FAQs about Photo Transfer Paper / Sheets
The following is need to know information for printing an image to a photo transfer sheet.
by Sharla Hicks ©2001
Photo Transfer is a two-step process:
There are two ways to reverse/mirror an image:
NOTE: Your printer may not have a reverse/image setting, in that case see if selecting media/paper type prints reverse. If not, then you will need to reverse/mirror the image in a graphic program.
Preparing to Print by Adjusting the Printer Settings:
Check image quality. Many times what you see is not what you get when you print. The printout maybe dull, to dark or light, or not sharp enough. If you have a printer calibration choice in your graphic program, use it to help align more closely what you see with with what you get when your print.
If your program does NOT allow printer calibration then adjust the printer. Making a few adjustment to Printer Picture quality can make a difference. Look for an area in your printer or graphic program that allows the adjustment of halftone type. Below are examples from 2 different printers. Remember, each printer's adjustments will look different, but most have similar settings. Probe around the Printer dialogue box until you unearth the settings you may need.
Here are a couple more setting to look for that allow you to make color adjustments. Again, remember every printer is different. Here are some examples of adjustments that you may find.
Ready to Print:
Transfer image to project:
Before Applying to Fabric:
To remove Transfer Paper
After Paper Side of Transfer Removed:
After Care: Washing and Ironing instructions for completed Transfer Project:
The scanner is a tool that allows you to take a picture that computer understands. Scanned images can be used as Clipart, desktop wallpaper, watermarks, fabric in quilting software, instructions in class handouts, and many other wonderful ways.
The scanner uses a scanner interface program that directs you through the scanning process. In most cases the scanner interface must use another a secondary graphic program to complete its mission. For the purposes of this article, I will refer to the secondary program as the first destination graphic program.
The first destination graphic program takes the scanned image from the scanner interface software, creates a new window with the picture/scan and then you can perform tweaks like size, color, add special effects and other options.
The tweaked file is then saved and is ready to be imported into the final destination software like quilting software and desktop publishing programs like Word, Word Perfect, Word Start, Ventura, Publisher, and many more.
Scanners can interface with graphic programs like IrfanView (a freeware download available here on our website), Adobe Illustrator, Paint, CorelDraw, Corel Photo-Paint, PhotoPaint, Paint Shop Pro, Fireworks, or other graphic programs. Some are very sophisticated and do all kinds of manipulations -- others are simpler. IrfanView (a freeware available here on our website) is one such "destination" program that is simple and easier to use than most.
1. To setup your scanner interface so that it will interact with the first destination graphic program, look for something that says, Scan, Select Source, Select TWAIN or something along those lines. These options are usually found under the File Menu. The option called Twain refers to the drivers (software connectors) that allow the scanner interface program to talk to the first destination graphic program.
2. To scan the image into the first destination graphic programs look in the same place and find the option usually called AQUIRE. When you make the selection, it automatically open the scanner interface software.
3. In the Interface Scanner Software, select all options for the scanning. (See Part 2 below for scanning fabrics options.)
4. When the scan is complete, the software will import the scanned image to a NEW window in the first destination graphic program. Now the scanned image is ready for editing to a new size, color, add manipulations and special effect.
5. THEN save the tweaked scan in a format that the final destination program can use. (Click here for details on tweaking the scanned fabrics or other images.)
6. In order
to use the tweaked scan that you have saved. Import it to the the final
destination program. Final destination programs would be quilting
software, e-mail, desktop publishing programs like Word, Word Perfect, Word Star,
and Publisher and others. NOTE: Each program manual and the online help
files will have instructions on how to import a file. To find the instructions,
go to the Table of Contents, Index or Online Help Files and use Search.
PROBLEMS WITH INKJET SMEARING ON TRANSFER PAPER (Especially with Epson Printers when using Cannon transfer paper)
Gloria Hansen co-author of the book, Quilter's Computer Companion, writes: I have an Epson 800. Epson has a new driver (you can download it through their web page -- www.epson.com) that purports to help with transfer smearing problems. I found that regardless of the new driver, Epson's ink smears on Canon transfer paper (I've had great results with Canon paper on other printers), although you can lessen the smearing by using either the transparency setting or the photo quality glossy setting. Also, don't print over 720 dpi.
Interestingly, I've tried a couple different "no-name" brands of image transfer paper that I purchased at computer fairs. They each worked great -- as in absolutely NO smearing and very sharp images. So, if you've only tried Canon, try another brand. Good luck!