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TIPS FROM A PRO FOR PERFECT RESULTS!Nov 03, 2010
By Tante Maren
The first thing you should know before using these great Avery T-shirt Transfers for Inkjet Printers, is that the results you get can be perfect, when you know how to apply these like a pro! I've used these transfer sheets for years, after being in the T-shirt printing business many years ago, and they are great for beautiful personalized items. Before you begin, you should know that it's helpful to have a photo, art or printing program that will reverse your image, called mirror image or flip image. You have to print the image in reverse or flipped to come out correctly on your shirt or other cotton item you are printing on. Once you have a program to flip your photo or art on, it is also important to know that making your picture as bright as possible for printing will result in a more vivid, colorful print on cotton. Any photo or art program will do this for you, when you use more contrast and brightness to make your photo or art stand out.
Once you have your photo or art nice and bright and flipped, you will want to print a sample on plain paper before printing on the transfer sheet, to see what it will look like. It will look backwards and if it isn't bright enough, spend a little more time with contrast and brightness before printing a test page again. Remember to work with COPIES of your photo or art in case of mistakes, you can always make another copy off of your original. Prep work is everything when working with art projects. Once the photo or art looks perfect, in reverse, you can now get ready for your transfer. (If you need help with your image, Avery has free templates, tips and software on their web site.)
For the transfer, you will need the following:
White Cotton or Cotton/Poly Blend T-shirt or fabric. Make sure it is smooth and flat, if not, press it smooth and flat before transfer.
Waist high smooth surface for applying the transfer. I use a portable PXB drawing board, which I can place on my ironing board or any waist high table. I picked up a board at my local Office Max years ago, and the $20.00-$40.00 price is well worth it, as I use it for drawing as well! It has a white clean smooth surface- perfect for transfers!
Clean pillow case- pressed very smooth.
Iron set at highest cotton heat setting- no steam ever!
Inkjet Printer- the best for color photos, art and transfers.
Now that you have your cotton fabric or T-shirt, PXB board on a waist high table, pillow case, iron and printer with your flipped photo or art you want to transfer, you are ready to begin.
You will first print your art or photo flipped on a plain piece of paper to make certain it's correct, then on the Avery transfer sheet. Trim the picture leaving the tiniest edge around it. Round out all the edges, as squared edges lift easier during wear and washing. Place your PXB board on a waist high table or ironing board- I've even done it on a low table, close to the floor to get maximum pressure from my arms. Place the smooth pillow case on the board, then the smooth T-shirt or fabric on top of the pillow case. Now when your iron is very hot, never use steam or have water in your iron- you will press as smoothly and HARD as possible for 3 full minutes.(3 minutes is for a full page- time is less for smaller pages, and have a clock nearby to watch the time.) Pay special attention to use just as much pressure on the edges as you do in the middle. Go top to bottom, side to side and around making sure you press really hard. After 3 minutes, let it cool and see if the paper starts to remove easily from an edge. If it doesn't- go back to ironing another minute and cool, then try removing it again. It should remove easily, so don't force it, just keep ironing with pressure, then cooling until it removes easily. Usually, 3 to 5 minutes should do it, but I've had to use the iron with all my strength for even a couple more minutes sometimes. When the transfer sheet edge finally does pull away easily from the fabric, remove the transfer SLOWLY, because if something is still sticking- you need to iron that spot again!
Once your project is finished, remember, if it's washable, don't wash it for a few days and when you do have to wash, wash it inside out in cool water and hang dry to keep the transfer looking great for a long time! I've used Avery, HP, Epson and Burlington transfer sheets over the years, and these top name brands all work great! I have an HP inkjet printer, several photo programs- my favorite being Microsoft Digital Image Pro and the best art program- Autodesk's SketchBook Pro 2011- you can draw and color anything with this software!
I've transferred art and photos onto T-shirts and used plain cotton fabric to transfer images onto, that I've then cut out and used Tacky craft glue to paste onto purses, totes, hats, any cloth accessories, cloth Christmas ornaments and my favorite- Christmas stockings! Over the years, I took photos of children or pets and then transferred them onto plain white cotton, which I cut out and glued onto stockings, adding their names with cut out letters made of felt. The secret to great secure gluing is I use a toothpick for tiny surfaces or popsicle stick for large surfaces dipped in the glue bottle, then spread on thinly on the entire gluing surface. Even, thin gluing keeps your image beautiful! The happiness these sentimental, personal gifts bring, are worth every penny spent, and with these professional tips I've left you with, your gifts will turn out just beautiful and be treasured forever!
21 of 24 found the following review helpful:
Avery T-Shirt TransfersNov 24, 2010
By Amy Y.
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?-- Mary Oliver"
I love these! T-shirt transfers are a great way to keep the kids occupied on a rainy afternoon. None of the major mess of tie-dyeing or fabric paints but still a fabulous way to create fun, personalized apparel.
Do pay attention- these are for INK JET printers and COTTON, LIGHT colored fabric. There are separate transfers for different types of printers and material/color fabrics.
How these work is you load them into your printer and from almost any application that can print, you can create a design that will turn into a very professional looking iron-on transfer. I used photoshop and was able to create transfers with photos. My ten-year-old has been writing her own comic for language arts at her school. She was really excited when I scanned one of her strips into the computer, touched it up in photoshop and then printed it on a transfer. She was able to iron it right onto a t-shirt- and is now very proud of her work!
These are great if you have a small event or group that you want to make t-shirts or other swag for without spending a fortune. Each sheet is 8.5x11 and so you can print a logo or small design several times over.
Lots of fun and there are tons of great ideas and projects out on the internet to help you make the most of these.
A couple of tips: you'll want to make sure you print a mirror image of whatever your design is- many programs have the ability to manipulate a design and if for some reason your software isn't capable- often the printer interface will have an option to mirror or invert, careful when you pull your printed transfer out- let it sit for a few minutes to avoid any smearing. Always print a preview on a regular sheet of paper first!! That way you won't waste a transfer if it doesn't turn out. DO not use a steam setting! You want the iron to be hot but the transfer will not adhere properly and may peel later if you use steam.
BTW- though I mentioned my kids- these are fun no matter how old you are. I think I probably got way more into this project than the kids did. Beware, it may seem like a cool idea during the first flush of transfer-love, but trust me when I say that you can go too far, and if you find yourself trying to iron stuff onto your pets or the lid of your toilet- seek help.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Easy to use; a quality product.Nov 23, 2010
I do a lot of crafting, particularly stenciling with fabric paint to create screen-printed looks on shirts. So when i saw this new paper designed for ink jet printed t-shirt transfers, i knew i had to try it out.
The paper is easy to use - just find your image, flip it, and print it! You have to make sure to cut a small margin around your image (like the directions say!) and iron it the way the directions indicate, and you'll get a great final product.
My only qualm with the paper is that it does feel like a standard iron-on; a little crispy and crunchy even after washing the shirt. It also cracks and looks worn-out sooner than using stencils and fabric paint. However, due to how EASY this product is to use, i think the negatives are worth it. I will definitely be using this product again in the future!
6 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Good; not a substitute for screen printingNov 18, 2010
A few years ago, I bought a similar product to this (also by Avery, but no longer made) - and it was TERRIBLE. You washed the t-shirt once, and the image faded - two or three washes and it was gone. I see they have improved that product line considerably, because...
THESE are MUCH better! After a couple of washes, the t-shirt images still look pretty good. So these are perfect, as long as you don't intend to use them on a shirt that will be washed a LOT -- i.e., a sports team's regular shirts. For that, still go to a professional screen printer.
But if you just want them for a fun event or a shirt that will be washed occasionally (and gently), these are awesome!
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
not a fanJul 06, 2012
It is probably just me... but I followed the directions so careful and after two t-shirts, I still didn't like how it turned out. At first it looked great! But as soon as I washed it (per the directions), the transfer paper looked very wrinkled. The first transfer peeled off! The second transfer is holding tight but it just doesn't look good. :/ Maybe someone else will have more luck...
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