How to Use Inkjet Transfer Paper

By Willow Sidhe

  • Overview

    Inkjet transfer paper contains two layers and allows you to transfer an image onto a piece of fabric. It is a popular method of creating customized clothing and accessories. An image from a computer is printed onto the paper and then transferred by heat to the fabric.
    • Step 1

      Place a sheet of inkjet transfer paper into the inkjet printer tray. Arrange the paper so that the dull side will be printed on. On your computer, open the image or text you wish to transfer.
    • Step 2

      Print the image onto the paper. Cut away as much excess paper from the image as possible. Do not cut along the outer lines. Only cut large pieces of unused paper away. It's okay to have some excess.


    • Step 3

      Transfer the image to the fabric within 1 hour of printing, or store in a plastic bag to prevent drying.
    • Step 4

      Preheat a iron to the cotton setting. Lay the fabric or garment flat onto the ironing board. Smooth out any wrinkles that might compromise the transfer.
    • Step 5

      Place the transfer paper, image side down, onto the fabric or garment. Press the warm iron down firmly on the paper and hold for 15 to 20 seconds. Start in the center of the image and move outwards, holding for 15 to 20 seconds in each position. Continue until the entire image has been heated.
    • Step 6

      Peel the paper backing off of the transfer to reveal the newly transferred image. Allow the transfer to cool completely before peeling for a glossy finish, or peel off while hot for a satin finish.
    • Skill: Moderately Easy
    • Ingredients:
    • Scissors
    • Household iron
    • Fabric or garment
    • Ironing board
    • Tip: There are many software programs available that will create appropriate images and text to be printed on inkjet transfer paper. Sometimes this software will be included in the transfer paper package. However, you can create your own images without special software in an imaging program.
    • Tip: Store all unused inkjet transfer paper in a cool, dry place.
    • Warning:
    • Do not print on the shiny side of the inkjet transfer paper. If you print on the wrong side, your transfer will not work.
    • If you are transferring text, ensure it is backwards on your screen. If the text is read correctly on the screen, it will not read correctly on the item you are transferring it to.
    • Do not use a steam iron. If you have a steam iron, do not add water to it. Steam will ruin the transfer.

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