A quick guide to vinyl heat transfer

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September 17, 2020

A quick guide to vinyl heat transfer

A quick guide to vinyl heat transfer
Vinyl transfer film is perfect for printing onto light or dark colour garments including t-shirts, waterproof jackets, caps, bags, and safety wear. If you require individual names, initials or numbers applied to your clothing, vinyl heat transfer is the ideal choice for printing single- or two-colour designs.

Vinyl film is incredibly versatile, easy to apply and is available in a wide range of colours and several finishes including flock, fluorescent, metallic and glitter effects which are also suited for other applications.

Plotting the artwork

The heat transfer printing process starts by connecting a computer to a plotter used to cut vinyl via special software. A small rotating blade in the plotter traces the design and cuts to the depth of the clear backing, not all the way through the film.

Cutting out the design

Once the vinyl media has been removed from the cutter it has to be weeded out where the waste material is separated from the positive artwork

Heat pressing the transfer

The cut-outs are then placed on top of the textile or garment, a backing material is placed over the top of this to prevent overheating and then a heat press is used to bond the vinyl design onto the fabric underneath with a combination of fairly high pressure and heated pads. The result is the vinyl design remains on the garment.

The finished article

The end product has some desirable traits which can make it a good choice for your garment decoration: Clean and sharp edges make the design stand out. Colours can be very bright and vibrant and the variety of visual and textural effects available can make your finished clothing look totally unique.

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