Guide: 7 Popular Heat Transfer Styles

Selecting the Right Heat Transfer.

Heat transfers come in all shapes and sizes. While they all share a common purpose, there are different types of heat transfers for different types of applications. Unlock of the potential of heat printing by decoding the world of heat transfers.

No matter the design, job size, or application method, there’s a heat transfer perfect for your job.
Download Guide: 7 Popular Transfer Styles.

Screen Printed
Transfers
Screen-Printed Transfers
CAD-CUT® Heat
Transfer Vinyl
Cad-Cut® Heat Transfer Vinyl
Digitally Printed
Heat Transfer Vinyl
Digitally Printed Heat Transfer Vinyl
Sublimation
Transfers
Sublimation Transfers
Inkjet & Laser
Transfers
Inkjet & Lazer Transfers
Rhinestone
Transfers
Rhinestone Transfers
Fabric-Based
Heat Transfers
Fabric-Based Heat Transfers
PRODUCT IDEAL FOR FABRICS JOB SIZE LOGO STYLE DURABILITY
Screen Printed Transfers
  • Creating a screen print finish with no mess
  • Heat applying on demand & at events
  • Supplementing screen printing services on smaller runs
  • Cotton
  • Polyester
  • Nylon
48+
  • Up to 3 colors
  • Highly detailed
Very Good
CAD-CUT® Heat
Transfer Vinyl
  • Personalization & printing low quantities
  • Team uniform names & numbers
  • Special effects like glitter, metallic, & textures
  • Cotton
  • Polyester
  • Lycra/Spandex
  • Nylon
Less than 48
  • 1 & 2 colors
  • Limited Detail
*Excellent
Digitally Printed Heat
Transfer Vinyl
  • Personalizing full-color logos on any fabric
  • Cotton
  • Polyester
  • Lycra/Spandex
  • Nylon
  • Leather
**Less than 48
  • 4+ colors
  • Fine Detail
  • Variable data
Very Good
Sublimation Transfers
  • Non-Apparel Items
  • Light-colored performance apparel
  • All-over printing on performance apparel such as cycling jerseys or wrestling singlets
  • Polyester
  • White & light colors only
Any
  • 4+ colors
  • All-over printing
Excellent
Inkjet & Laser Transfers
  • Short term apparel applications like family reunion shirts
  • Cotton
  • Polyester
Less than 24
  • 4+ colors
  • Photos
Average
Rhinestone Transfers
  • Adding high-end bling to apparel
  • Cotton
  • Polyester
Any
  • Simple text
  • Images
Good
Fabric-Based Heat Transfers
  • Delivering an applique look without sewing
  • Cotton
  • Polyester
Any
  • Simple text
  • Images
Very Good
*Best durability for contact sports
**Or with large runs of personalized items

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