YES, we do heat transfers.
To better serve your needs, we have the ability to do custom heat transfers in addition to embroidery. This is nothing like the iron-ons that are for home application. We use specialized inks, papers, and industrial heat press technology to achieve results you may think were screen printed. With high heat and pressure, the specialized inks are bonded with the fabric, rather than merely applied on top. If your logo would contain lots of stitches if embroidered (meaning the area of the logo is more ‘colored-in’ than not), heat transfers may be a better option for you, especially on today’s light, thin, moisture-wicking fabrics. See an explanation below.
There are two general categories of heat transfers that we do.
CAD-PRINTZ® Digital Transfers: This is the exact full color reproduction of your logo. We generally use this as a left chest (4.5″ x 4.5″ max size) application. If this is a solid design (no open areas in the logo or in the interior of lettering, for example) this type of transfer is a good choice. These open areas and the edge of the design will usually require to be filled with a background color which would be chosen to match (or stand out from, depending on the look you want) the shirt color as closely as possible. An example of this is the Attic Perfect logo or the Greenauer logo. The Attic Perfect logo had a white outline applied to it to keep the text black but have it stand out. This type is expensive if you need full color for a large, shirt-back or full-front design. Better to simplify your design to 1-3 colors and use the second type for large designs.
Screen Printed Transfers: This gives a classic, screen printed look and can be a large, full front or back design (but can be a small, left chest size). This type of transfer is actually screen printed onto transfer paper which is then pressed into the fabric. Because it’s screen printed, it does not require the interiors of letters and open spaces to have a background color. An example of this is the RRCA CERTIFIED COACH logo. This can be done in a single color or with multiple colors (more expensive). We can use just your logo or modify it using a wide variety of templates, layouts, fonts and clip art. We can fully customize the layout, text, fonts and colors.
Advantage over screen printing.
Heat transfers’ advantage over screen printing is that screen printing is most cost effective for large runs (hundreds) of identical items. With heat press technology, we can provide a cost effective solution for runs of as few as 6 pieces for your heat transfer logo.
Advantage over embroidery.
Heat transfers’ advantages over embroidery are that it is less expensive to do a very large (such as for the front or back of a t-shirt) design and can be done on lighter fabrics. A large embroidery design, while more expensive gives you the most beautiful product with a higher perceived value. Heat transfers can cover a large design less expensively. This is a function of capital investment (embroidery machines are much more expensive than heat transfer presses) and time (it takes less than a minute to heat transfer a large design, while a large embroidery design could easily take over an hour to sew). In addition, we really don’t recommend putting large embroidery designs on light fabrics such as polo shirts and t-shirts. Heat transfer doesn’t have the push and pull of the needle and thread to distort and wrinkle light fabrics that we put a large design on. Heavy sweatshirts are about the lightest fabric that we recommend embroidering large designs onto.
We can take your high quality artwork and create full color heat transfers of your logo
Size: Larger designs cost more than smaller designs because heat transfers are priced by the square inch.
- Left Chest Design: 4.5″ x 4.5″ max
- Youth Shirt Front or Back: 10″ x 10″ max
- Adult Shirt Front or Back: 12″w x 14″h max
Transfer & Apparel Colors: Unlike embroidery (which is priced based on number of stitches), heat transfers are priced by size and numbers of colors. A large design will cost more than a small design. Because we use different types of transfer materials for light or dark fabrics, and for different types of fabrics, we need to know exactly what you will want the transfers applied to. Also, if you have a mix of colors of apparel, we may need to use black ink for text on light colors and white ink on dark colors.
Apparel Types: Our guidance used to be that smooth fabrics with at least a 35% natural fiber (cotton) content were best for heat transfers. We still recommend smooth fabrics since rough materials make it hard for the transfer to bond correctly. Heat transfer technology has improved dramatically in recent years and we can now choose from an array of products to apply specialized heat transfers to today’s performance moisture-wicking, stain and odor resistant products, allowing for your logo on very light, comfortable shirts.