Instructions and help for printing and making your T-shirt
The artwork for each T-shirt is designed to be printed on A4 (European) or US Letter sized paper. The artwork appears back-to-front in the pdf file, so that it will appear correct when transferred onto the T-shirt. The artwork is provided at a size suitable for a regular men’s t-shirt, but you may wish to reduce the design to suit the size of your T-shirt. You can do this before you print, by changing the scale percentage from 100%. This can be found in the ‘Page Setup box’, in the File menu. Print the artwork onto plain paper until you are happy with the size.
You will need to use a special inkjet iron-on transfer paper. This is inexpensive, and widely available from suppliers of inkjet papers, such as computer superstores. Follow the instructions of how to use the iron-on paper included in the pack. This will explain the best settings for your colour inkjet printer, how to iron the transfer onto your garment, and may also recommend washing instructions. The instructions supplied with the paper may tell you to transpose the printing (flip horizontal) so it does not appear back to front when ironed on. It is not necessary for you do this, as the artwork is supplied already transposed. To see how the process works you may wish to first make a trial using an old T-shirt or piece of cotton cloth.
When you have printed the artwork, you should cut it out, following the edge of the design closely, before you iron-on the transfer. Most designs will work best on white or light coloured T-shirts. Some designs may feature a back and front design. If the front design and back design fit onto one sheet of paper, then you will need to print just one page, then cut out the two items and iron on separately.
If you would prefer, or if you are unable to print the transfer yourself, then you may be able to have this done for you at a local photo developing bureau, or a copy shop. Check with them to see if they can make a T-shirt print from an image supplied on disc. If you are unable to supply the pdf file to them on a compatible disc, then you may be able to e-mail the file as an attachment.