Heat Transfer Printing Info
There are many types of Iron-on transfer papers, printers, inks and heat applications but the right combination is essential to achieve the best quality. After extensive research Igor’s T-shirts uses the best printer, ink, and heat transfer paper combination plus an industrial iron for heat application. We are confident that we provide the best possible quality you can get in an iron-on transfer!
That said, there are some things you’ll want to know. Iron-on transfer paper for DARK COLORED SHIRTS and Iron-on transfer paper for LIGHT COLORED SHIRTS is different.
TRANSPARENT Iron-on Transfers on White (or light) Shirts:
Immediately after being heated onto the shirt there will be some texture to the transfer, but it is not very noticeable and will blend in very nicely because the paper is completely transparent. All negative space will be the color of the fabric.
Once it has been washed, the texture/sheen will be gone, the ink will have blended with the fibers of the shirt and you won’t be able to see the outline of the transfer. It’s not like screen-printing which sits on the fabric, lasts almost forever and will achieve more vibrant colors, but with proper care (and the right ink/paper/heat combo) it will last years with very little fading.
Transparent heat transfer paper for light fabric works well on white, light gray, pastels and as shown above it looks great on safety orange.
OPAQUE Iron-on Transfers on Dark Shirts:
Our Iron-on transfer paper for darks is the best we’ve found so far. It’s opaque so it is a bit thicker, has more sheen and an outline is more obvious than the transparent paper for white fabrics, but it still has a nice stretch, drape, soft touch and produces vibrant, photo quality color.
With the proper care (and yes, our ink/paper/heat combo), it will also last forever. It may be a little crinkly after you wash it, but if you iron it inside-out it will be as good as new.
We want you have a good understanding of the result you will get with this paper. This heat transfer paper is OPAQUE. Therefore, you will not see through to the fabric behind it. It will look more like a sticker stuck very flush onto your garment (but totally permanent) It has a light, thin feel of vinyl and you will see a difference between the matte of the fabric and the slight sheen of the graphic. This can work great with some graphics and may not be as ideal with others.
*For either method, please wash inside out in cold water and dry on low heat for best results!*