Hey! Some people have been wondering how people take an image from the computer and put it on a shirt. It’s a simple way to make your outfit or costume look professionally made for under $20. People achieve this look by using Iron-on Transfer Paper which you can buy at any craft store. I bought mine at Michaels. The type of paper you buy depends on the color of your costume/outfit. If it’s a dark color, you could get the package for dark colors. If it’s light, then you get the light package! These instructions are long, but I wanted to get as in-depth as possible. It’s actually very easy and only takes a couple minutes!
- Find or create the image you want.
- I used photoshop to create my design, but you can use any photo-editing program, or find a template online!
- Depending on what brand and color you get, you might need to mirror (flip horizontally) your image. You’ll need to do this for light fabrics. This is so when you print it, it’ll be backwards, considering some brands make you put the image face-down onto the fabric, which will make it un-mirrored… does that make sense? Your package will have the directions on the back of the box if this is confusing!
- DO NOT MIRROR IMAGE FOR DARK FABRIC PAPER UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE ON THE PACKAGE!
- Make sure you place the paper on the correct side in the printer.
- I suggest taking a scratch piece of paper, mark one side, and then put it in the printer. This way you’ll see which side gets printed on.
- Your package should also give instructions on which side to print on.
- Once you’ve printed your design, trim as close as you can to the image without cutting something off.
- Don’t take the backing paper off if you’re using the light fabric paper, unless stated otherwise on the package.
- You will take the backing paper off dark fabric paper, but again, unless stated otherwise on your package.
- Place your article of clothing on a flat and hard surface.
- I used a thin piece of wood and put a pillowcase over it.
- You don’t want to use an ironing board, that’s too soft and your design might not iron-on well from the lack of pressure.
- Turn your iron on the hottest setting, or what is stated on your package
- DO NOT USE STEAM!!!!!!! This is extremely important. You do NOT want ANY moisture between the iron and your design on the paper. Since it’s still ink, it will run and ruin your design.
- Make sure it’s free of wrinkles, this is self explanatory.
- For lights, place your image facedown. For darks, leave it face up. But, once again, check your instructions first.
- For darks you might need wax/parchment paper in between the image and the iron. It should come with one, but I can’t remember exactly if it does. Check the instructions, though. Some don’t need anything.
- Iron it on!
- Be sure to use firm pressure and to make it even around the whole image, especially the sides because those might peel up if you don’t push down hard enough.
- I think each brand is different, but I had to iron it on for a couple minutes (about 2-3 minutes I think). You can check your edges to make sure they’re stuck to the fabric, if not, keep ironing evenly.
- Let it cool before removing the backing paper if you haven’t already.
- Most light fabric paper will require you to remove it at this step, but darks usually remove it before ironing.
- If you are using dark fabric paper, remove parchment paper (if you needed any) after it’s cooled.
- Done! You’re ready to shake it off at the concert!
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