What is heat transfer printing?
Heat transfer printing, is printing technique that uses a vinyl to transfer the image onto your product. This is a specialty vinyl polymer that can be used on certain fabrics and materials to create designs and promotional products. It comes in a roll or sheet form with an adhesive backing so it can be cut, weeded, and placed on a substrate for heat application.
How will heat transfer printing benefit me?
Heat transfer has become very popular over the years for t-shirt printing. Its a fast and easy way to get something printed. This is also the most cheapest printing method we have. When you use the heat transfer method, you don’t pay a setup fee and you can use any number of colours. Light and dark colour garments are both an option.
Heat transfer printing works on almost any kind of fabric. The only fabrics we don’t like to print onto is lycra, spandex or nylon. Lycra, spandex or nylon either burn under our press, leave burn marks or the printing falls off. Our vinyl is durable, but only up to a certain point. It will all depend on how you look after your product after its been printed.
With heat transfer vinyls, you have various options available. There are the normal colours that are sort of a matte. Its not that shiny but not completely matte. We have glitters, carbon fiber, reflective, glow in the dark, flock (feels like velvet), starflex, foils and much more. All these vinyls are specialty vinyls and you will not be able to get the same finish with any other printing technique.
The specialty vinyls are more expensive than our normal colours. We custom quote you based on the vinyl you are looking for as well as the quantity and size will make a difference in the price. There is also have a printable heat transfer vinyl which is used if your design contains more than one colour. Any amount of colours is welcome to be printed with printable heat transfer.
With heat transfer, we don’t just print onto t-shirts, we can print onto bags, hoodies, sweaters etc.
For a unique style, we would recommend heat transfer printing for you.
What are the downside to heat transfer printing?
You cannot iron over a printed area that is done with heat transfer. This will damage the print. The print does have a feel to it. Meaning that you will be able to feel the print on the shirt, but don’t worry. It does not feel that heavy and plasticky the way it did years ago. Heat transfer does have a shorter lifespan than the other printing techniques we have available.