Iggy's Holiday T-Shirts
by: Iggy Quazi
Earlier this week I was
looking for some t-shirts to take away with me on holiday, I wanted
something different with original designs, not the usual boring stuff.
After looking around for a while I found a shop displaying a great
selection of t-shirts, sporting some truly unique designs - they looked
ideal, that was until I noticed the price tags.
"These are all limited edition designs," said the assistant "so they
cost a bit more," a bit more? I thought - it would be cheaper to wear a
painting from the Tate!
That night I remembered a article in a computer magazine about printing
your own t-shirt at home. It said all I needed was a t-shirt, an Inkjet
printer, an iron, a sheet of ordinary white copier paper and a pack of
inkjet transfer paper. So all I needed to pick up was a t-shirt and the
transfer paper. According to this article all I had to do was print out
my design or photo onto the transfer paper and then iron it onto the
t-shirt, peel off the backing paper and voila you have your own very
unique t-shirt, sounds easy enough I thought.
I ended up with a pack of three plain t-shirts for £12 and a pack of ten
t-shirt transfers for £8. I discovered there were two types of t-shirt
transfers, one for dark t-shirts and one for light or white t-shirts, I
chose the dark t-shirt transfers as my new t-shirts were black.
As soon as I got back home, I got on the case straight away and set
about knocking up a few designs. To get some inspiration I flicked
through my collection of fonts and photos, drew up some outlines and
before I knew it I had several designs I liked ready for print.
Wasting no time, I printed out my design on to the transfer paper, cut
it out and furiously began ironing my transfer on to my new t-shirt,
ensuring I had covered the entire area of the transfer paper with the
iron. A couple of minutes later I was peeling the transfer from my
t-shirt with baited breath. And there it was, my design emblazoned
across the chest of my new t-shirt, it looked great, except for the fact
that it was back to front! I had forgotten to create a "mirror image" of
the design before printing it to the transfer paper, as it clearly
states in the instructions. Curses…one t-shirt wasted, just as well I
got the 3 pack.
I managed to get the other t-shirts printed up to my satisfaction,
looking good this time, they were the right way round!
Whilst reading the instructions again I discovered that it is possible
to get a different finish on the t-shirt design by ironing over it with
different types of paper. You can get a matte finish on your t-shirt by
ironing over it with a sheet of ordinary white copier paper for 10
seconds, this, I thought gave the transferred design a less shiney, more
professional look. The transfers also work on many different items of
clothing such as shorts, baseball caps and even on some mouse matt's. I
was really surprised to find that the printed t-shirts were fully
Although I wasted one t-shirt, a sheet of transfer paper and managed to
burn myself with the iron in my excitement, it was well worth it. I am
doing the shirts for our under tens football team just for fun. It is
very easy to do, but I would say to read the instructions carefully
before you start and try on a sample first before using real clothes!
About The Author
Article by Iggy Quazi director of Ecommerce business
www.Mouse2house.co.uk based in Essex, England stocking a wide range of
digital imaging devices. For more information of a wide range of ink and
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