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How to Take Photos and Prints of Your Hands

If you are planning to have a Recorded Video Session with me, please send prints or photos of your hands following the instructions below. You have two solutions:

1. The Quick Solution: Photos of your Hands + Crude Handprints - A faster solution, but you won't be able to see whether your hands have changed over time

2. The More Involved Solution: Clear Handprints - So you can to keep track of your changes over time. Scroll down to watch the video.

1. The Quick Solution: Photos of your Hands + Crude Handprints

Photos of Your Hands

Three (3) samples of both hands are required for the reading. Please read those instructions carefully BEFORE you take the pictures.

First sample
First sample:
- Put your hand flat on a surface in a position that is natural for you (i.e. the fingers can be separated or held together depending on what feels right for you.) Take a photo of the back of your hand (preferably without nail polish or fake nails).

Second sample

Second sample:
- Hold your hand up, with your fingers straight, so that the photo shows the inside of your palms and your fingers.

Third sample

Third sample:
- Take a close-up picture of your palm. Make sure it shows all details (including skin ridges and small lines). Don't send any blurry pictures.

Important Tips for Photos

- Both hands can be on the same photo, or you can take a photo of each hand separately.
- The hands need to be well lighted. Natural light is a lot better than electric light. Click here for a sample of the level of detail required.
- Make sure the camera is perpendicular to the hand, so that the length of the fingers is not distorted.
- Do not get the camera too close to the hand, which may make the picture fuzzy or distorted. Instead, use the zoom.
- Your photos should be large enough to show details (minimum width of 1000 pixels), but make sure that your whole email is no more than 10 megs.
- When sending your photos, indicate whether you are right- or left-handed, i.e. the hand you use to sign documents.

Crude Handprints

Since photos lack important information, "crude" prints of your hands are necessary. Such handprints don’t show the details of your lines, but they reveal the natural position of the fingers and the size of the mounts. For your crude prints, don’t buy anything! Just be creative: you can use substances such as lipstick, paint, chocolate, dark makeup foundation, ink, etc. Greasy substances – like dark lipstick – work best. Check your kitchen or your bathroom!

Crude handprint samples
You can then scan those prints or take a photo of them with an app like OfficeLens, making sure your phone is straight above the prints (not at an angle) so that your fingers are not distorted. I need to be able to compare the size of your palm with the size of your fingers.

2. The More Involved Solution: Clear Handprints

How to take good handprints at home

The above video explains the whole process step by step. You can also read the instructions below.

After experimenting with various methods of taking handprints at home, I came to the conclusion that the inexpensive "Ink pad/Roller" combination gave the best results.

Ink pad and roller
Ink Pad and Roller Combination
Keep this equipment in a safe place to take your own handprints on a regular basis, i.e. every year or so. You will be able to check if your hands have changed, and whether you need a new palmistry session. You may also want to take handprints for the whole family!

The Print-Taking Process

Hand on Paper
You will need:

  • An ink pad
  • A roller
  • Newspapers to protect the table on which you will take your prints
  • At least four sheets of standard format white paper
  • Running water nearby, with paper towels and liquid dish detergent

Roller on own hands
1. Remove any jewellery from your hands and wrists and roll up your sleeves. I suggest you start taking prints of your non-dominant hand (the left hand for 90% of the population.)

2. Roll the roller on the ink pad, to cover it with a thin layer of ink. Then apply the inked roller everywhere on your palm.

Roll the thumb
Tip: Avoid the temptation to apply too much ink on your hand. It will make your lines disappear. Make sure the lines are visible on your inked hand.
3. To take the actual print, place your inked, left hand down in the middle of one of the white sheets of paper, in a natural position. Use your right hand to press firmly down on the back of your left palm (press only once to avoid smudges).

Roll the thumb
4. For the fingers, begin by pressing down the thumb. It needs to be rolled slightly so the shape of its tip can appear on the print. Then press each phalange of each finger firmly, starting with the phalange closer to the palm and going up. Do the index finger first, then the middle finger, ring finger, and baby finger.

5. Before removing your hand, hold the paper down on the table with heavy objects at the top of the sheet, and two fingers of your right hand at the bottom of the sheet. This will keep your left hand from sticking to the paper. Lift up your left hand in a quick, vertical motion.

Hand in glove
6. Take more than one print of each hand, repeating the inking step before each print.

7. Don’t wash your left hand yet. Wear a disposable glove on this hand or, if you don’t have any, put your hand in a plastic bag, and tie it with an elastic band around your wrist.

8. Repeat the entire process (2 to 6), taking prints of your right hand.

Hand Cleaning

When you have taken clear prints of both hands, clean your hands using the following 3-part process:

Dishwashing Liquid
1) Pour some liquid dish detergent on your hands and rub the inked parts of your hands together without using any water. When the ink is starting to dissolve, wipe off your hands with a paper towel.
2) Repeat the first step – again without water – and dissolve most of the ink before wiping off your hands a second time.
3) Wash your hands normally with soap and water. Your hands should now be clean!

You can use the same process to clean the roller for next use.

Don’t forget to write your full name and the current date on each print. If you are getting your prints analyzed, specify whether you are right-handed or left-handed (i.e., the hand you sign with).

If you want to scan your prints to send them by email, choose a resolution of at least 300 ppi (pixels per inch) and make sure the ink is dry before you start the scan.

If you don’t have a scanner, take photos of the prints with an app like Office Lens.

Problems and Solutions

Taking good handprints requires a bit of practice. You may run into a few problems that can be easily fixed. Please download the 4-page PDF document that provides solutions for the following problems:

  • A hole in the middle of the palm
  • Double lines or smudges
  • Parts that shouldn’t appear on the print
  • Pressing too hard
  • Rolled fingertips
  • Printing of the thumb
  • Indented edges of the hand
  • Rolled fingertips
  • Outline of Luna and Mars Negative
  • Ambivalent prints
  • Hand opening
  • Distorted photos

Possible Problems and Solutions
Click on picture to access PDF document

Don’t hesitate to take many prints. As Immanuel Kant said, “The hand is the visible part of the brain.” You probably know that our hands change all the time, reflecting what is happening in our brain and our life. Consequently, handprints are actually a snapshot of what is happening within you at a specific time of your life. Isn’t it worth spending a little time and effort on taking the best snapshot possible?