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Heat transfer printing has many applications from custom clothes to labels and receipts. You can use it to create the best, most vivid, and most visually stunning designs. So, follow our guide and step into the field of heat transfer printing armed with everything you need to know about it. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Your Guide to Heat Transfer Printing

Your Guide to Heat Transfer Printing

  • What is heat transfer printing, and how is it
    done? Read to find out!

What Is Heat Transfer Printing?
  • Heat-transfer printing, also known as thermal-wax
    transfer, thermal printing, or thermal-transfer
    printing, utilises heat to transmit an image on
    an object from wax. Heat press printing
    techniques work with images that are preprinted
    on a single wax sheet or create
    printed-on-the-fly images produced by layering
    wax dye on the object. Heat transfer printing on
    fabric can substitute or supplement alternative
    methods of printing.

What Equipment Supplies Do You Need?
  • Heres what you need to pull off a successful
    digital heat transfer to apply a logo on your
    desired product via heat transfer printing
  • A Computer
  • You need a computer with graphic design software
    to make your custom design to print it for heat
  • A Heat Transfer Printer
  • The printer you will need for heat press
    applications will be larger than the printer you
    use normally, by a fair margin, to print larger
    designs. Besides, heat transfer printer work just
    like normal inkjet printers, they just need a
    different ink and special transfer paper.
  • Heat Transfer Ink
  • Heat transfer printing uses different types of
    inks to achieve different types of finishes.
    Inkjet, however, is the most commonly used ink
    because it is the most easily accessible and the
    most affordable. You can also use pigment ink for
    fade resistance or opt for sublimation ink when
    indulging in dye sublimation printing.

  • Heat Transfer Paper
  • What is heat transfer paper? Well, it is a
    special paper designed for heat transfer. It is
    normally coated in pigment polymer film and wax
    that develops a permanent bond with the fibres of
    the fabric when it is heated. Heat transfer paper
    usually comes in 13 by 19 sheets to provide
    more freedom of design.
  • Cutter
  • You will also need a vinyl cutter to cut out your
    design from the heat transfer paper to apply it
    to the substrate.
  • Heat Press
  • This one is available in several sizes and shapes
    based on the heat transfer application. Clamshell
    presses and swing-away flatbed machines are
    utilised for custom t-shirts and other types of
    flat apparel or accessories including headwear.
    Then there are the cylinder-shaped heat presses
    used for transferring on rounded objects, such as
    custom water bottles and coffee mugs.

  • Heat Pads
  • Heat pads are positioned on the bottom platen of
    the heat press. They act as the surface for the
    product during the heat transfer process or when
    you are learning how to make heat transfers. They
    are normally made of heat resistant foam or
    silicone rubber.
  • Heat Tape
  • It is heat resistant and is used to keep the heat
    transfer paper in its place on the product.
  • Heat Resistant Sheeting
  • They are typically made using Teflon and are
    positioned in between the heating platen and heat
    transfer paper to keep the heat press tidy and
    save the transfer paper from scorching due to the
    heat transfer temperature.
  • Substrates
  • The substrate is the product that you want to
    decorate. It can be anything, including
    drinkware, bags, sweatshirt, polo shirt or a
    custom t-shirt. In other words, the substrate is
    your canvas to make a heat transferred

How Does Heat Transfer Printing Work?
  • Heat transfer can be done in several ways, such
    as digital appliqué transfers, inkjet transfers,
    vinyl transfers, and dye-sublimation transfers,
    etc. But we will focus on the commercial heat
    transfer for now
  • Gather Your Supplies You need to have everything
    you are going to need at hand to begin the
  • Make Your Design You can use graphic design
    software to mockup your design on your computer.
    Remember to take the heat transfer ink colour and
    size into consideration.
  • Print the Design Print your custom design or
    your brands logo onto special heat transfer
    paper with the help of sublimation ink, inkjet
    ink, or pigment ink based on your product and

  • Cut Out the Design Here you will need a vinyl
    cutter to trim your image. This is only needed
    for supplier, store-bought and printed transfers.
  • Warm Up Your Heat Press To warm the heat-press,
    open it up and separate the heat platen from the
    heat pad and let it be while the heat platen
    warms up. For the majority of heat transfer
    applications, the temperature is set somewhere
    between 350 and 375 F.
  • Adjust the Pressure The pressure is decided
    depending on the fabrics thickness as the
    thicker fabric needs less pressure. In most
    cases, medium or high pressure is required.

  • Set the Time Pay extra attention to this step
    because the time changes with different types of
    heat transfer. Set the time according to the
  • Digital Appliqué Transfer 20 to 30 seconds
  • Inkjet Transfer Paper 14 to 18 seconds
  • Vinyl Transfer 45 to 60 seconds
  • Dye Sublimation Transfer 25 to 30 seconds
  • Set the Substrate and Transfer in Place Place
    your product on the plate and the transfer paper
    face up wherever you want on your product in the
    pressing area. However, you will have to cover
    the heat transfer paper using a thin cloth, to
    protect it, for applique transfer and vinyl

  • Press Your Product Once you have your product in
    place, close the press by pushing the handle
    downwards to shut the press. At this point, your
    pressure, time, and temperature should be set, so
    it should be just as easy as pressing the start
  • Remove the Film As soon as the timer goes off
    simply, open up the press and take off the film
    while the heat transfer paper is still hot. You
    will see your design printed on your product. And
    just like that, your heat pressed custom garment
    will be done.

When Is Heat Transfer Printing an Ideal Choice?
  • Heat-transfer printing when used correctly
    delivers high-quality, colourful prints of
    photo-realistic images, which renders it perfect
    for digital photography prints. It also works
    perfectly for customising or adding prints on
    fabrics like the athletic uniform number in
    sports wear. Heat-transfer printing is a better
    long-term option instead of direct-thermal
    printing, which can wear out.

Novelty Fabrics and Materials for Heat Transfer
  • Thermal transfer printing works ideally on paper.
    It also excels in printing images on other
    material, including garments and textiles.
    Heat-transfer printed images are water-resistant,
    durable, and adhesive resistant. You can also use
    heat transfer printing to print your favourite
    images onto physically hard objects and even
    acrylics such as coffee mugs.

Classification of Heat Press
  • Heat transfer printing can be divided into three
  • Vinyl Printing
  • Vinyl printing is effective when working with
    vinyl transfer films like glitter, hologram,
    flock, reflective material, PU, and glow in the
    dark. However, this method of printing is only
    limited to just one colour printing. The mini
    heat-press, on the other hand, is most users
    choice in this regard.
  • The artwork is designed using the software, and
    the line is sent to the plotter or the vinyl
    cutter to cut. After you cut it, you have to get
    rid of any unwanted vinyl from the original vinyl
    transfer film. At last, it is ready for heating
    for the fabric.

  • Sublimation Printing
  • Sublimation printing is ideal for quick-drying
    T-Shirt, microfiber, dry fit, jersey, polyester,
    and material-coated surfaces like coated plates,
    and coated mugs, etc. This method involves using
    sublimation ink, a heat press printing machine,
    and the use of paper.
  • This transfers the sublimation ink onto your
    fabric by using high pressure and temperature
    within a minute. Sublimation T-shirts usually
    leave permanent, vivid images alongside shades of

  • Transfer Printing
  • Transfer printing is perfect for any type of
    t-shirt fabric, in every colour, including
    cotton, polyester tees, caps, etc. It uses
    pigment ink and transfer paper during the
    printing process.
  • There are two types of light transfer paper. One
    is based according to a white T-shirt and a dark
    one is based according to the T-shirt colour. It
    is better to use original transfer paper if you
    want to ensure better print quality when dealing
    with a digital heat press.

  • Heat transfer printing has many applications from
    custom clothes to labels and receipts. You can
    use it to create the best, most vivid, and most
    visually stunning designs. So, follow our guide
    and step into the field of heat transfer printing
    armed with everything you need to know about it.
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