TRANSFERS

Transfers offer an inexpensive and flexible method for reproduction of artwork.
There are two type of transfers: Cold Peel and Vinyl Print.

Cold Peel consists of a printed image on special paper that releases it's colors when pressed with heat onto a garment surface. The image is translucent so the color of the shirt color will show through.

Vinyl Print is a solid white sheet that is printed, contoured cut and heat pressed onto a garment. Because it is a solid white sheet the shirt color will not be be a factor.

When vinyl transfers are determined to be the best method you should understand what goes into the process of setting up and producing prints. Look at the topics listed below and see how your ideas are affected by these issues.

1) Color choice for shirt and ink for Cold Peel: As mentioned above, cold peels are transparent so the shirt color will affect the image. The transfer paper has a clear film that leaves a residual impression that makes a colored shirt appear to have a ghost outline around the image. It can be trimmed but is still slightly visible on most shirts. Making a "frame" around your artwork is a good remedy for this situation.

Residual transfer film on the shirt washes off, becoming soft to the touch and appearing to be screen printed.

2) Considerations for Vinyl Print Transfers: The vinyl print renders a full color image on the sheet. It can be applied in conjunction with other printing materials such as screen printing, vinyl transfers or embroidery. The image below (about 10 inches across) was applied to pique sport shirts and had cut vinyl lettering with embroidered lettering on the front.

3) Size and quality of the printed image depends upon Artwork: The better the artwork the better the image. Sooz artistic skill can take your image and rework it as needed to meet your desires. The squirrel image left is a business card that was enlarged to 12 inches tall. Because it was printed on a tan shirt a Frame was added as noted in 1) above.