It's nice that while using the computer, you'll also be constantly reminded of your loved ones just by viewing them through your mouse pad. If you're interested in keeping a favorite picture of family, special someone or of your beloved pet on your desk then you can easily create a personalized mouse pad.
It could also become a very nice and unique gift to share to someone. You can also add words or phrases and a beautiful background to your personalized mouse pads.
things you'll need:
- Time and Money
- Inkjet printer
- Blank mouse pad or pads (preferably foam)
- Inkjet iron-on transfer paper
- Image or graphic editing program or software
Buy blank pad or more and ink jet transfer papers. You can easily buy them online or offline and they are inexpensive especially if you can buy them on sale plus free shipping. Just research online and compare prices so that you can save money on this wonderful project.
Open the graphic editing design program or software on your computer. You need to re-size the blank document to match the size of the mouse pad or pads that you had bought. If you have older mouse pads then you could also base the size from it by measuring it using a ruler.
Mouse pads usually measure at about 9 inches by 7 inches or a little bit more. Just set the document size at around these sizes as well. Start to create your unique designs for your personalized mouse pads.
Choose your favorite photo then crop it about 9 inches by 7 inches. You can add graphics, different shapes and clip art using the available designs found in your image or graphic editing program or software.
Just cut and paste the pictures or clip art then add texts to the blank word processing document if you don't have the graphic editing design program or software on your computer. Start importing your clip art, pictures or graphics.
You can also use the import tool to add your own family pictures by clicking on the word "image". After that, choose to flip the image either horizontally or vertically then select "image transfer" and click "Ok".
Get your inkjet printer and put the iron-on transfer paper inside. Read and follow the instructions carefully that comes with your image or graphic editing program or software. Start printing your design on the sheet of your iron-on transfer paper.
You may also print out a sample of your design prior placing the iron-on transfer paper in order to see the result and by doing this, you may be able to decide if you want to adjust it or not.
Next, you need to turn the iron on, letting it to preheat based on correct temperature that was found on your transfer manual. Position your design face down over the mouse pad then iron the back of the transfer between 3-5 minutes or depending upon the suggested time that you were able to read from the transfer manual.
Select the high resolution setting in the printer setup then place the iron-on paper inside. You also need to set your printer for "print a mirror image" if this is available and assign the paper type either to coated paper or iron-on paper.
Print out your finished design if you think that the paper is in the printer facing in the right direction. After that, let the image cool down and dry for about 6-12 minutes. Peel off the paper backing and use scissors to trim or cut off the excess transfer paper around your design.
Plug your iron and be ready for the transfer process coming from the paper unto your mouse pad. Follow the temperature setting based on the manufacturer of your transfer paper. Set the iron to the right temperature and allow it to heat up. When it hits up, position the printed transfer facing side down on the blank mouse pad by trying to have a good estimate between the two.
Make sure that your mouse pad is placed on a hard surface properly aligned with the edges of the said mouse pad. Start pressing the iron on the pad with a good amount of pressure through a circular, even and forceful motion. Take note that a light pressure will not give you a clear image transfer as a result product of your personalized mouse pad.
Allow the mouse pad to cool completely before peeling away the transfer paper. Don't stop peeling the paper once you start so that it won't leave any marks or lines on your mouse pad.
Pull the paper away in a continuous pace and consistent motion probably between 2-3 seconds. Just follow the instructions of the transfer paper's packaging so that you'll feel confident in finishing this beautiful personalized mouse pad project.
Search online for a website that will allow you to download for your pictures or designs that you may pick for your personalized mouse pad. Select whether you want a photo and text on your mouse pad or if you want to create a collage.
If you'll choose the standard mode which is one photo and additional text then it could be cheaper compared to the collage mode which you're able to add multiple photos, texts, frames and additional backgrounds.
Select a file after browsing from those you have in your computer. Your file will be transferred individually and you need to wait for about a minute or two. Use the photo editor and tools so that you'll be able to auto correct anything that you want to.
If you want to change anything with your photos or files then you can do it by fixing red eyes, adjust them by cropping or add special color effects that the website may offer. Apply backgrounds like illustrations or motifs, place photo frames as well as decorations and write your own texts.
You can preview, save it and change as many times as you want before you submit it to the site and pay for it. Once you're done, select the quantity of the mouse pad then add it to your cart. View your shopping cart details and choose your shipping method before finalizing your order.
Tips & Warnings
The heat press can provide a good amount of pressure to the transfer paper compared to the iron. Although, if you want to make a very small number of items to give to a few people then it's ok to use the iron. The heat press can burn the image into the mouse pad that is why it could last for many years. The iron can make the correct heat but it will not provide the same pressure like what the heat press does.
Always test your final image or images on a blank piece of paper and be sure that it will print the right images on your 8 x 11 sheet of paper. You could also use the mirror feature in your graphic editing design program or software to flip the finished design so that it will look like the backward view, the same thing when you're looking into a mirror. Flip your finished design during your printer's page set up if you don't have the mirror feature on your graphic editing design program or software.
When designing the blank page, be sure that your pictures, clip art or texts all fit the parameter measurement before you "flip" it. Be sure to increase the length of the page's edges probably up to 1/4 inch to give more room for the transfer process once you begin designing the layout of your mouse pad.
Some of these websites that offer services for personalized mouse pads may usually have stain-resistant, cloth covered mouse pad with a high-density foam construction. It could stand up to the daily wear and tear due to constant use of the mouse pad. You can add photos, texts, beautiful backgrounds, and decorative effects and most of them are gift ready once your done with the designs.
It may take 3-7 business days for your mouse pad or pads to arrive at your doorstep once produced for standard shipping. Look for promotional codes before finalizing your order so that you'll be able to save some money. There are coupon code sites that could offer this service and could be used per order so do your own research.
Avoid printing your design without flipping it first because it will not appear in the right way. Make sure that the iron is moving around the mouse pad continuously for the right amount of time. Print only by using your printer's highest picture and text quality in order to avoid small marks or horizontal lines on your paper.
Only insert the transfer paper if you find the test that you had done was in good quality. Don't be in a hurry to insert the transfer paper with the printable side the wrong way because you'll just end up throwing your money away.
Take note that a heat press can give quality results compared to the iron even if you don't have a branded type of transfer paper. You can buy a small and cheap heat press and it could still offer a good result compared to the expensive iron that you may have.