Window clings can be made to celebrate the holidays, used in advertising for a small business or event, or even be placed on a car window. While commercial window clings can be purchased for many of these events, homemade designs can be personally customized to reflect and express their purpose. Cling transfer paper is relatively inexpensive and can be found online and at office supply stores. Select a base color such as white if you do not intend to have transparent clings. Printing can be done with a standard home inkjet printer.
Things You'll Need
- Cling sheets
- Inkjet printer
- Design software
- Scissors or razor knife
Create a design on your computer using graphics and photo editing software like Photoshop, GIMP, Paint, Illustrator, Picasa or Paint Shop Pro. Save a final draft that you intend to print.
Flip the image in reverse. Software packages have different methods for mirroring the image for transfer. If you are using PhotoShop on a PC, select File, then Print, then Page Setup, then Advanced Setup and then Mirror Image.
Print the design on regular printer paper to check for resolution and image quality. Tweak the image within the software to correct any flaws in the design. Repeat the process of checking the image on paper and adjusting the image until the design is perfect.
Load printer with the number of window clings you intend to print. Print the image on the window cling. Avoid touching the cling for two to three minutes while the ink settles on the surface.
Cut out the window cling around the outside edge of the design. Use scissors or a razor knife, making sure that the cutting is done neatly and on the extreme outside edge of the design.
Tips & Warnings
- If you intend to print many clings with the same design, copy and paste the image several times in the graphics software.
- Leaving a little extra clear window cling around the design will look fine, but when using opaque or translucent clings, sloppy cuts can make the design look bad. Try to avoid cutting into the design if possible.
- To apply the clings, clean the window thoroughly and allow any residual cleaning solution to evaporate. Peel the backing off the cling and stick to the window, starting at the top and pressing out any wrinkles or bubbles on the way down. Save the backing in case you'd like to reuse the window cling at another time.
- White will not print on most transfers, including window clings.
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