Transfer
Printing

Transfer printing is great for bold, vibrant, full colour designs, and single colour individual names and numbers;

there are a huge array of colours available from fluorescents to metallic print effects and flock velvet effects. This printing technique is used extensively for sports wear and team kits.

Full colour transfer printing is the process of printing designs onto high quality vinyl which is then heat sealed onto your garments.

Unlike DTG printing which can only be used on 100% cotton garments, transfer printing can be used on virtually any fabric including polyester, lycra sports wear, waterproofs and jackets.

Watch how transfer printing is done

Transfer
printing types

There are two main types of transfer printing; both produce varying results and are better for different types of jobs.

CAD cut full colour printing

In the CAD Cut process the design is cut out from a transfer vinyl sheet using a machine, then placed over the garment and heat pressed at a high temperature.

Modern vinyl transfers are tough, durable, bond firmly with the garment and will last a long time if taken care of.

This printing process can be used to print a wide range of garments including t-shirts, sweatshirts, polos, jackets and more.

Litho transfer printing

In this process the artwork is digitally printed onto litho transfer paper and then pressed onto your chosen garment. It can be used to print onto a variety of different materials including t-shirts, cotton bags and jackets. The minimum order for Litho transfer printing is 100 items.

Litho printing is long lasting and durable but it should not be washed over 40 degrees or directly ironed on. To touch it feels a little like plastic but is light and soft.

Turnaround time for the production of the litho transfers is typically 12-14 working days with a couple of extra days added for application.

Garment
finishing

Re-labelling

We can produce and stitch in branded labels or tags whether it's in the collar, sleeve or base.


Swing tags

Apply swing tags to your garments, perfect for retail.


Bagging service

Use sealed polybags to protect your garments before they are handed out or sold.


Designing for
Transfer printing

Design considersations

This list of guidelines will save you time and money as you make your design decisions.

Cost considerations

The print size affects the price slightly i.e. it’s slightly cheaper to print a left chest position than it is to print a large design on the centre front of a garment.

Printing onto different coloured garments (whites, lights or colours) does not affect the price.

Colours:

Spot colours

Pantone colour matching:

Yes

Artwork type:

Vector graphics

File formats:

.ai, .eps, .pdf

CAD Cut Vinyl

Convert all paths to strokes.

Ensure artwork is at least 100% of the intended print area.

Provide PANTONE PMS colours (if you know them).

Avoid gradients and shadows.

Litho Transfer Printing

Ensure the design is created and saved in CMYK format.

Ensure the print is 100% of the intended print size. Design and save the graphic file at 300dpi

Make sure to convert all text to outlines in case we don’t have the font you used.

Avoid low resolution images (72dpi) downloaded from the internet as they’ll appear pixelated when printed.

Pricing

Quantity 1st position 2nd position
 
20 £4.50 £3.50
25 £4.05 £3.05
50 £3.70 £2.70
100+ £3.50 £2.50

All prices exclude cost of garments, delivery & VAT.

Minimum order quantity

20 items per design

No set up costs

Artwork Service

£50.00 p/hour