Printing Instructions for HP Iron-on Transfers
Use HP Iron-on Transfers for Color Fabrics to apply creative designs to t-shirts and other cotton fabrics. Please read all instructions carefully before beginning.
Do not use HP Iron-on Transfers for Color Fabric in laser printers, copy machines or Inkjet printers with heating elements such as the HP Deskjet 1200c or 1600c. The heating elements in these printers can melt the transfer paper, which could damage the printer.
Step 1: Preparing the design
For best results, use this product on color fabrics.
Step 2: Printing the design
WARNING: Do not use HP Iron-on Transfers for Color Fabric in laser printers, copy machines, or Inkjet printers with heating elements such as the HP Deskjet 1200c or 1600c. The heating elements in these printers can melt the transfer paper, which could damage the printer.
Before printing the image on transfer paper, print a test page on plain paper first.
- For HP Inkjet and other front-loading Inkjet printers, insert the transfer paper on the printer with the HP logo side facing up (see Figure 1). For best results, load one sheet at a time.
- For top-loading printers, insert the transfer paper in the printer with the HP logo side facing down (see Figure 2). For best results, load one sheet at a time.NOTE: Do not use mirror image to print the image.
- In the software application you are using to print, click the File menu.
- Click Print.
- In the Print dialog box, verify that the name of the appropriate printer is in the Name box. If it is not, select the name of the printer.
- Click Best print quality for the highest quality images.
- For the paper size, click Letter (8.5 x 11 inches).
- Set paper type to HP Premium Inkjet Paper or HP Iron-on T-shirt Transfers.NOTE: The above printing instructions are for HP Inkjet printers; for other Inkjet printers please see owner’s manual.
- Click OK to print the image.
Step 3: Material preparations (adult supervision required)
- Preheat iron for eight minutes on the highest cotton setting with NO steam.NOTE: After preheating the iron, be sure that the iron has not automatically shut off after eight minutes.
- Place a cotton pillowcase on the ironing surface. Use a surface that is hard, smooth, and heat-resistant. Do not use a standard ironing board.
- Iron out any wrinkles.
- Place the t-shirt or other fabric you are transferring to on the center of the half-folded pillowcase and iron it to remove any wrinkles.
Step 4: Ironing the transfer
NOTE: The three critical elements required for a successful transfer are heat, pressure, and time.
- Prepare the design for transfer by trimming off any unprinted areas.
- Do not leave a margin around the design.
- Use an image with rounded edges to avoid corner liftoff after washing.
- Remove backing by peeling away at score line on the back of the paper.
- Position the trimmed iron-on transfer sheet onto the fabric with the image side up so that the design is exactly where you want it.
- Cover the image with the enclosed overlay paper.
- Follow the recommended ironing method for your sized transfer sheet. If you choose to trim the iron-on transfer, then reduce the amount of ironing time according (see Figure 3).
Sheet size First, iron using light pressure Next, iron using firm pressure 1 / 8 page 30 seconds 1 / 4 page 30 seconds 30 seconds 1 / 2 page 1 minute 1 minute Full page 1 ½ minute 1 ½ minute
- Apply the hot, dry iron at light pressure to fix the image in position.
- Iron using firm pressure in a straight, non-stop motion top-to-bottom pattern (see Figure 3). Be sure to apply firm pressure over all edges and corners.
Step 5: Removing the paper backing
- Allow the transfer to cool completely (at least 60 seconds) before removing the overlay paper.NOTE: Touch up portions of image by covering with overlay paper again and ironing over the area.
Step 6: Washing instructions
To keep the transfer looking great, follow these instructions:
NOTE: Wait at least 24 hours before washing.
- Turn the fabric inside out before washing.
- Machine was separately (first time only) in cold water with color-safe detergent.
- Remove the fabric promptly from the washer and dry on warm setting.NOTE: Leaving the wet fabric in the washer may cause the image to bleed.
- Dry the fabric on a warm setting.CAUTION: Do not iron over any areas of the fabric where the iron-on transfer material is present; the transfer will stick to the iron.
Step 7: Handling the transfer paper
To preserve the quality of the paper, always keep unused paper sealed in its original package. Store flat in a cool, dry place.
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