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Goof Proof custom screen printed transfers Goof Proof heat transfers for custom t-shirt printing Goof Proof screen printed heat applied transfers

Goof Proof® Screen Printed Transfers

The fastest and easiest to apply screen printed transfer.

Goof Proof is our best selling product because it is versatile, durable, and offers superior opacity on any color apparel. Request a Goof Proof sample.





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Artwork Guidelines

Screen printed transfers require vector artwork.

You can send us vector artwork and we can print it as is or with adjustments.

You can send us bitmap (raster) artwork that we will redraw/convert to vector.

Send us the best artwork that you have.

1. Size: Maximum is 11.5″ x 14″. Although not required, it is a good idea to send us your file at the size you want it printed.

2. Text: Convert all text to curves/outlines before sending.

3. Colors: We use spot colors for screen printing. You can use spot colors when creating art, but it is not required. Use consistent colors in your file.

4. Line Thickness: minimum of .012″ for printed areas.

5. Show-Thru Thickness: minimum of .04″ for non-printing areas

6. Special effects: Some special effects such as fades and shading can’t be produced with screen printing. Consider full color transfers if your art contains these.

We accept the following file types:

.AI, .BMP, .CDR, .CMX, .CPT, .EMF, .EPS, .GIF, .JP2, .JPE, .JPEG, .JPG, .PCT, .PCX, .PDF, .PICT, .PLT, .PNG, .PS, .PSD, .SVG, .TIF, .TIFF, .TXT, .WMF

  • CorelDraw® - all versions
  • Adobe Illustrator® - all versions
  • Adobe Acrobat® (PDF) - all versions
  • Bitmaps/Jpgs (photos) - we will redraw these types of files in a vector format
  • Photoshop® Or Corel Photo Paint® - all versions

Tips / Application

Pre-Production

Please check transfers carefully before heat-applying.

Set Temperature

For 100% cotton or cotton/poly blends:
Set the press to 365°F.

For 100% polyester:
Set the press to 325-335°F.

Pre-Heat Garment

First, place the garment on platen, heat press for 3-5 seconds or until there is no more steam to remove wrinkles and moisture. Ensure there are no obstructions such as buttons, pockets, or seams. If there are, raise only the print area with a Print Perfect Pad.

Position & Press

Place the transfer face down on the garment.

For 100% cotton or cotton/poly blends (365°F):
Close the heat press and heat for 4-6 seconds.

For 100% polyester (325-335°F):
Close the heat press and heat for 10-12 seconds.

Peel Hot

Open the press and peel the carrier in a smooth, even motion.


Note: The recommended time, temperature, and pressure settings are for Stahls' Hotronix® heat press machines. Settings on other heat presses may vary.

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    Temperature

    For cotton, cotton/poly blends: 365°F. For 100% polyester: 325°F.

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    Time

    At 365°F: 4-6 Seconds (at 325°F: 10-12 Seconds)

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    Pressure

    Medium/Firm 6-8 (60-80 psi)

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    Peel

    Hot

  • Can also be pressed 340°F for 8-10 seconds
  • For a glossy retro look, cover the finished print with a reusable cover sheet and heat press again.
  • Works on polyester mesh. Remember, the holes "poke" through, so use a slip sheet between the layers.
  • If applying to polyester that stretches or heat sensitive performance wear, Elasti Prints® will be a better option.

Questions

How do your prints compare to screen printing?

Our Hot Split Retro, Goof Proof®, Elasti Prints™, Glitter, Puff, and Pearl Prints™ transfers are screen printed. If you are looking for a light, breathable print, select Hot Split Retro. For a heavier, athletic feel select Goof Proof. Our transfers are just as durable as direct screen printing.

Which ink formula should I use?

All of our products work on cotton, polyester, or a cotton/poly blend. The choice is based on the feel of the product. • Hot Split Retro has a lighter, softer feel. It also allows you to do more with multi colors. Hot Split gold, yellow, tan and neon ink colors do not work on dark garments. All other ink colors will work on all other colors. • Goof Proof® is your choice for a heavier feel. If using white, gold or yellow ink on a dark garment, we recommend Goof Proof for the heavier feel and opacity. • Elasti Prints® is best if you need to apply at a lower temperature.

What is a gang sheet?

A gang sheet is a transfer sheet with more than one image on it, and all the same ink color. The images can be the same art just different size or different images. To use, you simply cut out the image needed and apply. Because we are putting more than one image on the sheet, a gang sheet can be very economical.

On what types of fabrics can screen printed transfers be applied?

Screen printed transfers can be applied to cotton, polyester, or poly/cotton blends.


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