Factors that Affects the Quality of a Printed T-shirt

In t-shirt printing, the main goal of an individual is to print a high quality t-shirt. However, it cannot be denied that t-shirt printing requires skills and of course, knowledge on properly printing the material. To make sure that you will be able to have the highest possible quality of a printed t-shirt, here are the factors that you should consider:

Use the right heat transfer paper material

First things first, you need to make sure that you are using the right heat transfer products. And by ‘right’, you should know how to choose the high quality materials. In buying the materials, only opt for reputable companies that can rest assure you for high quality products. There are lots of brands that you can choose from, just make sure that the garments that you are going to use are made out of durable and high quality materials. Using the wrong type of transfer paper or printing in a cheap quality t-shirt will eventually ruin your print. Aside from having the right machine to use, you should also have the right garments to utilize.

Use the materials accordingly

This is where your skills would make use of especially for beginners. If you have spent your whole night creating your design for your t-shirt only to find out that you haven’t set it to mirror mode, then everything will be in a mess and it isn’t always a nice result. Just imagine a negative feature in a picture on your phone, that’s how it would look like. Just make sure that all the settings in the printer are in proper switches before you start the process of printing.

As much as possible, you should run a print test to make sure that the entire design will appear on the transfer paper after you have printed it. Transfer papers are usually pretty expensive, so you should use a regular paper instead for test printing. Make sure that it’s set on mirror mode and after that, you should check if the entire design is able to appear on the paper. You can make some adjustments if it doesn’t and does not finally print it until you can fix any errors if there’s one. Making sure that all parts of the design are included in the paper, and the colours are the same on display on the computer is what you should check out for test printing.

Operate the heat press machine properly

You need to familiarize yourself with the heat press machine. Know the functions of the buttons and switches and make sure that the machine itself is also ready for the printing process. If you want, you can also wipe it off to remove all the dust and dirt and do not be ever afraid to apply too much heat because that’s what exactly you need in order to make sure that the fabric will be able to absorb the film thoroughly.

 

Common Mistakes in Using Transfer Paper That You Should Avoid

In customizing your t-shirts, sweaters, bags, or mugs, t-shirt transfer papers are always utilized. It is the required material wherein it scans the image of the doodle, design, lay-out, graphics, images, and artwork that you wanted to print on your desired material. However, it cannot be denied that using properly is not always practiced, especially if you are just a beginner. To avoid it, here are the top common mistakes in using transfer papers that you should avoid:

  • It may sound ridiculous but make sure that you are not printing on the wrong side of the paper. You should make sure that your paper is properly placed in the printed before you start printing it.
  • If you wanted to print an image in light colours, you should make sure that you have put your machine into mirror mode otherwise you would print your image the other way around. You don’t want to waste your expensive transfer paper by not just turning it to mirror mode.
  • Always make sure that the surface where you are going to iron your transfer paper is flat. Make sure that there are no slopes, even a small one otherwise the image will not properly attach to the fabric and you’ll just wonder why the print had started to fade after just a few washes.
  • To make sure that the print will thoroughly attach to the fabric, you should apply too much heat in completing the process. Some people are just afraid if using too much heat which is highly recommended for a fine print. And also, if you are going to use a steam iron instead then make sure that the steam if switched off before you start ironing.
  • In ironing, make sure that you give all parts an equal press and do not get stuck in one particular part only and lightly moving in other parts otherwise you will eventually notice that there are some parts of the images wherein it wasn’t completely stuck down.
  • Every corner of your image must be ironed thoroughly, never attempt to leave a certain part that was not ironed especially if you are going to print larger images. In that way, you will be able to distribute the heat evenly and come up with a high quality print.
  • Applying too much pressure while pressing the iron into the transfer paper is also important so that the image will be properly absorbed by the fabric. If you don’t intend to do it, chances are, the whole image is not entirely pressed and you’ll easily notice the difference on the quality and colour of the image.
  • After you have done printing your shirt, you should at least let it sit for 24 hours so that the fabric will thoroughly absorbed the image into it. The most common mistake is not providing enough time to let the image cool down and washing the shirt, or any garment a couple of hours after printing.