I used engineering prints for various projects in art school and loved the raw, imperfect way they printed in black and white, so I thought I’d try them out in my boy’s room. He loves looking at family photos, so what better way than to see them directly from his crib! At just $3.50 per print, I can easily switch these out down the road! I’ve included instructions below for creating your own! 1. Select a high resolution photo
2. Use your favorite black + white action or preset. Increase the contrast a little more than you typically would.
3. Erase the background using a feathered brush in Photoshop. Zoom in close and get as precise as possible! (You don’t have to do this step; I just like the look of a lot of negative space!)
4. Size your photo to the exact size you will be printing. Mine are 24×36 (poster size).
5. Upload to OfficeMax (or any shop that offers engineering prints) and pick up in store.
The photo will be printed on thin paper, so be sure not to bend it on your way home. I found the frames at Michaels for 60% off. They worked out great since the front is plastic instead of glass which makes me feel better about them being in my toddler’s room. I also used very strong wall tape at the bottom of the frame, so my little ones can’t move it or risk knocking it off the hook.