Here at Visual Ink we offer screen printed heat transfers. We do not use a screen-printing press, as transfers offer an alternative to direct screen printing.
Whereas traditional screen printing is produced directly onto the final substrate, heat transfers are manufactured by screen printing onto a carrier paper or film treated with a special release coating. The transfer is then applied to the final substrate using a commercial grade heat press.
In both cases, similar or even the exact same inks are used – typically plastisol, water-based inks. These inks are pushed through mesh screens to create single and multi-color designs which can be applied to a variety of clothing items and accessories including t-shirts, sweatshirts, polos, sports uniforms, bags, hats, can coolers and more.
Depending upon the number of colors in the design, density and size of the artwork, the finished product could have a solid patch, rubbery, like feel. This is normal. Our screen printing is NOT to be mistaken with vinyl or cad print type transfers.
The term “Iron on” is an application technique and not a decoration method. The method of “Ironing” on a design can be used interchangeably.
Since there are types of fabrics that are extra sensitive to high temperatures, chances are, they might get heat press marks when pressing due to the extreme heat. This is oftern unavoidable for polyester as you need to press it under high temperature for the design to stick. Often times this will go away after washing the garment.