How To Use Transfer Paper

Transfer paper has redefined designing, has made it more fun and creative, through heat presses, iron transfers, transfer shirts, decal papers, and transfer printing.

By carefully following instructions, you could maximize the use of transfer paper for tattoos, heat, coating, and t-shirts. Following are tips when using transfer paper:

  1. Create a soft file of the design you want, either saving it as an MS Word file, JPEG file, or PDF file.
  2. If you have chosen an iron-on printable transfer that you downloaded online, retrieve it from your computer or laptop. This iron-on transfer is print- and transfer-ready, thus saving you the preparation time.
  3. Determine first the size, format, color, and print settings that you want. You could do this by test printing your image using regular paper.
  4. Be sure to read the instructions carefully before printing the image that you chose on the transfer paper, as almost all types of transfer paper necessitate that the image be reversed, flipped, or mirrored (as you need to put the transfer paper face down; as soon as you peel the backing, you will see the image appear correctly).
  5. Reversing or flipping the image can be done by using the settings of your printer or the Microsoft Paint or Adobe Photoshop programs – reverse or flip the image. Then re-save the file.
  6. Once it has been printed, you need to trim the transfer to the image that you would like to appear, especially when doing transfer to a shirt.
  7. When using a heat iron, check if it requires the hottest setting (usually for cotton). To iron out all the wrinkles and make sure the image will be transferred smoothly, spread a low-pile towel or a pillow case while the iron is heating.
  8. Follow the prescribed duration to iron the transfer.
  9. Some transfer papers require that you lay a piece of onionskin or tissue paper over the transfer prior to ironing.
  10. Apply steady, downward pressure to the iron. Either rotate it constantly or glide it in a back and forth or circular motion to transfer the image seamlessly. Some require that you iron by tracing the image’s shape. Avoid catching the transfer paper’s edges with the iron’s back-end or its tip.
  11. Take off the garment from the table or counter and put it on a flat surface. Let it cool. Once cooled, slowly remove the backing of the transfer paper. Unless required, you may use tissue paper atop the transfer.
  12. If it is a large transfer, pull away the transfer paper’s one whole side and then peel it back, as if you were opening a can.

Transfer papers can be fun to use. Let your creativity flow with catchy images and transfer to a shirt or have as a tattoo.

In terms of transferring an image to a shirt, take good care of your transferred image by washing the items inside out and not soaking them in water. Also, don’t use bleach as it will fade the color of the image and it crack the transfer. There’s nothing you can do to preserve the image for ever though; it will eventually fade with repeated washing. 


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