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 customized 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;
Heat press: 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 colors are preferable, but dark colors can be successfully printed with proper
The suggested temperature provided is not applicable to all machines and should be used as a
general guide, especially when printing on Neon colors.
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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