In the past the print shops were the ‘go to place’ for all printing needs, not only on documents but all others. Today, all has changed, because of the development of inkjet transfer paper for inkjet printers.
The process actually starts on the computer, where images are conceptualized and perfected. Once the image is deemed ready it is then sent to the inkjet printer for printing, which could be applied over fabric, smooth plastic or ceramic surfaces and even metals. The catch however, is all images must be printed over an inkjet transfer paper.
The inkjet transfer paper is a two sheet paper, where prints can be made on one surface and the other page as vessel for the printed images. After the images has been printed on the dull side, the paper is laid flat over the intended surface. That is the printed image directly laid face flat over the surface where it will be made to adhere to.
Heat it is then applied over the entire breadth of the inkjet transfer paper to allow the images to stick to the surface (fabric for instance). And once completed, the vessel paper is peeled off, leaving the image on the surface. If the vessel paper is removed while still hot, the images will retain a satin finish, and when cool a glossy finish.
When printing over inkjet transfer paper always configure the inkjet printer to print the mirror image. Otherwise you will seeing a reverse of the image, just like seeing frontal the the red letters of an ambulance. What is regularly used to transfer the images on surfaces, is a commercial presser, but in the absence of one, a flat iron will do.
Remember, printing of images over any surface is now possible with the entry of inkjet transfer paper for inkjet printers. Attention to details must however be observed in the use on inkjet transfer paper.