How To Print Artwork For White Tee Shirt Heat Transfers



hello and welcome to another educational video about screen printing and he transfers by cat spit productions thanks for clicking on my video today and I want to try to show you how to print artwork for your digital heat transfer papers especially like digital inkjet heat transfer papers which are the most common type you'll find that Walmart or staples or office depot you know your office supply stores this is going to be your home end-user heat transfer paper inkjet heat transfer papers that are intended to be used with an iron but actually work really really good with the heat press so if you have access to a heat press I would suggest using that but you can use those avery transfers that we actually did a video about them i use the avery transfers you can actually use them with an iron at home so these are your basic home end-user type heat transfer papers and what that means is that they will leave a polymer adhesive down anywhere that you put the transfer paper down on the t-shirt and heat press it or use an iron compress it to the shirt anywhere the paper lays down its gonna transfer a polymer adhesive down to the shirt whether or not you have artwork there okay so that means if you use free-standing objects or freestanding elements in your artwork there's going to be a polymer adhesive or ghost in the middle and that's that's the rectangular ghost that we're so familiar with with the home end-user inkjet heat transfers that you find so commonly at Walmart and in other such places right okay so here's a tip on that since those papers will lay down a polymer adhesive anywhere the transfer paper lies down on the t-shirt and is transferred to the shirt you can use a rectangular or a square design or an oval design or a circular design or a geometrical shape that you can cut out easily I like to use rectangular or square designs and I the reason is is because it fills up the eight and a half by eleven transfer paper very well okay so a rectangular design that's able to trap in and the white elements like for instance this design has really white text it's gonna be really white this is the purest white text I have out of any of these designs and this there will be a polymer adhesive inside this white lettering here okay but because it's trapped inside this square or rectangular design it's not gonna look funny you will never notice it it's fine here's another one takes a minute my computer's a little slower okay here's another one now this one here you'll look at and you'll go yeah but look you're you don't have the rectangular sheet but yes I do because when I trim it out on a paper cutter or a paper trimmer or paper cutter right paper shears you can make your own rectangle because this actually isn't a pure white it's gonna put a little yellow in here so I cut this out rectangular Li if that's a word and in doing so down here I cut a straight edge across and a straight edge up and all the way around and it traps all this stuff in there and it looks fine okay so a rectangular or a square design like these is gonna work best okay now the other thing that's why I just went over here the other thing is that it has to be flipped in order to do this we have to flip it okay but first let's discuss a little bit further about what you need in the image that you choose like we're saying rectangular okay rectangular or square is good and also look at the image size the bigger the image size the better bigger dimensions is better and also resolution will be better with a bigger file size so you're gonna be working with a PNG a tiff a JPEG images like that in those files gifts will probably be too low of a resolution but you know for this JPEGs Tiff's or PNG s would probably work you'll be able to find images of good dimensions look at these ten forty seven ten eighty nineteen twenty fourteen fifty three there either you know 200 300 K up to 500 K or maybe a megabyte close to or 600 you know you might have you know so like that okay you need good resolution and you need good image size here's one 650 KB that's over a half a megabyte big dimension size that will size up to an 8 and a half by 11 piece of transfer paper very well and print crisp and clear and with good quality artwork okay so that's the other tip now back to the flip thing as you can see I already have this design here flipped you cannot print this out to the heat transfer paper like this because if you do and then you transfer to the shirt it will look like this so in order to prevent that we print it like this so it will look like this is that confusing well it shouldn't be it's just the flip it's a reversal okay so you want to print the shirt or print the transfer paper out in reverse or backwards or mirrored flipped okay so it reads wrong because when you flip this transfer paper around and press it to the shirt it's gonna reverse again and it's gonna look like this and it'll read right okay so that's very important you have to flip the art the artwork has to read wrong or read backwards it has to look like you were looking at it in a mirror in order for it to transfer the t-shirt properly okay now with that being said there are two ways you're gonna be able to print your artwork once you have it and we're we're on a PC here obviously once you have it in here say like I do I have all these files I want to be able to print these two transfer paper and make t-shirts right okay now I can do this two ways because of the flip thing I know I have to have it flipped right so if you're lucky enough to have an inkjet printer that has the option to flip all you need to do in a PC is right click print choose the printer it's eight-and-a-half by eleven paper size is gonna be the most common that you find inkjet heat transfer papers to use at home out at Walmart and places like that right that's the most common size so eight and a half by eleven BAM and then over here when you choose the paper type if you're fortunate enough to have a laser printer or a inkjet printer that that has the heat transfer paper setting you're gonna find that here and you're gonna look for heat transfer paper or transfer paper or heat transfer or transfer okay and that will flip the image automatically for you okay and remember yeah like I said it but either laser heat transfer papers or inkjet heat transfer papers I'm really talking about inkjet because those are the most common ones that you're gonna find you know at Walmart for guys at home using an iron and stuff like that and you guys are gonna be the ones with most of the questions about how to print this out so that's why we're talking a lot of times the inkjet printers will have this function maybe not so much the laser printers but the inkjet printer will certainly some of them will have a heat transfer setting and that'll make it easy for you to do this if you don't have the heat transfer setting in your paper settings on your inkjet printer then you have to do like I do and you have to actually flip it in Photoshop okay I already have it flipped here but basically let's let's go ahead and bring the image in alright so I would just I can just bring the image in like this actually we can go here and right click open with Photoshop alright so here's the original image coming in here that reads right okay now what I need to do is just basically go up to image rotate canvas and flip horizontally okay and that flips it or mirrors it now depending on what software you're using it may be it could be rotate canvas flip or it could be mirror it could be you know the setting for this might be a different name but basically you're flipping the canvas horizontally it's just flipping it over making it backwards making it look like it was mirrored in a mirror okay and that's how we have to have it now at this point you could possibly like I said you you know you could print this out a Photoshop some of you may just print it out a Photoshop or like I do I saved it as a flipped file right and here's my flipped file and then I just I can print the flip file right like this right click print and it's easier for me to print this way I find the Photoshop dialog to be a little bit cumbersome so I normally will save it as a flip file and then I go in here and for me since I'm not using a paper a heat transfer paper setting I'd go ahead and use the best setting and dump a lot of ink in there because I know that when you wash the shirt on the first time it's gonna rinse a lot of the ink out so I'm I'm thinking like well if I stain it with a lot of ink and use a lot of ink in there maybe more ink will stay on the shirt and it'll be more colorful after it fades the first time on the first wash and that's fine as long as the print doesn't print out fate muddy or blurry or ruins because you put too much ink in it you know what I'm saying okay for rectangular designs you're gonna keep this click fit picture to frame and you would hit print for a square design write print or right click write print right click print getting a little tongue-twisted for a square design now I know this isn't flipped yet but for a square design you can see it crops it off and you would unclick that so it won't crop it okay so I don't know if this has made it a little complicated but basically to review you've got to pick a big dimension size get a nice image file PNG TIFF or JPEG that's gonna be one megabyte a half a megabyte with good dimensions nice large dimensions so that you have good resolution to work with and fill the entire eight and a half by eleven piece of heat transfer paper with a square or rectangular geo geometrical shape right looking for the word there it could be an oval it could be a circle but you're gonna want to try to use all of the eight-and-a-half by eleven paper a spot as much as possible so I like square or rectangular okay and that also will eliminate the problem of laying down the photo or the polymer adhesive onto the t-shirt where there is no art in using these designs okay so I hope that makes some sense there's two ways to print it one way you could go through Photoshop and do through Photoshop and flip it in Photoshop and do it all in Photoshop or the other way if your inkjet printer has the function right click print and go straight to heat transfer paper if you have it I don't have that ah so I have to do it that way the other way the flipped way okay so that's it I don't know what else to say if you have any questions about this please leave them in the comments below I hope this helped out a little bit and if you like what you see please rate thumbs up comment in the comments below and most importantly please subscribe that means a lot to me and I appreciate it thanks a lot for watching and we'll see you next time

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. I just purchased a machine to print, where do I find the images to transfer on shirts and mugs? I went in this blind buying things here and there.

  2. Omg I got my heat press last year have not use it really. Because I didn't understand how the instructions . Looking at this helped me to flip the text . That is where I was stuck at. Thanks a lot for this video. My little business is about to be off to a great start.

  3. Great video on showing an alternative route to flipping the image so that it shows up correctly using the standard window editor .
    Windows seems to have great hidden gems inside its system thanks for sharing this great video ,,

  4. Hey bro does Ink jet tranfer paper does good quality using a Heat Press machine? Like im starting my own shirt line

  5. LOL… you are correct and I laugh because I cut this video like 5 times and never mentioned that once. I always try so hard to be thorough I hate when I miss stuff like that. Thanks for pointing that out and I changed the title of the video to reflect that. Thanks for watching and leaving a comment! ☠

  6. the transfers flip is only for light colors, dark colors you will have to peel it from the backing and lay the design on the garment. I found this out the hard way

  7. Thank you! I know it may seem obvious to some but I get asked about this often ;). Thanks for watching and leaving a comment! ☠

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