There are four commonly known processes of textile printing; they are widely known as rollers, screen, block, and heat transfer. In the past, the most frequently used type of printing was screen printing; but today, many choose to use a laser transfer paper because of its convenience.
How does laser transfer paper work?
As we have mentioned, screen printing is the most common type of textile printing, but it is also a long process. This tedious process of textile printing was made easy through the use of transfer papers.
The pertinent design is printed on a transfer paper using a standard inkjet printer, or colour laser copier, or colour laser printer. The models made from this type of transfer paper are usually bright that comes with a filmy coating.
After printing your design, place the printed sheet on top of the t-shirt, and then apply heat. If you are at home, try things out, since a usual iron will work. If you are printing customized shirts as a source of income, using a heat press is strongly suggested.
After applying heat on the transfer paper, peel the paper, and your customized shirt is ready. Textile printing using transfer papers is super easy and fast as it only requires minimal cost. It is one of the many low-cost start-up businesses you can try.
Heat transfer papers also work on polyester and cotton fabrics, and it also goes well with either light or dark-coloured fabrics. This feature of the laser transfer paper gives you more flexibility because some transfer papers do not print on cotton fabrics.
Advantages of using laser transfer papers
- Using a laser transfer paper is not messy. Silkscreen printers use ink that tends to spill along the process of textile printing. When using a laser transfer paper, you do not have to worry about cleaning up your mess after printing.
- Using transfer papers requires minimum cost. Some start-up textile printing services only start with a printer, a few shirts, and a few transfer papers.
- Faster turn- around time. Transfer papers produce more output quickly and economically. With the traditional silk screen printing, you will have to wait until the paint dries up before delivery. Drying up the paint will take days, and it will also need sunlight to dry up. You will also have to find a big space where the sun can shine on the shirt to dry them up.
- Using transfer papers is more efficient. You can create your designs and confidently print them on transfer papers while waiting for the shirts to arrive. Again, through the traditional textile printing method, you have to wait for the shirts to arrive before you can start the process.
- Printing through transfer papers saves inventory space. When you are out to meet a client, you can show them your designs through your laptop or your phone. You can even email them your designs to minimize transportation costs. With silk screen printing, you have to print your designs on shirts before you can show them to your clients. These sample designs will eventually pile up on your inventory space.
There are many factors to consider that the graphics on your t-shirt look stunning; one of them is to use a high-quality transfer paper. Using high-quality transfer paper does not just produce high-quality images, but it also produces durable prints. The prints on the t-shirt do not easily crack or fade after washing.