One of the key advantages of using an adhesive transfer paper is that it’s possible print the color white without white ink. Because the paper itself is white, you can use standard CMYK printers for production. Just leave the white areas of the design “open or knocked out” so that the background color of the paper (white) shows through. Since the paper is a permanent part of the image, you don’t lose the white areas when applied to the fabric.
Adhesive transfer paper also comes with its share of challenges. Much like with digital transfers, adhesive papers don’t necessarily work well on all fabrics; polyester is the biggest challenge. This process also affects the bulk and feel of your fabric. Since the transfer sits atop the fabric’s surface, it is much more noticeable than with digital transfers. Over the course of multiple washings, adhesive transfers may fade, crack and peel.
For sublimators, there are some adhesive transfer papers on the market that make it possible to print on to dark garments and even cotton. You first sublimate a special adhesive-backed transfer paper. The next step is to use a cutter/plotter to trim away any excess paper. Then the final product, which is basically an emblem, is applied in a two-step heat process. The sublimation is part of the physical transfer, not the substrate. This technique can be used with any of the Sawgrass sublimation printer platforms, though the Ricoh 3110 or 7100 being are ideal choices.
Regardless of whether you work with digital or adhesive sublimation transfer paper, all papers are not created equally – and neither are the inks, printers and garments. Therefore you need to focus on all elements of the application in order to get the highest quality results. Also, remember to never sacrifice quality by trying to save a few meaningless pennies. It takes quality materials to make quality products, and transfer papers are no exception.
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