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What is the difference between mylar paper and transfer paper?

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March 14, 2013 12:17PM

Mylar vs. Transfer

Mylar is not a paper. It is more closely related to acetate. Although you can buy different gauges of acetate, generally mylar is heavier and used for a multitude of things. Tranfer paper, on the otherhand, is used to accept an image through a copying or printing technique using special inks for adhesion. The printed side is a mirrored image of the original art. When it is applied to the receiving element (like a t-shirt) the image is transferred in its' original appearance.
Do you remember the little houses at Christmas time with the lights inside and the shiny paper used as windows? That's what mylar is like. transfer paper has a rough kind of surface & comes in a multitude of colors to transfer a design onto a surface for say, to paint or do needlepoint. You can get transfer paper at Michaels or Joann fabrics.