Heat transfer involves creating an image in reverse, printing it to high-release paper,
and then transferring the image from the paper to a garment using heat and pressure.
It’s ideal for quick turn-around times and small quantities, including one-off items such as
printing names and numbers on athletic uniforms
HEAT TRANSFER PROCESS
Create a customised graphic using professional graphics software. Digital
photographs, logos, slogans and other graphics are all suitable for heat transfer.
When the design is complete, flip the image horizontally to create a reverse image.
Once you’ve created your reversed digital image, print it onto transfer paper using
heat transfer-compatible ink. Cut away any unprinted portions of the paper to avoid
leaving excess transfer film on your garment.
Place your garment on a platen to keep it flat and wrinkle-free during printing.
Position the transfer on the garment, then use a heat press machine to apply high
temperature (typically 385º F) and pressure to affix the transfer to the fabric.
No drying or curing is required, although you should use caution when removing
the hot garment from the press.
HEAT TRANSFER EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES
Computer with graphics software, e.g.,
Adobe Creative Suite
Inkjet printer, ink and transfer paper;
Choose a press that applies consistent even pressure and has accurate
temperature and time gauges.
Substrate: Heat transfer is suitable for cotton, cotton
blend and polyester garments. Light colours are preferable,
but dark colours can be successfully printed with proper preparation.
The suggested temperature provided is not applicable to all machines and should
be used as a general guide, especially when printing on Neon colours. In general
use as little heat as possible while still curing the ink, that is both in terms
of flashing and in your oven. In all cases a longer flashing or drying time and
lower heat levels are recommended.
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