Working with Images

Finding Images

Images may be selected from the internet or scanned from other sources. Your students are probably already experienced in searching the Internet.

An important point is that very small images, a low number of kilobytes in size (generally <30 kilobytes), will not look good when processed for this purpose.

Sources that are generally good starting places include:

Google Images:

Images from NOAA:

An image resource of public use images from the Wikipedia:

Other good sources can be personal photographs, or scanned images from books and magazines.

Editing Images

Images may be edited using any program such as Photoshop, Picasa (a free download), Paint, or Power Point. Your students are probably experts, so consult them when you need help.

Things to consider when doing this editing include:

Prepare to Print

Print out photos on regular paper to check for correct size, color and placement on the paper. Do this before printing on the tee shirt transfer iron-on sheets to avoid surprises. This test print can also be laid out on the fabric to see how the finished product will look. Play with color, position and design until you like the end result.

Keep in mind that if the image includes text or a map that the photo will usually need to be printed in reverse. To do this: Go to Print, click on Properties, choose Features and then select Mirror Image.


Print out the image on transfer paper and cut out. Cut out with rounded edges. Rounded edges seem to iron more securely to the fabric and are less likely to get caught on objects.


Most images on Google come with the warning that “image may be subject to copyright”. Check on the web page for registration marks or copyright at the bottom of the page. In general copyright protections have been most carefully enforced for instances of commercial use.

This is particularly true when this might lead to financial loss to the owner of the copyright. Limited use for educational purposes often, but not always, falls under “fair use” doctrine.

Use common sense, and your local resources and precedents to decide whether any of the images should not be used for this project.