What is T-shirt Transfer Paper?
There are many different types of T-shirt transfer papers out
there. Which one is best for you?
Inkjet Transfer Paper
For most, the answer is going to be inkjet transfer paper. It comes in
2 varieties... For light colored fabric, or dark colored fabric. The
light colored fabric variety cannot be used on dark fabrics because the paper is
essentially transparent. An inkjet printer is not capable of printing
white. So, anywhere that the image would have white, you will see straight
through to the color of the garment. Inkjet transfer paper for dark
colored garments is NOT transparent. It is white. So unlike the
process with transfer paper for light fabric, you do not print the image
horizontally mirrored. You print it just the way it is, right on the paper
with the white background. Now you're image will be white where it is
supposed to be. The washability for inkjet transfer paper is not as good
as a screen printed shirt, but if you follow the washing instructions included
with the paper, they will usually last plenty of washes.
Sublimation Transfer Paper
Dye sublimation transfer paper is another good process for putting your
image on a garment. Fabrics must be white or light in color. 100%
polyester, poly/cotton mix (the garment should be at least 50% poly) microfibre
& nylon can all be used. This process uses a special dye sublimation
printer and ink. It actually switches the solid ink into a gas, never
going through a liquid stage. So you never have to worry about waiting for
your transfer sheet to dry. The dye sub process can also be used on
ceramic, wood, glass, or metal as long as they have a polymer coating.
There are a couple products out there now that will allow you to print onto a
white sheet and then place that onto a dark garment. However, you would
probably be better off just sticking with inkjet transfer paper if that is the
route you are going to take.
Color Laser Printer Transfer Paper
After trying a few different types of laser printer transfer paper myself, I
do not think it is where it should be yet. Admittedly, I was using a home
color laser printer that was rather basic. I tried a few different types,
and none of them printed properly. I have heard of success with these on
some higher end laser printers, and I only tried a few different types of
transfer paper from a couple different brands. If you have any real
success stories, I would love to hear about them so this can be updated with
some positive information.
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