Benefits of Transfer Paper

Benefits of Transfer Paper

What is Transfer Paper?

Transfer Paper, on the other hand, is actual paper (not vinyl)! With this, you do not need an expensive wide-format printer. All you need is a small desktop printer, like the laser or inkjet one that you would have at home!

Transfer Paper vs. Printable HTV

Let’s get this clear right away…  Transfer Paper and Printable HTV are completely different! Printable HTV comes in rolls of actual vinyl. To use Printable HTV, you need a wide-format printer (which can be pretty expensive).

Heat transfer – using paper or vinyl

 

If you want to produce items with multiple colors, then the iron on transfer paper is your best bet. Vinyl is a little more cumbersome for use with numerous colors.  It is easier to use vinyl cuts for single color designs. If you were to produce a blend of color or to overlap elements using vinyl, this too would be challenging.

 

Vinyl on t-shirt is heavy, so it is essential to check the adhesiveness of the vinyl panels you are using.  If your design is large and unwieldy, you might not feel too comfortable wearing the vinyl version. There are, however, various brands of vinyl that offer excellent quality suitable for t-shirt printing. Higher quality vinyl is typically thinner than the inferior quality vinyl. The thinner vinyl is easier to cut with the vinyl cutting machine or by hand. Furthermore, high-quality vinyl is easier to transfer to t-shirts, and they are produced in a range of vibrant and trendy colors your customers will love.

Heat transfer paper is easy to work with. Just create your design, print it on the heat transfer paper, and apply the design to the t-shirt with a heat press machine or an iron. You have two options with heat transfer paper – the one for light colored fabrics and the other for dark colors. Each transfer paper has its specifications that you need to pay attention to. It is not practical to use the heat transfer paper meant for light colored fabrics to transfer images onto dark colored apparel.  It won’t work!

The main downside of using heat transfer paper for t-shirt designs is the lack of durability you get. The typical transfer paper print does not stand up to washing and will fade after a few washes. If the heat transfer print was not done correctly, you will also experience cracking and fading in short order.

Benefits of Transfer Paper

Now that you know what equipment is required for using Transfer Paper, let’s talk about the benefits!

  1. As you already know, an inexpensive laser or inkjet printer is all that is needed. Plus, you don’t need any special inks! Use the same printer and ink that you use at home for printing documents.
  2. Transfer Paper allows for full-color designs with a single layer. You have no multiple layers of vinyl, which means only one press! Plus, you can get looks that are not achievable with using regular htv.
  3. Transfer Paper will adhere to your everyday garments, such as cotton, polyester, and blends!
  4. You can expect fairly good washability with Transfer Paper. We’re talking about 25-30 washes if you follow the proper care instructions. Please note that when you approach the 25-30 wash point, you can expect fading and cracking.
  5. Transfer Paper is very cost effective for doing many garments. Prices range from about $1-$2 per sheet depending on what size you are using.

Types of Transfer Paper

There are specific types of Transfer Paper depending on what printer you have. There is a paper for laser printers, and also paper for inkjet printers. Additionally, there are specific Transfer Papers meant for light garments, and specific Transfer Papers meant for dark garments.

At Heat Transfer Warehouse, we offer 4 different kinds! We break down how to use them below:


For Inkjet Printers

1)  Inkjet Light Jet-Pro Soft Stretch Paper

This Transfer Paper is designed for use with inkjet printers, on light colored garments. It features a soft matte finish. It works on cotton, polyester, and blends… but no nylon!

Printing

  • Create or select your design on your computer
  • Mirror the image for light garments
  • Load the paper so that the image will appear on the coated side of the paper (non-printed side)
  • Print the design and allow it to dry
  • Trim away the unprinted areas of the transfer if desired
  • Can be used in print and cut operation with vinyl cutters that feature an optic eye

Pressing

  • Preheat the garment for a few seconds to remove wrinkles and moisture
  • Place the transfer on top of the garment with the image side down
  • Cover the entire image area with a Teflon sheet if desired
  • Press with heat press 15-20 seconds at 375° F using firm pressure
  • Peal paper while still hot
  • We recommend stretching the garment

2)  Jet-Opaque II (Dark) Paper

This Transfer Paper is designed for use with inkjet printers, on dark colored garments. It works on cotton, polyester, and blends… but no nylon!

Printing

  • Create or select your design on your computer
  • Load the paper so that the image will appear on the coated side of the paper (non-printed side)
  • Print right reading and allow it to dry
  • Trim away the unprinted areas of the transfer if desired
  • Can be used in print and cut operation with vinyl cutters that feature an optic eye

Pressing

  • Split from grid liner/backing
  • Place transfer face up on the garment
  • Cover entire transfer with a cover sheet (Teflon Sheet)
  • Press for 30 seconds at 375°F using medium pressure
  • Peel cover sheet once cold, in a smooth motion

 

For Laser Printers

1)  Techni print EZP (Light) Paper

This Transfer Paper is designed for use with laser printers, on white or light colored garments. It features a light-hand fell. It works on cotton, polyester, and blends… but no nylon!

Printing

  • Print in mirror image
  • Use single-sheet feeding and "heavy paper" settings to ensure fusing of the toners.
  • Use the multi-purpose tray or bypass door
  • Have the image come out the back of the printer to prevent damage
  • Place your image on the bypass door so it is printed on the coated side

Pressing

  • Temperature of 375 Degrees
  • Pre-press garment for 5 seconds
  • Place image side down
  • Press with heat press 20-30 seconds at 375° F using medium/firm pressure
  • Remove the paper immediately as it is a hot peel
  • Stretch the transfer to give is a softer hand

2)  Dark Laser 1 Opaque Paper

This Transfer Paper is designed for use with laser printers, on dark colored garments. It works on cotton, polyester, and blends… but no nylon!

Printing

  • DO NOT mirror your image or artwork - print it right reading
  • Use single-sheet feeding and "heavy paper" settings to ensure fusing of the toners
  • Print the image on the coated side of the transfer paper (NOT the side with text)
  • Feed paper into the printer with the short dimension first (gain long)
  • For best results, trim away unprinted areas of the transfer
  • Can be used in print and cut operation with vinyl cutters that feature an optic eye
  • Recommendation: Choose garments that have a tight weave and using an image with rounded corners to avoid corner lift-off after washing

Pressing

  • DO NOT pre-press your garment
  • Slowly remove the backing paper (printed paper) from the image
  • Place the heat transfer with the image facing upwards in the desired position on the fabric
  • Cover the image with a cover sheet (Teflon Sheet)
  • Press with heat press 30 seconds at 350° F using medium pressure
  • Peel cover sheet once cold, in a smooth motion

 

Conclusion

No doubt, your choice between heat transfer paper and vinyl depends entirely on how you intend to use the materials. The selection also depends on your circumstances. The advantages of using heat transfer paper are that this material is relatively low cost, is easy to use, is more flexible regarding what you can produce with it, and the final results are acceptable to customers. The main downside is that t-shirts printed with heat transfer paper tend to fade and crack after a few washes. Vinyl, on the other hand, is mainly used for designs that are not too complicated regarding color and design elements. If you love vinyl on t-shirts, then you are more likely to be satisfied with the results.