Transfer paper, also known as sublimation paper, is widely used in the textile industry because it allows for the quick printing of colored self adhesive labels on shirts. The type of paper you choose depends on your project and intended appearance.
That’s thrilling if you’re new to printing using heat transfer paper. One of the most successful approaches for making high-quality personalized T-shirts and clothing is to use heat transfer paper. It’s also really simple to use; decorators of all skill levels and backgrounds can hop right in and start making goods with heat transfer paper.
The transfer printing paper process
Heat transfer is the method of printing on special transfer paper and then transferring it to a shirt using a heat press or a home iron. It’s also one of the most effective marketing methods because the custom self adhesive sticker may be quickly printed on a shirt.
It’s a similar procedure to ‘direct-to-garment’ or screen printing, but it’s less expensive. These transfers are similar to the old iron-on available at craft stores in that the image is placed on top of the shirt and has a distinct feel from the surrounding material.
Sublimation paper decomposes creating a gas that penetrates anything with a polyester layer. There is no change in emotion between the image and the shirt after creating a cleaner, more professional look.
Types of transfer papers
This is the most popular transfer paper for usage at home or in small businesses, as it is a low-cost alternative for one-time jobs. It’s ideal for printing images, text, graphics, designs, logos, and more with inkjet or laser printers. Cotton and cotton blend fabrics perform best with the inkjet transfer paper, but synthetics can still be used.
Polyester, polyester blends, and other synthetic materials are ideal for sublimation paper. The ink sublimates,’ or turns into a gas, without first liquefying, in the sublimation paper process. The method coats the paper with variable amounts of primary colors as well as a clear finish.
Plastisol screen printing
This process of transferring, also known as hot-split or hot-peel, provides a finished product that is nearly equivalent to screen printing. A screen printer is used to transfer the picture to the plastisol paper during the printing process. The image is then transferred to the fabric using a heat press.
While less expensive than sublimation printing, this approach does necessitate the purchase of potentially expensive equipment such as screen printers and heat presses.
When it comes to sublimation paper, there are two important factors to consider when selecting the best option for your project: how the paper absorbs the ink and how it releases the pigment onto the substrate. Although sublimation papers all work on the same premise of a polymer layer and a release agent, the process varies greatly from one variety to the next. As a result, it’s critical to choose the transfer paper that’ll perform best for you.
We can meet all of your printing paper needs in the manufacturing and retail industries. If you require any additional assistance in selecting the finest printing paper for your project, please contact us. You may also wish to visit our website at Amey Printing where you can read more about our range of paper, board, tissue, and specialty papers available.