Graphic tees were popular in the 1980s. Recreate the look using an iron-on decal or t-shirt transfer paper and a home printer.
- Find or create an image
For an easy option, purchase a vintage iron-on decal, which can be found on eBay or specialty websites. To create your own design, research t-shirt designs from the period, and make your own design in a photo-editing or design program. Popular t-shirt designs from the period feature movies, music, sports, cars and television shows. If making your own design, remember to create a mirror image, so the design displays correctly once ironed.
- Print your design
Most t-shirt transfer paper comes with a link to download a template. Use the template to create a print-ready file of your design. Once the design has been finalized, print the file onto the transfer paper using an ink jet printer.
- Trim the design
If your design does not fill the paper, trim it down to remove the excess paper.
- Lay out the t-shirt
Place the t-shirt onto an ironing board or other appropriate surface.
- Position the decal
Place the decal or iron-on transfer face down onto the shirt.
Following the heat settings provided with the decal or paper, iron the design onto the t-shirt. Once ironed, remove the backing paper to reveal the completed t-shirt.