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What Are Heat Transfers?

Are you looking for a simple and easy way to start your t-shirt business? Here you go! Heat transfers will be your best option. Heat Transfers, also known as plastisol transfers, are your designs printed in plastisol ink onto a carrier. The carrier can be paper or plastic film. When the carrier is pressed to textile/ fabric with heat, the ink of the graphic image adheres to the material. This simple process gives you complete flexibility to apply on t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, and more. Most important, you can buy a small quantity in the beginning, you can start your business even with a limited budget.


Screen Print Transfers
Instead of printing the image direct to garments, screen printed transfers are essentially a screen printing process printed onto a heat transfer release film first; then, you can transfer the graphic image onto the clothes by heat press. It’s produced by manual or automotive print machines,  great for a print job involving many colors. Provides a soft, clean edge, full-color print. This eco-friendly transfer is fast becoming one of the most sought-after transfer choices.

Dye Sublimation
Dye Sublimation is a digital printing technology that uses heat transfer to embed the image in the substrate or fabric. Rather than printed on the surface. Images on fabric won’t fade or crack even after multiple washes.
But Dye Sublimation also have apparent disadvantage. It doesn’t have white ink and doesn’t image dark/black fabrics. Any white in your graphic will be void of color.
Heat Transfer Vinyl
HTV contains a pre-print color layer and a heat-activated adhesive backing. You need to cut your digital design into vinyl using a vinyl cutter, like a Silhouette CAMEO.
Then transfer those designs onto your T-shirt or garment using a heat press. Typically each heat transfers vinyl only has one color, so it is better for a simple design only have one color.


Decorating with a heat press is an easy, cost-effective way for personalization at scale on a wide variety of items and fabrics. To get started, you’ll need a heat Press, printed heat Transfers, and blank t-shirts.  Because of the ease of use and versatility, this is the go-to among start-up businesses and entrepreneurs.

Here in Smart Print Transfers, you can upload your artwork for custom transfers or purchase wholesale stock transfers in one-stop shopping. You don’t have to go through multiple vendors.


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With Smart Print Transfers, you can make your original T-shirt, tumblers by sending us your image!
Select your Sheet Size(s) and Quantities. For ordering various sizes/quantities, simply use the shopping cart_ the “Add To Cart” button, then check out_finalize your order.
THAT’S IT….. We will have it ready for press and shipped in ONLY 1-2 business days!

Then in your own time, You only need a heat press to transfer the print to the garment; after peeling off the base film, you will see the graphic image transfers to the surface perfectly!
Read this article for a full tutorial on how to use Custom Heat Transfers.