Getting Started with Transfer Express
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Easiest Way to Design and Print Apparel
Transfer Express is the world's largest supplier of custom screen printed and digital heat transfers, heat presses, free customizable designs, wholesale apparel, and expert advice to help you grow your t-shirt business.
You'll find a plenty of resources here for everything you need to start or grow your t-shirt business.
- What are heat applied transfers and what's the advantage of Print on Demand?
- What you need to print your own shirts
- Create an Account
- Start your first design and how to order
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What are Screen Printed Transfers
Put in the most basic terms, screen printing (sometimes known as "silk screen printing") uses a series of stencils to decorate a substrate.
A screen printed transfer (also known as a plastisol transfer) is an image which has been screen printed onto release paper. Instead of being directly screen printed onto a shirt or other item, the design is printed onto transfer paper, which can then be applied to a garment with a heat press.
Screen printed transfers can be single or multi-color, and heat apply in seconds to any number of items, such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, jackets, caps, and more.
Screen printed transfers use the same inks and processes as other types of screen printing, but hold several advantages.
Print on Demand
Transfers are great for events where you are unsure of how many shirts will be sold. The garment doesn't have to be printed until it is sold, so there will be no leftover printed merchandise.
Fill-ins and last minute orders are easy. Screen printed transfers allow an inexpensive way to be prepared for last-minute fill-in orders. Replacement shirts and last-minute additions won't be a problem.
Screen printed transfers are just as durable as direct-printed garments and often provide better-looking results.
Save time and money with transfers. Gang sheets (which feature more than one image on the same sheet) help make transfers even more economical, especially for sports league sponsors, caps, and left-chest prints.
Unlike traditional screen printing, where all shirts need to be printed at the same time, transfers can be printed as products arrive. If a shirt is on back-order, you can print the rest of the order, then finish in seconds when the back-ordered shirt arrives.
What You Need to Print Your Own Shirts
In order to decorate your blank apparel with custom transfers, all you will need is a heat press to apply them.
To get the best results, you need a reliable heat press.
Our custom screen printed and digital transfers are commercially printed on printing presses. These are not "iron-on" transfers that are printed on a desktop printer.
An iron will not give you reliable, professional results with our products.
If you don't already have a heat press, we can help you choose one that works great with transfers.
Create Your Account
Getting started with Transfer Express is super easy - all you need is to create an account.
Creating an account only takes a few minutes through our online registration form.
It does not cost anything to set up an account and no credit card is needed to register.
As soon as you are finished setting up your account, you have access to place orders, design in Easy View®, and edit your settings.
With an account, you get immediate access to our online designer, Easy View. Easy View is always free. There are never any subscriptions or fees to use Easy View.
Sign up for an account!
When you sign up for an account, we'll also send you a sample pack of transfers that you can start heat applying with your heat press. This allows you to see and feel each of our popular transfer types. You'll also get a price guide.
Using the Easy View Designer to Place Your First Order
Once you have created your free account, you have full access to place orders and design in Easy View, our free online designer.
Placing your first order is easy.
- You can order custom transfers using our artwork layouts that you can customize in Easy View (called Easy Prints®) or you can upload your own artwork if you have it.
- Or you can place a stock transfer order, such as numbers or flags.
- There are plenty of marketing tools, heat presses, and accessories, as well.
- If you need individual names for uniforms, order Express Names™ (pre-spaced screen printed names).
How to Order Custom Transfers
Besides artwork, when you are ready to place a custom transfer order, you will need to know:
- quantity of transfers (minimum of 6 sheets, all the same artwork)
- number of ink colors
- apparel type (this helps choose a transfer type)
You can order online using Easy View, our online designer, to customize one of the thousands of professionally designed layouts and clip art.
If you have your own artwork, we can create transfers for you from just about anything you send us - digital files, sketches, photos, etc.
Just upload your art to place an order. We accept 11 different file formats: .AI, .JPE, .JPEG, .JPG, .PDF, .PNG, .PSD, .SVG, .TIF, .TIFF, .TXT.
You can also upload your artwork into Easy View. Easy View currently accepts 10 file formats: .PDF, .JPG, .JPEG, .JPE, .PNG, .TIF, .TIFF, .AI, .PSD, .SVG.
Once you place your order, we will print your custom design as screen printed transfers and ship them to you fast.
The Custom Transfer People®
Customer Service is available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm (ET) to help assist you if you have any questions. Just call 1-800-622-2280.
DESIGN, DECORATE, DELIVER®
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At this time, Transfer Express accepts online orders from the U.S. and Canada only.
We ship to US Territories Guam, US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
We also service several islands in the Atlantic, such as British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Saint Kitts, French West Indies, and St. Maarten.
If you are outside of these regions, please visit our partners for service in your areas.
Target Transfers - serves the UK, Ireland, and Scotland
Stahls' Europe - serves Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Stahls' Europe now has DTF Transfers available!