When using some heat transfer papers, inkjet papers which are not self-weeding, the entire sheet will transfer, leaving a 'white box' around your image, creating an unsightly, visible outline. To achieve a 'border-free' transfer, you can do one of the following:
- Some papers, especially the light fabric transfer papers such as JetPro SofStretch and TechniPrint EZP, have very light backgrounds and the effect of the transfer's border can be reduced with trimming by hand with a pair of scissors and a lot of patience. It is, however, a time-consuming process that can be tedious and often imperfect.
- Another common method of removing the background/white border from around the image is using a vinyl cutter to trim around the outer edge of the printed image so that the excess can be weeded away much like heat transfer vinyl. This requires a vinyl cutter that has an optical eye as well as design software capable of setting up and printing registration marks with the image.
- You can switch to laser heat transfer printing. Most laser transfers on the market transfer ONLY your image, such as the Digi-Trans and ImageClip for light fabrics, as well as ImageClip Laser Dark and ImageClip Koncert T's. This method does have its limitations, however, as these types of border-free transfers are not great for transferring photographs or images with gradients or very light colors unless you have a white toner printer. Make sure that your laser printer doesn't run too hot or cold as the proper fusing temperatures are required for thicker media.