Inkjet Heat Transfer Paper


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A3Z7Q1I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00A3Z7Q1I&linkCode=as2&tag=inquisitgeek-20When you hear "heat transfer" you will most often think of interior do-it-yourself heat transfer paper applied with a household iron. These older digital heat transfers were notorious for cracking, washing out, bleeding, and fading. The limitations of the product have given the method a bad name.

Newer heat transfer technology has come a long way in longevity and durability. The quality of computer generated heat transfers is far better than it was even a year ago and are always changing and evolving to meet the demands custom garment industry. 

There are two different types of heat transfer paper for inkjet printers: 

1.  Light heat transfer paper specifically manufactured  light colored fabrics. The modern transfers will stretch with fabric and the softness of these transfer increases with washing. 

2.  Dark heat transfer paper specifically manufactured to be used on dark and brightly colored fabrics.  These usually have a heavy backing that causes the transfer to have a thick or rubbery feel. These transfers are printed slightly differently and pressed to the shirt in a different way.

You must follow the manufacturer's directions for any transfer paper.  Ultimately you will have to test different manufactures and kind of transfer papers and see if it will hold up to your own standards for product quality.

Special consideration:

Ink

The pigment inkjet inks are thought to sit on top of the inkjet transfer’s polymer adhesive layers rather than penetrating into them like a dye might.   You must consult the manufacture for compatible types of in for each type of transfer paper.

Moisture

Any water in the garment during pressing can vaporize and affect the quality of the transfer process which will in turn affect the longevity and durability of the transferred image. If you live in a high humidity area this may be a worthwhile step.

To remove the moisture you can pre-pressing your garments before pressing the transfer.  This will help improve the application by eliminating any moisture in the fabric.

Many of the problems encountered in the past usage of heat transfer materials have been solved. Today it is more likely that the problems with heat transfers can be eliminated by the correct application of the transfer itself.  The newest technologies in heat transfers have made them the
choice for many smaller start up garment printers or embellishers. 

Most supplier will provide a sample packet of transfer papers for a small fee.

Here are a few suggestions to if you are ready to start:

Jet-Pro Sofstretch Transfer Paper Light for light material.
Jet-Pro Sofstretch Transfer Paper Dark for dark material.

-Have fun!