About Digital Print/Vinyl

What is Digital Print

Full colour vinyl transfers are vinyl trasfers heat applied to garments to offer an alternative to printing. The modern super stretch materials are bonded to the product and maintain their colour and appearance for the life of the garment. And with the ability to print onto vinyl in High definition you can have a lot of detail in the design.

Differences between Screen Printing and Heat Pressing

One of the things that we get asked most is what are the differences between screen printing and heat pressing a garment. So, the goal of this is to help clear up the confusion surrounding the topic.

When we use the term heat press, we are describing a machine that has a platen which gets super-hot. This machine has several controls such as temperature, pressure, and time. These controls are needed, because in order to properly apply a material onto a garment you need to make sure they are set correctly. Basically, this machine is like a large iron that gets very hot (400 degrees Fahrenheit) and has a large surface area. A large surface area is needed since it will be needed to print on shirts that range in size from small to six XL. Most often times, the material that is used with a heat press is vinyl. Vinyl is made of a similar material to PVC pipe, but apparel vinyl is very flexible. In addition, apparel vinyl is designed to act as an adhesive at very hot temperatures. This way, when it’s placed on apparel, it literally melts onto it and will last hundreds of washes. Pictured  is a heat press machine that we have here in our shop:
Some customers prefer the look and feel of a heat pressed garment while others prefer it to be screen printed. It’s not that one technique is better than the other, because it all boils down to preference.

Screen printing is a much more difficult task then printing with vinyl. The reason is because there are so many more things that go into screen printing a shirt. For example, you have to prepare screens, burn films, align screens, apply ink onto the screens, and then do a test print. Then, after what could easily take hours’ worth of setup time, it’ll be time to print.
If you have any further questions about the differences between screen printing and heat pressing, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Colour Cut Vinyl

Our other method is pre coloured vinyl cut to your image. If your logo is 1 or 2 colours often it is better to use a pre coloured vinyl. This is the same method used in sports number.  See the below Siser Colour Chart for the range of vinyls available.

Siser Colour chart

Siser Colour Chart