This is the process where designs are printed onto a carrier such as a high quality transfer paper or PET film, and afterwards applied to apparel by means of a heat press.
The difference with DTG or direct to garment printing is found in printing onto the carrier instead of directly onto the garment. To apply the heat transfer to the garment, the latter needs to be placed in a heat transfer press. Heat and pressure will force the ink onto the garment.
Why use Transfers
- Flexibility selling a special product
- e.g.: event selling, no need of printed T-shirts, only need of unprinted shirts and transfers which can be transferred on the spot to order
- Reprint a design frequently but in small quantities, prepare transfers in advance
- Popular method to print difficult shapes on curved surfaces
- Very easy and inexpensive equipment necessary
The determination of which adhesive to use depends on
- Printed substrate
- Parameters dryer & heat press
- Type of powder application process
- Type of print screen process