Have you ever wondered how in the world to create awesome, colorful graphics and have then transfer them onto your shirt or bag, etc? Well now you can stop guessing, because today I am going to share with you How to Print Graphics Using Heat Transfer.
If you have ever visited this site before, then you know that I love to use my Silhouette Cameo for almost everything. It is such a versatile machine that you really can do a lot of things easily on your own without spending a lot of money having someone else make them for you.
How to Print Graphics Using Heat Transfer
For this tutorial, you will need to get a few things together:
- vinyl cutting machine
- printable heat transfer
- home printer
- shirt for transfer
Once you have all of your supplies together, it’s time to get started with your project. For this project I am creating a monogrammed shirt for my toddler to wear for school.
How to Use Printable Heat Transfer
Step 1: Create your project in the Silhouette Studio program that comes with your vinyl cutting machine. This is where you can either create your own designs, or grab some graphics from the Silhouette store.
Step 2: Once you have your project created, you will want to mirror the object. This will print the project “mirrored” so that when you iron later, it comes back normal.
Step 3: After you have your project mirrored and before you print, open up your registration marks window and add your registration marks. This needs to be done before you print.
Step 4: After you have the registration marks set, it’s time to print on the printable heat transfer paper. For this project I am printing onto a light shirt, so I used the Silhouette Printable Heat Transfer for light fabrics. Make sure you feed the paper into your home printer so that when it prints, it prints on the correct side.
Step 6: Next, load your printable heat transfer onto the cutting mat and cut your design out. Make sure you have your blade adjusted to the correct setting. Then cut.
Step 7: Remove all of the extra heat transfer and then place face down over the shirt. Add a thin cloth to cover, and then iron with your steam off, and the setting on cotton (or 345).
Step 8: Allow to cool and then remove the backing carefully.
You should be all set! To take extra care and have this shirt last as long as possible, wash in cool water with shirt turned inside-out.
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I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial on How to Print Graphics Using Heat Transfer. If you are looking for other ideas with you Silhouette machine, you can find a few more here.