Hot Split Transfer
Combines heat and pressure to transfer images to garments. The transfer paper is peeled away while still hot resulting in the majority of the ink melting into the fabric for a softer, lighter feeling print. This is a great option for detailed prints, customization, shorter runs and quick turnaround times.
HEAT TRANSFER PROCESS
IMAGE DESIGN: Create a customized graphic using professional graphics software. There are a variety of plotters/cutters on the market to create transfers on a variety of materials. Alternately, transfers can also be created using screen printing and is not limited to digital software. If outsourcing is preferred, transfers can also be ordered from a number of companies that can provide guidance on the right type of transfer based on the type of Comfort Colors (R) garment - whether direct/reactive or pigment dyed - and the intended purpose/usage. The preparation cost to print a transfer is the same as for a classic screen print (film, screen, ink). The advantage of a transfer is that you can print easily on a manual press, print a few more transfers if needed for stock for later use and create transfers for specialty garments. When the design is complete, flip it horizontally to create a reverse image. TRANSFER PRINTING: Print your reversed image onto transfer paper using an inkjet printer or by traditional screenprinting heat transfer-compatible ink. Cut away any unprinted portions of the paper to avoid leaving excess transfer film on your garment. APPLYING TRANSFER: Before setting the temperature, take into consideration the ambient temperature and humidity where the transfers are being done. It is recommended to do testing before starting large lots of production and to work closely with the transfer manufacturer. Preheat your transfer machine to make sure it is up to the proper temperature (no higher then 320°F for Neon colors) before proceeding. Set temperature, pressure, and time according to the transfer manufacturer’s recommendations. When possible always increase the time and lower the temperature as much as possible while still creating good adhesion for the transfer. It is highly recommend all heat press operators invest in a thermal probe to better determine actual surface temperature of their garments prior to application. Place garment on transfer press making sure to eliminate wrinkles and then position the transfer carefully. Apply consistent pressure and carefully time the application. Too high a temperature or too much pressure may scorch the shirt or result in irreversible color changes. No drying or curing is required but caution should be exercised when removing the hot garment from the press.
HEAT TRANSFER EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • Computer with graphics software , e.g., Adobe Creative Suite • Inkjet printer, ink and transfer paper; • Heat Press: Choose a press that applies consistent even pressure and has accurate temperature and time gauges.
DISCLAIMER: The suggested temperature provided is not applicable to all machines and should be used as a general guide, especially when printing on Neon colors. In general use as little heat as possible while still curing the ink, that is both in terms of flashing and in your oven. In all cases a longer flashing or drying time and lower heat levels are recommended. Comfort Colors t-shirts should not be heated above approximately 320°F.
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