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Shirt design printing?

im currently going to start making some t-shirts and have a few questions
-can i put the t-shirt on a flat piece of plywood and use a iron to put the t-shirt transfer on?
-will the iron burn the t-shirt transfer?
-and can i print out a design on the transfer with regular computer ink?

I made some T-shirts & sweatshirts for my motor cycle club with these & found then very easy to use.
The more solid the surface the better but do try to ensure you are not ironing over the edges of the board too much as this can cause mis-shaping of the fabric.
Always do some test pieces first, I used two different transfer papers some for a transparent background on light colours & another for dark colours, this one is a plain white sheet & it is worth remembering that any area that has no ink on it will either come out white on your shirt or will have to be cut out before you iron it on.
It may say that you should iron it over for around 30 seconds but I found that this time can be dramatically reduced dependant on your fabric, your iron & the size of your transfer, most of mine were only about 3" across & took as little as 4 seconds even with the iron on a medium heat, it is for this reason I suggest you do some test pieces first before you move onto your shirts as you will only get one try at.
As for inks as steveastrouk says they are designed to be used with inkjet printers so you should be fine all I would suggest is that you check your ink levels before you start, I usually run a head clean before I start.
Just follow the instructions & don’t forget to keep in mind that some of these transfers need a reversed image, I once produced an entire sheet of 3” patch sized transfers that will look great providing they are viewed in a mirror lol :-)
Hope they come out well for you.
Here's some instructions on how to make a large ironing pad using plywood.  Honestly, I want to make one myself because traditional ironing boards are a bit tricky to use for every garment or linen.

Just follow the directions that come with the transfer sheets.  It will explain the iron setting you need to use and how to print the design.

Alternatively, you can create your own screen printing rig for a more durable print.
  Transfers come off quite easily, and screen printing ink lasts a whole lot longer and allows for much larger designs than what you can do with a printer.
Read the instructions that come with the stencils.
The ones I used needed a hot iron on an ironing board, and a layer of cotton between the iron and the stencil.
It won't burn unless you have the iron set wrong.
The whole point of the iron-on inkjet stencils is they use ordinary ink-jet colour.