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UltraColor® MAX FAQs

What is UltraColor® MAX?

UltraColor® MAX are direct to film heat transfers offered by STAHLS’. These full color transfers are perfect for finely-detail designs with unlimited colors, including gradients, with no white or clear outline. These transfers are easily applied at a low temperature in seconds, making them perfect for a wide variety of apparel and accessories.

How do I order UltraColor® MAX transfers?

The process is easy! Simply upload your artwork at Select UltraColor® MAX as your service type, approve your proof, get an instant quote, and place your order.

Which file format should my artwork be?

Vector is preferred. Raster can be provided but must be a minimum of 300 DPI at requested size and saved on a transparent background.
Preferred file types: .PDF, .PNG, .TIF
Accepted file types: .AI, .SVG, .JPG, .PSD

Can I upload one design or group multiple images on a sheet?

You can upload a single image OR a design file with multiple images included (max size 22” x 22”).
If uploading a single image, select the size you want the image to be printed as, and your designs will be fit on a sheet accordingly.
If uploading multiple images in a single file, select the overall sheet size you would like to be printed. Maximum sheet size is 22" x 22".
View more artwork specification details.

Can I get help with my artwork?

Yes! If issues with your artwork are found, you’ll be alerted in the Artwork Information section during proofing. You can either upload new artwork or choose to have an artist review and assist you for a fee. If artist help is not selected prior to ordering, artwork will be printed as it is supplied. PLEASE NOTE: STAHLS' Artists will NOT modify multiple image art files(gang sheets). Consider uploading individual designs.

How much do UltraColor® MAX transfers cost?

Transfers are 6¢/square inch, with no order minimums. There is NO artwork fee unless you select the option for artist help during the proofing process. There are no bulk quantity discounts. Pricing is simple and straightforward for easy quoting.

What is the minimum and maximum size of uploaded art files?

Minimum artwork design size is .25” x .25” and maximum is 22” x 22”. IMPORTANT: Artwork line thicknesses should be 0.018” or thicker (smaller may not print).

Will colors be an exact match?

No, exact color matching is not provided. UltraColor® MAX transfers are printed in CMYK. You do NOT need to convert your colors into CMYK. If you submit artwork in RGB or Pantone colors, the production process will automatically convert to CMYK when printing. While the conversion is very good, we encourage a sample run first if you have any concerns about specific coloring.

How fast is shipping?

Most UltraColor® MAX transfer orders will ship out the next business day if you place your order by midnight. Single customer order volume is currently limited to $600 for next business day shipping. Orders totaling more than $600, even if separated into multiple order submissions, will result in additional business days for production. Actual ship times will be provided during checkout.

How will my transfers arrive?

UltraColor® MAX transfers arrive by the sheet, rolled in a tube for protection during transit. Individual designs are not pre-cut.

How long will my transfers last?

UltraColor® MAX transfers are lab tested to withstand 50 washes. For longer life, we recommend cold wash and tumble dry low settings.

Why does the carrier look a bit yellow?

Yellowing of adhesive or waffle texture on the carrier is possible and normal. This will not affect heat application.

How do I heat apply my UltraColor® MAX transfers?

These transfers easily heat apply to cotton, polyester or Lycra®/spandex fabrics at 290°F / 145°C for 12-15 seconds using medium pressure and peel hot. No cover sheet is required.

Is UltraColor® MAX a safe product to use?

UltraColor® MAX is both CPSIA and OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 certified, meaning it has been rigorously tested for safety and compliance before consumer use.

What is the difference between UltraColor® MAX and UltraColor® PRO?

UltraColor® MAX is a direct to film transfer with no outline and UltraColor® PRO is digital screen printed transfer with a clear, thin outline. See this comparison chart for an overview of both transfer products.

Still have questions? Contact our helpful Customer Service Representatives at 800.478.2457 or