Last Updated on April 1, 2022 by Andrew Chapman
Do you feel it intricate to print on ceramic plates? Or are you unable to get the high-resolution image? Or your color wipes away? Sometimes it happens because of the inappropriate way that you are adopting. To print on ceramic plates, you must take some steps to have a high-quality image or design.
And for that reason, you have to stick with this article. This article will make you understand how you have to print on ceramic plates without any mistakes. And also, the quality of the image will be just outstanding. So, do not divert your attention and check out this article to learn some significant steps.
How to Print on Ceramic Plates
You know what to print on ceramic plates, you can adopt various methods, but the easiest of them is none other than Transfer Paper Method. This method makes it easier and enjoyable to print, but of course, like every process, there are some dos and don’ts of this Transfer Paper Method. So, first of all, grab a few things required for this method and then start it.
- Sublimation Printer
- Transfer Paper
- Clear Acrylic Spray (Optional)
So, without further discussion, let’s dive deep into the Steps of the Transfer Paper Method!
Step 1 – Print Your Design on Transfer Paper
Transfer paper is easily accessible in your nearby store, or you can even order it online. It is a standard-size paper that can quickly get fit in your home printer. If you cannot fit it into your printer, you can check out your printer manual for information. Transfer paper is unique and used in ceramics printing because it features an opaque backing.
This opaque backing of transfer paper peels off by soaking it in warm water. And it leaves behind a transparent film that sticks to ceramic plates to give you your favorite design. Remember that you must not reverse the image while using transfer paper. This technique will work well whether you choose a high resolution, low resolution, bright, or dark and white photo.
- Choose your favorite image and put it on transfer paper.
- You do not have to reverse the image.
- Resize the image to fit correctly on transfer paper.
Step 2 – Let Your Image Dry
The second step is nothing but waiting. You have to wait for approximately 60 minutes to let your image dry. If you don’t let your image dry properly, the ink will wipe away upon soaking in water. And you will not have your desired results. So, wait and let your image dry completely to get better results.
- Wait patiently for about 60 minutes.
- Let your image dry well to avoid any hassle.
Step 3 – Apply Coats of Acrylic Spray
Check out the instructions given with your transfer paper. According to those instructions, if it is necessary to do this step, go for it. Place your transfer paper on a smooth cardboard surface to perform this step accurately. After that, fetch an acrylic spray from a nearby hardware store and shake it as instructed. Spray a quick and even coat on your image and let it dry for about 15 minutes.
- Place your transfer paper on a smooth surface.
- Spray an even coat.
- Let it dry for straight 15 minutes.
- And then repeat the process.
Note: This process is only doable if mentioned in the transfer paper description.
Step 4 – Cut Closely Around Perimeter
Now cut the image with the help of sharp scissors. You must cut by following the contour of the image precisely. It would be best if you did not aim for more than a 0.125 in (3.2 mm) boundary around the perimeter. Moreover, straight-edged photos are more accessible to cut than angled or curved perimeters.
- Use sharp scissors to cut the image.
- Follow the edges and do not leave more than 0.125 in (3.2 mm).
Step 5 – Soak the Image
Now soak the image in warm water. Keep in mind that all the instructions regarding the soaking of transfer paper have been mentioned on the description paper that comes with it. Follow those instructions according to the brand. Mostly they recommend warm water, and you have to soak the image in that water for a straight 1 minute.
- You have to dip the image in warm water for about 1 minute.
- Follow the instructions given on Transfer Paper for soaking as it varies from brand to brand.
Step 6 – Peel Off the Backing
Now it is time to peel off the backing. When you soak the cutout in warm water, you will easily peel off the backing with your thumbnail. If you still feel it difficult to peel off the backing, you can soak it up for 30 seconds more to make it easier.
- Now you need to peel off the backing of the transfer paper with your thumbnail.
- If you cannot peel off, soak for 30 seconds more.
Step 7 – Place the Image on the Ceramic Surface
The next step is to lay the image on the ceramic surface smoothly. And now you have to check out if there are any wrinkles or bubbles. You can gently rub your thumb from the center of the cutout to the edges smoothly to set the image. The smoother the surface, the better the image will get transferred.
- Now you have to place the image on the smooth ceramic surface.
- Finish out all the wrinkles and bubbles by rubbing your thumb.
Step 8 – Let your image Dry Completely
You need to let your image dry for at least 30-60 minutes. But you must follow the instructions given on the transfer paper. Image quality is essential to consider; it must be of high quality. Avoid eating on the plates where the acrylic spray is get used because it is dangerous for your health. Most of the time, these plates are only used for decoration.
- Let your image dry for about 30-60 minutes.
- The quality of the image should be superb.
- Avoid eating on plates where the acrylic spray is getting used.
- Wash these plates with warm water.
The bottom line is printing on ceramic plates is relatively more straightforward if you choose this method known as Transfer Paper Method. First of all, you need to buy a good quality Transfer Paper from a nearby store. After that, you have to choose your favorite image and place it on the transfer paper. Remember, You do not have to reverse the image side, but you can resize it to adjust correctly.
After that, you have to let your image dry to get better results for about 60 minutes. You can spray even coats of acrylic spray on the image to get more good results on ceramic plates. Then allow your spray to dry for 15 minutes and repeat the process (remember this step is additional, only if mentioned on the Transfer Paper description). After that, you have to cut the picture precisely by following the contours.
Now, soak the picture in water for about one minute and start peeling off the backing. Now lay the picture on a smooth ceramic surface and remove all the wrinkles and bubbles by rubbing your thumb. Let your image dry entirely for about 60 minutes, and then witness the excellent results.
Hopefully, this article will help you learn how to print on ceramic plates effectively!