Heat Transfer

Heat Transfer Printing, also sometimes known as Digital Heat Transfer Printing, is done by using a heat transfer medium such as heat transfer paper or a vinyl-rubber type material.

How it works?

Firstly, an image of the artwork is printed on the film side of the heat transfer medium. Secondly, the image is heat-pressed and transferred onto the apparel using a heat transfer machine; like an iron. Heat triggers the special ink to stick to the fabric and when the heat transfer medium is peeled away, the design remains.

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Source: https://edgecolours.com/digital-textile-printing-process/

Advantages of Heat Transfer:

  • Economical for smaller quantities
  • Ability to do full colour printing including colour gradients
  • Cleaner and more environmentally friendly compared to silkscreen printing

Limitations of Sublimation:

  • Plasticy feel – As a heat transfer medium is used to transfer the image onto the apparel. There is a plastic feel of the design on the apparel. It can get very heavy if a large image is printed onto the apparel

This method is most advantageous when:

  • You have complicated designs
  • Print area is not too large
  • You have gradient and tone designs

Cost of Heat Transfer depends on:

  • Size of the design
  • Number of colours
  • Number of order quantity