Choosing Between Heat Transfer and Screen Printing

If you have ever considered having a design added to a t-shirt or sweatshirt, you probably had to come up with an answer to the question of which type of process to use. Believe it or not, there is more than one way to create custom t-shirts that look great, and will last for longer than one wash. Two popular methods are heat transfer and screen printing- both of which we provide at our shop in Lake Forest, CA.

Heat Transfer

The heat transfer process is a high quality method of applying multi-color designs to a variety of fabrics. Heat transferring uses a specialized printer combined with a heat press to apply almost any image. This is not a new process by any means; you may have remembered the iron-on transfers of the past. Professional heat transferring uses a similar process to transfer images that won’t fade or crack off after a few washes.

Heat transferring can be used on a wide selection of fabrics, including cotton, spandex, polyester and lycra. We use this type of application to apply sports lettering to jerseys, but it can also be used to add your personal photos to an apparel item of your choice. The heat transfer process is very quick and can be done on a piece by piece basis.

Screen Printing

Screen printing is an ancient art that has only gotten better with time. Screen printing is used to apply a standard image to multiple items. It used to be known as silk screening, because it involved using a special screen (made of silk) to apply the design. Nowadays, the design is created on computers and transmitted via lasers to a distinctly designed screen. It is no longer referred to as silk-screening because the screens are no longer made out of silk.

Technical advances in screen printing have made it easy and affordable for more people to use this type of process. To create your customized apparel, simply create a computerized vector image that will be transferred to a screen. Don’t have the software for that? It’s okay our graphic design services can create a unique design for you; or if you have existing images that need to be converted to the proper format we can do that too! Once the screen has been created, it can be used indefinitely to transfer the image to the necessary fabrics.

Because the process is so involved, screen printing is best suited for customizing large amounts of apparel. It also means that it is not the quickest way to purchase custom t-shirts. For that reason, many people decide to use heat transferring. However, if you know that you may need additional applications in the future, creating a custom screen through screen printing ensures that your items all have the exact same design.

Regardless of whether you choose to use heat transfer or screen printing, you will receive the best quality and service by working with Name of the Game Embroidery. We provide custom embroidery, screen printing and heat transferring for Lake Forest and surrounding areas of Orange County.
Contact us today for a quote on your custom apparel needs.


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