Heat transfer printing is the process of applying heat transfer materials to various items (i.e., substrates) with a heat press. Heat-applied materials contain a heat-sensitive adhesive on one side; when heat is applied by a heat press to the material, the material adheres to the substrate. There are a large variety of transfer materials depending on the substrate/material of the product you are applying it to. The most common types are…
Vinyl Transfers - uses a print and plotter method. The design is printed on white vinyl and then precisely custom die cut to the shape of the design and heat pressed onto the product. This type of transfer is what you most commonly see on sport jerseys, shirts or heavier/thicker materials.
Screen Print Transfers - is when a design is screen printed onto transfer paper and then heat pressed onto the product. They are very soft, stretchable, weedless transfers. Similar to True Edge (below) but cannot achieve as fine of detail.
True Edge Transfers - is a cutting-edge heat transfer process that provides superior clarity and precision.
Can reproduce freestanding text as small as 8 point
Precision alternative to "sticker" or "label" appearance
Access to locations that can't be reached with embroidery hoop
4-color process or spot color
Good alternative to embroidery for thin garments
No contours required
Mixed Media* is available on select garments with a True EdgeTM Transfer overlay on laser.
Digitally Printed Transfers - your custom logo or design is digitally printed (in full color) onto transfer paper and then thermally transferred from the paper to your fabric using heat and pressure. There are an abundance of different materials that can be used depending on the material these will be applied to.
Rhinestone Transfers - are rhinestones that are laid out according to your desired design guidelines, cut with flat backs and have heat-activated adhesive applied to them, which allows them to be heat pressed onto fabric.