Tricks and Tips in Printing Iron on Transfers Paper


You can easily buy shirts with amazing and eye-catching designs, but it can never be as good as personalized ones. Whether you want to print on a casual tee, couple tee, or on an “everyday tee,” it can easily be done with the help of printing iron-on transfers!

Below are tricks and tips to help you complete your DIY iron on transfer paper project: 

When the manual prescribes to use a hot iron, the manufacturer is pretty serious about it. So, make sure to have an iron ready for the project. 

  • Make sure to print a preview of the final image first: Make it a habit to print a preview copy of the design before you begin printing on the iron-on transfer paper. If you immediately use transfer paper without setting up the printing mode properly, you run the risk of buying more transfer paper. To avoid unnecessary expenses,  first check if the printer prints the right color, check if the image falls within the print zone margin, and get the actual design size. On-screen preview won’t be enough since this can sometimes be deceiving. 
  • Flip the design: Always remember to set your printer to “printing on a mirror or flip mode.” This is a very crucial procedure, especially if your design involves text.  The text must appear backward both on the printout and on the computer screen. This is another reason why preview printing is very important. 
  • Make sure to have the right kind and color of the transfer paper:  If you’re printing using a laserjet printer, then it’s right to buy laser printer compatible transfer papers. These days, most transfer papers are compatible with inkjet printers. Take note that there are different transfer papers for dark and light fabrics. 
  • Make use of the paper’s right side: On its non-printing side, the transfer paper has other designs or some stripes as an indicator. Place the transfer paper in the printer in a way that it’ll print on the white and clean side. If you’re unsure if you loaded the transfer paper properly, mark the other side of a plain paper and do a run test to see where the print comes out. 
  • Remember that white will never print: This is another important tip to remember. The fabric will indicate which of the design parts are white. Consider your fabric’s color in selecting your design. 
  • Apply an ample amount of pressure on the iron: The amount of pressure you put on the iron while pressing it against the fabric will determine the outcome of the design. Make sure to set your iron’s temperature to the maximum, keep it moving, and let the steam pass through its bottom. If you’re using a steam iron, make sure to turn off the steam first. This will also adversely affect the design since moisture might prevent the design from bonding fully to the fabric. 
  • Iron on a hard surface: The reason for this trick is because hard surfaces hold heat better. Ironing boards easily disperse the heat; that’s why it’s not ideal for ironing transfer papers. Also, use a pillowcase to protect the hard surface. 

Keep these tips and tricks in mind, and you can be sure that your DIY transfer paper design will be successful. 

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