How to Print Photos on Bags

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How to Print Photos on Bags
Photos on bags make them individual. (bags image by Andrey Kiselev from

Printing photos on bags allows you to individualise them and create something for you or as a gift. Use canvas or cloth bags for the best results; these are generally large shoppers but it will work on smaller bags as long as they can be laid completely flat.

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Things you need

  • Plain canvas bags
  • Photo transfer paper
  • Iron
  • Colour printer

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    Click "Start," "All Programs," "Microsoft Office" and "Microsoft Word Processing." Open a new page. Set the page size to the same size as the photo transfer paper. For example, if the photo transfer paper is 10-by-8 inches, set the page size in Word to the same size. Go into "Page Layout" on the ribbon, then "Page size." Insert the required photo onto the page by clicking on "Insert," then "Picture." Choose from your pictures folder.

  2. 2

    Click "Print." Set the "Reverse Picture" option on your printer. If your printer does not have this option, reverse the picture using Microsoft Word Processing. Click on the image, then "Rotate" on the right in the ribbon. A menu will appear. Click on "Flip Horizontal;" this will switch the image the other way. This means when the photo is printed, it will be facing the right way.

  3. 3

    Set the printer properties to print photo and the right paper size. Print the photo onto plain paper to test it. Place the photo transfer paper in the printer. Check that the photo is on the right side. Print the photo.

  4. 4

    Heat the iron to temperature indicated on photo transfer paper instructions. Place the bag onto a flat surface or ironing board. Put the photo transfer paper with the photo face down onto the bag. Place it in exactly the right position. Iron over the back of the paper going right to the edges and press down hard onto the paper. The transfer should appear on the bag.

  5. 5

    Use other graphic software programs if you do not have Microsoft Office. These programs work equally as well. Examples are Adobe Photoshop, Serif Photo Plus and Microsoft Publisher. The photo needs to open on the screen, the page size set to match that of the photo transfer paper. Print from that screen. Follow the same instructions for printing and transferring the image onto the bags.

Tips and warnings

  • Ensure your colour printer will take the photo transfer paper. Test the image on plain paper before you use the photo transfer sheets.
  • The image will be ironed on face down so it needs to be reversed to appear the right way round.

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