VINYL - SHIRT - PRINTING

Vinyl printing is when a sheet of polyurethane (pu) vinyl is cut to produce a design which is then heat applied to the garments.

Vinyl printing is a method of printing that is generally limited to a 1 colour print. The artwork is required in a vector format which is produced in a software package i.e. Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw, this artwork format produces the design in lines as opposed to pixels as in a jpeg image.

The artwork is sent in mirror image to the vinyl cutter, which is very much like a large printer, however instead of using ink it uses a blade. Once the image has been etched into the vinyl, the vinyl can then be removed from the cutter. The excess vinyl surrounding the image can be weeded (removed) from the backing sheet, once this has removed you will be left with your design.

The design is now ready to be applied to the garment using a heat press. The approx temperature of the heat press to apply the image is 160c, this does vary depending on the garment and the vinyl used. The garment is placed on the heat press base plate and the image can then be placed in the appropriate position on the garment, the heat clamp is then closed for approximately 10-15 seconds and then released. The backing film can now be removed from the garment and you are left with your design.

Its best to use dark colored t-shirts for printing as shown below so that the print comes neat.

Material Used:
Siser EasyWeed – Excellent stretch

LIGHT - TRANSFER - T-SHIRT - PRINTING

Light Heat Transfers are self-weeding and leaves no background plastic polymer behind. It runs in most newer oil or oil-less color copiers or color laser printers. This heat transfer paper is designed for the heat transfer of full color images on to items such as: T-shirts, handbags, mouse pads, leather articles, art papers, etc. transfers works well on white or very light color shirts and fabrics, cotton, 50-50 blends and polyester and there is no need to trim the paper.

Material Used:
IMAGE CLIP Laser Light Heat Transfer Paper

DIGITAL - SHIRT - PRINTING

Digital printing technologies give the designer more options of substrates to print on due to its non-contact printing. This eliminates the distortion of images that occurs in analogue process, like screen printing. It also requires less harsh methods of holding the substrate in the press, thereby giving more options of substrates. This means that substrates such as fabrics, very thin paper, and even ceramics can be safely printed on offering the customer more choices in designing.

Siser ColorPrint Easy  – Semi-gloss finish – 3.1 mils thick (80 microns)
Siser ColorPrint Soft Opaque -Stretchable – 1.7 mils thick (45 microns)
Siser ColorPrint PU – Matte – Thin and stretchable – 2.8 mils thick(70 microns)

Material Used:
Siser ColorPrint Easy – Semi-gloss finish

PRESSING AND PLACEMENT

Siser EasyWeed is our most popular standard heat transfer vinyl.  As it’s name implies, Siser EasyWeed is very easy to cut, weed and apply to all cotton, polyester and cotton/poly/rayon blends.  Siser EasyWeed features a sticky carrier sheet which makes it an excellent choice for small letters and detailed cuts.  We offer Siser EasyWeed in sheets, by the foot and in rolls.

Siser Easyweed  – Approximately 3.5 mils. thick (3.5/1000″)

Pressing Custom Shirts:
One color and two color vinyl transfers

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