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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.

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

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