What are Transfers?
Textile transfer is a printing method that consists of printing a design on a special paper, and then transferring it to a textile garment by applying heat and pressure through a thermal transfer plate.
There is a wide variety of transfer modalities to achieve different effects, textures and finishes, however we can say that there are two large categories depending on the color of the garment that we want to print: transfers for dark fabrics and transfers for fabrics of any color.
For the former, the design has a white base to provide the necessary contrast so that it can be visible on the dark fabric. If it is printed without a base on a dark or strong colored garment, the image will not be seen completely because the colors will be lost in the dark background. On the other hand, if the garment is white or light in color, the colors will not be affected when printing.
To maximize the durability and quality of the stamping, it is always recommended to respect the time, temperature and pressure values recommended by the manufacturer. In addition, it is always important to perform tests to optimize the process.
Advantages of stamping with Transfers
- It is one of the cheapest and easiest garment customization techniques to perform.
- Cotton, polyester or mixed fabrics such as polo shirts, T-shirts, jersey, etc. can be used.
- You can choose from a huge variety of default designs, avoiding the steps involved in digital editing and printing of the design.
- It is possible to achieve high quality in the finished product, with excellent definition and a large number of colors.
- There are various effects, textures, and finishes for designs.
- Both the machines and the required inputs are relatively inexpensive, environmentally friendly and generate a minimum amount of waste.
Technology and tools for stamping with Textile Transfer
- Transfer paper with the selected design, taking into account the characteristics of the garment.
- Garments to personalize cotton, polyester or mix.
- Thermal transfer plate.
Stamping process with Transfers
1.- Transfer Selection: The choice of the design that we want to print must be made according to the characteristics of the garment on which the print will be made. There are different modalities of Transfers, which are recommended for different colors and materials of the fabric.
2.- Plate preparation: Depending on the Transfer mode, the pressure, temperature and time values must be adjusted on the thermal plate. It is recommended to preheat the iron so that it is at the correct temperature when ironing.
3.- Preparation of the garment: It is also important to clean the garment to be printed so that it is free of moisture and free of lint, impurities or dust. The garment can be ironed to remove moisture and wrinkles, but it is important to let it cool before applying the Transfer.
4.- Stamping: The garment is placed on the base of the iron and on it the Transfer paper with the design facing the garment. Then we proceed to ironing for the corresponding time.
5.- Peeling: To finish, the transfer paper is removed hot or cold, as recommended by the manufacturer.
What garments can I customize?
Transfer printing is a simple and inexpensive technique generally used to personalize T-shirts, polo shirts and jerseys. At Sublimet we have a wide variety of designs and finishes, for light and dark fabrics, to personalize your casual or sports garments.
Number Heat Transfers come in different sizes and formats. They allow you to easily list the shirts and all the clothes of a sports team, whether professional, amateur or to play with your friends. They can also be used to create your own versions of your idols' shirts.
To personalize your favorite garments, you can choose striking designs such as Fluor Transfers for garments of any color.
If you like dark fabrics, we recommend the Darkcom Transfers that combine colors and shades of gray, or the Gray Transfers with a high color density in gray, both modalities specially designed for printing on dark garments.
Matte Transfers take advantage of their high pigment density in their designs of large portions of colors with a matte finish. If you prefer glossy finishes, Intensity Transfers have similar properties but full gloss designs.
The Multicon and Puff modes are perfect for representing screens and volumes with excellent color density. Puff Transfers have a raised effect finish. Both can be applied to garments of all colors.
Iris Transfers have high color density for screens and large colorful areas. Blue and candy colors stand out in their designs. They can be printed on garments of all colors.