How to Print Backward for Iron-on Transfers

by Adam White ; Updated September 28, 2017

Iron-on transfers offer a simple and effective way to customize your clothing with an image from your personal computer. When designing an iron-on transfer, remember that the image will be reversed when applied to the fabric. Therefore, before you print your iron-on transfer, ensure that the design is reversed, or flipped. This can easily be achieved using Microsoft’s “Paint” image-editing software which comes pre-installed with the Windows operating system.

Click the “Start” button in the task bar. Select “All Programs” and navigate to the “Accessories” folder. Double-click “Paint” to open.

Click the “File” button in the toolbar and select “Open” from the drop-down menu. Highlight the image you wish to use as your transfer and press the “Open” button.

Press the “Rotate” button in the toolbar and select “Flip Horizontal” from the list of options.

Click the “File” button in the toolbar and select “Save” from the drop-down menu. Your image is now ready to be printed and transferred.


  • Test whether your image is the correct by printing a draft copy and looking at it in the mirror. If the image appears backwards, you will need to flip it.

About the Author

Adam White began writing in 2007 and is currently based in Norwich, U.K. White graduated from the University of East Anglia with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and is currently continuing his studies at the university for a Master of Arts in culture and modernity.