Finding the right Photo Transfer Paper is not that easy. There are so many different options to choose from that you can easily get overwhelmed with your options. Some of the top manufacturers such as TAP, Quilter, and Cricut have been around for a long time. They offer great products and customer service. These are just a few of the tips I compiled for you to find the right paper.
Which one is right for you? The answer really depends on what you need:
Dark Fabrics - When you need to print a photo in black and white, using this method is your best option. This is the original method used by the American Film Institute for doing the photo transfer paper. Today's quilter, seamstresses, and embroider makers looking for a heat-resistant fabric after running it through the printer usually have several options.
Heat Transfer Paper - For this method, you need to use a heat press to transfer the ink from the computer monitor onto the Photo Transfer Paper. This usually happens when the photo transfer paper is placed into the iron. This will allow the ink to transfer and stick to the front of the paper, once it is transferred to the iron. Most printers will have the paper protected and ready to go when you place the iron into the Printer Settings.
Digital Prints - If you are printing in color, you can opt for using the digital print feature from many printers. Many of the printers will let you do a digital print on the photo transfer paper. This will allow you to print directly onto the paper and have the printer settings adjusted to match the colors in the design that you have loaded. To get the best results, you can increase the dots per inch value and decrease the transparency of the design.
Embroidery - There are other methods to transfer a design onto fabric, but they are not as easy to do as the ones mentioned earlier. If you are looking for an easy option, then you can either opt for the built-in iron-on transfers that come with your printer. They work really well, but they are expensive. The next alternative would be to use the Printer Settings tool to adjust the image transfer settings so that it matches up with the colors being displayed on the fabric. However, many people find this awkward and do not feel comfortable having to alter the printer settings for each project.
Canvas Rolls - Another popular option for printing photos onto fabrics is to use canvas rolls. They are easy to use, as there are many different sizes available in rolls of various thicknesses. Canvas rollers can also be used for this purpose, which is better, but at higher costs.
Iron-On Photo Transfer Paper - This method is usually used when there is very little room to work with because of the raised areas. To achieve the best results, you need to use a toner that matches the color of the Iron-On inkjet printer head. You will have to use the correct inkjet head, which is a small nozzle that helps the ink flow. The ink will be attracted to the roller of the iron-on photo transfer sheets. There is no need to worry about the ink dripping or smearing because it does not adhere to the surface of the page in the traditional manner. The result is a seamless page where every single fiber of the paper is visible.