How to Create and Print Iron-On Graphics for T-Shirts Using Software

by Matthew Burley

Creating an iron-on graphic for a T-shirt can be a cheap and simple method to generate custom clothing designs. Whether you are looking to start your own T-shirt company or print multiple T-shirts for a team or event, all that is required is a computer, some software, a printer and a special type of paper for the graphics. With these tools, it is possible to generate your own design in a few steps.

Create and Print a T-Shirt Transfer Using Photoshop

Navigate to the Softonic Photoshop download page and click the blue "Download" link at the top of the screen.

Select the "Save" option and choose a location for the file. Double-click the downloaded file, then follow the prompts from the installation wizard until it is finished. Launch the Photoshop application.

Click "File" at the top of the screen, then choose the "New" option. Click the drop-down menu next to "Width" and select the "Inches" option.

Type the values for the "Width" and "Height" to correspond to the desired size of your t-shirt's image, then click the "OK" button.

Add elements to your image using the tools in the toolbar on the left of the screen. The "T" symbol can be used to add text. The brush symbol can be used to draw designs. You also can click "File" at the top of the screen and choose the "Open" command for a different image file that can be added to the design.

Click "Image" at the top of the screen, then select the "Rotate Canvas" option. Choose "Flip Canvas Horizontal."

Click "File" at the top of the screen and choose the "Save As" option. Type a name for your file, then choose a location on your computer for the file. Click the drop-down menu next to "Format" and select the "JPEG" option and click the "Save" button.

Insert iron-on transfer paper into the printer. Determine which side of the paper your printer will print the graphic on.

Navigate to your created image and choose "Print."

Create and Print a T-Shirt Transfer with GIMP

Navigate to the GIMP download page, then click the "Download GIMP" link at the top of the screen. Select the "Save" option, then choose a location for the file. Double-click the downloaded file, then follow the prompts from the installation wizard until it is finished. Launch the GIMP application.

Click "File" at the top of the screen, then choose the "New" option. Click the drop-down menu next to "Height" and select the "Inches" option. Type the values for the "Width" and "Height" options to correspond to the size of your T-shirt image, then click the "OK" button.

Add elements to your image using the tools in the toolbar on the left of the screen. The "A" symbol can be used to add text. The brush symbol can be used to draw designs. You also can click "File" at the top of the screen and choose the "Open" command to open an image file and copy that to your design.

Click "Image" at the top of the screen, then select the "Transform" option and choose "Flip Horizontally." Click "File" at the top of the screen and choose the "Save As" option. Type a name for your file and add ".jpg" to the end of it to save the file as a JPEG. Select a location on your computer for the file, then click the "Save" button.

Insert your iron-on transfer paper into the printer. Determine which side of the paper your printer will print the graphic on. Navigate to your created image, then choose "Print."

Tip

  • check Some printers have a special setting that makes t-shirt design simpler. Right-click on your printer from the "Printers" option in "Control Panel" and choose the "Printing Preferences" option. Click the drop-down menu for "Media" or "Paper" and see if there is a "T-shirt Transfer" setting. If so, this setting automatically creates a mirror image of your design, negating the need for graphics software.

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About the Author

Matthew Burley has been a writer of online content since 2005. You can view many of his articles on associatedcontent.com. Burley holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Arizona State and a Master of Science in computer information systems from the University of Phoenix.