A Buyer’s Guide to The Best Heat Transfer Paper
Tired of creating designs that end up splitting down the middle or getting wrinkled and looking odd? The solution isn’t in how your transferring but in the quality and type of transfer paper you are using. To make it easy on you I’ve compiled a list of the best heat transfer papers you should use to produce higher quality and long-wearing images.
WHAT IS A HEAT TRANSFER PAPER?
A certain type of thin paper or polymer that usually has a coat of wax and pigment. It is used mostly for arts and crafts iron on projects for transferring images that are digitally printed on fabric items.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING HEAT TRANSFER PAPER?
● minimal equipment
● Low cost per transfer
● Prints on any type of garment
● Clean transfers
Here some of the best Heat Transfer papers.
NEENAH 3G JET-OPAQUE REVIEW
After receiving their first patent in 1980, they have been known to be the leader in the heat transfer industry. The 3G Jet Opaque paper has been ranked the best heat transfer paper for dark shirts as it uses an opaque layer that lets you make professional-looking images for darker fabrics. It is easy to use an comes with about 100 sheets measuring at 11” by 17”.
JET-PRO SOFTSTRETCH TRANSFER REVIEW
This transfer paper is designed to be used on lighter fabrics but you can still use it on dark fabrics as well. Its unique feature is that it allows you a little room for stretching. Many transfer papers crack easily due to stretching so using this particular brand will give you the assurance that your transfers will happen efficiently.
PHOTO IMAGECLIP REVIEW
Using a laser printer? This transfer paper is used especially for t-shirt printing and is known for its high photo quality image transfers. It is meant to use for light colored fabrics only and works best with tight weave items especially with sweatshirts. The best quality is that it’s super fast and easy to use and leaves you without worry when it comes to messing up your prints in the transfer process. It also offers weedless transfers meaning you don’t have to trim any unwanted space.
AVERY HEAT TRANSFER PAPER REVIEW
This brand is famous for offering great quality at an affordable price. They also have an option for dark colored t-shirts as well. The Avery 08938 is one of their best sellers as it comes in a pack of 18 at only $15. They are designed to give professional results with 100% cotton/poly blended fabrics. Their color shield formula makes sure that your colors will stay bright and the prints will hold up for a long time!
CRAFTOPIA HEAT TRANSFER PAPER REVIEW
Are you a beginner when it comes to heat transfers? This brand might just be perfect for you! If you don't want to spend a large amount of change on your transfers especially for the first couple of times you should definitely switch to Craftopia. It is a 25-foot roll with a width of 12 inches. This gives you little to no limitations on what you can do. All that’s needed is a good printer and heat press. The paper is transparent making it easy to see where you will make your intended transfer. It also has visible one-inch square grinds allowing you to make transfers without all the markings you’d have in a gridless transfer. This makes for a speedy, easy, and fun transfer!
**HEAT TRANSFER: Which Machine Should I Buy?
Super Deal PRO 12" X 10" Digital Swing Away Heat Press Heat Transfer Sublimation Machine
What are your favorite heat transfer paper brands? Leave some more suggestions in the comments below!