If you have done any printing before or arts and crafts projects, you have heard of a transfer paper. A transfer paper is a thin piece of paper where the image to be printed is offset and wax or pigment applied to it for pressing on your canvas (any item you want to be printed on). Heat transfer paper is when heat is applied on the transfer paper as it is pressed on the canvas.
The following are some of the times you will need heat transfer paper:
- To transfer your design
If you are making a model at home for printing, a heat transfer paper will come in handy to help you print it on the final canvas. You cannot rely on your main design for printing because if it gets ruined, you will have to redesign it. You can trace your outline on a transfer paper that will be used for printing.
- To apply for printing
If you are creating a design manually, using the original model for printing is not advisable as it might get ruined. A heat transfer paper will come in handy during printing. For example, if you are designing a t-shirt, you will place the transfer paper with the design onto it and press on it using an iron box to transfer the image. For those who have the printers that apply ready heat an iron box is not necessary.
- To transfer vinyl cutouts
If you want to print out vinyl cutouts, using heat transfer paper is comfortable and convenient. All you have to do is place your transfer paper onto the vinyl design and add pressure so that the image can be transferred onto the transfer paper. Use the transfer paper now to offset the image onto the surface that you want to print while applying heat.
- To print on fabrics
If you have any fabric that you would like to print on, using the standard transfer papers will not cut it. Heat transfer papers open up the pores of the fabric when pressure is applied causing the ink to turn to gaseous form and penetrate the cloth. When pressure is released, the ink turns back into solid form and holds the fabric together producing a perfect image.
- To create a mirror image
With a heat transfer paper, you can flip it when printing on your surface so that the image or design can be seen correctly.
Heat transfer papers are useful in printing, and they ensure that the image comes out correctly and vividly and stay on longer. If you would like to print on any surface, consider using heat transfer papers for quality images.