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How to Use a Thermal Copier to Print Tattoo Stencils

Tattoo thermal copiers and thermal tattoo printers are helpful tools for creating tattoo stencils. In this article, we teach you how to use the two types of thermal printers/copiers we offer--Precision tattoo thermal copiers and ReproFX Spirit Pocketjet Burner thermal printers. We provide lists of the tools you'll need to use each type of tattoo stencil printer, written instructions and demo videos explaining how to use each piece of equipment, and suggested related products from our Tattoo Flash, Stencils & Accessories section.

by Emily Starkman Last Updated: April 5, 2022

Precision Tattoo Thermal Copier for Creating Tattoo Stencils Tattoo thermal copiers and thermal tattoo printers are helpful tools for creating tattoo stencils. We offer two types of thermal tattoo stencil printers, including our own Precision Portable Tattoo Thermal Copier and the ReproFX Spirit™ Pocketjet Burner thermal printer kit. You can use either one to make reverse image stencils that you can transfer onto a client’s skin to create a traceable outline of their chosen tattoo design. Learn how to use each of the thermal copiers we offer by reviewing the instructions below and watching the demonstration videos shown.

Using Your Precision Portable Tattoo Thermal Copier

What You’ll Need:

Precision Tattoo Thermal Copier Instructions:

  1. Plug the copier into a power outlet.
  2. Pull out a thermal copier paper packet from the package. It will containt a yellow sheet, a brown sheet sometimes referred to as the “onion”, and a carbon sheet all connected together.
  3. Open the lid of the tattoo thermal copier.
  4. Remove the brown “onion” sheet from between the carbon and yellow sheet.
  5. Grab just the yellow sheet from the remaining 2 sheets in the thermal paper packet, and feed it through the opening Stencil Stuff & Spray Stuff Combo Pack | Tattoo Stencil Transfer Products in the bottom of the copier’s lid from the back of the machine forward until it’s laying over top of the core of the copier.
  6. From behind the machine, look to make sure the purple carbon is facing down. If it isn’t, remove the yellow sheet, flip the packet over, and reinsert it into the copier lid’s opening.
  7. Pull the yellow sheet through the rest of the way until the crease of the paper (where it attaches to the carbon sheet) lines up with the edge of the lid as you close it.
  8. Lock the lid closed, and then fold back the yellow sheet, so that it lays over top of the thermal copier lid.
  9. Take a printout of your tattoo design, and feed it face-down into the slot in front of the copier’s lid.
  10. Press the “Copy” button on the machine.
  11. Peel back the carbon layer from the thermal copier paper packet, and voila! You now have a reverse copy of your tattoo design that you can apply to your client’s skin (once you’ve put on gloves) using a tattoo stencil transfer product like Stencil Stuff.

Using Your ReproFX Spirit™ Pocketjet Burner Thermal Printer

What You’ll Need:

ReproFX Spirit Pocketjet Burner Thermal Tattoo Printer Instructions:

  1. Connect your ReproFX Spirit Pocketjet Burner into a power outlet, and connect it to your PC via the USB cable included in the kit.
  2. Pull up your graphic image file on your PC. Reverse the image horizontally so that it prints backwards and displays properly once applied to your client’s skin.
  3. Remove either a classic or green Spirit thermal copier paper packet from its box.ReproFX Spirit Tattoo Thermal Printer Paper
  4. Fold the yellow sheet backwards along the perforated line, crease it, and then carefully tear off the yellow sheet.
  5. Remove the protective cover from the purple sheet of carbon paper, and throw it away. You should be left with a carbon sheet attached to a blank white sheet of paper.
  6. Feed the carbon paper sheet into the thermal tattoo printer face-down, so you see the white sheet attached to it from the top. The edge of the paper printed with “Made in the USA” is the preferred side to feed into the printer.
  7. Send your reversed tattoo design to the printer from your PC by selecting the “Print” option like you would with any other printer.
  8. Once the image has printed, remove the carbon sheet from the white sheet containing your tattoo design. You now have a reverse copy of your tattoo design that you can apply to your client’s skin.
  9. Cut out the tattoo stencil to make it as manageable as possible, so that you can line it up more carefully before sticking it to your client’s skin.
  10. Put on a pair of gloves, and apply either classic or green Spirit Stencil Transfer Cream to your client’s skin, depending on the type of Spirit thermal paper you used to print your tattoo design.
  11. Apply the cutout tattoo stencil over top of the transfer cream, with the carbon outline side facing down, and press gently until the paper fully absorbs the transfer cream.
  12. Pull back the paper, and your tattoo stencil is ready! You can now begin tattooing.

Other Helpful Tattoo Stencil Tools

Wacom Tablets and Wacom Pens for Creating Tattoo Stencils Digitally We offer a variety of other tattoo stencil tools that you may find useful in conjunction with your Precision portable tattoo thermal copier or ReproFX Spirit Pocketjet Burner thermal tattoo printer. Check out our extensive selection of flash art, tattoo stencil transfer products, sterile tattoo pen machines that you can use to hand draw on accents and additions to your printed tattoo stencils, tattoo light boxes, and thermal tattoo printer and thermal copier replacement parts. We also now offer Wacom tablets and pens that make creating tattoo stencils easier than ever before. You can get a drawing tablet that connects to a PC so you can see your designs on-screen as you create them, or you can get a Wacom tablet with a full graphical user interface incorporated into it. Use your Wacom tablet and pen to create perfectly-fitting tattoo stencils by overlaying your digital tattoo designs over photos of the body parts you’re going to tattoo and adjusting them digitally as necessary. Learn more about Wacom tablets and pens in our Wacom Tablets Bring Tattooing into the Digital Age article.Spirit Tattoo Stencil Transfer Cream | Tattoo Stencil Supplies

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