Heat Transfer Printing for T-Shirt

What is Heat Transfer Printing

Heat Transfer Printing is a much more economical option in comparison to direct to garment (DTG) printing which makes it ideal for short-run orders on a fixed budget or for promotional clothing purposes. We recommend this technique for printing individual names and numbers for sports teams as well as Stag Nights and Hen Dos. This process is ideal for bespoke individual customization of t-shirts and other garments.

Screen Printing is our most common type of printing but every once in a while we will receive an order that is better suited for the transfer printing technique. Heat transfer t-shirt printing involves using a heat press to print plastisol, foil, flock, or CAD-cut vinyl directly onto garments and non-textile items. This method is perfect for short run orders and full color images.

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When to Use Heat Transfer Printing?

  • Individual Names and Numbers
  • Full colour artwork or designs
  • ​Nylon materials (umbrellas, waterproofs, windbreaker jackets
  • ​High gloss/metallic print
  • ​Lycra or Spandex clothing garments
  • Luxurious velvet-like pile transfer
  • One-off samples for client meetings or press events

How does Heat Transfer Printing Work?

LastMinuteTshirtPrinting.co.uk uses in-house heat presses with the latest in industry technology and a maximum print size of A4. Heat Transfer Printing differs from screen-printing in that instead of the ink absorbing into the fabric, transfers are placed directly on top of the garment. This process results in a much sharper and brighter image because the base colour of the garment does not interfere or affect the transfer. Transfers can be created in numerous different ways before being applied to a garment. Our preferred technique involves cold peeling, where we heat press the transfer onto the garment, allow it to cool, and then remove the backing paper, leaving the transfer securely adhered.

It’s important to note that while heat transfer printing has advanced in recent years, it may not match the durability of screen printing. Garments that have been printed using heat transfer printing can be fully washed and color fast up to 40ºC and can be dry cleaned and tumble dried (at low temperatures).

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