10 Common Mistakes When Using T Shirt Transfer Paper

transfer-paperT shirt transfer paper has so many uses, the only limiting factor is your imagination.  Using transfer paper, you can scan doodles or signatures into your pc and print them on tee shirts, bags, sweatshirts and aprons.  Or you can have fun with your digital photos, manipulating them and adding text to them before you create wearable art with them.

Using this paper, you can create wearables to promote your business or to make a family event even more special.  Take the time to make personalised presents and make people laugh or cry tears of joy at your end result.  All you need to get down and creative with fabric is the right type transfer paper for the job in hand (dark, light, glitter, A3 or A4), a pc, a printer with normal Ink and an iron….and of course a whole lot of imagination. It can also be used using a heat press machine.

As long as you avoid these Top 10 common mistakes when using transfer paper, you shouldn’t go far wrong:

1.  Don’t print on the wrong side of the paper. This is a common mistake which is easily avoided. Simply take time to set the paper up correctly in your printer tray to print on the correct side.

2.  Don’t forget to print on mirror mode. This is only relevant when printing on light colours. When printing for a light background, you must remember to switch your printer to mirror mode otherwise your image will appear the wrong way round.

3.  Don’t forget to cut around the image carefully. If you don’t cut round your image carefully enough, you’ll end up with too much fabric transfer paper left which will reduce the impact of your design.

4.  Don’t iron on a surface which isn’t flat. You must iron your fabric transfer paper on a completely flat surface, otherwise the image will not be sufficiently attached to the fabric.

5.  Don’t be frightened to get the iron really hot. It is essential that your iron is set at and has reached its maximum temperature before you iron the transfer.  Also it’s important that if you use a steam iron, the steam is switched off.

6.  Don’t keep the iron still. The problem with irons nowadays is that most irons have indentations on the bottom for steam to pass. If you don’t keep the iron moving while you’re fixing your transfer, there’ll be parts of your image which aren’t stuck down.

7.  Don’t forget to apply enough iron pressure. The whole transfer process relies on pressure to make it work effectively. While moving the iron, you must consciously apply as much pressure as you can in order to get the best effect.

8.  Don’t leave any part of the image un-ironed. Leaving small parts of the image un-ironed is a common mistake particularly on irregular or large images. You must make sure that every corner of the image has been ironed.

9.  Don’t forget to fix the image after you’ve removed the backing paper. There are two ways of doing this, both of which are described in the instructions. You must make sure you choose one or the other.

10. Don’t wash your garment before the printing has fully set. The guideline for fabric transfer paper is not to wash it before it has been allowed to set for 24 hours. Again a common mistake is washing the garment too soon after printing.

and of course… pick the right paper type for the job. If you are going to transfer onto a light fabric (not necessarily white, but NOT dark) then choose light paper otherwise, the second type of t shirt transfer paper is the dark paper for black, navy blue and other dark fabrics.

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308 Responses to 10 Common Mistakes When Using T Shirt Transfer Paper

  1. katrina cataluna says:

    Hi, I’m wondering if what will happen to transferred image on tshirts using light transfer if instead of pressing it at mirror image, I print & press using procedures of dark transfer.
    example. I print at normal image to light transfer paper. Then i peel it off and press it (using heat press) like dark transfer.

    Thank you.

    • Ran says:

      Hi there, thanks for the comment. Using light transfer paper on dark fabrics is not recommended. The light transfer leaves a very fine light frame around the transfer. This fine frame is not visible on light fabrics, but very visible on dark. Mirror mode is only important should you wish to transfer text. If you intend on transferring just an image, the outcome is the same whether you print in mirror mode or not. I hope this helps.

      • Kim says:

        I messed up and used the light transfer paper on a darker shirt. It is really bad and can’t see the clear image. Can I use darker transfer paper and go over the top to cover it up or will it all bleed together and make a huge mess? Hopefully I didn’t ruin the shirt

        • Joseph Eitan says:

          Hi Kim, sorry that won’t work. You can use a particular transfer only once on a particular area.

    • Magdalena says:

      Mirror image must be printed if you print words or phrase ..

  2. Gabriel says:

    I am trying to print words to shirts and i have tried different types of self weeding transfer paper but all are leaving a background behind the words still what type of paper can i use that will only transfer the ink and just the words and leave the rest. Any suggestions.

    • Ran says:

      When transferring images that have been generated on an ordinary inkjet printer, the image is held on the shirt within a chemical film. All the white areas around the text and at the edges of the image (the bits of the paper that were not trimmed away) are actually an unprinted film that has been transferred.

      Subsequently, if you look carefully, you will see this film on a white shirt and more so if the colour of the shirt is other than white. Although this film is very fine, it is visible if you look.

      There is no possibility of creating a transfer which is totally self weeding, when you use an ordinary inkjet. To achieve the result you are seeking, you need to use a dye sublimation technique which requires special inks, a special printer and a polyester content in the substrate in order to work.

      Regards. Ran

      • robert brennan says:

        i have sublimation ink and printer and i am having the same problem. what type of paper do i have to have that the back round wont show up? i would like to get my business off the ground but i cant figure this out…. the only answer i keep getting is trim around what you want on the garment but it would be a zero percent chance of me setting all of the stuff on the shirt perfect enough for a consumer to be happy please help!!!

  3. Clea says:

    I was wondering if using dark printing paper on light fabric had the same effect as using light paper for dark fabric, which you described earlier.
    The paper I bought is meant for dark fabrics but is in itself merely a pale white so I figured I might as well use it on lighter fabrics, too. I just don’t want to waste it incase the design does turn out dark (which I fibs highly unlikely).

    • Aron says:

      Hi Clea,

      if you use dark transfer on white t shirts, you will get the exact image on the shirt as you have on the paper. the difference is that there will be an additional white layer on the shirt which will make the image stiffer than what it would have been had you used light transfer paper.

      if you use the dark transfer paper on light coloured fabrics, the background of the image will remain white.

  4. Rose says:

    I followed all the instructions listed, using a dark tranfer for a dark fabric, and the picture printed perfectly. However, when I ironed the image on to the shirt, then removed the sheet on top, the image was not shown. It was only a white background.
    Where did I go wrong?

    • Ran says:


      The dark transfer paper requires a slightly different process. It sounds like you have used the light transfer instructions instead. In the case of dark transfer you’ll need to peel the plastisol layer from the backing paper, lay it on the t-shirt with the image up and iron it over after putting a silicon paper over it. If you need more pointers please email or call us.

  5. Ahmed Nageh says:

    when i design a T-shirt what image format should i save my Design to transfer paper ?
    and how to avoid the white area around my design ?
    thanks in advance 😀

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      It does not matter what format the image is in because the printer will print whatever you send to it.

      From the question I guess we are talking about the dark transfer paper. This paper transfers ALL the white areas in between the image and on the edges. You will need to either cut out all the white areas which are not required (easy to do if this is a block image) or introduce a background to the image of a similar colour to the shirt.

      If using dark transfer paper, there is NO NEED TO MIRROR the image when printing so any software will do.

      If using the light transfer paper, the carrier film is near transparent and the background of the shirt will show through the image. It is still best practice to cut as much of the unprinted areas as possible to achieve the best results. When using light transfer paper the image MUST BE MIRRORED.


      • Tess says:

        I am going to use dark transfer paper on a black tshirt, if I print out lettering with a black outline but a white fill and cut out the letters from the black outline then iron them on like that will the white show up on the black shirt?

        • Joseph Eitan says:

          Hi, If you can print the letters in outline and they are big enough to cut out, you can print them on a black shirt. Please remember that ALL the white areas which are visible before you Iron, will also be visible when you finish.

  6. Gery says:

    How do I know what side to print on? Is it the smooth side, or the rough? doesn’t say.

    How do I fix the image? I thought after I peeled it off the t shirt it was done it was done?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi Grey,

      the back of the transfer paper has little red squares so you should print on the other side without the red squares. To complete the transfer process, you need to use he silicon sheet provided with the pack to ‘push’ the transfer into the fabric of the t-shirt. We have a video on youtube at http://youtu.be/AXCh6rW2LbY I hope this helps. Please contact us by chat, email or phone for more help.

  7. Sena says:

    Can I correct the mistake on the t shirt after ironing text on the t-shirt?
    the picture is not clear, could I iron over it again to make it the picture clearer. or do i have to remove the printed imagine off the t shirt first?
    How can i correct my mistake because it is difficult to remove the printed imagine off the t-shirt and I tried i couldn’t?

    • Joseph Eitan says:


      The transfer paper is not designed to be repositionable so removing the transfer isn’t possible after ironing.

  8. Kara says:

    Would you consider heather grey a light color? I am trying to decide if I should use light or dark transfer paper for my Disney princess mouse ears design for my daughter.
    Thank you.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, If you plan to print black or dark images the light transfer will be good. For very faint colours that might be tricky, depends how dark your heather gray is which normally is light enough so I would go for the light. hope this helps.

  9. Dee says:

    Is there a difference in quality of transfer paper? For instance, does the paper you buy at your local office supply or Walmart work just as good as the more expensive? Or is it all in the technique on how you iron it on. I bought some from Walmart (Next Style- light fabric transfer). I have not used it yet ,because, I read some reviews that it cracked and peeled. Someone said it could be it wasn’t ironed on long enough or hot enough. Do you have any experience with this paper.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, not with this one, but ironing on a suitable surface (should be solid like a table NOT an ironing board), not enough heat or not long enough will cause even the most expensive transfer paper to yield poor results. Our how to video should help (regardless of the brand) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXCh6rW2LbY I hope this helps.

      • Why do people keep saying “Not an ironing board!” without giving reason. It also states that in my paper instructions.

        However, an ironing board is …well, you know… solid and heat proof.

        For my first few shirts I used a table and had 3 or 4 other tshirts underneath, but the heat still removed finish from the table and it stuck to the bottom shirt 🙁

        • Joseph Eitan says:

          Hi Rick, An ironing board has a mesh under the lining which dissipates heat and also is not as solid as a table top or a cutting board for example. This will prevent you from applying maximum heat and pressure to the garment which will result in a bad washing performance.

  10. Caitriona Tyndall says:

    I tried to fix my picture using the plain piece of paper but it has stuck to the picture. How do I get it off without ruining the picture?

  11. Joseph Eitan says:


    Iron the paper again and ensure it is hot when you pill it off. That should work. This clip should help, the use of the plain paper starts at min 4:43 http://youtu.be/Us7yI6VjdUg?t=4m43s

    • Lane B says:

      You saved my project!!!!! My design /iron on transfer got a little scorched from having to heat it so many times to pick the paper backing off. I tried to keep the iron moving while I heated it , but it was stuck, stuck, stuck! If it weren’t for your tip about heating through copy paper I would have had to throw it away! Thanks so much!

  12. Sally says:

    Hi! You mention glitter transfer paper in your article, but I don’t see it for sale at your main site. I was wondering if you stock it or it can be ordered in, as it’s something I’m looking for at the moment.

  13. Joseph Eitan says:

    Hi Sally, the glitter transfer is currently out of stock. We haven’t a return to stock date I am afraid.

  14. Sian says:

    Hi, when printing white text onto a dark purple shirt do I use light transfer paper or dark?

  15. Lucy Collins says:

    I want to iron a crest/logo on to a bright yellow garment so I assume I need light paper, however the logo has “cut out” segments in the centre which will be blank, so white, on the paper but I don not want these parts to transfer, apart from cutting this out and risking it ripping or not looking very neat if my hand isn’t steady, is there another way around this?

    Many thanks

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, the transfer for light colour fabrics such as your yellow, is translucent (ours and some other manufacturers, but not all) so the areas which are not printed and showing white on the transfer, will have the colour yellow coming through.

  16. Carmen says:

    Hi, I have problem when I print on the dark transfer paper. The image came out weird which like the colours of the image came out like patches. However I use the exactly same method and same image printed on the light transfer paper and it came out perfectly. Wonder could you please give me some advise of why would this happen? Thank you.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi There,

      The process of printing dark is TOTALLY different from light transfer paper.

      Please carefully refer to the instructions enclosed with the paper in the DARK transfer paper section.

      But to summarise

      Print Normally – No Mirror Mode
      Trim all non required white areas that yuo do not want to be visible on the garment
      PEEL off the backing paper from the image. You will end up with a very thin film with the image on it
      Place on the garment FACE UP
      Cover with Silicon paper
      Iron according to the timings provided (depending on the size of the image)

      I hope this helps. Contact us if you have any further questions.

  17. Sarunas says:

    Where can i find dark transfer paper which only transfers the text (no white bacground), because for some of the logos is hard to cut it out

  18. Jeremy Jasper Acosta says:

    May you give me tips for my T-shirt design not to be removed or having flaps. Last time, my design is getting removed from my T-shirt.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, Make sure to follow the instructions in the pack. Ensure correct ironing heat and that you iron for the required time. Finlay, iron on a solid surface not an ironing board as you need to use pressure. Please get in touch for further support if you need, I hope this helps.

  19. Mer says:

    Hi, I was wondering what type of transfer paper would I use if I wanted to print out an image to transfer onto a dark grey shirt and did not want it to have a white box around it?

    I know that if I used the regular transfer paper that i have now, I could trim and use a blade to cut away the excess white from the logo designed, but I was hoping for a paper that would not require the extra trimming and time. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, When printing a coloured garments, you can only use the light transfer paper is the image is SIGNIFICANTLY darker than the background. So black text on grey shirts can be printed using the light transfer paper but if the image is photographic or the colours on the image are light (yellows, light blues etc) by using light transfer paper on grey shirts, will cause the grey of the shirt to mix with the colour of the image, changing it significantly.

  20. sheila says:

    Hi, I was wondering what kind of fabric is best for putting iron-on transfers? Also, are there any that should be avoided? Any info would be great, thanks.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, as long as the fabric won’t burn from the iron, you can use it. Look at the back label for any restrictions. Cotton works great and seems the most popular choice. I hope this helps.

  21. donna says:

    How can I removed white T shirt transfers from garment (PrintWorks)

  22. Mark says:

    hi, please help. i am attempting dark transfers but the colours look very faded/light. the blacks are coming out grey on dark transfer paper, and turn very very light after they are heat pressed to a t shirt. i know the process for dark printing and am following instructions to the letter, where am i going wrong?
    i should add that if i print the same image on light transfer paper or sublimation paper, the colours are perfect, i am stumped and tired of wasting materials, please help.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, It would be beneficial to know what printer you are using for this purpose? I think you might be placing the transfer paper face down on the garment. I would be interested to see a photo of the result on the shirt and a photo of the image printed on the transfer paper before transferring onto the garment if possible. I suggest you contact us via sales@photopaperdirect.com and we will help you.

  23. Joey says:


    I am looking for transfer paper that is made FOR steam to be used, instead of an iron. I will be putting the image on a round surface, and the material is similar to felt. Think tennis ball. How can I do this? Any thoughts are really appreciated!

  24. eljey says:

    Hi. I printed out dark transfer on white shirt. It looks good. The problem is when
    i washed the shirt the ink also washed out slightly, but enough to darken my white t shirt.. whats the problem there? The ink? Or my process? Or i have washed too soon?

    • Joseph Eitan says:


      I am assuming that this shirt was washed as a delicate wash? It is important that inkjet printed shirts are washed in a 40 degree normal wash with a spin cycle, especially in the first wash. Once the wash cycle completes, the shirt should be removed immediately and hang. A delicate wash does not remove all the water from the drum causing the items inside to be suspended in a lot of moisture which will make the ink seep away. if you use a spin cycle, most of the water is removed and the ink therefore does not have much moisture though which to seep away. Once the first wash is completed, the risk of seepage is reduced or eliminated. You should also wait 24 hours before the first wash.

      • eljey says:

        Is there a low quality pigment?
        How will i know if i have an authentic pigment.?.
        My print is fading when i put soap..

        • Joseph Eitan says:


          Are you using genuine ink or compatible? There will be some initial fading after the first wash and then it will stabilize. The image can always be refreshed by oroning it again with a silicon paper. Thank you.

  25. Retika says:

    I bought some transfer paper however the paper is white on both sides!
    For example it is meant to have a grid or marking on the side to iron on and the other side would be white to print on! But the paper I purchased says print on the white side however the texture of the paper is different on both sides. one side is rougher and the other is smooth like normal paper.

    I am confused as to which side to print on!!! Also there was no fixing instructions or silicon paper included so what can I use instead?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, Put a small mark with a felt tip pen and try to rub it off, if it does then it is the other side that needs to be printed on. I do suggest that you contact the seller to avoid waste.

  26. Retika says:

    Thank you

    how about fixing the print without silicon? what else can i do?

  27. Anurag says:

    Hi Joseph, I read out all above posts & your reply over those. This all seems very helpful, thanks to share this all with the users.

    Here My query is: In sublimation process what mainly important that can give a best printing result among the list: 1. The printer 2. Ink 3. Paper quality 4. Heat Press machine or Else?

    In other words, if I am going to setup my T-shirt printing business, for what thing should I consider or should I spend my money on higher priority? Or On what should I focus first? What is responsible for GOOD results during the entire process?

    Also pls suggest any Printer model for this that I can buy in my country (India). Should I take 8 in 1 or 10 in 1 heat press or Any individual T-shirt heat press? What is worth-full to buy? My aim is to print T-shirts & Cups for memories at BEST quality. Thanks in advance! Cheers!

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, Sublimation printing is a technology we do not deal with as our transfers use ordinary inks, ordinary inkjet printers and can be used on any fabrics without the need of a polyester content for the process to work. We are unable to give technical support on sublimation as it is a totally different way of printing items. Thank you.

  28. Anurag says:

    Can we print ANY KIND of stuff of T-shirt using the Heat Press machine? Or only a few or any specific fabric? Although, I know about the MUGS….that we can print ONLY on sublimated MUGS not any normal white base.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, You can use transfer paper on ANY fabric as long as it is capable of handling the high heat required for the process. It does not matter what the fibre mix is. The transfer paper will not work on any surface which is not porous (absorbent), such as mugs or metals. Thank you.

  29. Angela says:

    I am trying to press a t-shirt design using ChromaCotton light transfer paper and for some reason the outside of the design turns out okay but the middle is white and cracked. I’m not sure what to do to correct this. Any Idea?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi Angela,

      You need to ask the ChromaCotton people. My gut feeling is that the settings are perhaps incorrect, in terms of press time (possibly too long) and heat. That is assuming the paper is suitable with your ink and t-shirt fabric. I am sure they have come across this before and would be able to help further. I would halt pressing any more until you hear from them to avoid waste. Thanks for the comment.

  30. yesenia says:

    Hi i had a question my husband and i are starting to make t shirts and the heat transfers come out right on every other shirt but the black one. It won’t come out at all it just burns the transfer paper. We use the dark transfer paper too. What are we doing wrong??? how do we do a heat transfer on a black shirt? is there a specific paper you got to use when heat transfering on a black shirt?

  31. Richard says:

    I want to print white lettering onto an orange t-shirt. How do I do this?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi Richard,

      That won’t be possible in a straightforward manner. Your printer does not have white ink. Only professional screenprint printing can achieve this using digital Indigo type printers. You can use the dark transfer, cover the entire design BUT the lettering in the same orange colour of the tshirt and leave the white lettering area empty. However, it may look slightly plastic’ish.

  32. Kaylee says:

    I want to transfer a picture with a black background with colors of red, blue, and white on a white t shirt, will it work? And where can I find the transfer paper to use on a white t shirt?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, if you are transferring onto a white t shirt, you need to use the light transfer paper and print the image fully – including all the black onto the paper. The dark transfer paper is for Dark coloured backgrounds and it transferrs the white background together with the image, something you do not need when printing a white shirt – as the background is white already. Here’s the light transfer – http://www.photopaperdirect.com/products/A4-Light-Inkjet-T-Shirt-Transfer-Paper.html Thanks for the comment.

  33. Jenny says:

    When I wash the shirt will the image start fading? (Basically, is it washable)?

  34. Jenny says:

    I’m trying to purchase light transfer paper and on the website it says free shipping over 10 dollars, but when I proceed the checkout it still adds money for shipping. So do I have to make an account in order to receive free shipping?

  35. Jenny says:

    So about how long would I take for it to arrive in us, in other words how long is shipping for USA?

  36. Tonya says:

    I am trying to print white writing on a puple shirt. I have the dark transfer paper, but now I need to know since I do not have to mirror my image, can I use my laser printer to print my image or does it have to be a inkjet printer? What about my HP Photo Jet printer?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi Tonya,

      Strictly Inkjet, unless your transfer paper is intended specifically for laser. The HP Photo Jet uses Inkjet printing technology, so this printer will do well.
      I hope it helps.

      • Tonya says:

        So will my photojet print white or do i need to put a dark border around my words and art work so that it will show up since the transfer paper is already white? Thanks

        • Joseph Eitan says:

          Hi, no Inkjet printer has white inks. The dark transfer paper is white, so any non printed areas will appear white, though slightly plastic looking. Printing white transfer is incredibly challenging and in 90% of cases, impossible. I hope this helps.

  37. George says:

    Would it work if the shirt has front pockets? The picture would have to go on the shirt and the front pocket section

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, It can go anywhere on the shirt provided the fabric can withstand ironing. Though sold in A4 size, you can cut to size and transfer a smaller section, for example to cover the pocket area. Thanks for the comment.

      • George says:

        It’s like a big picture thats why. Do you think it would have any problem transferring since it would have to go through that bump?

        • Joseph Eitan says:

          Hi, you can email us (sales@photopaperdirect.com) a picture of the garment so we can confirm. It will help ensure we are talking about the same application, Thanks!

  38. Vinay says:

    I printed a color image on light blue tshirt using light transfer paper. The printed sheet had all colors fine. But when I transferred on the tshirt all colors have turned black! What could be reason?

    Washing does not remove the transfer so the transfer is proper, just colors turned black.

    There is no burning or anything else.

    • Joseph Eitan says:


      The dark transfer paper is the only one suitable for dark fabrics, such as blue. Light transfer is only suitable for white, or cream colour fabrics. The result you see is the lack of background caused when light transfer paper is applied onto dark background fabric. I suggest you you try using the dark transfer. Thanks for the comment.

  39. Reem says:


    I just started clothing printing, I’m having problem with baby clothes printing, they are very small comparing to the size of my heat press machine, so when I print any design on it, I have to put the whole thing under the heat press which will not be flat surface so the design don’t stick properly,
    I tried t-shirts, it’s fine with meas the t-shirts size is ok to the heat press

    any advice ??

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi Reem,

      If you are transferring small numbers at the moment, you can use an Iron instead (over 1400 watts). Otherwise you might need a smaller heat press. I hope this helps somewhat.

  40. Deanna says:

    Well I accidentally printed on the wrong side can I use that sheet over again?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      You can use it again. Just make sure the printed area is covered with the silicon paper at the time of ironing to protect the Iron from the ink (assuming we are talking about the light transfer paper). Thanks for a good question.

  41. Boris Nongthomba says:

    Is silicon paper necessary to iron over the printed t shirt? or please tell me what should i do to not let go off the graphics in case if i had to wash my shirt??

    • Joseph Eitan says:


      The silicon paper helps push the print deeper into the fabric. It is an essential stage of the transfer process.

      Thank you.


  42. nisa says:


    is it really safe to wash the clothing (tees, etc) after it is done? like is it okay if i wash it in a washing machine or should i just handwash it? also, can i use any other paper (if possible) intstead of transfer paper? because transfer paper is really hard to find in my country.

    reply soon! thanks in advance x

  43. Tetian says:

    well, i printed my image onto the shirt and in the middle of the print it started ripping and i dont know how to fix it! Should i iron it again or not? plz help!!!

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, I need to know which paper was used – there will be different answers. Also Need to know if the ripping is happening immediately after the transfer process or later after washing or wearing the garment for a while. Thanks.

  44. Brittany says:

    I ironed my white thing 1 transfer on a red t shirt I followed all instructions and the red t shirt bleed through the transfer. How can u fix this problem? I need this for my daughters birthday party Saturday

    • Joseph Eitan says:


      Did you use the light or dark transfer paper?

      • Latoya says:

        I am trying to print out a Thing 1 and Thing 2 image but I’m confused as to which transfer paper to get since the shirts are red. Do I need dark or light transfer paper? And will I need to flip the images ?

        • Joseph Eitan says:


          Red colour t-shirts will benefit from the dark transfer. The white transfer is only suitable with REALLY light fabrics. No need to mirror the image when printing on the dark transfer. Thanks for the comment.

  45. kamia baloni says:

    i use butterpaper instead of silicon as i could not find it while printing for dark fabric but my whole imgae got stuck into the butter paper instead of on my t shirt .what i am doing wrong.?????/

  46. Hannah says:

    Hi, so I forgot to print my image backwards (silly me!) and I was wondering if there was any way to fix this mistake the image has text on it so I’m not quite sure how to respond

  47. Emil says:

    Hi Guys!
    This is kind’a urgent.
    May i know how to properly heat press a lacoste fabric (Polo-shirts generally uses this kind of fabric). it’s peeling off after 2-3 washes.
    but i followed all of the correct procedures.
    Pigment Ink + Transfer Paper + Lacoste fabric

    Thanks in advance!

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, what heat and duration settings are you using? If the transfer is photo paper direct transfer, please let me know your order number to check the product you bought.
      Thank you.

  48. Lori Hill says:

    I made a bunch of shirts using dark transfer paper. The first time my husband wore one it ripped and peeled of the shirt. When we washed it to see if the rest would come off, most of it did. All the ink washed out as well. I wore one of mine to Disneyland last weekend and went on a water raft ride. When I got splashed, the black ink ran all over the shirt. My daughter wore her shirt for the first time and the design peeled entirely off when she changed to try on a different shirt. All three of these shirts were done with different brands of transfer paper.

    We used a cookie sheet inside the shirts when ironing on. What did we do wrong? I’ve never had this problem with transfer paper for light shirts. This was our first try with dark shirts. I have more printed and waiting to be ironed on, but I’m afraid to ruin more shirts.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi Lori, the situation you are describing is indicative of lack of heat (not enough) or insufficient ironing duration. What sort of iron are you using in terms of watts? and for how long do you iron for?
      I am unfamiliar with using cookie sheet inside the shirts, have you tried without?

      • Lori Hill says:

        I don’t know the wattage of the iron. We had it set on cotton and held it for 30 seconds on each section of the transfer. I haven’t tried it again since I experienced these problems.

        • Joseph Eitan says:

          Hi, the iron must be 1400w or higher. Make sure ALL AREAS of the image receive the same amount of heat by moving the iron constantly in SMALL CIRCLES and covering all the areas, especially the edges (refereeing to your comment about ‘held’). Apply FIRM and CONSTANT PRESSURE to the Iron. (you cannot put too much pressure on the image – the more the better). Iron for about 3 minutes (For Images in A4 Size – for smaller images you can shorten the time roughly in proportion). Finally, I suggest you watch our tutorial at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXCh6rW2LbY thanks for the comment.

  49. Klaire Rallanka says:

    Hi. What are the fabrics to use for the following transfer paper : light transfer (using pigment ink), dark transfer (using pigment ink), and sublimation paper transfer (using sublimation ink). Also, I want to try to use transfer papers in printing on pillow cases, if you have any idea what type of fabric that this would work? Thank you and God bless.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, Fabrics can be Cotton, Viscose, Polyester, Silk etc. As long as they do not melt under a hot Iron, the process will work. You can use any Inkjet printer including HP, Canon, Epson, Lexmark, Kodak and other makes including Dye and pigment based inks. We haven’t transfer for sublimation inks. Thank you.

  50. angel m says:

    I did transfer a photo using jet ss transfer paper but the photo is too blurry? I use a ordinary ink. what is the problem why the image is blurred is it the ink? or the way I ironed it I ironed it in an ironing board?
    pls help need answers will start a business right away

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, is the image blurred after transfer onto the shirt or after printing on the paper and before you transfer onto the shirt? thank you.

  51. syria says:

    I am wondering if you can use light transfer paper on safety orange and yellow.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, These are bold colours on which the dark transfer works best. You nay get away with using the light transfer provided the design fills the entire area of the transfer. Using the dark transfer is safer. Thanks for the comment.

  52. Cass says:

    How do you stop transferpaper crumbling and spliting the picture when the tshirts printed? Cause i am having difficulty with that

  53. Glenda says:

    Hi.. Need your help!
    I bought a light transfer. I printed my thing 2 template and it came out great. But when I peeled the backing and place it on the shirt it looks great, but the gray of the shirt went through . I wanted a white back ground. I didn’t do the mirror image

  54. Heather Evanick says:

    Question, I have a design for a shirt for my daughter that is larger than the
    8.5″ x 11″ size I can print on my printer. Wondering if I would be able to print the image onto two sheets of heat transfer and iron them together as one piece on the shirt? Thanks for any help you can give!

  55. Lee says:

    Hi, have just got into this fascinating hobby. I bought one packet of white t shirt transfers and one packet of dark. The dark t shirts have been coming out fine. They have been washed and I’ve had no cracking or peeling from them. The White t shirts have been different however.
    I’ve only been printing black on white but the black printing has first of all cracked during the ironing process then peeled and faded during the washing process.
    Can you tell me where I’m going wrong?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi Lee, In order to diagnose the issue I need to know the following please.

      1. What is the power of the Iron you are using?
      2 What surface you are working on?
      3. What is the size of the image and how long were you ironing for?

      Once I know this I’ll be able to offer some solutions.

      • Lee says:

        Hi Joseph, the iron is a Bosch sensixx B2 2400w max.
        I’m using a hard wooden dining table to iron on with good pressure. The image was A4 so I gave it nearly 3 minutes as instructions advised.
        Thanks in advance…..Lee

        • Lee says:

          Sorry forgot to say, I had the iron on full power with steam off.

          • Joseph Eitan says:

            I cannot see anything wrong with this process, assuming the Iron is set to maximum heat. There should be no cracking. Is it possible to see a picture of the result?

  56. Lee says:

    How do I put a picture up on on here?
    There doesn’t seem to be an option.

  57. Lee says:

    The only other thing I could think it might be was peeling the backing off too quickly. Do you recommend cold peeling or getting it off when still warm?
    I’ve been peeling off almost immediately .

  58. bethan says:

    Hey, me and my friend have been tie dying t shirts and been putting pictures on them. Our problem is that the image comes out fine on the t shirts, but the tie dye around the image has come out a weird colour, its like burnt a little bit! any suggestions on how to apply a image to tie dye top without the t shirt colours burning?


    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, I do not know what chemical or dye is used in the process. The Iron clearly affects it and causes a discolouration. I wonder what will happen if you make the transfer first and then apply the dye – It is regrettably the only suggestion I can come up with as there is no knowledge base on transfer paper and its use with fabric Dyes.

  59. sunny prasad says:

    I dont khow why i did same mistake?? is any way to remove wrong print once it done??

  60. Susan Low says:

    I followed all the instructions carefully. All looked great till I fixed the Image. Prior to fixing Image was clear, plasticky and shiny. After fixing, it’s rough, fuzzy looking and all the non printed area looks grubby. Most of the Image is stuck to the supplied silicon paper. What went wrong and how can I sort this?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      When peeling cold and finishing the image with a gloss finish, there is no fixing required. Fixing is done when the image is peeled hot and the finish is matt. In that case, fixing pushes the image further into the shirt making the resulting print softer to the feel and better performing in the washing machine. It is highly recommended for T Shirts that you peel hot and finish in matt. Gloss finish images (peeled cold) will not last as long.

  61. Susan Low says:

    OK. I hadn’t realised that. I’m applying to a fruit of the loom hoodie, so should that be hot or cold peel? Can I iron off the mess I’ve made or is it a right off?

  62. Bethany says:

    Hi …. I was wondering what will HAPPEN if I use light printer paper on dark clothes … Thanks

  63. Nic says:

    I tried to iron light transfer paper to a white baby body. Tried it twice, same motif, two different white bodies and still I get the same yellowish blobs in the image in exactly the same
    position. In the same areas. Which are not on the original. I used two different brands even. That leads me to the assumption this is to do with the iron or the ironing process. We have a steam iron and I did empty it completely. The only deviation from the perfect-instructions is that I used an ironing board. But still the whole picture transfers. Any ideas? Thanks so much for helping me think through this. The result is really not pretty 🙁

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi Nic,

      Yellowing could be that it has been ironed too long. If you are using an Ironing board, the transfer process will take longer overheating the film and may be the cause of the yellowing. Yellowing also could be that the garment is being over heated (again, due to use of Ironing board) and it could be the fabric that is being scorched. A clear photo of the result will help. You can upload a link to the photo or email us sales@photopaperdirect.com

  64. Megan R says:


    I am looking to make some off white cotton twill tape labels – I have tried a transfer, but they darken the tape and make it feel quite stiff and ‘plasticy’ – just wondering if any of your products would avoid those problems? Many thanks in advance!


    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, the transfer paper will stiffen cotton twill to some extent as you are transferring a film with the ink that affects the fabric. Whether it is stiffer than the product you already used before, is a matter of trial.

  65. Michelle k says:

    Hi I’ve recently started using the transfer paper and it works brilliantly on pale coloured transfers but I’ve been trying to do a print with lots of bold colours and some of the colours, particularly Reds are bleeding on the paper after they come out of the printer. I’ve tried a number of paper settings on my printer but can seem to get it to stop bleeding, have you any suggestions as to what I could try?
    Many thanks

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, The transfer paper needs to be printed as Normal Paper in Normal Resolution. If you set your printer to a coated paper (such as presentation or photo paper) there will be too much ink laid on the paper and it will bleed.

  66. Louise says:

    Hi when i have done all my printing and happy with it then sealed it on to t-shirt . I wash it as described but the print comes away. What am i doing wrong? Should i invest in a t shirt heat press rather than an iron would that work better?

    • Joseph Eitan says:


      it is not clear by what is meant by print coming away. If the print is fading significantly then it is likely that the shirt has been either soaked or washed as a delicate garment.

      if what is meant is that the film is peeling away from the shirt, then this is likely to be a time or pressure issue. Timings need to be carefully followed depending on the size of the garment and pressure needs to be maximum possible. This means that the process MUST be done on a hard, flat surface and not on an ironing board.

      A heat press will eliminate the variables and will give a consistent result with transfer paper.

  67. Diane says:


    I used transfer paper for dark materials for printing on a dark shirt. I followed the instructions but when I peeled off the silicone paper it was stuck onto the image transferred on the shirt. (Kind of like a price tag sticking on the package when you try to rip it off) how should I prevent this from happening? Should I peel it when it’s still hot or should I wait until it’s cooled down?

    And by any chance, can I remove the silicone paper that’s stuck?

    Thank you!

  68. Mekayla says:

    I wanted to know if it was okay if I dyed my t-shirt after u ironed the transfer paper on. Is it okay? I messed up a little with the shirt, so I’m trying to fix it up.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      I am sure you can dye the shirt but I do not know how the area with the transfer will react to the dye. The transfer area has a chemical film around it which holds the image on the shirt and It might not accept dye.

  69. lawrence says:


    I’m trying to print black and white photos and pictures on dark garment transfer paper. The prints come out of my espon wf- 7010 ok but when I press the shirts my image comes out with a green tint! How do I just get a black and white print?

    • Joseph Eitan says:


      You need to set your printer to print in grey scale. This will eliminate the other three colours from the printing process and will ensure that after printing, the image remains black.

  70. Tommy Hempstock says:

    I followed all the instructions while ironing my image on a white t shirt, but when I peeled it off all the white areas on the design and the small trimmed border had a yellow tint to them. It said to iron for 3 minutes on instructions. Also when I washed it the next day a lot of the die had washed out.

  71. Ardi says:

    My design has a black background but there are white and blue bits, similar to this image :
    I want to transfer it to a black T-Shirt. Because the T-Shirt and my design has the same background colour, is it safe to use the light transfer colour? or should use the dark transfer colour?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, you cannot use light transfer paper for printing on black shirts. You must use the dark transfer paper but remember that ALL the white areas which are not required to be visible on the shirt, will have to removed from the transfer paper before going to the shirt.

  72. nate says:

    Hi, question after ironing and stuff. Will the image be permanet? Like if I wash it, will it peel off?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, the image will adhere to the garment permanently. It will start showing sights of fading after 12 to 15 washes. Thanks for the comment.

  73. Betssie says:

    I did an iron on shirt transfer on white shirt which resulted perfectly, except when I put the shirt the image cracked. How could i keep this from happening next time I do another transfer??

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, on what surface did you iron on? What heat is your iron (watts) and how long did you iron for? All these can help explain the result you got.

  74. Kim Macaulay says:

    Hi there,
    I have run into an issue where the logos I ironed onto 25 t-shirts are peeling big time. Is there is a way to salvage the logos, and the t-shirts? I know I can’t re-iron the logos but I am wondering if I can / should peel off the logos that are already peeling, and then maybe re-iron new logos onto them. I don’t think the heat was high enough when I ironed on the images but after reading this article, maybe I didn’t iron them for long enough. I have images of what the t-shirts looked like when I first ironed them, and what they look like now – after people wearing them 1 time, and then washing them 1 time (I washed them all in the same laundry load, inside out, and dried them in the dryer).
    Thank you 🙂

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi Kim,

      There’s no way to rectify the situation other than trying again. Heat, pressure and duration are key to the durability of the end item. Sorry I haven’t any better news.

  75. Kim Macaulay says:

    Hi again
    I had an idea of ironing a clear sheet over the peeling logos.. do you think that could work to solidify the original logos?

  76. Michelle says:

    I need to print some logos onto some khaki colored shirts but I have the dark fabric transfer paper. Would it work?

  77. joanne says:

    Hi i have made the mistake of putting a light transfer on a dark top i have managed to get some of it off using paper and a hot iron im just wondering how to get it off compleately or if i buy another one for dark fabrics will it go over the remaning transfer thats left on xx please help xx

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, You cannot take the light inkjet transfer paper off a shirt once transferred. If you put a dark transfer paper on top of the light, the transfer will stick but the image will be significantly stiffer than normal.

  78. Andre says:

    Hi Joseph,
    i am running small business making tshirt with heat-press,doing only light transfers.
    recently i am having some issue with product.Some tshirt after washing are leaving *marks of paint*,
    on surrounding parts of tshirt,mostly kinda blue color.it is kind of a leaked collor on random part of tshirt.
    i am using heat press -25-30sec aply time,
    200′ C(392 degrees Fahrenheit) heat and i am washing it inside out at 30′ C (90 degrees Fahrenheit).
    inkjet is set to mate paper – standar quality.
    Is it cause i use mate paper using settings,or fact that tshirt are washed sometime 1-2 hour after finishing them?
    i could use any help u provide,
    thank u so much in advance,

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hello, The heat and time are incorrect for our transfer paper. The instruction is for 190 degrees celcius and 13 seconds.

      Inkjet printed shirts need to be washed in a normal 40 degree wash with a spin cycle. It should not be washed as a delicate or be soaked in water.

      We recommend washing only after 24 hours.

      • Andre says:

        thank u for comments,mate.
        I think i found it out what was wrong,
        i was using *dye ink* printer,and i noticed u should use pigment ink.
        and i was washing some of tshirts in about 1-2hour when they where made,when i was to wait for 24-48hour 2 dry,since dye ink is water weak.
        thank u for your advice,

  79. Gloria says:

    Can I cover a transfer design with a bigger transffer design? Cause the first one is piling off.

  80. Stacey Crosby says:

    Hi! What tips can you give for printing text onto a colored background? This continues to be my biggest problem when doing transfers. (Having to match the color of the tee to the background color of the image I’m using.) When the text is small it’s quite difficult to trim around.
    Thanks in a advance 🙂

  81. DIYgirl says:

    Hi there, i have a problem. Someone else transfered the image i want on my shirt, the problem is he forgot to cut off the background before ironing it. Is there a way that i could maybe scrape off the background like with sand paper? :3

  82. TL says:

    I only have light transfer paper left but i needed to do a quick writing (bridesmaids) in either silver or white on black t-shirts… 🙁 please tell me this can be done easily!

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, You cannot use light transfer paper on a dark background. It only works on white or very light, pastel coloured shirts. If you need to print on a dark background, you will need the dark transfer paper. Sorry

  83. Alfred Joseph Macaraeg says:

    Hello there. Im using dark transfer paper for dark fabrics I printed my name on a light gray font and after 80 seconds of ironing, the light gray font became burnt color.. I think i burned the transfer paper 🙁 how do I know if my transfer paper bonded properly with the dark fabric..pls help

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, There are Ironing instructions which include the approximate timing according to the size you are ironing. If you move your Iron constantly across the image, and if your shirt is resilient to a hot iron (Not polyester or nylon content) there should be no burning. 80 Seconds seems a long time for a name so it seems you have gone a little too long. If you work on a solid flat surface, use a hot iron and apply good pressure, you will get an image which is closely stuck to the shirt and it is an indication of successful process. If edges are a little loose and the “patch” is a little proud of the shirt, you need to iron more.

  84. Donna says:

    I have tried doing several iron on decals on shirts. I buy the right transfer paper but as soon as the shirt gets wet, or if you sweat when you wear it, the colors from the decals bleed. How do you stop this from happening?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi Donna,

      Sounds like a problem in the application stage. On what surface are you ironing on? As well, what heat is your iron (measured in watts).


  85. Shinawa says:


    I have a question. I have successfully transferred my images onto two t-shirts; one white and one pink. What I am worried about now is how am I suppose to iron my shirts that are wrinkled from washing or maybe from sitting in a position for too long. I am worried when the shirts are ironed , the film of the image will melt and ruin it. What should I do?

  86. Vicky says:

    I am wanting to print a white logo onto a black cotton bag. There is the possibility for the white logo to have a black background although I assume it would be better if it didn’t visually. How am I best to go ahead, ie which paper should I buy etc. It would not be possible to cut around the white logo as it is too fiddly.
    Thank you

  87. Nicole says:


    I was just having several problems regarding my light transfer paper this morning. I have done a lot of printing in the past and all went well, except today that my print won’t stick to the shirt. I pressed it several times already and it seems like the heat doesn’t affect it. I have set it to the maximum heat available(which I have been using in the past) and it’s no use. In the end, I pressed it again and again and some parts of the ink begins to stick, until after pressing it for nearly 5 times already with 23 seconds each, I have finally achieved my desired result. (except for some small parts that were chipped off). I’m wondering what is causing the problem.


    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, This is clearly a low heat issue. Are you sure your iron is functioning correctly? Also, this answer assumes you are not working on an ironing board which dissipates heat away from the garment and will achieve a similar result. I hope this helps.

  88. Kelleigh Sheridan says:

    Hi, I used to have a full tie dye business, and due to the drought in my area, I can no longer dye the volume I used to dye. So I was considering incorporating my blanks into dyed shirts that have been scoured, to dyed printed garments and when I say that it is to remove the sizing in commercial shirt, but I am not truly scouring them like in the past with boiling etc, I use a commercial? product to strip the cotton fabric in a washing process and then it opens the fabric to be more receptive to procion fiber reactive dyes, and due to this are more vibrant and hold color well. This being said ( and you have my permission to edit this post to shorten it) .My question is in your instructions on this page, you state “10. Don’t wash your garment before the printing has fully set. The guideline for fabric transfer paper is not to wash it before it has been allowed to set for 24 hours.” Since I “scour” my shirts and they will be dyed and washed without any softeners and or scented soaps over 5+ times to remove excess color might you have any advice for me? I will be dying in the normal process I am trying to raise funds to get a silk screen made for me. So that I can fetch better market prices than subliminated dye shirts in retail stores.

    • Joseph Eitan says:


      Shirts printed with Inkjet transfer paper should not be washed before 24 hours and when are washed, should only be washed in a washing machine, at 40 degrees with a full spin cycle. If you soak them or wash them in a delicate cycle, ink will run and stain the fabric irreversibly.

      If you have a different process that you carry out, and still not sure whether you can incorporate inkjet transfer, buy a few sheets and make an experiment. We do not have knowledge of the process you describe or how it will behave with our transfer paper.

  89. Jess says:

    Hi there,
    I am just wondering if using heat transfer images would be safe to use on baby clothing such as onesies? I understand there is a chemical film that holds the image on but if it is applied correctly is there any danger to the infant wearing the garment? Thank you for any info you can provide!

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, If the process is done correctly and the transfer is correctly applied to the garment, there should be no risk to the baby.

  90. Mimi5000 says:

    Hey there,
    I was wondering if I print an image with white background (not transparent) and iron it on black t-shirt, will that white background be removed or stay on the t-shirt?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, Inkjet printers haven’t white ink of course. Therefore ‘white’ in your design will appear plastic white (if using the dark transfer) or clear if using the light transfer paper. We recommend cutting unprinted where areas.

  91. Niki says:

    Hi I don’t have an inkjet printer. Will the paper & the process work if I use a laserjet printer?

  92. ben says:

    Hi, I want to try the dark transfer very soon and I’ll like to iron white letters on a dark t shirt. Is it okay if I make my letters white and its background similar to the to the colour of my t-shirt on my computer, print it out, cut out other excess white background, then transfer to my t shirt. You know cutting each letters out, rearranging, then ironing will be somehow tedious or maybe you have a better method. thanks.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, there’s one problem. Inkjet printers have no white ink, so the ‘white’ will be the transfer paper actual paper which will feel plastic like. I suggest you consider a different colour. Thanks!

  93. Emma says:

    I was going to use transfer paper to iron on letters to a pillow case, but instead of that do you think I could just iron it straight onto the pillow?

  94. Karin Wagner says:

    I have a picture navy blue background and I only have dark color transfer paper can I put this on white.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Actually, you can. Dark transfer paper is also suitable for light fabrics, so it is more universal in nature. Just ensure to trim unprinted areas. Light transfer paper is only suitable for light fabrics.

  95. hannah foster says:


    I have used this printing paper before on a t shirt and once i had washed it, the transfer started to peel off. How do i prevent this happening?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, Use a high capacity Iron, working on a SOLID hard surface and make sure you iron all areas carefully applying as much pressure as you can. Peeling is the result of not enough pressure / enough heat during the transfer process.

  96. Kayla Kim says:

    Can I use my Kodak Hero 9.1 picture printer to make these?

  97. alain says:

    Do I need to use a silicon paper on both printing (light fabric, and Dark fabric) to make it long lasting on the T-shirt.Because the design that I have just printed using light transfer paper, after the first wash the design has worn out. Is there a way or a typical transfer paper that can be used so that the design can stay longer on the T-shirt. Please help.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      If you get the heat right and are working on the right surface, silicon paper is not essential but helps to correct any mistakes you may have made during the transfer process. For dark transfer paper, silicon is essential as you cannot carry out the process without it.

  98. ian stubbs says:

    I have used a light transfer to iron a mirrored image onto a light blue denim jacket. In the main it has worked but the edges do not seem to have adhered very well, indeed one edge has “bubbled out” and is loose (both edges are away from image).
    Is there anything I can do to try to re-iron the edges only ? or should I just carefully scalpel the loose fil off ?

    Ian S.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      If you cover the image with silicon paper, you might be able to re-adhere the edges. Make sure you use the middle of the heat plate of the iron and that there are no ridges around this area that will reduce the pressure from the point you are trying to stick down.

      If it does not work, you can still scalpel the unstuck bits but I am quite confident you will be able to rescue it.

  99. Alicia says:

    I am trying to print white letters on a yellow/golden color shirt. How can I effectively do this?

  100. Evans wainaina says:

    i would like to know why my tshirts are fading after heat pressing them…..i waited for the garment to dry for more than four days buy after i washed it it faded

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, Fading after heat pressing or washing? Is this dark or light transfer paper? I need to know what heat is set on the heat press and how long the garment has been pressed. If the question is about the washing of the garment, I need to know what temperature the garment has been washed and whether it was tumble dried or not

  101. Tanjheel Hasan Mahdi says:

    Hello. How u doing? The color of the printing is alright, but when I press it with heat press, there is a green tint on the printed area? Can u please help me about this?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      This sometimes happens and is a result of the ink itself reacting with the heat. Sometimes happens when non original inks are used. We do not have a solution to prevent this as there is a degree colour change to the image after pressing on all colours and the final result, although should be quite close to the original print, is sometimes a little different.

  102. sonal says:

    I used transfer paper on a t shirt and after 12 hrs now i think it started peeling off…
    is there any way to fix that?
    i don’t want to ruin the t-shirt.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      If the process has been carried out correctly, using the right heat, the correct work surface and ironing time, there is no reason why an image would start peeling away after 12 hours. If it does, you could rescue the situation by repressing it with silicon paper over the image for a period of time with a very hot Iron on a solid surfaces lined with another t shirt or pillow case.

  103. Debbie says:

    I was not paying attention and forgot to peel the backing off first ans started ironing. Now my transfer is stuck to the silicone paper. Is there a way to fix that?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Regrettably I do not think you can fix that. If you peel the back and place the transfer on the shirt, theoretically it should stick to the shirt and release from the silicon but this release can be partial and then you will waste a shirt as well as a transfer.

  104. Bev Wise says:

    Hi. I ironed my designed onto calico and it came out all white. When I tried to pick it off the design was actually underneath. So facing the material. Just wondering what I did incorrectly
    Thanks for any help

  105. Rhiannon says:

    I’m doing a project (or two) and one of them is on a dark shirt, over several layers of fabric paint. Is this an okay thing to do? I’ve looked at fabric paint and found good results on it thus far, I suppose I’m just making sure to see if there’s any reason it’s not a good plan.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, The transfer paper will stick to fabric paint but how it will behave in washing afterwards is a matter for testing and which we cannot guarantee. The paper is designed to adherer to a woven fabric without a barrier between the film and the cloth.

  106. LC says:

    Hi, I was wondering why my images won’t stick and come out discolored (greenish) after I try and transfer the image. I have all cotton shirts and poly fog to spray onto the fabric so the images will stick onto the cotton. Starting out I didn’t know to sublimate you had to have a 50/50 blend of cotton and polyester . Hence the reason for the poly fog. If I could please have some help, I’ve spent to much money trying to make this work and I’m not willing to call it quits!!

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, This is not quite enough information to give an accurate answer. Is the green hue apparent after printing on the paper or does it become green after transferring onto the shirt? Is this light or dark transfer paper? Have you used original or compatible inks and what printer are you using to print the images onto the paper?

  107. Dior Sam says:

    I was wondering: After you transfer the image on the shirt is it washable? Or Does it fade away quickly?
    How Long does the image last?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      The transfer is full washable. You can safely expect around 20 washes, provided you follow the simple washing instructions in the pack.

  108. sharon says:

    when I use my 1470w iron to fix a black ink image onto a white t shirt using the silicon paper supplied, most of the ink is removed. What am I doing wrong?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi Sharon, The initial process was not carried out correctly and the image has not adhered to the shirt. The fact that the iron is 1400w may be one of the problems. We would not recommend using anything lower than 1600w.

      For a full diagnosis I will need to know:

      Size of image
      Length of time ironed
      Exact description of the surface used under the shirt and what it was lined with

  109. faith says:

    hi i was wondering if u could help..:(
    if i accidentally printed my image on the wrong side of the transfer paper can i reprint it on the correct side?or will that ruin the transfer process?
    also if my shirt is a very light grey (I’m using light transfer paper) do i need to trim my image so that no white parts are left behind?will the white parts show up bc I’m printing words so its quite difficult to trim exactly:(
    thank u!

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, You can reprint it on the correct side. Just cover the paper with silicon when you are ironing because the ink on the back of the paper will come into contact with the iron and will stain it. If you are printing on a grey shirt, trim as much of the unprinted areas as you can for best results.

  110. Mani says:

    Can we use 100% cotton T-shirts to print or it is necessary to have polyester

  111. Ayu says:

    Hey there.
    Your article really helped me on so many questions I had! Thank you very much.

    I still want to ask: I have a long sleeved shirt that is 100% cotton, but it’s more of a sweater-type. From far away the material is smooth and tightly woven, but if you look close up, there’s very tiny ribs in it… I’m just wondering if that sort of surface will work for transfer-printing?
    Please reply. Thank you~

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      The transfer paper works best on close woven, t shirt or sweat shirt type material. If the fabric is textured, you may find it difficult to get a good result but this depends on the level of texture of the fabric and can only be determined if you experiment to see what the result is. It is easier to print a textured fabric with a heat press rather than an Iron.

  112. Merle says:

    Is it possible to put a transfer on top of another transfer?
    My daugther wants to put two images in proximity to one another, with some overlap. Will that work, or will re-ironing the already set image muck things up?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      It is not recommended to place one transfer on top of another. There will be a washing issue as well as the overlapped areas being darker than the surrounding ones. You are unlikely to get a good result.

  113. CHRIS D says:

    Hi is there anyway i can get the plastic feel like on the white transfer paper but on dark? the dark transfer paper feels too much like paper and not plastic type and doesnt look right

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi Chris, Regrettably there is no way to change the appearance and the final result of the dark transfer paper to what is available at the moment.

  114. Rochelle says:

    Can you please tell me can I seal the logo after I printed it onto the t shirt?? just so that it don’t come off when I wash it but what can I use??

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, using the silicon sheet provided and washing the garment as per the instructions will help ensure longevity. Thank you.

  115. Natalie says:

    When I print the light colored sheets in my printer (inkjet) it always leaves white flakes in the printer. Is this going to hurt my printer? Is there a reason it’s doing this? Am I doing something wrong?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Good quality inkjet paper should not leave debris in the printer. In the long term, debris in the printer will start affecting print quality and will eventually cause damage to the machine.

  116. Mary says:

    I have always used light transfer paper and mirrored the image. I now am trying the dark and assumed it was the same process. Now that my images are backwards, can I just flip and iron? Or does the dark only work face up with the tissue like paper? Did I just waste 2 sheets of paper??

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi Mary,

      The dark transfer paper works differently to the light. It is printed normally (not mirrored) and is used FACE UP on the garment, having peeled off the backing sheet. You need to cover the exposed image with the enclosed silicon paper. Read the comprehensive enclosed instructions which are printed on the back of the printed insert enclosed with the paper. It has instructions both for the dark and the light transfer paper and you should study them carefully to avoid further wastage.

  117. Natalia Babits says:

    Hi Joseph,

    I have a design for my sons shirt with characters and lettering but I want the background around it to be transparent… Its going on dark blue shirt… do you know if the paper has a transparent back or if its white and I will have to try and cut out all the tiny areas?


    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, on dark blue t-shirt you’ll need the dark transfer paper, which has a white background. To avoid seeing any white background on the non printed areas, trim all the non printed areas as best you can. You can also colour the unprinted areas in the colour of the t-shirt, but that would waste your inks. Best to trim away the unprinted areas before you transfer. I hope this helps.

  118. Ann CArver says:

    Hi- I have already washed my fabric ( I was going to do something different then changed my mind to do a transfer). Can I still use the transfer paper on pre-washed fabric? should I put some Scotchgard on first? will this help?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      You can use our transfer paper on brand new garments as well as used ones so if you have washed one already, you can still use our transfer paper on it.

  119. hollie says:

    If i print on these using dye based ink, and transfer to a tshirt, is the colour going to run and fade? Am I better off getting a printer that uses pigment ink?


    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, the PPD range is compatible with all inkjet printers like Epson, HP, Brother, Canon and many more, using any standard inkjet inks, dye based or pigmented. The inks won’t run and the image will last for around 20 washes using normal inks. Thank you.

  120. Nicky Kidd says:

    When I remove the transfer backing paper the colour is uneven / patchy , do you know why please ?
    This happens on black and colour transfers I am doing.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, what are the precise settings you are using ? (heat, duration and ironing surface – if not heat press). thanks.

  121. lauren johnson says:

    Im using the transfer paper for a dark t-shirt and printing bona dark t-shirt, I followed the youtube demonstration but my imagine is just coming out as a plain white square… not what I’m doing wrong?

  122. Megan says:

    What happens if you don’t wash the shirt and wear it after the 24 hour setting time

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      If you expose it to exceptionally high amount of water or sweat, some of the ink might run. If it runs, you will not be able to wash it out later. Washing it makes the excess ink in the transfer run out in to the washing machine and it will not run again, even if exposed to large amount of water thereafter.

  123. Arcy Ramirez says:

    which transfer paper do you recommend for light gray t-shirts?

  124. Moh says:

    Hello, is it ok to use the same sublimation inks as I use for light paper on dark paper? Or should I be doing something differently?

  125. Jonathan A Rout says:

    How long can you keep an image on the paper before being used to transfur to an garment or dose it have to be used straight away

  126. kevin G says:

    Can you use a heatpress with these transfers? They provide a high temperature and evenly heated surface. If so how can you calculate the amount of time and temperature to apply this transfer?

  127. Natalie says:


    Just finished transferring a image onto a black sweatshirt, the image is mostly light coloured and i used a transfer paper for dark fabrics with the correct instructions. Everything went well, the image is perfect with no parts missing but the colour is very dull and hard to see. I did the exact same thing on a t-shirt once and all the colours (also light coloured) came out right. I was wondering why it came out so pale? whether it’s the fabric (it’s cotton and poly)or something else? or is it just the fact that it’s newly transferred and i have to wait for the colours to set in? Do you know why this happened and if there’s any way to fix it?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      This sounds like you have printed the image and then placed it FACE DOWN on the garment. Such an error will achieve the described result. The dark transfer paper has to be printed normally, peeled away from the backing paper and image placed FACE UP on the garment. Cover with silicon before applying the heat.

      The other possibility is that the garment is Polyester. In this case, the time should be reduced by about 30%. This product is best used with cotton but can be adapted for use on polyester with some adjustment.

      There will be no change in the appearance of the image when using the dark transfer paper.

  128. Samantha says:

    Hi..I have problem with printing with dark transfer papers. After i heat press, the image is vulnerable to fading and it scratches right off. My customers are not happy since the image doesnt withstand scratching or washing . What do i do ?

  129. dee says:

    I put an image via mirror, all looked ok, ironed etc.. but transfer paper will not peel away from Cotten shirt… or if some areas do, other areas will not leaving bits of paper stuck..

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      If the transfer has not peeled away and you are using PPD transfer paper, you probably have not heated the transfer enough. Make sure you work on an appropriate work surface, never an ironing board, and that your iron is hot and pressure applied is absolute maximum.

  130. Kayleigh says:

    Can you help. Sometimes when I fix the image with the fixing paper it sticks to the transfer and takes the colour off the image. Why is this happening

    Also sometimes when transferringthe image white patches appear in the colour so it looks almost faded

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, If you use our silicon paper and transfer paper, there will not be ink transfer onto the silicon because silicon is non absorbent and ink does not stick to it. What you describe often happens with other transfer papers if you overheat them and the adhesive melts onto the silicon, creating the effect you describe.

  131. Aaron formosa says:


    I tested my new product out, my heat press aswell as my Transfer paper (light), i did what the instructions said and 180 degree celcius temp set up and 20 seconds for the iron
    1. First attempt- the transfer paper print, printed but when i gave it a stretch it went wrinkly and bubbly
    2. 2nd attempt it did the same
    3. 3rd attempt, it barely printed on my T-SHIRT

    What could be the reasons for this, i cant explain, and thank you for taking the time to read my message

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      The instructions are 180 celsius and 12 seconds. 20 seconds is too long.

      Also, it seem your press is set to low pressure. You should set your press to highest possible pressure meaning it is quite hard to engage and disengage the press. Make sure the temperature scale is set to celsius and not Fahrenheit .

  132. Jody Midgley says:

    AUGH!! I was so careful. I made fatal error knowing not to do so….I put my shirts in cold wash gentle cycle and then into fluuf dry cold cycle in dryer. I did not wait 24 hours. Will it be ok?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      hi, long term durability might be impacted, but this also depends on the transfer process (in terms of heat, duration and pressure).

  133. Rachel Keen says:

    Hi, I regularly make t shirts using your transfer paper, which is great! But I’m just wondering…..should I wash a garment before sending it to a customer. Is there any chance of colour run? or should I feel able to send it straight away without washing first?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi Rachel, Don’t wash your garment before the printing has fully set. Transfer paper once applied onto the fabric is FULLY machined washable, though you are better of waiting 24h before the first wash.

  134. Tony says:

    Hi, thanks for the tips. Can I use tracing paper instead of silicone paper as parchment?.

    Just for improvisation. Couldn’t find a silicon

  135. Lacey says:

    Printed an image on a shirt using this brand. It was 100 percent cotton and wasn’t worn for weeks after and then the first wash the image cracked up? What can i do to prevent this? Should i be using a different fabric?. I also did not put it in the dryer just washing it cracked it up?

  136. Sarah says:

    Wil my transfer paper work on a Canon HP Printer?

  137. Sarah Beth says:

    I have followed all the steps to use dark transfer paper on the dark shirt (the design is black letters with the white background). When I go to iron on my design, the ink comes up with the parchment paper/silicon paper i have pressed onto the design. Is there something I am missing with the ironing process?

  138. Vanessa says:

    Help needed. I tried using the dark transfer paper but I don’t have a Silicon paper so I used parchment paper Instead. After ironing, when I removed the parchment paper the print sticks with It Now the image looks faded. I tried baking sheets as well but still the same. What did I do wrong?

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