I haven’t seen pics of what the Design Lab transfers actually look like on the doll, so I thought it would be good to share these.
The Design Lab is easy to use. The assorted transfers are meant to look best on different areas of the doll body & are coded w/symbols that indicate where they’re meant to go. There a number of faces, torso embellishments, designs for the limbs, and a few miscellaneous images, too. As you can see above, the face came out a little off-center when I used the Design Lab applicator as described. The applicator has various arrows on the design lab that are intended to help make sure that it’s centered, but it seems these didn’t work as well as intended. This was my first attempt, so I didn’t really expect it to be perfect. Overall, the design transfer was just ‘okay’, in my opinion. The colors are bright, the designs are sharp, the overall look goes w/MH’s general design aesthetic, and it has potential to be a really cute look. Aside from it being just plain off-center, you can see some cracks & wrinkles in the transfer. I think this is due to the mechanical force of using the Design Lab applicator. Maybe I pressed too hard, since it was my first attempt?
The instructions include directions for manual application, too, so I tried that technique when I gave her a tattoo on her upper arm:
The placement here is pretty much right where I wanted it. It’s (naturally) easier to center the design when you can actually see where it’s going & aren’t relying on the applicator to be properly centered. I like this technique better in general, so it’s likely what i’ll use when I re-do her face.