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Sometimes everything comes together at the right moment; the lighting, angle and every other element combine to create a picture that is truly one of a kind. When that perfect picture occurs, it seems like a crime to just leave it on a memory card or let it fade away into the obscurity of old social media posts. Some photographs deserve to be printed.

If you’ve taken that special photo that needs to be brought to life, the old 8 x 10 frame may not be enough to do it justice. In these cases, a little creativity in your printing and mounting methods could take that special photo and turn it into a work of art.

Or maybe you’re just bored with the traditional prints in your home and need something different to spruce things up. Either way, there are some great printing techniques currently available that can help make your favorite travel photos something truly memorable.

If you want to bring that perfect moment from your travels into your home, try one of these unique printing methods to memorialize it properly.

The Best Printing Methods for Your Travel Photographs

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Wood Mounting

One printing method that is uniquely suited to travel photography (particularly landscapes and nature settings) is wood mounting. Printing your photos on wood gives them a special look that is modern and stylish yet rustic and traditional, all at the same time.

Wood prints can be great when hung on walls in appropriate settings, perhaps with similar photos or with rustic decor. You can also have your photograph printed onto a wooden photo block and allow it to stand on a table, mantle or shelf.

Photo Wallpaper

This is one of the more innovative and daring methods of printing and displaying your travel photographs. Filling an entire wall with your photograph is certainly an exciting idea, but getting it wrong could mess up the entire room. Either way, it will definitely be a conversation-starter!

Black and white prints are usually the safest bets with custom photo wallpaper, but you are not putting your photo on the wall to be safe. If you have some experience with interior design (or the help of a friend who does), this can be the coolest and most stylish display technique you could hope for.

Acrylic Printing

Mounting your photograph on an acrylic surface can bring the colors to life unlike any other printing method available.

“Unlike traditional glass, where light simply passes through, the light refracts within the acrylic,” says Bumblejax acrylic prints specialist Tate Dwinnell. “This creates tremendous vibrancy, particularly when paired with metallic paper and overhead lighting.”

Fabric Printing

This technique allows your photos to have a special old-fashioned quality while still being stylish and tasteful. The material used is not the same as a traditional shirt or blanket fabric; it is more of a tough woven fabric that is perfectly suited for showcasing the photos from your county travels.

Travel Photo Book

If you’re having trouble choosing just one picture, or you wish to display an extended period of travel photos, a photo book may be your best bet. This allows you to showcase your best work and tell the story of your travels all at once.

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Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; a website dedicated to opening your eyes to the wild & natural world.

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  1. These are all fun and creative suggestions to treasure your travel photos. I make photo books in the past which I love but that can get time consuming. I LOVE the idea of wood mounting so I’ll definitely read more about that option. These are great Christmas or birthday gift ideas too :)

    • Glad we could help our with some fresh ideas – wood mounting is great and can look gorgeous once done. Definitely great gift ideas!

  2. I’ve got to try that acrylic painting. I use acrylic to paint so I know how vibrant the colors can be. I wonder why the method was called that? Thanks.

    • Not sure why the method was called that :) Such a beautiful art form though!

  3. I didn’t even know there are such options. I’m gathering now the best photos from our Thailand trip and would like to have some of them printed as postcards. So this was a very usefull article for me! Thanks a lot :)

    • Printing customized postcards is a great idea too! I’m glad we could offer some additional ideas also :)

      Hope you have a great time in Thailand!

  4. I have to admit, I am not one for printing photos as I take too many and they just sit on my hard drive. I really should do some for our lounge and surprise Claire one day with them. :D I bet you got thousands printed ;) Totally love the photography you guys are doing. But going back on track, I would love to try Acrylic Printing and see what that does for one of my favourite photos.

    • Sounds like a wonderful surprise :) Haha yes once you start printing it can become quite addictive, especially when you have thousands of options on your harddrive :D

      Acrylic Printing is beautiful – let us know how it turns out!

  5. I have printed many of my favourite travel photos out on canvas. There are plenty of online printing companies that have sales every so often so it’s cheap and looks gorgeous.

    • Awesome Rhonda! You’re photos are always so great, they definitely deserve to be on the wall! Totally agree, we’ve always got our eyes and ears open for printing sales and discounts too :D!

  6. It’s so lovely to read about printing photos and the different methods you could use to frame and display your photos. I fear that this might become a lost art in the near future as everything is digital these days.

    • I so hope it doesn’t become a lost art – it’s so lovely to see beautiful travel shots enlarged, mounted and in print!

  7. Great ideas for printing photos. I think with the rise in digital tech, its all to easy to snap and forget. But I love the idea of taking over a whole wall with a magic mural – now I just need to pick which wall it’s going to go on!

    • Thanks Vicki! It really is so easy to forget – I look through half the photos I took last week and can’t remember what’s on the SD card!! We’ve just purchased a home so I’m trying to figure out which wall we want to hit with travel mural magic :D Will have to find a fitting photo too :D!

  8. I like the fabric printing by snapbox the most. It would be so cool to see my fave beach photos printed on a pillowcase and other stuff. It is also a perfect gift for anyone who loves traveling.

    • Absolutely re the perfect gift! Maybe you can drop a few hints and photos among your loved ones for some pillow art for your next birthday / Christmas :D

  9. Hardly anyone prints photos anymore, so this is a great reminder that we should. Photos evoke such great memories, so why shouldn’t we display them proudly? These are all great methods, but I think the would mounting is my favorite.

    • It’s so sad that it’s such a dying art!! Hopefully we can inspire a rebirth of printing our digital art :D!

    • Glad we could offer some ideas if you decide to print in the future :) Happy travels!

  10. I’ve done wood, fabric, and glass printing.
    They each have their merits and one should choose the appropriate photograph!

    • Totally agree on choosing the appropriate photograph for the method you’re going with. Some may look out of place if they don’t compliment each other … glass printing sounds really interesting!

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