We use transfers selectively, for specific situations where screen printing is either not possible or would be too expensive. We can heat press practically any item, with some limitations. Most logos can be created with transfers too, with some limitations there also. The main reason we prefer screen print over thermal transfers is longevity– A screen print will last the life of the garment, where the digital print of a transfer will begin to fade after prolonged washing. The best uses of thermal transfers are:
• Difficult substrates– Items with double layers, unusual fabric materials, nylon materials, spandex items, tri suits, swimwear, items which are not heat-resistant, items with reflective Scotchlite material, oddly shaped items which cannot be screen printed
• Special look required– There are lots of specialty transfer materials which we have available, such as Scotchlite, metallic, prism, patterned, hologram and glow in the dark just to name a few.
• Short quantity runs– Sometimes designs require lots of colors to be printed. Our full-color digital printed, CAD-cut transfers are available in quantities as low as 1 piece.