Transfer paper is used to apply designs to other surfaces without drawing directly on the surface. They are coated with a preparation backing, which absorbs color and transfers the image when applied with heat or pressure. They are commonly used on fabric, plastic, and concrete surfaces. Images are sometimes hand-drawn onto the paper, but most transfer papers are now designed for electronic printing.
Types of Transfer Papers
Kinds of Transfer Papers include the following:
Inkjet transfer paper
Inkjet transfer paper is designed to absorb ink or toner from inkjet and laser printers.
They are usually applied facedown on the image and have to be printed in reverse.
Copier transfer paper
Copier transfer paper is used to transfer images from photocopy machines.
They are designed to withstand heat from the copier without melting the backing.
Peel-off transfer paper
Peel- off transfer paper has a removable top layer which is peeled off after the design is transferred.
The image is printed in original form and applied face-up onto the surface.
Choosing Transfer Papers (Buying tips)
Heat resistance: Choose transfer papers that can withstand exposure to heat from the printer. Make sure the backing is thick and properly applied to the surface. Look for those with protective overlays to keep the backing firm before printing.
Drying time: Look for a quick-drying transfer paper if you want to print several sheets, especially if you are using an inkjet printer. Drying time may be longer than in regular paper, but shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes per sheet.
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