Heat transfer printing is the process of printing images (in reverse) onto a sheet of transfer paper and then using heat applied to the printed paper to transfer the images to the desired item with a hot iron or heat press.
Flat heat press used to print T-shirts and other flat surfaces. Credit : Scrud123
Different kinds of heat transfer printing
Heat transfer printing can be used with various printing methods including:
Equipment needed for heat transfer printing
The basic equipment needed to heat transfer print is a printer, transfer paper and a heat press or hot iron.
Mug heat press
Uses for heat transfer printing
Heat transfer printing is often used to make personalised gifts and promotional items and can be used to print various items including:
And many more
As you can see from above the most popular surfaces to print is textiles (cotton and polyester) and ceramics.
Cap heat press