Vinyl transfer printing works by a machine which cuts out a design onto a single-colour sheet of vinyl or a printed coloured design onto vinyl. The vinyl design is then heat sealed on to the garment using a heat press.
This creates a vibrant, bold finish that will really stand out.
The design to be printed needs to have an outline added, which is achieved using specialised design software. The digitised design is then ready to be cut and used. It is put through a Versacamm machine which electronically cuts and prints multi-coloured design onto a sheet of plain vinyl. The design is then cut out manually using a weeder, in a process called weeding. The cut design is then placed on application tape to prepare it to be heat transferred. Next, the design is heat pressed in the correct position on to the garment. The garment must be cooled and then the application tape is taken off.
Vinyl printing is fantastic for single-colour orders as it can do this proficiently for any order size at a better cost than direct-to-garment printing. It is great for lettering and especially for vibrant t-shirts with a personalised message like those you might order for a stag or hen trip, as vinyl is low-cost and great for one-off orders. As the design effectively sits on top of the garment, no vibrancy in the colour of the design is lost.
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