Heat Transfer Printing is used to print full color pictures, multicolored graphics which includes tone graphics. It’s a popular method to transfer images onto t shirts because the process can take as little as 5 minutes to complete. The Heat Transfer process can be separated in to three different types of printing, it is beneficial to cover some of the finer details of each process, so clients have a better understanding.
Sublimation Printing: This type of heat transfer printing works great on dry fit, microfiber, jersey, polyester and quick dry t shirts. It is interesting to point out that it is the sublimation printing method that is often used to print on coated mugs and plates that are seen in gift shops. The heat transfer images are transferred to t shirts while using high temperatures and a steady pressure. The process usually only takes about one minute. When completed the t shirt will have a permanent, vivid image that has a soft cotton like feel.
Transfer Printing: Is a different type of heat transfers that work well on almost any fabric including cotton and polyester. Like the sublimation printing, transfer printing uses a special type of ink and transfer paper. It is interesting to point out that this method has two different types of transfer paper, which include one for light colored white t shirts, and the other for dark, black colored t shirts.
Vinyl Printing: The vinyl printing process only uses one color and is recommended for Flock, PU, Glitter, Glow in Dark, Reflective and Hologram materials. Vinyl printing works well on many different types of fabrics.
Pros of Heat Transfer Printing
- You are able to print in multiple colors.
- Can be inexpensive
- Come Get Customized can create custom printed heat transfer t-shirt in 5 minutes!
- Fast Production Time
- No Minimum Order
Cons of Heat Transfer Printing
- Most Heat Transfers have a very limited life span
- Many of the inks used in Heat Transfers have a tenancy to bleed while washing.
- Heat Transfer prints do not look as professional as silk screen t shirts.
- The artwork that is transferred may feel stiff, and not breath well, which may lead to excess sweating.
- Many of the colors do not have the same shine and luster as silk screen printing.
While Silk Screen printing offers a better image and durability, heat transfers still have a purpose in many corporate and marketing projects. Every Tees offers free consultations for our clients to help them determine the best value for their budget. We have the experience to help solve all of your printing needs. All of our printing designs are inspected before the t-shirt printing process begins to ensure that all of our t-shirts are printed to perfection.
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Heat Transfers T shirts have no minimum order requirement, and are low cost!