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Digital transfer printing
First impressions matter. We use the highest quality materials and the latest technology to deliver premium grade digital transfer printing. Here are some of the reasons why you can trust us with your brand.
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What is digital transfer printing?
Digital transfer printing for clothing is perfect for when you need a complex design printed quickly and economically onto fabrics that are not suitable for other print methods. The process is similar to vinyl printing but the main difference is that digital transfer printing is suitable for full-colour designs, whereas vinyl printing is best used with designs that have just one or two.
Digital transfer printing is perfect for those requiring fast turnaround times and for printing onto non-conventional materials like high-visibility workwear, hard hats, and synthetic fabrics.
Digital transfer prints can be created in a vast array of colours and are durable.
Digital transfer printing is perfect for...
Small order quantities
Full colour designs
Sportswear and workwear products
The benefits of digital transfer printing
One benefit of the digital transfer printing process is that it allows bespoke personalisation with numbers, names and job roles, making it the perfect print method for sports teams, university merchandise and uniforms for tradespeople. To help with choosing the right decoration method for your needs, here are some additional benefits of the method:
- Suitable for small order quantities
- Durable finish that does not fade easily
- Suitable for complex designs
- Perfect for waterproof clothing
- Bold and vibrant colours can be printed
The disadvantages of digital transfer printing
Like all print methods, digital transfer printing does have some disadvantages. To help you decide, we’ve listed the tradeoffs that come with digital transfer clothing printing below:
- Not suitable for fabrics sensitive to heat
- Not suitable for large orders
- Colours cannot be Pantone matched
- Not as eco-friendly as other decoration methods
Unsure of which decoration method to choose? Don't worry, our experienced team will ensure you get the appropriate print method for your order.
Quality and feel of digital transfer printing
Digital print transfers have a plastic feel to them. The print will have a raised surface and bold colours that stand out against the main garment colour. It is a popular decoration method for workwear, football shirts and sports team uniforms.
What is the price of digital transfer printing?
Digital transfer printing is a very labour-intensive print method in comparison to other traditional customisation methods such as screen printing, DTG printing, and embroidery. With this, you get our meticulous approach to quality, a durable print, and a bold finish.
If ordering in bulk, you can expect a digital print transfer T-shirt to cost approximately £9 per T-shirt.
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Products for digital transfer printing
Digital transfer printing works best on products made from synthetic materials, like polyester. For the best results, we advise printing onto products with at least 70% polyester (or other synthetic fabric). We can digital transfer print onto a wide range of clothing items, however, our most popular products for this process include the following:
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Frequently asked questions about digital transfer printing
Due to the slightly higher cost of transfer printing, we only recommend this process for smaller orders of items such as softshell jackets or waterproof clothing where other print methods are not possible due to the fabric composition.
For digital transfer printing, your artwork needs to be in vector format, preferably as a vector PDF, SVG or AI file. You can read more about the right file format for your order in our Artwork Guidelines. If you are still unsure whether your artwork is in the correct format, your order will be checked over by both graphic designers and print experts who will bring any issues to your attention and help to get your artwork in the correct format.
Due to the nature of the process, transfer printing is ideal for small-volume orders. Below you will find a more inclusive list of popular products that are suitable for transfer printing.
- Personalised hard hats
- Personalised hi-vis jackets
- Personalised hi-vis waistcoats
- Waterproof trousers
- Waterproof jackets
Whether you’re in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Wales, Leeds, or further afield, we can help. For these UK-based customers, our digital transfer prints are produced in Great Britain, ensuring a quick turnaround wherever you are in the country.
We also have several locations across Europe and the rest of the world, allowing us to deliver your digital transfer printed garments wherever you are on the planet.
Screen printing and digital transfer printing have one thing in common; they both produce bold and vibrant prints and can incorporate many colours. However, they’re generally used in different scenarios.
Screen printing is suitable for larger, bulk orders due to the economies of scale that can provide significant cost savings. On the other hand, transfer printing is suited to smaller orders.
Whilst iron-on transfers and digital transfers are similar in nature, their uses and benefits are quite different. Iron-on transfers can be completed at home to decorate items for low-cost on a small-scale. When used on garments, iron-on transfers will typically only last around 4-5 washes, whereas digital transfers on the other hand use industrial heat presses to bond the transfer to the garment which gives the transfer a lifespan as long as the garment itself.
The process starts with your artwork being traced and applied to transfer paper. Then, using an industrial heat press, the transfer is applied to the garment. This is why you may hear them referred to as heat-pressed T-shirts or hoodies.
This process fuses the transfer to the garment rather than the ink being absorbed by the fabric, creating a vibrant and bold finish.
Digital transfer printing is the most appropriate solution for complex designs on non-conventional fabrics and is also effective at getting bright colours on darker fabrics.
All of our print methods are highly durable, and if looked after, will generally last you the lifetime of your garment. We’ve tested this first hand having put our digital transfer prints through their paces, and it’s safe to say they’re still standing up strong. If you’d like a second opinion, head over to our case studies page to see feedback from many of our happy customers who feel the same.
We typically recommend washing according to the guidelines shown on the care label and line drying your garments for best results and minimal environmental impact. However, if you’ve got some tough stains in your custom sportswear our article on how to wash your custom sports kit may help!
If you want to find out even more about digital transfer printing you may find the following blog posts a good place to start.
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How many products do you need?
We keep things simple, just select the quantity you need below, and our experienced team will ensure you get the appropriate print method for your order.
For both print & embroidery our Online Shop is the fast & easy way to order. All custom orders (of any size) come with a professional digital mockup before anything goes to production.
If you require a quote for 25 or more items, head this way. Whether it's for bulk t-shirt printing, or embroidered workwear we can help.
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Want to use a specific print process?
If purchasing custom printed garments, our system will use a number of variables to calculate the best and most appropriate production process. This keeps things nice and easy for you, and ensures you don’t have to spend years gleaning the knowledge of a printer before making your order. Your order is then checked over by our expert team, ensuring the most appropriate process has been assigned and that your artwork is in the suitable format. Please note all of our print processes are of the highest quality and durability, so perfect for whatever you need. If you do require a specific print method to be used, you’ll find details on how to do this & more information here.
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