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Choosing a Heat Transfer Type

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Determine which heat applied transfer type is the best choice for your next transfer order.

Having a hard time deciding which heat applied transfer type to use? Try the Transfer Selector Tool to help find out which transfer type will work best for your next heat printing job with step-by-step help.


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Heat Transfer Comparison Chart

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Screen Printed Transfers

Use Screen Printed Transfers for:

  • A classic look
  • 1-2 colors, large designs
  • Cotton, polyester, and cotton/polyblends
  • Sports and fashion wear
  • Names and numbers on jerseys


Standard InksFinishFabric TypesDecorateColorsOther AttributesInstructions
Goof ProofOpaque, mattecotton, polyester, cotton/poly blendsAthletic wearsingle or multi-color, 70+ stock colors, color matching availabledurable, quick application, phthalate-free plastisol ink4-6 seconds, 365ºF, Medium/Firm, peel hot
Hot Split RetroOpaque, matte,
soft, light feel
cotton, polyester, cotton/poly blendsthin materials, burnout t-shirts, fashion apparel60 stock colorsgood opacity for fashion apparel8-10 seconds, 365ºF, Medium/Firm, peel hot


Specialty InksFinishFabric TypesDecorateColorsOther AttributesInstructions
Elasti Printsopaque, matte100% polyesterHeat-sensitive, stretchable performance fabric & moisture-wicking apparel70+ stock colors,
Color matching available
superior stretch and rebound, high opacity, phthalate-free plastisol ink15 seconds, 290ºF, Medium/Firm, peel cold
Glittersparkledcotton, polyester, cotton/poly blendsSpirit, dance, cheer, fashion & holiday wear10 colors, single or
multi-color (2-10 glitter colors)
apply to any color apparel15 seconds, 365ºF, Medium/Firm, peel cold
Glow-in-the-Darkmilky white in daylight,
green glow in the dark
cotton, polyester, cotton/poly blendsHalloween, birthday parties, bandssingle glow colorchanges color in the dark10 seconds, 340ºF, Medium/Firm, peel warm
Puff3D raised effectcotton, polyester, cotton/poly blendsFashion wearblack or white puff, can be with other non-puff standard ink colorsbest for large designs5 seconds, 365ºF, Medium/Firm, peel hot
Pearl Printssoft, shiny lustercotton, polyester, cotton/poly blendsSpirit, dance, cheer, fashion & holiday wear6 colorsdurable adhesive10 seconds, 340ºF, Medium/Firm, peel cold
Foil Adhesiveclear, semi transparentcotton, polyester, cotton/poly blendsSpirit, dance, cheer, fashion & holiday wear1 color adhesivebase layer for heat transfer foil8 seconds, 340ºF, Medium/Firm, peel hot
Heat Transfer Foilshinycotton, polyester, cotton/poly blendsSpirit, dance, cheer, fashion & holiday wear12 colorsadds color and shine to Foil Adhesive transfer30 seconds, 340ºF, Medium/Firm, peel cold


Water-BasedFinishFabric TypesDecorateColorsOther AttributesInstructions
Reflectivereflects direct lightcotton, polyester, cotton/poly blendssafety and fashion wearsingle silver reflectivemetallic silver during daylight, reflects direct light at night15 seconds, 290ºF, Medium, peel cold



Full Color Transfers

Use Full Color Transfers for:

  • Full color, photo realistic designs - including shading, fades, and gradients
  • Cotton, polyester, spandex, neoprene, nylon, and leather
  • Sublimated apparel (use blocker transfer type)
  • Short-run personalization
  • Cost efficient for 3 or more spot colors

Digital TransferFinishFabric TypesDecorateColorsOther AttributesInstructions
UltraColor™ Softsoft, mattecotton, polyester, cotton/poly blends100% polyester stretchy performance wearFull colorStretch & rebound12-15 seconds, 290ºF, Medium, peel cold
UltraColor™ Stretchsoft, mattecotton, polyester, cotton/poly blends, spandex, Lycra®, woven nylonstretchy fabrics with spandex and nylonFull colorStretch & rebound12-15 seconds, 290ºF, Medium, peel cold
UltraColor™ Stretch with Blockersoft, mattecotton, polyester, cotton/poly blends, spandex, Lycra®, woven nylon, sublimated polyestersublimated polyesterFull colorStretch & rebound, blocks dye migration12-15 seconds, 290ºF, Medium, peel cold
Soft Opaquesoft, semi-mattecotton, polyester, cotton/poly blends, nylon & spandex/Lycra®Promo items (hats, umbrellas, etc.) & performance wearFull colorStretch & rebound15 seconds, 310ºF, Medium/Firm, peel hot
Sub Blocksoftcotton, polyester, cotton/poly blendsAny color sublimated polyesterFull colorBlocks dye migration20 seconds, 265ºF, Medium, peel warm
Express Printssoft, mattecotton, polyester, cotton/poly blendsfashion wear, light or dark-colored apparel

Full color


Fast, low temperature application5-10 seconds, 250ºF, Medium/Firm, peel hot