Heat Transfers Or Screen Printing – Which Is Best?

If you’re keen to create T shirt designs for yourself this year, you’ll have probably already come across the terms screen printing and heat transfers. But which of these would be best for you and how can you work out which to go for?

Heat transfer is simply the process of printing your design by transferring it from paper to your chosen garment through both heat and pressure. The artwork is printed using special ink on a specific type of paper via a heat press, allowing you to quickly and easily print full colour images on T shirts, hoodies and whatever else you’ve got in mind really.

What’s good about heat transfer is that it’s quite an environmentally friendly process, you can press photographs easily and small printing runs can be inexpensive – so if costs are a concern for you, this might be a good option to go for.

However, remember that with heat transfer items the printed image doesn’t last that long and you may notice that it starts to fade after just a couple of washes. What’s more, the print itself may not look that precise, you can’t iron over it (although you can iron the clothes on the reverse side) and it only really works on light coloured fabrics.

Screen printing may be the best choice if you want to have lots of garments printed and if you want to ensure that your designs stand the test of time. We can certainly help you with this here at Screenkings, that’s for sure! Screen printing is the most popular and most widely used way of printing images and text on different fabrics, which speaks for itself really.

It’s the best option out there for printing bigger designs of one or two colours and works brilliantly on fabric like cotton and poly cotton. What’s more, you can put your garments in a washing machine and your images won’t fade since the ink is heat dried – and the good news is that you can also print on dark fabrics if you opt for screen printing over heat transfer.

You’re also able to iron on the print itself and you get a softer feel on the finished garment than you would with heat transfer. Of course, as with anything, there are a few cons such as it being a bit more expensive if you only want to have a couple of items printed and it could also be costly if you have lots of different colours on your design. You’re also unable to screen print on coated fabrics, something else to bear in mind when deciding which process to go for.

If you’d like to find out more about screen printing and other methods of printing on fabric, including costs, time and what can and can’t be achieved, get in touch with our friendly team today. Check out this video if you want to see both screen printing and heat transfer in action.