Tips from our experts
- All fabrics with a solid surface can be heat sealed as long as you use the correct adhesive for the specific fabric and product being decorated.
- Logo size is critical when deciding your decoration placement. Consult with your decorator to make sure you have the proper specialty equipment.
- 100% polyester, polyester blends, pigment-dyed fabrics and neon colors are heat sensitive and cannot exceed temperature thresholds higher than 320 degrees or shrinkage, bleeding or spot staining may occur. Use only low cure materials and a barrier base (grey) bleed blocker on dark colors. Be sure to consult with your transfer supplier or decorator.
- Use a foam application pad or welding line around the image where the press elements may touch.
- Press through a single layer of fabric or line the inside with heat resistant paper to prevent the image from ghosting through the fabric.
Screen Printed Transfers
A heat transfer is made by screen printing ink in reverse on a special paper to create the authentic look and feel of a traditionally screen printed item. Transfers can be used for production, stored for program work or for on-demand decoration. Transfers are available in many different finishes and color ways from spot to four-color process. Decoration sample by Stahls Transfer Express.
Heat Transfer Vinyl
A vinyl with an adhesive that is cut with a plotter or a laser for application to a textile with a heat press. Great for smaller quantities, personalization, variable data, sports names, numbering and on-site decorating. Comes in many different finishes. Decoration sample by Stahls.
Digitally Printed Heat Transfer Vinyl
A printable vinyl with an adhesive that is printed with an eco-solvent printer and then cut with a plotter or a laser for application to a textile with a heat press. Great for high detailed art, all quantities, variable data, sports names, numbering and hard-to-decorate fabrics. Often used on promotional products and comes in many different finishes, including gloss and matte. Decoration sample by Siser North America.
Inkjet Transfer Paper
A special transfer paper that is run through an inkjet desktop printer and then applied with a heat transfer. These papers are available in a clear version that is used primarily for light-colored shirts and does not require a lot of manual trimming. There are also opaque transfer papers for dark shirts that require trimming by hand unless you want a paper-shaped image. Decoration sample by One Step Papers.
Distressed Screen Printed Transfer
The vintage look of an aged graphic on your favorite shirt. Decoration sample by Transfer Express.
Metallic Heat Transfer
A transfer with a metallic finish and sheen. Available in colors such as bronze, copper, silver, gold, cobalt, rose gold and more. They are also available in a custom screen printed transfer or custom heat transfer vinyl as well as bulk rolls to cut your own logos. Decoration sample by Imprintables Warehouse.
Clear Heat Transfer Vinyl
A clear or translucent colored vinyl that creates a color-on-color or a wet look. Great for trending styles, fanwear and active sportswear. Decoration sample by Stahls.
Reflective Heat Transfers
A reflective transfer that comes in standard silver and a few base colors. Available as a custom screen printed transfer or custom heat transfer vinyl as well as bulk rolls to cut your own logos. Both fashion-related reflective and ANSI-certified reflective materials are available. Please consult with your supplier. Great for police, fire, safety, valet and any industry where visibility is important. Decoration sample by Stahls.
Digitally Printed Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl
A printable glitter finish great for trend-right styles, cheer apparel and fanwear. Decoration sample by Stahls.
Digitally Printed Clear Heat Transfer Vinyl
A clear vinyl meant for light garments or for creating a gloss or matte color-on-color look. Decoration sample by Siser North America.
Heat Applied Patches
Patches that are applied with a heat press, sewn down or both. They create a high-end retail look and can have multiple finishes, such as flock on embroidered backgrounds, sublimated full-color laser cut patches and raised rubberized patches. Great for bags, headwear and apparel. Decoration sample by Arrows Emblem.
Creates a higher-perceived value with a trend-right look. It’s great for clubs, cheer apparel and fanwear. The stones can be the same or mixed colors and sizes. Decoration sample by The Rhinestone World.
Digitally Printed High Stretch Heat Transfer Vinyl
A printable heat transfer vinyl that is great for performance and athleisure styles. Decoration sample by Siser North America.
Laser Transfer paper
A special transfer paper that is run through a laser printer (desktop or industrial) and then applied with a heat transfer. Clear and opaque transfer paper requires trimming, while a hybrid laser transfer only transfers the printed image with no borders and requires no trimming. Please consult with your suppliers for more information. Decoration sample by One Step Papers.
High Density Molded Transfers
A special transfer that is manufactured using a mold that creates a 3D raised image. Available is many different finishes such as metallic, matte, rounded edge, gloss and more. Decoration sample by Full Metal Apparel.
Digitally Printed Metallic Heat Transfer Vinyl
A printable heat transfer vinyl with a metallic finish. Once printed, all colors look metallic. Great for all types of decoration and is often seen on corporate wear, sports apparel and fashion apparel.
Flock Heat Transfer
A transfer that has a soft, velvety feel. These transfers can be created as custom screen printed transfers, custom high detailed multi-color transfers, custom heat transfer vinyl or as bulk rolls for cutting your own logos. Decoration sample by Stahls.
High Density Heat Transfer
A transfer that has a rubbery feel. These can be created as a custom screen printed transfer, custom heat transfer vinyl or as bulk rolls for cutting your own logos. The heat transfer vinyl version is available in many thicknesses and comes in both a silicone and polyurethane material. Please consult with your suppliers for more information. Decoration sample by Siser North America.
Stretchable Screen Printed Transfer
Created with excellent stretch and rebound, great for performance wear and fashion alike.