Silkscreen Transfer

Screen transfers give printers more flexibility with positioning and more control over the product, meaning you can have your design in virtually any position and on virtually any product in Pantone-accurate colours.

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What is screen-printing transfer?

One of the most common printing techniques is screen printing. It is one of the oldest printing techniques and has not changed much over the years. Technology has helped to improve processes and increase quality, but the process has not changed much over the decades.

The technique can be used in multiple ways and one of the advantages is that it can also be used to produce transfers.

The production process of screen printing is very similar to screen printing in that the design is divided into spot colours. Each colour is then printed onto a plastic film which is used to transfer the design by exposing the screen under UV light.

Once all the screens have been prepared for each of the colours, the ink is mixed and added to the screens. The ink is pushed through the screen with a squeegee and the final transfers are produced by printing all the colours on a special paper or plastic. The final layer is an adhesive layer that is used to make the transfer adhere to the product.

Once the screen-printed transfers have been prepared, they can be applied to T-shirts, hoodies, caps, bags, gloves or any other product that may be too difficult to apply with direct screen printing.

The application process is carried out using an industrial heat press which is similar to a large iron and with the heat and pressure, the adhesive causes the transfer to adhere to the product.

When to choose a screen-printing transfer?

When a large number of products need to be printed, standard transfer techniques, e.g. vinyl or cut vinyl, can be too manual and time-consuming. In this case, screen-printed transfers would be the preferred option.

Since the preparation process is the same as screen printing, for smaller orders, the cost can be relatively high, but it offers excellent prices in economies of scale: the more you order, the better the price.

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Another factor to consider is the colour matching process. Other transfer techniques use a CMYK printing process, however, screen-printed transfer colours are Pantone matched, so accurate Pantone colours can be achieved, which is essential if you are trying to stick to a specific brand manual.

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