How to Print Iron-On Transfers for T-Shirts

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Customize t-shirts with iron-on transfers with designs limited only by your imagination and artistic ability. Choose real images caught in time with a camera, or design your own work of art using a graphics design program. A corporate logo, advertising for an event or funky messages to share with the world are only a few of the ideas available with handmade iron-on t-shirt transfers. Let your children work with you to create their own t-shirts that they will want to keep long after they are outgrown.

Upload a photo from a digital camera, copy an image using a scanner or download a file containing an image via your computer. Alter the image to make it the size you want for your t-shirt. Change the print settings to print in a mirror image if directed to do so on the packaging, or your image will appear reversed on the t-shirt; this is important for images containing words.

Set your computer to print on the highest dpi setting and best quality available. Select the proper paper setting for printing on the transfer sheets, which is high gloss if cotton transfer sheet is not listed in the settings. Test the image direction and size by printing it out on a sheet of computer paper, and make any changes to the settings as needed.

Follow the instructions on the fusible cotton transfer sheet packaging to decide which side of the paper to print on. Insert a sheet of the transfer paper so the blank side is facing in the correct place for the printer to print correctly.

Print the image on a transfer sheet. Set the printed sheet aside, and let the ink on the transfer sheet dry completely before handling. Trim the transfer according to the image outline, or cut a framing shape around the perimeter of the image, according to how you want the finished product to appear.