Make a T-shirt Transfer Using Publisher 2000

Did you know you can make iron-on designs for t-shirts using Publisher 2000 and a desktop printer? You can make t-shirt transfers for your:

  • Next business promotional, with your company logo and a unique advertisement.
  • Company bowling team, with your team name and slogan.
  • Upcoming family reunion, with pictures of your kids.

Almost any design you create in Publisher, such as a logo, sign, or label, can be transferred to a t-shirt. Just follow the steps below.

Step 1: Collect All the Materials and Equipment Needed

You will need:

  • A computer with Publisher 2000 installed.
  • A bubble jet or inkjet desktop printer.
  • Thermal t-shirt transfer paper for the type of printer you are using (purchased at office supply stores).
  • A household iron.
  • A pair of scissors.
  • A t-shirt. (For best results, use a preshrunk white or light colored t-shirt.)
Step 2: Create Your Design in Publisher

Decide on the message you want on your t-shirt. Then, create the design.

  • You can use clip art, elements from the Publisher Design Gallery, photos from your digital family album, and more.
  • If you use graphics from publications or the Web, be sure to get permission from the copyright owner by writing to the author, publisher, or Webmaster.
  • Set your publication size to 8.5 by 11 inches. The size of your design should fit the space where you want to add the transfer on your t-shirt. Common locations include the back of the shirt, above the breast pocket, and on the shirtsleeve.
  • Check how your design will look on the t-shirt before you print onto the transfer paper by printing the design on regular paper, trimming around the design, and laying the design on the t-shirt.
Step 3: Flip Your Design in Publisher

Before you print, flip the design horizontally using the Flip Horizontal button on the Formatting toolbar.

  • If your design includes text in a table or text frame, cut and paste the text into a WordArt frame and then delete the table or text frame. You cannot flip text frames or tables. You can flip WordArt, pictures, and clip art, and also shapes, objects, and lines drawn in Publisher or a separate drawing program.
  • When you finish with your design, group all the elements together. That way, your design elements are locked together, and flip as one object.
Step 4: Print Your Design on the Thermal Transfer Paper

Insert the transfer paper in your desktop printer. Then, follow the instructions that come with the transfer paper. Each type of paper has its own directions and tips.

Step 5: Trim the Paper and Iron the Design onto the T-shirt

Use the instructions that come with the transfer paper to trim your design and iron it onto your t-shirt.

For More Information

If you need help with a specific task in Publisher, please refer to Publisher Help. For help grouping objects, for example, click Microsoft Publisher Help on the Help menu, and then type How do I group objects in the Office Assistant or on the Answer Wizard tab.