This super effective printing method is perfect for bold, coloured designs. Transfer printing is most commonly used for sportswear and uniforms as it is ideal for printing logos, numbers and names onto shirts. Transfer printing has the ability to print surfaces that are unable to be printed by other printing methods. This includes products such as hats and synthetic clothing like sports jerseys.
There are three different types of transfer printing, each is important for different types of products.
Litho transfer printing - In this process your chosen design is printed digitally onto litho transfer paper and then pressed onto the garment. It can be used to print t-shirts, cotton bags and polo shirts.
CAD cut full colour printing - The process cuts out the use of vinyl sheets by using a machine. The garment is heat pressed with the design at a high temperature.
DST printing - For more detailed designs this process can be used. The design is printed on transfer sheets and then heat pressed onto the garment.
Here are a few tips to help you create a design that is perfect for transfer printing. If you are using one of the artworks from our library you don’t have to worry about any of these considerations, just choose a bold design. First, make sure that any images you send us are vector graphics with pantone colour matching spot colours.
Litho transfer Printing
- Make sure that the design is made and saved in a CMYK format
- Ensure that the print is 100% of the intended print size
Cad cut full colour printing
- Convert all paths to strokes
- Provide design in pantone pms colours
- Best to avoid gradients and shadows
Care tips for your transfer printed products:
- Cold machine wash on a delicates setting
- Wash inside out
- Air dry out in the shade (sunlight will fade your garment)
- Do not iron directly over the print, if you must iron turn your garment inside out
- Do not tumble dry