Photo Printer Paper The Ultimate Guide

The world of photo printer paper is moving forward in a rate not too dissimilar to other aspects of photography such as digital capturing, lighting and lens technology. Most photographers will need to print their work at some point at which point it will be helpful to come to terms with the most recent options for true photo paper printing.

Brands – Perhaps the biggest misconception relates to your choice of photo printer paper brand. Most users consider their only option to be that of the brand of their printer. In reality, printer manufactures do not produce photo paper. It is the work of external supplier who specializes in the chemical knowhow that coats the paper to create ‘photo paper’.

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Sublimation Transfer Paper

Sublimation transfer paper contains a polyester coating that captures the ink. In order for successful printing, however, the surface of the printable material must also contain polyester or polymer.

  •   Transfer Paper for Soft Surfaces—Commonly used for digital sublimation printing on fabrics, paper, and other soft materials.
  •   Transfer Paper for Hard Surfaces—Used to print on wood, plastic, and other coated materials with hard surfaces.
  •   Multi-Purpose Transfer Paper—Used to print on both soft and hard surfaces. Tends to be more expensive.
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    Inkjet T-Shirt Transfer Paper...

    Our Clear Inkjet Transfer Paper will show image and text with greater clarity. Inkjet Transfer Paper for Light Fabric does just that. It is made with a translucent membrane onto which you can print your image, design and/or text, in mirror image. You then place the transfer paper onto the fabric (facedown) and apply using heat from either a home iron or a professional heat press. If applied correctly, the result will be a good quality image that is soft, flexible, with a clear background, and all without excessive trimming. There are however certain conditions that must be met in order to achieve maximum transparency:

  •   If your design/image does not take up the majority of the transfer paper, it’s a good idea to trim some of the excess off, especially around the circumference. It is advisable to leave a edge of approximately a quarter of an inch.
  •    For maximum transparency, you must use on white colored fabric only. Since the membrane is translucent and not completely clear, if applied to white fabric, the result will be only your image/design will be present. On white fabric, any unprinted translucent transfer paper will blend in with the the white background. The result will be more of a ‘shadow’, clear and no color, but barely or ever so slightly visible.
  •    The darker or heavier the image/design, the better the results. That is to say if your image/design is black or a very dark or rich color (say deep red, dark green etc), it will stand out more, making the background less visible.

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