Heat pressing is a way to add your own artwork to a clothing item or personal accessory. A printed design, image or text is applied to a shirt, tote bag or other fabric item using even, consistent heat and pressure from a heat press. Follow these steps to heat press a T-shirt.
1.Choose the image or design the artwork you want to press onto the T-shirt. Ideas include a personal digital photograph, an abstract artistic design or a slogan.
Use graphic design software to create or edit your T-shirt's artwork as necessary. Horizontally flip the image or artwork using the software to reverse it.
2.Print the reversed image or artwork onto heat transfer paper. Avery is one company that sells this kind of paper. Heat transfer paper should have a clear or opaque film on one side of it.
Transfer paper with a clear film on it is used for white or light gray (ash gray) fabrics. Opaque transfer paper is for fabrics in other colors.
Load the heat transfer paper into your printer so the artwork or image prints onto the film side of the paper.
3.Cut out any parts of the transfer paper you do not want to press onto the T-shirt. Because your art's ink needs the paper's film to stay on the T-shirt, any unwanted paper you leave will have its film transferred onto the shirt.
4.Lay the mirrored artwork or image face down over your chosen T-shirt.
5.Place the artwork and T-shirt in between the plates of a heat press. Apply heat and medium to high pressure from the press to transfer the artwork or image onto the T-shirt.