The iron-on transfer paper is most commonly referred to as a ‘T-shirt paper’ as it is more often used for transferring images, text or any combination onto the fabrics. The applications are not limited to the T-shirts and the papers can be used on the apron, the table cloths, and the pillowcases or on any hard surfaces like wood.
If you are looking for information about how to use the iron on transfer paper, then do follow this handy guide which helps in summarizing some information on the topic.
Suitable printer inks
The first time users are mostly unsure whether their business or home inkjet printers have any suitable inks in order to allow the paperwork. The concern is unfounded as the normal inks work fine. The secret of transferring the process lies in the paper rather than the ink so that there is no preference as to which the printer or the ink that you use as long as you make use of the inkjet printer.
The difference between light and dark transfer paper
It is always important to choose the correct paper for the color of the substrate which you are printing on. Generally, the images printed image on the Light Transfer paper will provide a vibrant and accurate image on the light or white colored fabric. Ink is translucent and not at all visible until it is laid on some white or some light colored background.
Reversing the image prior to printing
The most common mistake committed is not reversing the image before transferring the process wherever necessary. Whenever you use light transfer paper you should reverse the image and then print it in the mirror mode. The images placed facing down on the garment and whenever the transfer process is completed, they appear on the right way round.
Whenever you make use of a dark transfer paper, the images are placed facing up on the shirt before transferring and there is no need for reversing the image.
Neglection in this stage causes the images to appear in the wrong way. If you are not sure about your attempt to be successful, you can print your project on the normal printer paper before printing it on the expensive one.
Washing the garment
The durability of the transfer depends on how well the actual transfer process has taken place and how well you maintain and wash the garments based on simple instructions.
During washing, it is always recommended to turn the garment inside out so that the image is not rubbed against the machine or the other garments.
Avoid common mistakes
Many people commit a mistake while using iron-on transfer paper. These mistakes can be frustrating and expensive. The most common mistakes to avoid are:
- People forget about the reversing image
- Tend to print on the uncoated side of the sheet.
- People iron the text or the image on the uneven surface which is not solid.
- Making use of hot iron
- Not ironing for a long time
- People don’t apply proper pressure when ironing.