How To: Weed a Puzzle Like A Boss

@jbmanning5 is a professional photographer and puzzle maker; he makes puzzles from his own photos. He’s shared a lot of great info in the forums about how he makes them. If you do a search on his username and “puzzle” you’ll dig yourself a nice rabbit hole to get lost in. :slight_smile:

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i can’t comment on the specific paper that @jbmanning5 uses, but i’ve done puzzles with canon photo paper that i printed on a large format inkjet. i use a 77 spray mount (spraying a layer on both the back of the paper as well as the substrate) to mount the image to the substrate (either 1/8 or 1/4" baltic birch for mine, but i know he also works with chipboard) , and winsor & newton spray varnish to finish before cutting. pretty sure @jbmanning5 uses the winsor & newton as well, since i got the recommendation from him.

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My main inspiration behind all of this was to fill out Census 2020, wherever I’m at, with Occupation: Traveling Puzzlemaker.

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How are you applying the image to the wood? Are you using the inkjet printer on waxy paper transfer method?

They are photo prints, and then permanently adhered with a gluing machine.

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Ahh, ok got it. I was thinking they look really saturated for the transfer method. They look great.

thx!!

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Dream big! :grin:

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Brilliant! RThanks for sharing!!

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This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing…I would not have thought about that. And really cool puzzle with the special pieces that stand up.

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Make sure they do not record you as traveling troublemaker :upside_down_face:

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This is a brilliant time saver. Thanks for sharing.

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I used this too!

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@dan is that acrylic on top of the image, if so how did you adhere it or did you sandwich it?
Interesting idea, I am loving cutting acrylic except the smell
:frowning:

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He had answered this on a different thread :smiley:

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@deirdrebeth thanks, yeah I thought it was something like that
WOW

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I really like smart and practical people! Thanks!

@jbmanning5 Hi! I thought that you cut face down…

I cut face up on everything. My first experiments were all face down, but I like the fit better from face up - and no worries about flashback on the image surface!

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good point!

Can someone help me figure out how to separate the rows and columns lines in Inkscape so I can make them different colors to cut this way?
I downloaded a template from the puzzle generator and have it opened in Inkscape but cant figure out how to separate them. TIA!