WHAT IS VINYL/TRANSFER PRINTING?
Vinyl printing can be used for creating simple designs such as large text, numbers or basic graphic designs. Nothing is actually printed – the design is cut from solid vinyl colours and pressed into your garment at high temperature to fix them permanently in place.
Transfer printing is similar to vinyl printing, the difference being that your design is first printed onto plain white vinyl, allowing for more colourful designs, gradient prints and photographs to be produced before being cut and applied.
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THE VINYL PROCESS
1. Your artwork is mirrored before the design is cut.
2. All areas of vinyl not required are then picked out through a process called weeding. This is why complex designs are not suited for vinyl.
THE TRANSFER PROCESS
1. Transfers onto to dark garments are printed positively in high resolution onto white vinyl; a cutline defines the outermost edge of the design.
2. Once the design is printed and cut, the excess vinyl is removed and the resulting artwork is pressed onto the garment.
3. For white garments, the white shade provides the initial base required to get accurate colours. The artwork is mirror printed onto special paper and then pressed onto the garment.