkscape photo editing software for FREE!
From the top menu, choose Path and Trace Bitmap
Increase or decrease the Brightness option and click "Update" until
you are satisfied.
Drag the bitmap (black) outline away from photo and delete original
photo so only the bitmap is left.
Save this image and upload to a vinyl design program.
Apply to desired surface.
I used one of the glass sliding doors I previously took off
of our shower. I am so glad I saved those doors! I simply unscrewed
the handle/towel holder, cleaned it, and applied the vinyl. It
was the perfect size to make a real statement on our wall!
If you L.O.V.E. the look and idea of this vinyl-ized photo, but don't
have the energy to create it yourself you can order one here.
Have fun with it! Play around with different photos! Adding photos to
your space can fill it with love and good memories, but try something
a little more out-of-the-picture-frame!
Remember: The world is yours to personalize. Empower your inner designer!
Thanks, Susannah! What a fun tutorial! I've never seen a photograph turned into vinyl wall art! Now I wish I even more that I had a vinyl cutting machine! Visit Susannah at UVinyl to see more great ideas to do with vinyl.