Designs Plus Heat transfer printing method applies custom vector designs to items like t-shirts or sweatshirts, onsies, tank tops, jerseys and tablecloths through a process that uses a combination of heat and pressure. With the vinyl heat transfer process, a machine is used to cut out designs and letters in pieces of colored vinyl. A heat press is then used to transfer each vinyl color of the design onto the object being printed. Heat transfer process is the same with every print made, so you can order just a couple items at a time without costs ballooning.
VINYL HEAT TRANSFER: Vinyl is well suited for very small runs (which we would consider anything from 1 to 50 shirts), this is because the set up time is much quicker than that of screen printing. This doesn’t make it a faster overall method though, as every shirt still requires individual set up, which becomes too time consuming beyond the 50 shirt mark.
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The heat transfer printing method applies custom designs to items like t-shirts, hoodies, onsies and tank tops through a process that uses a combination of heat and pressure. Common kinds of heat transfer printing include vinyl heat transfer and digital print heat transfer. With the vinyl heat transfer process, a machine is used to cut out designs and letters in pieces of colored vinyl. A heat press is then used to transfer each vinyl color of the design onto the object being printed. With digital print heat transfer, the desired graphic is first digitally printed on special heat transfer paper using a solvent ink. This type of ink allows the design to be transferred from the paper to the item being printed when pressed with heat. With both these types of heat transfer, a heat press machine will be needed to transfer the graphic, either vinyl or digitally printed, from one surface to another. It’s the magical combination of heat and pressure that transfers the design!
Screen Printing: When a design is produced using the screen printing method, actual screens are used in the process! Essentially, this screen is cut to make a stencil for the design. Ink is then spread over the screen, passing through to the object underneath only in the areas you want it to be. Only one color per screen can be used - so depending on the number of colors in the design, you’ll need multiple screens to produce the final item. Screen printing is perfect for longer runs of 100 or more t shirts.
Heat transfer vs dye sublimation? Dye-sub printing is actually a form of heat transfer! Graphics are digitally printed and then heated to transfer the dye onto chosen items. This printing process is commonly used for custom cups, water bottles or pens. Vinyl heat transfer t-shirts last up to 10 times longer then digitally printed ink applications.
Did You Know? Screen printing vs silk screen? They are the same thing! When the process of screen printing first appeared in China, they used actual silk to make their stencils - hence the name silk screen!