Sublimation heat transfer paper is coated with a specific chemical substance. When placed under heating pressure, any printed picture on the paper can be transferred to other materials or surfaces. This paper is the first choice for men and women who want to position logos, pictures, and other printed graphics on their clothes.
1. Use a computer to design the image or text you want to print on the heat transfer paper, and then place it on clothes or other surfaces. You can use a simple word processing program to enter text or select a normal picture. Or, use more complex graphic design software to design more complex patterns or images.
2. Connect the inkjet printer to the computer. Use sublimation heat transfer paper instead of standard printing paper. Print the graphics or text you created in step 2 onto thermal transfer paper. Wait for the paper to dry completely. Depending on the temperature and humidity level in your home, this may take a few minutes.
3. Prepare the area where you want to copy graphics or images from the thermal transfer paper. If you plan to use a hard, non-porous surface, clean the area with water and a sponge and let it dry thoroughly. If it is transferred to clothes, spread the clothes to make the surface smooth and even.
4. Put the sublimation heat transfer paper printing side down on the surface of clothing.
5. Turn on the press (available at the local craft store) or iron. Let the press or iron heat up. Use a slow sweeping motion to carefully press the heating device against the back of the thermal transfer paper. Heat can loosen printed images or text from the paper. The pressure from the press or iron will then push the printed image or text onto the adjacent material. Press the transfer paper for a few minutes, carefully reaching all edges of the paper.
6. Remove the iron or press. Carefully peel the transfer paper from the material. The printed image or text is now on the material and paper. Let the material cool for a few hours.
Tips and warnings
The press or iron used in the heat transfer process is very hot and may burn you if you are not careful.