Designing your own t-shirt was never easier than by using a heat transfer paper. The modern technology in heat transfer allows you to design t-shirts costing next to nothing. You can make wonderful designs and transfer them to your t-shirts and impress one and all. It is important to remember that cotton t-shirts make the best base for heat transferring designs. Better still, once you get a hang of the process, you can have innovative designs made and even start a small business.
The first step in this entire process is to choose a design. You can choose from the billions of designs available on the Internet. Just make sure that you are not violating any license. If you are a good artist yourself, you can even make your own designs using a image software like Adobe Photoshop. Once the design is finalized, you are ready to design your t-shirt.
You need to place the heat transfer paper into the paper tray of your inkjet printer. Make sure you place the paper in such a way that the printing happens on the dull side of it. That is the side where the printing has to be done. Now, you need to open the saved image file and make any final adjustments, if needed. You need to flip the image horizontally. The final print will be the reverse of what is showing up in the computer monitor. So, please adjust accordingly. Once the placement is done, print the image on the transfer paper.
Once the image is printed onto the transfer paper, cut out all the sides. You are now left with the shape of the image. All the blank portions of the transfer paper need to be removed.
Now you need to take an iron and heat it up by setting it to cotton. Once the iron is heated up, you need to place the t-shirt on the ironing board and iron it. Remember not to apply any steam. The ironing will remove all the moisture and wrinkles on the t-shirt. Now the t-shirt is ready.
Now place the transfer paper face down on the t-shirt. Place the iron on the transfer paper and iron away. Keep the iron in one portion for about 15 to 20 seconds and then move away to another portion. The best way to transfer the image onto the t-shirt is by starting at the center and then moving outwards in a circular fashion. Iron the entire surface of the transfer paper evenly.
Now you need to decide on the finishing. If you want a satin finish, remove the transfer paper while it is still hot and clinging to the t-shirt surface. If you want a glossy finish, then wait for the transfer paper to cool down completely and then remove it. After removing the transfer paper, allow the t-shirt to cool down and the image to dry completely.
Now you have your self designed t-shirt that you made using a heat transfer paper, an iron and your inkjet printer.
This Article is written by John C Arkin.
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