Non-Polaroid Emulsion Lifts

For a while now it has been common knowledge that it is possible to lift the emulsion off polaroid prints by soaking in hot water. What is not as common knowledge is that it is possible to lift the emulsion of standard prints as you would get from your local photo shop.

<b> Method </b>
1. Make sure print is free from blemishes like creases or bends etc. Do the same for the contact paper. The emulsion lift will not work if there are any blemishes in the paper.
2. Cover print with contact paper. Make sure it is completely covered and there is around an inch of contact paper extending beyond the edges of the print. Also ensure there are no air bubbles in the contact paper.
3. Soak the contact-covered print in hot water (~50-60 C) for 2-3 minutes.
4. Remove from water and carefully lift the contact paper up. The emulsion should come with it. If the plastic backing comes off with the emulsion, the water is either too hot or you have given it too much time. If the contact paper comes off with nothing attached, you have not given it enough time.

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it the first couple of times it takes a fair bit of experience to get it right.

I’ll post some examples later.


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