Whether you’re thinking about starting up a business that sells T-shirts, bags, caps, pillowcases, and other garments with graphic designs printed on them, or you just want to add images to different mediums for fun, there are several techniques you can use. The heat press machine and the vinyl cutting machine are the two techniques that are most commonly used for transferring images onto objects.
If you’re looking to create a large supply of graphic-printed items in a short period of time, a heat press is the way to go. This technique is fast, easy, and yields a large quantity of high-quality and durable results. In order to use a heat press machine, you need to understand how to make heat press transfers. How do you do that? Below, we share some easy to follow tips that will teach how to print images onto transfer paper for your heat press machine.
Printing on Transfer Paper
In order to use a heat press machine create images on T-shirts, sweatshirts, textile bags, or anything else, transfer paper is necessary.
The transfer paper serves as the medium between the design and the garment; the design you want to add to an item is printed onto the transfer paper, then the transfer paper is placed onto the items and heat is used to literally transfer the image onto the material. Without transfer paper, heat pressing wouldn’t be possible.
Using transfer paper is pretty similar to printing an image on any other type of paper; however, there are a few nuances, and it’s important to understand them in order to ensure transfer of the highest quality graphic images. Below are some tips that you can use to achieve the best results possible.
Select the Right transfer Paper
First things first: you need to select the right type of transfer paper. There are two basic types of transfer paper: 1) light and 2) dark. The color you choose should correspond with the color of the substrate you are printing on; light colored T-shirts require light colored transfer paper and dark colored T-shirts required dark colored transfer paper.
In addition to the color, you also need to make sure you select the right size. The transfer paper should correspond with the size of your printer; if it’s too large to fit into your printer, it will be rendered useless.
Reverse the Image
With the right paper loaded into your printer, you’re ready to start printing. But wait! Before you do, there’s a crucial step that can’t be overlooked: reversing the image. The image is going to show up on your substrate just like you see a reflection in a mirror; it is going to be opposite or the reverse of how you see it appears on your screen or on the printer. For images that contain letters and numbers, that can be very problematic.
To ensure that the image transfers properly onto your substrate, reverse it before you print it. You can reverse the image directly in your software program or on your printer itself.
Printing the Image
Once the image has been reversed, make sure you completely review it before printing it out. You might want to consider doing a mock printing on a plain piece of standard paper first to ensure the colors and positioning is just right. If any adjustments need to be made, make them.
When you’re ready to print on your transfer paper, make sure that it’s loaded correctly in your printer; you want to print on the marked or coated side of the paper. Once the paper is properly loaded, go ahead and hit print. When your image is printed, you’re ready to transfer it to your substrate with your heat press machine.