Cutting Heat Press Transfer Paper
You’re not always going to need to cut heat press transfer paper. However, there are some times when it is absolutely necessary.
You’re most definitely going to need to cut heat press transfer paper when you’re making any kind of font. This is because the cut will leave behind a powder/resin like substance that will absolutely ruin your heat transfer. This is why it’s recommended that you use vinyl transfer paper when doing any kind of font press.
Vinyl transfer paper is so fast and easy to use that there really isn’t any reason not to use it. Yes, the cost of vinyl transfer paper is much more than regular heat press transfer paper, but you’re going to make that money back when you realize how much time and frustration you’ve saved.
When it comes to multi-color images, I do recommend that you use heat transfer paper. Doing any kind of multi-color work on vinyl is such a pain that it’s not worth it. Maybe when you’ve mastered the art of doing a heat transfer you can do this, but for the general user, it’s just not worth it.
You’re going to need to take the extra time to use heat transfer paper, but it’s worth it.
Recommendations for Cutting
Should you need to cut your heat transfer paper, I highly recommend that you do it against a level surface. Cutting the transfer paper in the air without any stability is a fast way to make an incorrect cut.
Also, it’s recommended that you make the cut against a straight edge, such as a ruler or a square. You want as much stability as you can get when making a cut.
If you’re cutting with scissors/sheers, you’re going to want them to be as sharp as possible. The sharper the scissors/sheers, the better the cut is going to be.
However, there are also cutting machines that you can get that will greatly reduce the mistakes that you make when cutting heat press paper. You may want to give them a shot.