How does digital heat printing work?
(1) First, your custom design is printed onto a transfer paper
(2) The transfer paper (the cut out e.g. logo) will be placed on your fabric
(3) The heat transfer process begins – the heat press will be warmed up
(4) Once the fabric is in placed, the fabric will then be pressed by the machine
(5) After some time, the press is released and you can now remove the film that is on the fabric
Your heat pressed fabric is done!
Equipment needed for heat transfer printing:
– Computer: graphic design software needs to be used to create the desired graphic design
– Printer: get a printer that is used for heat press applications
– Special ink & special heat transfer paper
– Cutter: to cut out the design of the transfer paper
– Heat press machine
– Heat pads, heat taps, and heat resistant sheets
– Your chosen fabric
What are the Pros & Cons of using digital heat transfer printing?
• It is able to print more complex designs with multiple colors
• It helps to produce high-quality designs
• Its digital capabilities allow for easy customization and execution
• Does not cost a bomb for smaller order quantities comparatively
• Easy personalized customization
• Easy to do on a wider range of fabric options
• The graphics do not last as long as screen printed t-shirts
• Due to its high quality design look, it has a stiffer feel on the fabric
• Large custom designs are not recommended as the printing paper usually is limited by its dimensions
Heat Transfer Vs. Screen Printing For T-Shirts
Screen printing uses screens and inks to transfer an image unto a fabric. This process is much more time consuming, however it is much more cost-effective for larger quantities. On the flipside, it has a softer feel on fabrics and the graphics last longer compared to heat transfer printing.