Printing A T-Shirt with Inkjet Transfer Paper

Printing a t-shirt with inkjet transfer paper is as simple as A,B,C, but before we outline the steps you need to take, here’s just a brief reminder of how great inkjet transfer paper is.  Transfer paper is an amazing craft paper, which allows you to turn your art into wearables with which you can show your style and talent or promote your business.  Producing iron on transfers is an easy and really effective way to get creative.  The perfect gift solution, the ideal business promotion tool, or just for fun, you can create personalised tee shirts, sweatshirts, bags, aprons and even umbrellas using transfer paper.

To print on transfer paper, you’ll need an ink-jet printer; some standard paper; the right size and colour option of transfer paper; an iron and the item you’re looking to print (baby grow, tee shirt, sweatshirt, bag, umbrella etc).  When you have all your equipment together, it’s time to choose your image.

The image you choose when printing on transfer paper is entirely up to you.  You can choose a digital photograph and print it as it is or you can manipulate it before you print it by adding text or fun features or you can scan and print a doodle or a signature as well as choosing to print logos or designs you’ve tracked down on line, it really is up to you.

Something that’s worth doing before printing on transfer paper is printing a test sheet on standard paper which will give you a great idea of how the end result is going to look.  One really important thing before printing on transfer paper is to make sure that your design will end up the right way around once you’ve transferred it.  When you print transfer paper for light colour fabric, you’ll need to “mirror” your image on your image editor (such as Photoshop etc.) or, using you printer driver choose ‘flip horizontal’ or ‘mirror image’ or ‘t-shirt transfer’ before printing, but you won’t need to on dark fabric transfer paper.  If you’re in any doubt about “flipping” or “mirroring”, take a look at your printed image in the mirror and if it appears back to front, you definitely need to flip or mirror it!

Once you’re ready to get started printing on transfer paper, simply make sure you have the paper the right way round in your printer tray and off you go.  Thereafter, simply follow the ironing instructions and you’re pretty much there.  Please note that it’s important to use a solid worktop or table to transfer on so you can apply enough pressure, using a good 1200W (or higher) domestic iron, heated to the highest temperature and making sure you apply the heat for enough time and on every part of the transfer so the image will transfer well to the fabric.

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15 Responses to Printing A T-Shirt with Inkjet Transfer Paper

  1. Jackie says:

    Please can you advice me. I have printed image onto transfer paper and ironed it at correct temperature and time however when I removed the backing paper, there is some backing paper left behind which I am struggling to remove. Can you advise me to how to remove it without taking off the transfer. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks
    Jackie Meaden

    • Ran says:


      You can go over the printed area with silicon paper and while hot, to peel away the remaining stuck paper. It is very uncommon for the silicon paper to remain. If the issue continues, phone us so we can assist you over the phone. Regards!

  2. John Jarvis says:

    New to the t shirt business. Have been asked to do a batch of tees for a martial arts club.
    The tees are black and the clubs badge is black white,red ,this needs to be put on the back of the tee.I understand that I can print the badge off ok on dark transfer paper,however he wants white text on the front as how would I go about putting white text on a black t shirt without having white ink?
    Any help would be appreciated

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      When using the dark transfer paper, the whole image, including the white edges and background gets transferred.  If you need to print letters, and they are big enough, you could print an outline of the letters and then cut them out.  The paper is not really designed for that but can be made to work with a little patience.   Alternatively, you will need a vinyl cut transfer which we do not do.

  3. John Jarvis says:

    Thank you for your speedy reply.
    Thanks for you advice,may have to look into a vinyl cutter,as I have at least 30 tees to do.again thank you.
    Best regards

  4. hamzah says:

    we need good quality paper for inkjet printing on t shirts

  5. hamzah says:

    we need paper inkjet for printing on t shirts

  6. muhammad says:

    i am new in tshirt printing i got epson 250 printer and heat press machine
    can you please help me and tell me which ink i buy for tshirt printing which ink will easily print on cotton and polyster shirt
    and which transfer paper i can buy ?

    thanks in advance

  7. Richard webb says:

    I have been printed dark shirts with inkjet printer onto dark transfer paper but after washing on a low temp the ink seems to crack and fall off!!!
    Is there some sort of spray that needs to go onto of the print before using the heat press???

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi Richard, If you use the transfer paper we supply correctly, with an iron which is sufficiently hot, working on a hard, flat solid surface, you will not need any additional materials to achieve a full washable result in the washing machine. If this problem occurred using our transfer paper that we supplied, I would need a clear and accurate description of the process taken in order to give a diagnosis of where the error was and suggest a correction.

  8. Kristi Schetzsle says:

    I printed an image on dark transfer Park for a black bag the colors were great but once I ironed it the colors turned black ish?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      We need to know which transfer paper was used and whether the shirt was 100% cotton or if it contained polyester. We will be able to tell more accurately what might cause this and how to correct it.

  9. ostap astahov says:

    Do i need to iron the print on the material straightaway after printing it, or it doesn’t matter? For example if its hour or 2 later would it print as well as if its done right away?

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