What Inks Should I Use With Transfer Paper?

Transfer paper allows you to print images and text on most fabrics and other suitable surfaces using an ordinary inkjet printer.  It is available in A4 and A3 sizes.

Transfer paper for Inkjet is designed for use with ordinary Inkjet printers, although the question of which type of ink should be used often creates confusion.

Most types of Inkjet printers and inks would work with the transfer paper. You do not need to change anything or modify your printer in anyway.  If you have an inkjet printer at home or have access to one, it will work.

As the secret to the transfer process lies in the paper rather than the ink there is no preference as to which printer or which ink you use.  If the process is done correctly (the pack will contain all you need with clear instructions) the printed garment is going to be fully washable and durable.

You can use compatibles or originals and the result will be very similar.  Because the shirt is not a flat, shiny surface, image resolution is less important and any ink system will give great results.

There is a small benefit of using pigmented inks rather than dye based if we consider the UV stability of the image in direct sunlight but as a garment like this is likely not be worn daily in direct sunlight, there is no real significance to using one type over another.

So yes, you have read it correctly.  Any ink and any inkjet printer will allow you to transfer a personalized image onto a shirt, at home, using equipment you probably have already.  It is as simple as that!  Really.

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81 Responses to What Inks Should I Use With Transfer Paper?

  1. peter smith says:

    i am losing all colour in my t shirts after the first wash. I have a canon inkjet printer.The t shirt ends up with a white patch where the paper is and no picture.
    Please advice would be appreciated

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi Peter, Very unusual. Are you using an Iron or Heat Press machine?

      • Mariano says:

        I’d like to know what your answer would have been if Peter was using an iron. What about using a heat press? What would cause the color to wash away in both circumstances?


        • Joseph Eitan says:

          Hi, fading is to do with lack of heat. Follow the precise instructions in terms of heat and duration. Applies in both cases of heatpress or iron.

      • John Komla Azalenkor says:

        Can I use hp 415 all in one printer to print on transfer paper and heat press it to t -shirt?
        Someone told it will not work because of the ink.
        I bought opaque transfer paper for laser printer but after transfer to the t shirt the colour is not clear

        • Joseph Eitan says:

          Hi John, The PPD transfer paper range suits any Inkjet printer including HP, Canon, Epson, Lexmark, Kodak and other makes including Dye and pigment based inks. In a nutshell, suitable with all Inkjet printers using normal inks.

  2. Steve says:

    What is the best transfer paper to use and where can I get it ?

  3. Steff Louis says:

    Thank you, Joseph for this post. I got frustrated on textile paints, so I was planning on using transfer papers. This is really informative, thanks again.

  4. Craig says:

    Hello there I have a strange problem I print on to the transfer paper fine when I go to transfer the image. (Using heat press) the image comes out fine but every attempt come out yellow in colour. No matter what colour the image is it comes out yellow any suggestions.

  5. Edah Rashidah says:

    Can I use my canon mp276 printer to print a picture for transfer paper?

  6. sivaprasad s says:

    i am ahving epson L130 printer and both dye ink(for usual printer) and pigment ink(for photo printer)…which ink should i use for light transfer paper and dark transfer paper for t shirt printing using heat press machine?
    reply to sivaprasad0009@gmail.com

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, Both dye and pigment inks will work fine as mentioned on the product description, however, pigment inks will achieve better washabily

  7. vinay says:

    can i use dye ink for heat transfer paper for t- shirt and other material who printing by heat press

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      PhotoPaperDirect transfer paper is suitable for use with any brand of Inkjet printer using any type of ink. Use it with your Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Kodak or any other type of Inkjet printer using original, compatible, dye or pigment inks.

      • FlyyHigh says:

        My sheet won’t transfer nothing over to the fabric. I have the Epson 7620 wf and used Avery light fabric transfer. Can you help ?

        • Joseph Eitan says:

          Hi, I would guess that you are using light type transfer paper on dark fabric? If that is the case, you won’t see the transfer. All fabric that are not completely white require the dark transfer paper type. I hope this helps.

  8. Vijay Singh Viom says:

    Which Ink should be used for T shirt transfer. Can I print with ink, that comes with any inkjet printer? I have Epson 805 printer. Can I print with this printer?

    What is difference between pigment ink and dye ink?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, Our transfer paper works with any inkjet printer using any standard ink. You do not require any specialised printing equipment or ink.

      • alvin says:


        but i heard that using dye ink…washes the prints easily … most people in the business suggested pigment ink.

        need your opinion about this

        • Joseph Eitan says:

          Hi, the PPD range works with any standard inkjet inks, dye based or pigmented. Durability is often down to the transfer process (heat, duration and pressure) not the ink type.

  9. Marissa Gates says:

    My dance team wants to customize our team jackets. Our jackets are blacks and have a satin type of material. Would we need to use a certain type of transfer paper and ink due to the color and material?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, have you checked that you can iron on the material? Check the label on the back, I suspect you are not allowed to iron the jacket, therefore the process won’t work.

  10. rohit says:

    does it works on any type of fabric

  11. rohit says:

    does transfer paper works on any type of fabric

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, Fabrics that our transfer paper supports can be Cotton, Viscose, Polyester, Silk etc. As long as they do not melt under a hot Iron, the process will work. Thanks for the comment.

  12. Roger says:

    Hi. i have a epson l800 and im using the ink it comes with. when i print on orignal glossy papers it looks great but when i use cheap glossy paper it look whitish ink sucks into it. should i change the ink to pigment or sublimation ink

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      It sounds like your new paper isn’t instant dry. I would suggest replacing the paper to higher end choice. Thank you.

  13. Justin says:

    How to i get white text on a black tshirt?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, Inkjet doesn’t have white ink. You can use the dark transfer paper, which has white backing. Any unprinted areas will get the white from the backing. I hope this helps.

  14. ali says:

    hi can i use water based ink rather than dye based or pigmented ink

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      When using our transfer paper, you can use any inkjet printer and any ink, whether dye based or pigmented.

  15. Vijay says:

    Hi Joseph,

    Please guide me, Can I use sublimation Ink on Transfer paper ?

  16. win says:

    What type of transfer paper should I use to mug or glass

  17. Virginia cherry says:

    Hi Joseph,
    I kown you get asked this all the time I apologize ahead of time but I just want to be clear.
    I have a canon pixma pro 9000 that I do my photos and canvas prints on. I use the canon stock ink this printer has never clogged are failed.
    I just bought a heat press to put my art on T-Shirts. My business partner says my printer ink will not work on the heat press and I need to buy an epson printer. Or I need to change my printer ink to pigment ink. If I have to buy a new printer what kind do you suggest? If I can still use my canon what paper or ink do you suggest? This is all new to me.

    Thank you for your time I appreciate it.

    Virginia Cherry

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hello Virginia,

      The PhotoPaperDirect Inkjet paper range incl transfer paper is suitable for use with ANY brand of Inkjet printer using any type of ink. Use it with your Canon Inkjet printer using original, compatible, dye or pigment inks. No need to purchase another printer. I hope this helps.

  18. Ezra ignacio says:

    Hi , does canon pixma mg3040 is good for tansfer paper ? Because. Im planning to. Do shirt printing at home. Thanks… And what type of ink do i need to buy. ? The cheaper much better . Thanks.

  19. maggie says:

    I have a epson 2630 inkjet I use for heat transfer print. I was told I need to buy sublimation ink inorder to print heat transfer paper. Can you tell me which heat press paper are best for this combination of ink and printer?

  20. jason says:

    hi there can I use a canon pixma MG2950 printer ?

  21. Richard Ekpebu Ekpebu says:

    Please, I have Epson l130, can it work with your transfer paper?

  22. Brian Clayton says:

    Hi can I use Subli inks on the paper?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, the PPD range works with standard inkjet inks, dye based or pigmented. It doesn’t work with Sublimation inks. Thank you.

  23. Ashley says:

    I have an Epson 1430 artisan and would like to know what kind of ink I should use for fabric heat transfers? Someone told me that the ink that it comes with will wash out if wet/washed. Thank you.

  24. Crystal says:

    Would you recommend using an iron or a heat press?

  25. Ron says:

    Hi. I am using epson l130 and heat press machine. I just want to know how to print in a black T-shirt? Which paper should i use?

  26. Vicky says:

    Hi Joseph, I use both light and dark PPD transfer paper, and they are great and I get great results mostly..but recently, I’ve been trying to use the dark on navy polyester jackets, the colour of the jacket shows through on the white. Is there a thicker paper that I can use to eliminate this or a speciality paper for dark polyester. Thanks.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      This product works best on cotton. If you are going to use it on polyester which heats up significantly quicker than cotton, causing the transfer to melt into the fabric, you will have to reduce the time you iron these on. It might require a little trial and error to get the process right when printing onto polyester. If you iron it for too short a time, you also run the risk of them not washing well. Also bear in mind that if you are printing on polyester rain jackets, you MUST pre wash them because if they get soaked before the first wash, the ink might run.

  27. Yuri says:

    so what type of ink should be used to give best result and quality in t-shirt printing using transfer paper?

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, the PPD transfer paper works with any Inkjet printer HP, Canon, Epson, Lexmark, Brother, Kodak and others, using Dye or Pigment based inks.

  28. Jennifer says:

    Hi, are photo papers the same as heat transfer papers?

  29. George says:

    How may one be able to print on a Tshirt without background showing? For instance, a text. Such that only desired text affixes on the Tshirt.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, that’s a bit tricky. If you’re using light transfer paper on white fabric, the background will be less noticeable, almost transparent, but for a slight film look/feel which is only visible from close range. If you’re using dark transfer paper, you can trim unprinted areas as best you can and colour the reminder in the colour of the fabric.

  30. Timothy Doreck says:

    I use an Epson 3800 printer. Are there any particular settings or oddball issue I should be aware of?
    I think my design will best be on BLACK fabrics and some will be Black and White images on both light and dark fabrics Any guidance or links that you feel are appropriate for this purpose would be very helpful


    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hello, the PPD brand of Inkjet Transfer Paper works with any Inkjet printer using normal everyday inks. The transfer will come with Epson specific instructions depending on whether it’s the light or dark type. Thank you.

  31. pedro says:

    hi i bougt ha flat heat press ,i would like to know what kind a printer paper and ink should i buy for better performance…

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hello, the PPD brand of Inkjet Transfer Paper works with any Inkjet printer using normal everyday inks. Thank you.

  32. Chastine Diaz says:

    Can I use Epson xp-640 to print a logo to a transfer paper with the normal ink without damaging the printer?

  33. Owen says:

    Hi sir what is the recomended temperature and time when using heat preas machine on dark transfer paper because my first transfer the ink spread hoping for your reply thankyou

  34. Joel says:

    Hi just want to ask if i can use CANON PIXMA MG2540S printer for transfer paper? repy please thanks..

  35. Joel says:

    Thank u sir ? Happy ♥️ day..

  36. Jerome Pangyarihan Sr. says:

    I tried to use the silicon paper included in the packing of unewprint inkjet heat press transfer paper, but I don’t like the outcome, the image looks shiny like a glossy sticker, I may have fallen short of instruction, pls. tell me where I got short.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Good day, did you peel the transfer after pressing hot or cold? With PPD transfer paper:
      When Peeling HOT – immediately after finishing the Ironing, peel the paper in a quick smooth action. The image will now be on the fabric and will be matt in finish
      When Peeling COLD – after finishing the ironing, allow the paper to cool to room temperature. Once cold, peel the paper (there is no time limit on doing this, you can wait as long as you like). Cold peel achieves a Glossy Finish on the shirt. (it is recommended to finish in matt for garments which are intensively washed).
      It might be the same with your choice of transfer paper

  37. Adeyemi says:

    Hello, what could make the color of a design on the printed shirt wipe off on a first wash… I used a deskjet 3630 printer and a dark heat transfer paper.

    • Joseph Eitan says:

      Hi, the design would detach if during the transfer process not enough heat, duration or pressure was applied. It might look fine, but as you noted, comes of quickly. Applying the correct three elements will help ensure durability. Thanks

  38. Joana says:

    Can i Use Canon Mp287?

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