If you have a working Inkjet printer and an iron, you can easily print your own T Shirt at home. Best of all, no previous experience is needed. In this guide, we will talk you through the process. Before we begin, you should be aware that there are two types of T Shirt printing papers, one called ‘light t shirt transfer paper’ and one called ‘dark t shirt transfer paper’.
The ‘light’ type is only suitable for white or cream coloured T Shirts, while the ‘dark’ type is suitable for any colour T Shirt, including dark, black, coloured and even white colour T Shirt. Look at the dark type as a universal t shirt transfer paper. If you have doubts as to the most suitable transfer paper type for your project, the dark option is the safest choice.
The transfer stage after printing on the T Shirt paper differs between the light and dark transfer paper types and our two video guides further down the page will demonstrate correct application in each case.
Before you’re ready to print your own T Shirt at home, you will need a few essentials:
T Shirt – Fabric can include Cotton, Viscose, Polyester, Silk and others. As long as they do not melt under a hot Iron, the transfer process should work. Look at the label inside your choice of T Shirt for any ironing restrictions. For best results, we recommend 100% cotton fabrics.
Iron – We recommend an iron of 1600w or higher. Lower watt ironing may not provide sufficient heat thereby reducing the long term durability of the finished article. Most common sign of insufficient heat will result in the transfer fading after washing. On the other hand, when enough heat and pressure have been applied during the transfer process, the T Shirt should last 15 to 20 washes easily. Take note of the recommended washing and care guidelines further down the page.
Inkjet Printer – The PPD range of T Shirt transfer paper is suitable with any Inkjet printer including HP, Canon, Epson, Lexmark, Kodak and other makes including Dye (everyday – normal inks) and pigment based inks. If you are using a different brand, check for printer compatibility.
T Shirt Transfer Paper – Choose between the dark type and the light type depending on your choice of T Shirt colour. Remember, light transfer paper is only suitable for white or cream colours, while the dark transfer paper is suitable with any colour, even white.
Printing Using The Dark Transfer Paper – Video Guide:
Printing Using The Light Transfer Paper – Video Guide:
T Shirt Care and Washing:
Wait 24 Hours before washing the garment for the first time
Wash in a washing machine using a 40 degree C (or 104F) programme using a FULL SPIN CYCLE
It is recommended to pre-wash the printed garments if the first use is likely to be in extreme wet conditions (i.e. sweating)
Not suitable for hand washing or delicate cycles
Do not leave garments soaking in water
If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.
Photo Paper Direct stocks a wide range of high-quality fine art and photo art papers. These are premium inkjet and photo papers that are specifically designed to print different types of artistic prints and photos with all inkjet printers.
For a better longevity and deeper blacks, it is recommended to use pigment based inks such as the Epson DuraBRITE and UltraChrome K3 inks or HP Vivera pigment inks, which are widely available on many of the ordinary desktop printers or finally, the inks used on the Canon PRO range printers.
You will still of course get excellent results using the regular dye based inks.
All of our fine art and photo art papers are acid free which means they will never discolour or turn yellow over time. That makes them perfect for work which will be on displayed for long periods or which is being used for archival purposes. Our fine and photo art papers are all made from either 100% cotton or cotton/alpha cellulose mixes.
This article will take a look at the different types of fine art and photo art paper to help you decide which you should buy for your next project!
But first, in very few words, the difference between fine art and photo art papers.
Fine Art Inkjet Papers
All our art papers can be printed for both purposes, but when we state fine art, it means to reproduce and artwork such a paint, drawing or and work of art which isn’t a photography, for example a scan of a paint or watercolour artwork, in these cases we will definitely go for a total matt finish art paper and many times with a texture like our Etching paper or light textured paper. All these papers will be heavy weight.
Photo Art Inkjet Papers
On the other hand, the photo art papers are more for photography whether in its original form or manipulated on photoshop or other photo editing programs. Many times, changing the photo to black and white or sepia will provide a retro or exotic look to the image. In this case our Baryta or Satin photo art papers will do amazingly as these have a light shin and look like the very original photos made 100 years ago. As well the Photo Rag with its deep matt finish and softness (made of cotton fibers) will provide an amazing richness and luxury to the image
Baryta refers to a barium sulphate coating that is applied to fibrous photographic paper before the emulsion layers are applied. This chemical allows the paper to display greater detail in images and a wider tonal range. Baryta also gives the paper excellent archival properties and chemical stability.
Images printed with Baryta treated photo paper have a subtle satin finish that perfectly suits fine art photography. The paper has a very large colour space with light creamy whites through to very dark blacks. Images printed on Baryta have a classical or vintage appearance.
Photo Paper Direct sells a premium Fine Art Baryta Paper (300g) that is very high-quality yet affordable. This is a very thick photo paper that has excellent colour reproduction and image sharpness.
PPD Fine Art Baryta photo paper is ideal for fine art reproductions, digital art, limited edition prints, exhibition prints, albums, prints you wish to archive and much more.
Photo Rag is a 100% cotton, matt paper that is ultra white in colour. It is a favourite for many professional photographers because of the crisp colours and deep blacks that it can produce. Photo Rag is also an outstanding choice for images that have detailed shading or nuanced light.
Photo Rag can be used on any kind of image from colour photographs through to graphics or black & white photos. This photo paper has a very smooth texture and excellent archival performance. Photo Rag provides an outstanding colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness.
This paper is a great choice for artistic photo reproduction where sharpness and colour vibrancy is required. It is also perfect for fine art reproductions, limited edition prints, exhibition prints and photo albums.
This papers is probably the diamond in the crown of photo art papers that can turn any black and white and colour image to a professional work of art even on you home inkjet printers.
This is a white, 25% cotton and 75% cellulose paper with a surface texture similar to “German Etching” or “Museum Etching”. It is a heavy weight photo paper that has a high resolution and very subtle fine texture.
This paper has a textured surface finish that produces saturated colours, excellent fine detail and deep blacks. White Velvet is typically used for art reproduction, particularly oil painting reproductions, etchings, drawings and lithography. It can also be used for watercolour paintings and artistic photographs.
This is a specialist matt photo paper with a more pronounced paper texture, similar to the texture of a water colour painting’s canvas. It is the perfect photo paper for anyone interested in printing watercolours.
The Photo Paper Direct Water Colour Paper (240g) is a 100% cellulose paper that is suitable for archiving. This paper has a high level of water resistance, excellent colour graduation, colour gamut and image sharpness. This paper is a delight to handle and feels similar to traditional mold-made paper used by water colour artists.
Water Colour Paper can also be used for fine art reproduction, digital art, black & white and colour photography, limited edition prints, presentation prints for display purposes and exhibitions, albums and greeting cards.
This is a real canvas (100% cotton) that has been treated with an inkjet coating. It is mainly used for printing photographs and for reproduction of artistic paints the same results as a professional studio. This canvas has a matt finish inkjet coating and produces stunning results — high resolution, fantastic colour representation and deep blacks.
Canvas is the ideal photo paper for artistic prints, portraits and landscapes. It is also very good at printing oil paint reproductions.
This paper is similar to the Photo Rag but it uses a unique coating which adds a satin finish to the printed areas. The parts of the paper which are unprinted remain matt finish. Similar to Photo Rag, this paper has deep velvety blacks, outstanding colour reproduction, excellent image sharpness and archival performance.
Typically available in heavier paper weights (300g+), this paper is made of 100% cotton fibers. It is perfect for artistic photos where a special effect is required. Wedding albums and keepsake photographs look incredible on Photo White Satin.
If you have any questions about Photo Paper Direct’s fine art and photo art papers, please contact us today on 0208 440 6115 (Mon – Fri 09:30 to 17:30) or via email@example.com
In this video you will learn how to use a heat press machine with transfer paper to create custom t-shirt on a commercial scale. This will enable you to open your very own t-shirt printing business.
In this video we’re going to talk a little bit about how to take transfer paper and turn it into a business into a money generating scheme at home or in an office using a heat press, and everything else which we’ve been talking about in the other videos, inkjet transfer paper, domestic inkjet printers, simple software to generate images. So we’re taking a transfer paper, an inkjet transfer paper, here’s a printed one, it’s the same as the one that you use when you use a domestic iron, of course you can’t use a domestic iron when you’re running it as a business if you’re using it to make money because you’ll be doing loads of prints in one go and iron takes a lot time, with a heat press we can do it in seconds. Just a very short talk about the heat press, we’ve borrowed one from a client of ours, we’re in his premises and it’s a working bench for printing T-shirts. We’re using a very, very simple quite an old clamp heat press, so it just goes up and down like a crocodile’s mouth. All heat presses have very similar elements to them. We have a hot plate which we set to a 190 degrees, and all heat presses have this soft rubber pad onto which the T-shirt goes and a pressure adjuster.
So a cost of these ranges from a couple of hundred pounds for secondhand one to this is a small one the square platform, you’re probably looking at between 400 and 500 pounds maybe even a little bit less depending on which model you go for, it doesn’t really matter as long as the heat plate can reach the required temperature which is an actual 180 degrees, we set it to a 190 degrees so that we’re guaranteed the temperature that we need.
So you can see it takes a really small place. You don’t need much more than a little table, you can do it on the kitchen table, it’s not particularly heavy, so it can be moved from the kitchen or from your office to storage and then brought out again when you need to use it. The way it works, really simple, we take a T-shirt we’re going to print the front of it, so we position it in the right place on the plate. I take care to make sure that the collar is right off the plate, because that will reduce the actual pressure from the area which you’re printing.
Good practice is to give it a little press to flatten it out. We’ve taken a transfer which we’ve pre-trimmed; we’ve taken away all the excess white areas from around it leaving a three to four millimeter white edge. This is just good practice to make sure that we don’t have unnecessary bits of transfer that we’re transferring onto a shirt. Position it face down, this is a light transfer paper for inkjet printers. Normally if you were doing it with a domestic iron you’ll be working your way for a minute and a half or so with this heat press set at 190 degrees. So 13 seconds, this press actually has a timer, most presses will have a timer, in fact all of them will have a timer, and this one doesn’t work, so I counted to 13. And here’s a final printed t-shirt. Now a lot of people ask us about silicon paper, you will notice when you buy this transfer paper, you will have some silicon paper in the pack. Silicon paper is really essential when you’re using a domestic iron, because once you peel it, you will reposition the silicon paper on the exposed image and repress it with an iron just to make sure in case you’ve made a mistake that any errors are corrected and it gives the image a softer feel.
It’s not essential when using a heat press, but I like to use it anyway, so we take silicon paper, these are reusable, you get quite a few of them in every pack of paper. Position it on the exposed image and just literally a three second repress, peel it away, stretch it a little bit and there’s the final article done. Silicon paper incidentally also and again this is becomes a bit more of a business application, if these are promotional shirts for an exhibition for example and you want to print the back of it. You can protect the exposed image just by sticking the silicon paper down on to it and it can be removed at any time and now if I want to print the back of the shirt, say you got an exhibition your – you want some promotional shirts and I’ve just made a really simple bit of graphic to go on the back again, we’re always trimming the excess white areas. Always good practice, the more you can remove, the better the result, you don’t need to be really pedantic about it. But the more you remove the softer the final result will be.
So really roughly just cut around the image, this is going on the back of the shirt, same process, face down, 13 seconds. Okay and we disengage the press again no huge rush, a little stretch to pick up the transfer and peel it away. Just a reminder because everybody asks here’s the original print and you notice that it’s a mirror image when you’re printing light T-shirts everything has to be mirrored because when you press to put it down, face down on the garment, the mirrored text becomes the right way around.
Remember the silicon paper we put on this side comes off anytime and when you’re using heat press also you get a slightly softer feel and the image will stretch without cracking much, will be very, very long living on the shirt this can be washed time and time again, and becomes a commercial product. So we’ve showed you how to take a relatively low-tech, not very expensive piece of equipment a clamp heat press in this case with a hot plate on top, rubber at the bottom, temperature gauge. You can take your ordinary inkjet printer with inkjet transfer paper, this works both for light and for darker garments, we showed you the light, but we have dark transfer paper as well and the process is near identical.
And overnight you can create a money generating business, you can sell these images on eBay, you can provide a service on eBay or on Amazon or on social media for t-shirt printing services, hen nights, exhibitions, people that need personalise one-off shirts, do it mail order or online, generate money, a t-shirt like that one-off can sell for 10 pounds, your cost is under two quid.
Photo paper and printer technology have come a long way in the last 10-years. Not only can you print stunning high-quality photos in your own home, new two-sided photo papers allow you to create other kinds of printed materials including brochures, calendars, photo albums, flyers and zine.
To obtain the best results, brochures should be printed on a light/medium thickness, two-sided photo paper that in matt or pearl. The design and content of your brochure will determine which thickness and finish you should go for. The ideal two sided photo papers for printing brochures include:
Ultra smooth double sided 130g photo paper with a matt finish. Perfect for a wide variety of applications, with a high-resolution professional coating that is very versatile. Use matt paper on brochures where you want a soft, modern look. It looks great on designs that have soft shadows. Perfect for brochures that you think will be passed around a lot. Use for giveaways and menus.
Design an eye-catching first page that makes it clear what the brochure is about. Try out a number of fonts to get the most visual impact and size heading appropriately. Allow for bleed by expanding your design slightly beyond the edges of where you will cut and think about how the pamphlet will be folded.
Comes in A4 and A3, a soft satin finish like a fancy luxurious magazine and can be printed both sides and then binded.
When printing your own photo albums, it is important to use a very thick double sided paper, which prevents ink from bleeding through to the other side. A thick photo paper also gives your photo album a feeling of permanence and quality. The best two sided photo papers for creating a photo album are:
A lovely two-sided resin coated paper with a professional Lustre finish. This paper is particularly adept at reproducing skin tones, making it useful for wedding photos, beauty photography, family portraits in colours or black and white for the artistic look or your last exotic journey. It has a water resistant micro/nano porous Polyethylene coating that dries very quickly and outstanding colour reproduction. Suitable for use with any inkjet printer.
Use headings throughout the album and get creative with backgrounds. Think about themes for the entire photo album and for each section within the photo album. Play with the alignment of photos to make the album more interesting. Only use high resolution photos above 300 pixels per inch. For economical albums where longevity isn’t paramount the Photo Paper Double Sided Matt Heavy Weight 210g can be used too.
Printing calendars can be a great way to promote your business. Custom-made calendars also make a great gift for your family and friends. Like photo albums, calendars should be printed on thicker double sided photo paper such as:
Beautiful matt papers which excel at printing high-definition images with brilliant sharp colours. These double sided photo papers are fingerprint-resistant, high-quality, quick drying, work with any inkjet printer and offer great value-for-money. Can be use as well as a brochure or presentation paper where a thicker substance is required.
These premium double sided photo papers have a super porous surface that dries instantly, a professional lustre surface, superb image quality, outstanding colour reproduction and a water-resistant, polyethylene coating on both sides for longevity.
In addition to calendars, these thicker PPD two sided photo papers are all perfect for — creating presentations, catalogues, business reports and school assignments.
Find an interesting design style or theme for the calendar. Keep it highly-functional so people get a lot of use out of it and leave it hanging all year. Be picky about the images you use — only go for the best high-resolution images in your collection. If you are designing a calendar for a business, use images of your products or staff when possible. Don’t be afraid to make your calendar funny!
Colour fliers can be a very useful way to promote your business. Typically, they should be printed on one sided, light-weight photo paper like the 120g satin double sided or the smooth matt 130g double sided. The lighter paper helps reduce postage and printing costs — useful if you are creating hundreds or thousands of flyers.
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Some black and white or sepia prints can have a very dramatic effect compared to a colour photograph. Printing a photo without colour can change the focal point of an image, give it a timeless or historic feeling, and emphasise the contrast in the image.
Black and white or sepia images are often used in portraiture. As professional photographer Ted Grant once said — “When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”
In addition to portraits, fine art, street photography, photojournalism and landscapes can look fantastic when printed as black and white or sepia images.
This post will share some useful tips for using black and white or sepia prints, and explain how to achieve the best results!
When to Use Black & White or Sepia for Your Prints
I’s important to recognise when you should use black and white or sepia to obtain a better image. Consider using removing colour from an image when is has one of the following qualities:
The image has high levels of contrast Images that have a high level of contrast usually look fantastic when they are printed in black and white or sepia. The blacks look deeper and the highlights look sharper, giving an image much more impact.
The image has a lot of texture, lines or fine detail Images that focus on texture and fine detail can benefit from being printed as black and white. By removing the colour from the image, you allow the viewer to really focus on the detail of the photo including the texture of the subject. This is why closeup portraits look fantastic when converted to black and white or sepia.
You want the image to have a timeless feel Black & white sepia prints have an antique feel about them. If you want a subject matter to feel historic and significant, try removing the colour. Try using black and white on photos taken at a weddings, birthdays and anniversaries.
Landscape photos with clouds and texture Photographers typically use colour for their landscape photographs, to emphasise a beautiful sunset, a blue sky or the lush greenery in an image. However, certain landscapes can look beautiful when printed as black and white or sepia. Try black and white on any landscape image that contains stormy weather — the contrast between the storm clouds and the texture of the terrain can create a stunning print.
The image has colours that don’t look good You may have taken a photo which you love, but the colour content is distracting viewers from the intended focal point of the image. Perhaps the people in the image are wearing loud colourful clothing, which is distracting viewers from the expressions on their faces. Try using black and white to improve the content and “message” of the photograph.
The print has artistic content Artistic content and any image with very strong subject can benefit from using black and white or sepia.
The photograph has dramatic content A black and white print can add impact and drama to an image. If you really want to make an impression on the viewer, try removing colour from an image.
How to Create Black & White or Sepia Prints
There are a number of techniques for creating black and white or sepia photographs with modern digital cameras and software.
The simplest way to make your photos black and white or sepia is to change settings on your digital camera. Most digital cameras have a black & white mode and a sepia mode available; simply select it before taking the photo. The second simple way of doing it is on your printer driver which can be set to print on black & white or sepia mode.
Alternatively, you can use photo editing software to transform your colour images to black and white. There are a number of ways to do this including:
Using the Channel Mixer Most photo editing suites will have a channel mixer that shows the levels of red, blue and green in your image. In Photoshop, open the channel mixer, check the monochrome option and move the sliders to fine tune the tonal range of your image.
Using a black and white adjustment layer Most software packages will have an option to turn an image into black and white. In Photoshop CS, that is called the Black and White adjustment layer. This tool is also very useful for creating sepia toned images.
Using the gradient map The gradient map allows you to quickly remove colour from an image.
Important — If you are using Photoshop or a similar image editing program, you should avoid using the desaturate feature and the greyscale feature.
These options not only remove the colour from the image, but also discard the colour data! That means all areas of the image which have the same brightness or level of contrast will be rendered the same shade of grey. There end result is a washed out and flat looking black and white image with less shades of grey.
Choosing the correct photo paper to suit your inkjet printer can sometimes be a complex decision. There are dozens of options to choose from and using the incorrect paper can lead to problems including printer-feeding issues, inaccurate colours, smudging inks, poor image quality and a long drying time. Photographs printed on the wrong paper may also deteriorate very quickly.
Thankfully, Photo Paper Direct have made the choice simple with our premium-quality universal photo paper. Universal photo paper can be used with any inkjet printer and consistently delivers great results. The premium 280g microporous and premium 200g satin photo papers are universal and capable of working with any inkjet printer on the market, giving you plenty of options for your next printing session.
Our premium universal photo paper makes it simple to produce high-quality and long-lasting prints that look as good as professionally developed photographs. Prints created using our premium photo paper also have decades of indoor permanence, giving you the certainty that your photographs will look great for many years.
The quality of images printed on our premium universal paper is absolutely fantastic. The paper has an outstanding colour gamut-sub colour tones, with high level of contrast, vivid colours and rich dark tones.
PPD premium photo paper is very versatile and will look great when used for any kind of image — artistic photos, portraits, landscapes, logos, infographics and sporting photos. The versatility of this photo paper makes it ideal for a wide range of printing tasks including photo enlargements, posters, fine art reproductions, signs and presentation images.
The best part about Photo Paper Direct’s universal photo paper is that it offers a great value-for-money alternative to printer-branded photo paper. Instead of spending large sums on photo paper from manufacturers like HP, Epson or Canon, you can enjoy our high-quality photo paper for a attractive price. We are committed to consistently delivering great value-for-money and work directly with European manufacturers to produce this premium product for a low price.
Our universal photo paper has a micro/nano porous coating which absorbs ink rapidly and dries instantly, making it perfect for use in a busy office environment or when you are working to a deadline. PPD universal photo paper is a premium product which has a number of advantages over standard photo paper including:
Water resistant coating
Polyethylene Coating on both sides ensures stability and longevity
Better colour definition than cast coated paper
Improved depth and clarity to images
Fingerprint resistance especially on the satin and pearl finish
Improved productivity thanks to fast drying times
Looks fantastic with either pigment inks or dye inks
Photo Paper Direct universal photo paper works with any inkjet printer including printers made by Canon, Epson, HP, Kodak and Lexmark. To purchase our premium universal photo paper, simply choose our premium 280g microporous and premium 200g satin and gloss products.
About Photo Paper Direct
We are the leading suppliers of inkjet photo paper in the United Kingdom. Our reputation has been established by consistently providing excellent customer service and high-quality products at a great price. We are committed to provided customers with the best inkjet photo paper so they can produce beautiful images to share with their work colleagues, customers, friends and family.
Here is my step by step guide to making your own custom greeting cards at home :-
1- In the Photo Paper Direct online shop we sell blank printable greeting cards in various pack sizes, either with or without envelopes. The A4 blank card is pre-scored so that it easily folds into an A5 size greeting card once printed.
2- To design the image to be used on the front of the card you can use an online photo-editing website such as www.picmonkey.com to add text/effects to a photo that you upload or you can use a browser-based graphic design program such as www.canva.com to design a free image for your card using their free card templates and clipart.
In this step by step guide, I chose to use the free card creator on canva to design the cards. The ‘Happy Birthday Mum’ card was made by directly editing a free design template they have, the ‘Merry Christmas’ design was made by adding clipart to a background and then finishing it off with some text and finally the ‘Thanks So Much’ card was created by taking a blank poster document in canva and adding a border, text and clipart.
3- Once you have finished designing each image you need to download it to your computer. Now that you have saved your card front design you need to import it into a blank word document and align it so that it will print out correctly onto your greeting card blanks. I printed the Birthday and Christmas cards as landscape and the Thank You card as portrait. I reduced the margin sizes on the blank documents to the minimum and then divided the blank page into two columns. I then inserted my chosen image / photo into one of the columns so that it would print out correctly onto the front of my card.
There are lots of different websites and programs you can use to make your cards but please note that the instructions on how to align your card images will vary depending on which program you are using. If in any doubt, search the internet and you will be sure to find some advice.
4- When you are ready to print your finished card you will need to do a test print on plain paper to make sure that your design prints out in the correct place on your blank card. If you are happy with how the image has been printed then you need to set your printer settings to glossy / best photo print with a high dpi (instructions will be found in your pack of card) and then print it out onto the gloss or matt greeting card blanks. Before you click Print make sure to double check that you have inserted your card into the printer so that the glossy/ matt side will be printed on.
5- Optional stage – Once your custom card has finished printing it can be can be re-inserted into the printer so you can print a personal message inside the greeting card. Before printing the text onto the actual card I would advise you to do a test print on plain paper to make sure the text prints as expected. Alternatively you could write a message by hand in the card, which is always a nice touch.
The cards you see here were printed on the following types of card :-
You will be very impressed with the quality of the custom cards that you’ve created and you should be more than happy to give these cards to friends or family to celebrate a special occasion.
With our printable greeting cards you can also make Wedding Invitations, Baptism cards, Birth Announcement cards, Congratulations cards and so much more besides. The design on the front of the card could either be a photo you have taken on your camera or an image you have created on your computer. The only limitation is your imagination 🙂
If you would like to make your own car decals then we have the perfect product for you!
Here at PhotoPaperDirect.com we sell Printable Vinyl Sticker Paper. You can use this printable vinyl in your desktop inkjet printer with standard ink cartridges so that you can print stickers or car decals from the comfort of your own home.
The colours appear extremely vibrant on the vinyl and it’s a very easy product to use. All you do is pick your chosen image or images, print them from your computer onto the vinyl sheet (using a high resolution print setting) and then cut carefully around the designs and apply to your chosen surface, like your car bumper for example.
We have the printable vinyl available in Glossy, Matt and Clear. The designs printed on the Glossy and Matt vinyl papers will be water resistant but they can be made waterproof by spraying them with a fixative spray. After this spray varnish application they will be able to withstand prolonged outdoor use as the colours will not fade in the sun and the image will not wash off in the rain or during a car wash (re-applying from time to time possible).
Please note that the clear vinyl is not water resistant unless you use a fixative spray. Once you have used the spray it will then become waterproof, the same as the other two.
I will talk you through how to make your own car decals in the step-by-step instructions below (the numbers correspond to the collage photo above) :-
1. The first thing to do is buy a pack of Matt, Glossy or Clear Printable Vinyl Sticker Paper from us. There are various pack sizes to choose from (anything from 5 sheets in a pack to 1000).
2. Once you have opened the pack of printable vinyl you will see there is an instruction sheet that explains how to print onto our vinyl sheets. Have a read of the printing guide and if you’d like to watch a video tutorial you can view that here.
3. Next you have to decide which images you would like to print out as stickers or car decals. For this project I found a few clipart designs that I liked. The website I used was clker.com but there are plenty of other free clipart websites out there. The other option you have is to use your own photos or drawings and then print them out as stickers. I pasted my chosen designs into a Word document and then arranged them so that I could get the maximum use out of one sheet of printable vinyl.
4. Before you take the plunge and print your designs out onto the vinyl….take a moment to print the designs out on a sheet of plain printing paper. By doing this you will be able to make sure you are happy with how the designs appear when printed. The last thing you want to do is print out onto the vinyl sheet and then discover the images are placed incorrectly and you have wasted your sheet of vinyl.
5. Now that you’re happy with how the images will appear when printed, you are able to print them onto your vinyl sticker sheet. To do this you need to set your printer to a high resolution (d.p.i) under printer settings so that it will print clearly on your vinyl sheet. You then need to remove a sheet of the printable vinyl from the pack and place it into your printer so that the glossy side is in the right position to be printed on. With my Epson printer this means I put the vinyl sheet in with the glossy side up. (If you are using the clear or matt vinyl please put the paper in the printer so that the matt or clear side will be printed on). It’s now time to click print and watch your lovely new stickers being printed!
6. Once your stickers have finished printing, you need to leave the sheet for a few minutes to make sure that the ink is completely dry.
7. You need to find a sharp pair of scissors so you can cut out your images. I successfully used a quite large pair of scissors for the cutting out but a small, sharp pair would enable you to be more precise in cutting out the designs.
8. I found it easier to roughly cut around each design (leaving a white border) so that I could then take my time afterwards to go around and cut away all the white background from each image. It is much easier to accurately cut out each sticker when it is not on the A4 sheet.
9. Once you have cut out all your stickers you just need to decide what you are going to use them for. If you want to use them outside it is advisable to spray them with a fixative varnish spray so they will be waterproof and won’t fade in the sun.
10. To use the stickers all you have to do is peel away the backing paper from each design so that you can stick them down onto your chosen surface. The glossy and matt vinyl stickers have a semi-permanent adhesive which removes without leaving a residue whereas the clear vinyl has a permanent adhesive which will leave a residue which needs to be cleaned away with white spirit or turpentine. If used as a car decal then the matt or glossy stickers shouldn’t damage the paintwork of your car but that will depend on the type of paint and its condition.
11. 12. 13. I put some of the stickers that I made onto my car and some onto a plain plastic drawer unit. They were extremely easy to apply and it only took a matter of seconds to apply them. I have only prepared these stickers for the purposes of this tutorial so didn’t use the fixative varnish but it would be advisable to spray the car decals with the fixative spray before you put them on your car so you can rest assured that ink won’t be effected by the car wash or sunny weather.
The possibilities are endless for the printable vinyl sticker paper, including car decals!
Here are just a few example uses:- wheelie bin numbers, car decals, bumper stickers, name stickers for a child’s scooter or bike, print photos out to display on your fridge, make personalised pictures to put on the front of your diary, print out glossy photos to put in your child’s keepsake book, design labels for kid’s storage containers – e.g ‘Pens’ , ‘Toys’ etc. , name label for a child’s lunchbox.
Big thanks for client Sarah Bailey for sending us photos of her recent transfer paper project. Using the light and dark transfer papers, Sarah created a babygrow and goodie bags. Here are a number of photos we received: