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.