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Screen Printed Transfers, DTF Transfers, & More

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Blank wholesale t-shirts, hoodies, caps, bags, and more for the use of decorating and customizing apparel for end consumers

Accepted File Types

Digital file formats of your artwork that we are able to print, or use as a guide, for custom screen printed transfers and full color transfers. You can send us 11 different formats: SVG, PDF, AI, JPG, JPEG, JPE, TIF, TIFF, PNG, PSD, TXT



Our official Transfer Express blog hosts a variety of educational topics, tips, tricks, and inspiration related to t-shirt businesses and heat printing.


Clip Art

A collection of art to be used in Easy Prints layouts.

Color Change

The changing of the ink color midway through a screen printed transfer run. Your pricing is based on the total sold with a small fee to change the color. For example you might want 10 in red and 40 in white; you would be priced at the 50 total with a fee for the color change.

Color Selector

A booklet of the ink color selection available from Transfer Express.

Custom Clip Art (CCA)

Clip art saved from one of your Easy Prints Plus orders for your future use in Easy Prints layouts.

Customer ID

A Transfer Express customer number.



An effect which gives your print a worn look.


Easy Prints®

A collection of customizable professionally created art layouts. You can change the text, clip art, font and choose the colors and size. Easy Prints can be used to design artwork for apparel.

Easy View®

Online design preview of custom created Easy Prints layouts.

Elasti Prints®

Screen printed transfers designed to go on polyester that stretches.

Express Names™

Pre-spaced individual screen printed transfer names applied with a heat press.

Express Pack

A box of Easy Prints numbers that includes 15 number 1s and 5 each of the numbers 0, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.



A product used in conjunction with a screen printed transfer that gives a shiny look.


Letter styles (typestyles) that can be used when printing custom products.


Gang Calculator

An online tool to help you figure how many images can fit on a gang sheet when ordering screen printed transfers.

Gang Sheet

A screen printed transfer sheet that has multiple images on the sheet.


A screen printed transfer with sparkle.


A screen printed transfer that is an off-white color in daylight and glows as a green color in the dark.

Goof Proof®

Plastisol, screen printed ink type that has adhesive added. Applies in 4 seconds.


Heart Size

A transfer size designed to be applied to the left chest.

Heat Press

A machine that applies transfers using time, temperature and pressure settings.

Heat Printing Pillow

A foam cushion sold by Stahls’ for use with their products. A pillow should NOT be used with transfer application.

Hot Split Retro

A screen printed plastisol transfer type that applies at a high temperature and melts into the fabric giving a soft feel.


Idea Book™

A catalog with Easy Prints layouts to help you create custom transfers for apparel and non-apparel products such as stickers or window decals.

Image Resizer Tool

An online tool to help you figure proportions when calculating enlargements or reductions.

Ink Formulas

The choice of inks used for screen printed transfers. Examples are Goof Proof and Hot Split Retro.


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Kraft Paper

A type of cover sheet which produces a matte finish.



Professionally created designs (templates) used to create the Easy Prints artwork collection.

League Layouts

Specially priced screen printed gang sheets, where multiple teams (sponsor strips) are put on one sheet.


Marketing Kit

A kit that can be purchased from Transfer Express to help with the selling of custom transfers. Includes Idea Book, display transfers, decal, color selector, and a coupon.


Number Calculator

An online tool to help you figure how many numbers are needed for a team or league.

Number Kit

A box of Easy Prints numbers that includes 120 of the number 1, 30 each of 2,3,4,5,6, and 9, and 15 each of 7, 8, and 0 for a total of 315 digits.


Outline Color

The outermost color on a multi-color print.



International color matching system using numbers to identify colors.

Pearl Prints™

A screen printed transfer type with a pearlescent effect or shimmer.


Ink used for screen printed transfers.


Upper or Lower metal plate of the heat press. Lower platens can be interchangeable and are sold as a Heat Press Accessory.


Artwork ordered to view the art prior to ordering the transfer.

Print Perfect Pad

A silicone rubber pad designed to raise your print area during heat printing, to avoid seams, buttons, zippers, and other obstructions, while giving a flat, solid surface for even pressure.


A screen printed transfer formula that puffs when applied.


Quick Slip Pad Protector

An add-on cover that fits over the lower platen of a heat press to protect and reduce the wear and tear of the platen. It also helps threading garments quicker because of the slippery surface.



Transfer that reflects direct light.

Exact Reorder

When you need more transfers of the exact art you ordered previously. We keep art on file for 2 years. Visit My Account, Past Orders to and look for the "Reorder" link. With exact reorders, you can change quantity and colors. Your previous order # is needed.

Reorder with a Change

When you need more transfers of previous art you have ordered but you need to change the art, size, transfer type, etc. Call us at 1-800-622-2280 to place these orders. Your previous order # is needed.

Retail Price List

Dealer pricing that has been doubled for retail selling—what you would charge the customer.

Reusable Cover Sheet

A type of cover sheet which leaves a shiny finish.


A premium service ordered for a fee when an item is needed prior to the scheduled ship date.


Screen Printed Transfers

Transfers produced using plastisol ink and the screen printing method.

Shirt Tags

Easy Prints layout for creating shirt tag screen printed transfers.


The area of art or text where the shirt color shows through the design.

Speedy Air

Two-day air shipping service offered for the same price as Ground service, our flat $15 rate.

Split Front

A type of print needed for a button-down shirt where the print will be applied to both sides of the shirt. TIP: Cut the transfers in half to apply to each side.


A digitally produced product with an adhesive backing for application on a variety of items including laptops, notebooks, drinking bottles, etc.


Threading (dressing)

An application technique where you “dress” the apparel on the lower platen.


An image printed on a release paper that is applied to apparel using a heat press.

TX Ticker

The scrolling online shipping schedule for Transfer Express products located in the top blue section of the website.


A list of words for application to one shirt. For example, a class list or schedule that is printed on the back of a shirt.


Letter styles (fonts) that can be used in Easy Prints® custom transfers.


UltraColor® Max

A full color transfer type using a direct to film printing process.

UltraColor® Stretch

A digital screen printed full color transfer type for spandex, lycra, and nylon.

UltraColor® Stretch with Blocker

A digital screen printed full color transfer type designed to block dye migration on sublimated polyester.


The method of sending artwork electronically.


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Transfer Express hosts online free webinar classes to teach about heat printing and ideas on how to grow your t-shirt business.

Window Decal

A digitally printed product for permanent placement on a window.


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