T-shirts for teams or clubs are always in demand. To help you save time and money, you can create your own designs and make your own T-shirts with Microsoft Publisher 2002. For example, you can make T-shirts for:
- A business promotional event, with your company logo and a unique advertisement.
- Company teams, such as bowling, softball, or soccer teams, with the team name and company logo.
- School teams or clubs.
- Family and friends, such as T-shirts with scanned pictures of your children as presents for the grandparents.
Materials you need
- A color bubble jet or ink printer
- Thermal T-shirt transfer paper
- A household iron
- A T-shirt
Note For best results, use a white or light-colored T-shirt. If you must use a darker color, try using light shades as the background for your logo design.
Creating your design with Publisher 2002
You can use clip art, graphic files, elements from the Publisher Design Gallery or images from a digital camera to create your design. One place where you can find thousands of images is the Clip Art and Media Web site. Set the margins for your design no greater than 8.5 inches by 11 inches. The size of your design and text must fit inside the space that is available on the thermal transfer paper.
Once you find a design you like, you can test the look and size by printing the design on regular paper, trimming away the excess paper, and then positioning the paper logo on a T-shirt to determine how it will look.
You can also add text to your design, if you like.
To add text to your design
- On the View menu, point to Toolbars and select WordArt. Then, in the WordArt toolbar that appears, click the Insert WordArt button.
- In the Word Art Gallery dialog box, under Select a WordArt style, click a style you like and then click OK.
- Enter your text in the Edit WordArt Text dialog box.
- Format your text by selecting from the Font and Size drop-down boxes, and then click OK.
- Click on your WordArt text to select it, and then drag it to where you want it in your design.
Creating your thermal T-shirt transfer
When you're happy with your design, you must flip the image to print it as a T-shirt thermal transfer. The thermal transfer will apply your logo as a mirror image, so your design must be reversed to appear correctly on the T-shirt.
To flip a design with no text
If your design has no text and is either clip art or an insertable graphics file (for example, .bmp, .gif, or .jpg), then follow these steps:
- Click the image to select it.
- On the Arrange menu in Publisher, point to Rotate or Flip and then click Flip Horizontal.
To flip a design with text
- Click outside the design, drag around the entire design (including the WordArt) to select it, and then on the Arrange menu, click Arrange.
- On the Arrange menu, point to Rotate or Flip and then click Flip Horizontal.
Ready to go
Now you can print the logo on the thermal transfer paper and apply it to your T-shirts.
Note Be sure to read and follow the manufacturer's directions for printing and applying the thermal transfer.