Using Transfer Tape for Engraving Projects

Richard Korbyl manages the family business, Columbia Awards, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He has been involved with the awards industry for over 20 years. If you have any questions or comments, contact Richard at 1-780-438-3266 or

The product is available in numerous sizes and different adhesive strengths from your local sign supply shop. For our shop, we like to keep a few 8-, 10-, and 14-inch rolls in stock. 

This old-school product, which has been around for quite some time, can be used for laser engraving purposes. In one instance, you can apply it to the laser bed with the transfer tape and then lightly laser mark graphics or locations. This is helpful if you have unusual-shaped objects and you need a way of syncing up your artwork to a unique shape. 

We often use the transfer tape in combination with liquid shoe polish. By laying down some transfer tape first, and then applying some liquid shoe polish, you can lightly mark the blackened surface and easily see the graphics. The liquid shoe polish provides a better contrast for viewing. 

The paper mask can also be used to protect product from handling. It can come in handy when you want to protect wood and other products from smoke damage. You can even use it when you intend to color-fill an item after laser engraving. 

—Richard Korbyl, Columbia Awards