Though there are many different uses for transfer paper, the most common
thing they are used for is to make t shirts at home. These can also be
made for school fundraisers or even for a small advertising tool for
smaller businesses. Though the paper often works rather well, there are
things that can go wrong. It is usually the user that has the problem
though, and I know this all too well myself. I have ruined many shirts
and lost many pieces of paper because of my inability to slow down and
pay attention to what I am doing.
The first thing to know about transfer paper is that it is a little
pricy, but they are not so expensive that the average person can not buy
them. Some are made to work with white or very light colored shirts like
yellow or very pale blue or peach. There are some types of transfer paper
that are made to work with black shirts, and also perhaps dark blue and
purple. These are different in many ways, the paper made for black is
more expensive, but that is because of how it works.
When using the transfer paper for light colored shirts, a person has to
make the design on their computer. It is important to make sure the image
is the same size as the paper it is going to be printed on, and in fact,
having it a little smaller is even better. The image must be flipped
before it is printed out on the transfer paper or it will be backwards on
the shirt. There is usually an option for this on any photo manipulation
software you can use for this purpose. Just make sure the printer is not
flipping it too, or the image will be right back where it started.
When using black shirt transfer paper, this should be printed as is or
the image will not be right. Many that are use to working with the white
type will forget this and flip the image. This does not need to be
flipped, and will work in a different way. There will be a while block on
the shirt, and the image and words will be on that white block. This
might be hard to get straight, so anyone working with this type of
transfer paper should remember it is important to take some time to be
sure it is right before applying the heat to set it on the shirt.