How to Get White Words on a Dark Shirt With T-Shirt Transfers

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A fun and creative way to express yourself is by making your own T-shirts. Advances in software and printing technology have made this easy. Using T-shirt transfers, you can put nearly any printable image or text onto a shirt. You can use both light- and dark-colored shirts, depending on what you want to put on them. You can put white words on a dark shirt using T-shirt transfers by following a few steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Dark T-shirt
  • Dark T-shirt transfer sheet
  • Computer with word-processing program
  • Laser-jet printer
  • Smooth, waist-high surface
  • Iron

Print the Transfer

  • Select a T-shirt transfer sheet. There are several types available. Make certain to choose a transfer sheet that is specifically created for use on dark-colored T-shirts. Avery brand transfers are among the most popular and are used in the following steps. Because most T-shirt transfer sheets are 8 1/2 by 11 inches, you can use a word-processing program, such as Microsoft Word, to add images and text.

  • Type the text that you want to transfer onto a blank word-processing or desktop-publishing document. Adjust the font size to your desired size and change the text color to white.

  • Print the transfer using an inkjet printer.

Prepare to Transfer

  • Select a flat, smooth surface to use (but not an ironing board). Place a large piece of cloth, like a pillowcase, on the surface. Set the iron to the "cotton" setting.

  • Remove the paper backing from the transfer sheet, starting from one of the corners. Do this slowly to avoid tearing the transfer.

  • Place the T-shirt on top of the cloth on the flat surface.

Applying the Transfer

  • Place the transfer sheet on the T-shirt with the text face-up. Cover the transfer with the ironing tissue paper that was included with the transfers.

  • Iron the transfer onto the T-shirt for 30 seconds to 3 minutes, depending on the size (consult the transfer instructions). Move the iron over the transfer sheet evenly while applying pressure.

  • Remove the T-shirt from the ironing surface. Allow it to cool for two to three minutes. Peel the ironing tissue paper from the T-shirt. Perform this slowly and evenly to avoid tearing the transferred text.

  • Wash the garment prior to wearing it. Follow the instructions for your particular garment. This action will help to avoid the any ink bleeding into your transferred text.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid using Laser-jet printers to print your image to your transfer, as they may damage the transfer or the printer.

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