What should decorators know about printing images onto wood?

For prints on maple wood panels, images that have a lot of gold or yellow will lose that coloring, as it will turn into negative space in the wood. However, family images can look cool on the wood print because the wood grain comes through the skin tone. 

If you aren’t sure how an image will look, I suggest getting a case of small size (8″ X 10″) maple prints, then pick various images to test. Keep this as your go-to reference for learning what images look best on this substrate. Note that wood prints come in different levels of image clarity – with some being direct print, details may be lost versus a sublimated maple print.


Jennifer Foy

Jennifer Foy


Jennifer Foy has over 20 years of experience using Adobe software and working in the advertising, marketing, and design fields. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, and a Master of Arts in Advertising from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. Her years of teaching experience include numerous software and design classes for colleges in Atlanta, Georgia, and Louisville, Kentucky. Jennifer is currently working as the Creative Director at Universal Woods with the Unisub and ChromaLuxe brands. Jennifer can be reached by email at [email protected]

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