There are two types of transfer processes using peel-apart film: image transfer using the film back (the part you would throw away) and emulsion lift (lifting off the entire developed-image along with the chemicals from the paper).
I had an opportunity to do a Polaroid / Fujifilm workshop at Ed Hinkley's Studio, where I also take a watercolor class. We used both Polaroid and Fujifilm so people could see the differences in the techniques and the results. Using the Daylab and Daylab Copier, the Polaroid transfer compared to the Fujifilm has more subtle tones, whereas the Fujifilm has brighter hues. As for the emulsion lifts, the Polaroid lift is more ephemeral, whereas the Fujifilm looks and handles more like a decal. One film is not necessarily better than the other, just different. Note that each transfer or lift, with its own individual marks, is distinct and cannot be duplicated.
The Transfer Process
We used the transfer process described on the Fujifilm website, which involves pulling apart the film in a "dark box" so that the film is not exposed in the light. Once the film is pulled apart, you press the chemical backing (not the positive image) to paper.
Marie-Pier removed the Fujifilm backing,
clipped on paper, from the dark box and
is now squeegeeing the image on paper.
The Emulsion Lift
The emulsion lift process involves soaking the Polaroid or Fujifilm developed-image in hot water, lifting off the image along with the chemicals from the paper backing, and putting the image on paper.
Marie-Pier's original digital photo of Moroccan rugs,
on the left, and the Fuji emulsion lift on the right.
Photo credit: All photos by Amy A. Rudberg unless otherwise indicated.