T-shirt Transfer Help Page
Getting a proper print out of these images onto t-shirt transfer paper can be kind of a pain if you're not already familiar with doing it, so hopefully these instructions will be able to help you out.
First things first:
- If you don't have any already, you'll need to go to the local computer supply store to get some t-shirt transfer paper/sheets. They usually come in packs of 10 or 20 sheets, and can cost upward of $10 or $20 for the pack, so be prepared. T-shirt paper is NOT all the same, so when you go to the store, be sure to write down the model number and brand name of your printer, to make sure you get the paper that works with YOUR printer. Remember, only a wuss is too chicken to ask for help when needed. By the way, Avery T-shirt transfer paper is recommended by 8eestees.com.
- You'll also need a program that can print the large images to a single page. See below for getting an old version of LViewPro that works great for this.
- These images are pretty big, so you might have problems if your computer is old/slow or doesn't have much RAM. If you've got 16+ megs of RAM, you should be ok.
Now, let's DO IT!
- Read the instructions for your t-shirt transfers COMPLETELY before continuing.
- First, you need to pick out the image(s) you want to put on your t-shirt, and download them.
- If you have a program that can open these large images, and print them to a single page (fit to page), then use that program. Otherwise, you'll need to download an old beta version of LViewPro (376k) and follow the rest of these instructions. This program is for Windows machines. I apologize if you are using a Mac, and would appreciate any help you can share on getting this done for Mac users.
- You'll also need a copy of Winzip to extract the file for LView Pro.
- After installing Winzip (or if you have it already), extract the lviewp1b.zip file to a new directory.
- Run the program "lviewp1b.exe"
- Go to the "File" menu and choose "Open..."
- Use the file open window to locate and open the image you wish to print.
- Go to the "Options" menu and choose "Printer..."
- Don't touch the "Custom shrink/enlarge" slider at all, but make sure the "Fit to printer page" box IS checked, then click "OK"
- If the image is wider than it is tall, go to the "File" menu and choose "Printer Setup..."
- Choose "Landscape" as the image Orientation.
- If the image is taller than it is wide, make sure the orientation is "Portrait"
- Once you've got that all set, and you have followed the instructions for your printer and t-shirt transfer sheets, go the the "File" menu and choose "Print".
- Then, follow the instructions for your t-shirt transfer sheets to transfer the design to your shirt.
- YAY! Now you have a TF shirt!
If I missed something, or a step doesn't make sense or is confusing in some way, just contact me and I'll do my best to clear it up.