Self-weeding transfer papers eliminate the difficulties of cutting out backgrounds and excess parts from the textile printing equation. It is also friendly with both laser and inkjet printing technology meaning you can use any printer available at home to get stunningly printed t-shirts. Such paper comes in two sheets; one of these sheets is used for printing, and the other piece consists of the adhesive backing that helps you stick your print to the fabric.
Are you interested in fabric printing? Want to learn how to use self-weeding transfer paper?
Read the step-by-step guide to find out!
Using Self-Weeding Transfer Paper
Step 1: Getting The Printer Settings Right!
Edit your vector file until it meets your preferences and then click on the Print option to access the Print dialogue box.
After selecting your printer, press the Properties button. In the dialogue box, select the Main tab and change the Paper Type to Plain Paper/ Bright White Paper. Next, select Text, Text & Image, or Photo option for the quality option based on what you are printing. Once done, click on the Advanced button and then move to the Page Layout tab to find the Mirror Image option; tick the box before it to enable the function.
Step 2: Printing On The Transfer Paper
After all the settings have been properly altered, click on the Print button available at the bottom of the dialogue box.
Depending on the type of self-weeding transfer paper you are using, place the foil or the normal transfer paper into the printer’s tray and wait for your image to be printed out.
Step 3: Heat Pressing The Adhesive Backing
Place the printer output with the printed side facing upwards on the silicon tray of your heat press. Cover it with the paper that has the adhesive backing, coated side down. Pull the heat press machine down and select a temperature between 165 and 175 degrees Celsius and set it to a 60s timer; you should also choose the Heavy pressure option.
Once the heating job is done, remove the backing paper from the transfer paper slowly in uniform motion. Do this while the papers are still hot.
Step 4: Setting The Print On Your T-Shirt
Start this step by removing the transfer paper from the heat press’ silicone pad and trimming off its white edges.
Place your t-shirt on the silicone pad now and flatten it out properly. Make sure that the side you want the print to be on is facing upwards. Then, iron it using the heat press to remove all wrinkles.
Now, put the transfer paper over the t-shirt with the side that consists of the adhesive backing touching the fabric. Pull down your heat press and select the previously mentioned temperature and pressure settings once again. Change the time to somewhere between 10 to 15 seconds and let the machine do its job.
Step 5: Removing The Transfer Paper From The T-Shirt
Once the heating is done, remove the t-shirt from the silicon pad and let it rest. Lastly, when it properly cooled down, remove the transfer paper in a uniform motion.
You can now wear your printed t-shirt!