Iron-on transfer is a fun way of customizing your wardrobe. However, you must follow these simple steps to ensure you will end up with a quality finished product: prepare all needed materials, print an image on the transfer paper, position the paper properly, place the shirt on a hard surface, and iron the image to transfer.
Iron-on transfers are images used to custom create designs on fabrics such as T-shirts, tote bags, garden flags, and other fun materials. The iron-one process makes use of a transfer paper and heat press and is more advantageous over screen-printing because of the availability of more intricate and colorful designs. That is why many manufactures in the apparel industry prefer this method of printing: they can provide a better selection to their customers. However, do-it-yourself iron-on transfer for shirts and other items is currently very popular because it is relatively affordable and less expensive than store-bought items. If you want to make your own iron-on, follow these steps to assure a quality outcome:
Prepare all needed materials
The first thing to do is to prepare all needed and appropriate materials such as software, T-shirt, transfer paper, printer, and iron. Make sure you have purchased the right type of paper since white and colored shirts require different transfer papers. Preferably, laser printer must be used for optimum quality. Using inferior products will almost always guarantee poor quality product.
Print an image on the transfer paper
Using the specified software, select an image to be transferred on the paper. Make sure it is the right size and color by printing a sample copy on an ordinary paper. Transfer paper can only be used once, so you want to make sure your image is correct before printing it onto the special paper. Once you are pleased with your image and don’t need to make any more corrections, print your design on the transfer sheet. Make sure your sheet is inserted correctly into your printer.
Position the paper properly
For accurate results, turn the paper face-down onto your shirt. When positioned the wrong way, you might get irreversible backward texts or upturned images. Therefore to avoid such occurrence, always test printing on sample fabrics before ironing your image onto the final fabric.
Place the shirt on a hard surface
So that the image is transferred evenly, ensure that you have placed the shirt on a hard surface. This will also avoid wrinkling. Aside from even distribution, a hard and flat surface is essential so that heat dispersion is minimized and you get a complete transfer.
Iron image to transfer
Instructions must be read carefully prior to ironing since temperature requirements differ and depend on the type and color of the shirt. If possible, use parchment paper on top of the transfer paper to avoid excessive heat which could damage the image. Using a circular motion, apply heat up to several minutes on all edges of the picture. Once done, slowly peel off the paper to reveal the finished product.