Digital Transfers are a decoration method where designs can be cad cut from vinyl or where full color, photo quality images are printed onto a specially coated transfer paper, film or printable vinyl and then heat applied to apparel or other items using a commercial heat press to create a permanent bond. As you will see below, when it comes to digital transfers there are numerous options for professional results.
Dye Sublimation This is a print method of applying an image to ceramics, metals and polyester fabric. Like most digital transfers, the image is printed onto a speacial transfer paper using sublimation inks and applied using a commercial heat press. Sublimation ink is unique in that it enters into the pores of the substrate and dyes it leaving a permanant image that will not crack, peel or fade.
This method produces photo quality results, but can only be used on white or very light pastel 100% polyester fabrics or hard items such as cermaics and metals that have a special coating applied.
Heat Transfer Vinyl or HTV for short, is a specialty vinyl that can be used on certain fabrics and materials to create designs and promotional products. It comes in a roll or sheet form with an adhesive backing so it can be cut, weeded, and placed on a substrate for heat application. Heat transfer vinyl is made in single colors and also has special options such as patterned, glitter, flocked, holographic, glow-in-the-dark, reflective and 3D puff.
Heat transfer vinyl comes in single colors, in the specialty options listed above, in full-color pattern options, and in a printable version that must be used with solvent ink & a solvent printer. It is best used for simple designs with minimal colors since each individual color or pattern used in the design must be cut, weeded, and heat pressed. Certain heat transfer vinyl can be layered to form multi-colored designs. The more layers involved, the harder it is to match up each to achieve the end result.
Heat transfer vinyl is very durable and is used on products like sports jerseys, t-shirts, hats, koozies, tote bags and headbands.
Digital Heat Transfers use either eco-solv, inkjet or laser printers to print an image on specially coated transfer paper, transfer film or printable vinyl. Once printed, the image is applied to the substrate using a heat press. With the combination of heat and pressure the paper’s or vinyl's polymers attach the image to the substrate and creates a permanent bond. These types of transfers can be used on virtually any material or substrate and can also be used on any color, including black which may cause a problem for other printing methods.
Digital Heat Transfers produce beautiful, photo quality images with amazing detail that can't be matched using other methods and are a perfect choice for small orders or one of a kind designs because they can be produced quickly. With this print method, you can let your creative juices flow because the design posibilities are endless!
All of these different printing methods are a great choice and the perfect solution to a specific printing need. We use each of these printing methods daily to help bring our customers ideas to life. With so many choices the best method will usually be determined by the item you choose and artwork you provide.
No matter which method is needed or used to print, imPrint Genie has you coved!
The ordering process is easy as 1 2 3........ It only takes a few minutes of your time and once you have done your part, you can leave the rest to us!!!
From our online store, select the create tab on our website and choose your merchandise. Click the "Start Designing" button and once the designer opens, you can upload your design, add text or use one of our own design templates. When you are happy with your newly designed merchandise add it to your cart, check out and leave the rest to us!
Once you submit your order, our team reviews your order and designs to make sure you will end up with quality merchandise. With your approval we may make minor changes to clean up your art work and ensure an amazing finished product. From there, we will send you a digital copy of the art work and ask that you approve it before we go to print. After we recieve your art work approval, your order is printed and inspected to make sure it meets our strict quality standards.
When you merchandise passes inspection, it is time to get it to you! Your order is carefully packaged and shipped right to your door. You are given a confimation email, delivery date and tracking number so you will know exactly when your merchandise will arrive. If you are a local customer, you can pick it up or we can even bring it to you!
Enjoy your customized merchandise and let us know how we did by telling everyone you know all about your experience with imPrint Genie. Shout it from the roof tops, post it on social media so it goes viral, send smoke signals if you have too, just get the message out so others can enjoy us too!!!
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