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The Heat Transfer Puzzle

If you are in the market for having shirts printed on, it is important you understand what you are purchasing. Sometimes it can be hard to know the differences between the different types of printing such as heat transferring.

What is Heat Transfer?

Heat transfer is the process by which ink is printed onto a piece of paper and then transferred to the shirt or item when heat is applied. In order for this process to work properly, three things have to be taken into account: time, temperature, and pressure.

Depending on the type of fabric, one of two heat transfer processes can be used. Either the company will use transfer paper or plastisol transfers.

What is the Transfer Paper Method?

The transfer paper method uses an inkjet printer that prints the design onto a special paper using the right ink. The paper is placed on the garment and heat is applied with pressure for a certain length of time depending on the type of material.

What Are Plastisol Transfers?

This method is similar to the transfer paper method, because both require the ink to be printed on the special paper before being applied to the clothing. The biggest difference is the method in which the ink is printed on the paper. Plastisol transfers are printed on using the screen printing method.

Plastisol ink is printed onto the paper with the use of screen. Once the design is on the paper, a sand like grain is placed over the ink so that it does not blue.

What Are The Advantages to Using Heat Transfers Using the Paper Method?

When it comes to using this transfer paper method, there are a few advantages to the process. First of all, it allows for customization to be done easily. Since each piece of paper has to be printed on separately, it makes it easy to change the names and designs to be what you want it to be.

Another great advantage is that the same design can be printed out on completely different fabrics without an issue. It is particularly great for polyester open mesh jerseys, which otherwise are not easy to print on.

What Are The Advantages to Using Plastisol Transfers?

There are some great advantages to using plastisol transfers. This process is actually more durable than transfer paper printing. It can make it much easier to align the design on the material then going with straight up screen printing.

When it comes to printing your logo’s and designs on clothing, it is best to talk with the company about their recommended method. Knowing all of the information about heat transfers, it can help you make an informed decision.