The common feature of all transfer printing techniques is that, unlike screen printing, the printing inks are not printed directly onto the textile. The process begins with the printing motif being printed on a carrier material and then cut out according to its contours. This step is called plotting. The carrier materials have an adhesive layer. The textile is printed in a transfer press using heat and pressure. Transfer printing is particularly suitable for small runs and textiles that are difficult to print. For example, soft shell jackets, winter jackets, jerseys or shoulder bags can be printed in this way, because these textiles with their multi-layer fabric layers cannot be sufficiently fixed in screen printing machines.
Flex- und Flock (e.g. jerseys)
With the flock and flex printing process we press your motifs with heat onto the desired textile. Characteristic for this printing process is the high color brilliance combined with a strong contour sharpness. In addition, it can be realized even with small quantities. The printing process begins with the preparation. Here your desired design is cut out of a foil with the help of a plotter and carefully weeded by hand. Afterwards the freestanding motif can be pressed on as desired. Grantshirt can use this process to refine your jerseys at a reasonable price
Digital print transfer
In digital print transfer, the carrier material is printed in digital printing. Thus, complex, multi-colored and photorealistic motifs can be realized without any problems even for small editions. Unfortunately, this printing process also has a disadvantage, the lack of durability. This means that the ink on the carrier material starts to fade after frequent washing.
Screen printing transfer
Here, the carrier material is printed using the screen printing process. The production of the screen printing transfers is done in the same way as direct screen printing. The difference, however, is that the textiles are not printed directly, but the carrier material. The advantage compared to direct screen printing is that the transfers can be applied excellently even on demanding textiles such as softshell jackets or similar. Further advantages result in the areas of durability, hardiness and color brilliance. The disadvantage of the screen printing transfer is the one-time costs for films and screen printing stencils.
Sublimation (e.g. cups, Active Ware)
In sublimation printing, special materials are used to achieve a breathable, imperceptible ink application. A sublimation paper is used on which the motif is printed with special sublimation ink. The motif is transferred in the transfer press using heat and pressure. The sublimation ink has the unique property that when exposed to heat it changes its aggregate state from solid to gaseous without first becoming liquid. This special feature means that the ink is evaporated into the textile during the process. This type of printing is only suitable for textiles with a high polyester content. A good color fidelity can be achieved especially on white textiles.