In this short video we will show you our budget transfer paper for T-shirts. It
comes in a very simple plastic sleeve, and everything you need is inside.
Transfer paper is used with an ordinary inkjet printer using ordinary inks.
Despite the fact that we refer to it as budget transfer paper, this is a
very high quality product. The reason it is referred to as budget is that
we strip away all of the packing from it and any fancy paraphernalia. Most
of the price that you pay is for the paper itself.
Inside the pack, you have the paper that looks like this. The red grid
obviously tells you where not to print. This is the printing surface. Once
you have an image, and it can be anything, it can be photographs, can be
graphics, can be logos, can be anything your imagination or your
requirement dictates. Once you have the paper and an ordinary inkjet
printer with ordinary inks, you need to print an image on it.
On this occasion, we’ve got a silly little dinosaur, but anything, any
image that you can imagine will work. Once you have your image printed, and
you noticed that we’ve printed in mirror mode. The reason for it will
become apparent, but you must be able to print your image in reverse. It
doesn’t much matter if it’s just the graphic, but if you have got text in
it, it’s essential that you print it in mirror.
Once you have the paper ready and printed, we can move this printer away to
one side. What you will need is a suitable ironing surface. A suitable
ironing surface means something that will not be damaged when you apply
heat to it. I am going to put just a cutting board, a piece of wood,
anything strong and solid. You notice that I am not doing it on an ironing
board. You should not do the transfer on an ironing board because you won’t
be able to apply the correct pressure onto it.
Once you have your paper ready and your ironing surface, what I’m going to
do is just put a T-shirt on top just to cushion the surface a little bit,
just to protect it a little bit more and to give it a bit of give, and the
T-shirt itself. This is the T-shirt we are going to actually print on. I’m
going to give it a bit of ironing to smooth out any creases.
I will take this opportunity to talk about the iron. I am using a very high
quality iron here, but it has to be an iron that is over about 1,200 watts.
Although this is a steam iron, I have switched the steam off. So we’re not
going to use the steam on it at all. It is set to maximum temperature.
Once everything is ready, and again you can do this at any time, you can do
this a day before. It is not time sensitive what we are doing. Now we’re
going to cut out any of the white areas, which are not part of the image.
I’m going to do it quite roughly. You can be as careful as you want, but
it’s best to leave as little as possible, about 3 or 4 millimeters around
the image. The film will not really be visible, but the more you leave, the
more it will be apparent. You can see I’m doing it really quickly. We’re
showing it to you in real-time just to show you how easy this is and how
little expertise is required, from nothing, to create quite a funny T-
shirt, personalised, something special, something specific to an event, or
a logo, or pretty much anything your imagination dictates.
Remember we printed this is mirror mode. There is the mirrored text. We are
now going to place it face down onto the shirt, so the red squares are
visible. We have pre-ironed the shirt, and we have preheated our iron. This
has been heating up for about five minutes at maximum temperature. This is
a 1,400 watt iron. We’ve turned off the steam, and now all we have to do is
apply the heat. I’m putting quite a lot of pressure on this iron. Pressure
is important, as well as the time we take to iron. On an image like this,
we are looking at about 30 seconds. If you are doing a full A4 image, it
takes about a minute, but it is a minute on each part of the image. You
notice I’m making sure that I cover every single part of the image with
heat. I’m leaning on the iron. Pressure is very important. A lot of
mistakes are made by just ironing it with just a couple of fingers. You
will actually transfer the image, but it won’t be durable unless you use
some elbow grease, some weight over it. You don’t need to break the iron,
but a firm, firm pressure on a flat, firm surface is essential. If you’re
doing it on an ironing board, it will not work, because the ironing board
has got some gaps in it. Normally it has a mesh underneath, and you can’t
really put pressure on it. It will give a bit.
This is about ready, about 30 seconds. We will now let it cool down. I have
cooled this down to room temperature, probably about five minutes. You can
speed it up by putting it on a piece of metal, but it has to be at room
temperature. Give it a little bit of a stretch and peel away. If you make a
mistake like this, not a problem. If you have a tear in it, if it tears mid-
way through peeling, just pick off a corner and carry on. This can be done
at any time. It is not critical. You can’t wait too long with this. You can
do it a day later.
Once we’ve peeled off, no ink has been left on our transfer paper. The
whole of the ink and the film has transferred onto the T-shirt. Now just to
give it a little bit more longevity and wash-ability, we need to fix the
image. The image is fixed with a silicone paper. Once you’ve transferred
the image, we need to finish it. There’s another little quick stage that we
have to carry out to give it a little bit more strength and longevity in
the washing machine. This is done with a reusable silicone paper, which is
supplied in the pack. So the pack contains everything you need. This is
like a parchment, a bit like a grease proof paper. It has a silicone
coating to prevent anything sticking to it. We put it back on the exposed
image, go back with the same iron, we haven’t switched it off. We are
giving it about 20 seconds of heat again. Again the instructions are very,
very clear with the times and the sizes. Pressure is again important. Give
it a bit of elbow grease to push the image even further into the T-shirt,
and you peel it hot. Again, don’t panic about it. It’s silicone paper. You
see no image, no ink has gone on top. The silicone sheets are reusable. You
can see that no ink has come onto it after we re-ironed, so you can use
that again and again for the amount of transfer paper that you’ve got in
The transfer itself, the image is ready on the shirt and is now finished.
This can be washed in a washing machine at 40 degrees with a full spin
cycle. Don’t do it as a delicate wash and don’t leave it to soak in the
first wash or anytime after. Wash it just like any other T-shirt.
All you need is in the pack, the silicone paper to finish and a pack of
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