Vinyl Heat Transfer Printing

Vinyl Heat Transfer Printing

Digitally printed and applied to the garment using high heat, vinyl printing produces vivid colours, crisp lines and a spectacular finish.

Heat Transfer is the printing method of applying specialty vinyls to garments through a heat press. This vinyl can be applied as a single layer or it can be layered for complex designs.

Vinyl transfers can be used to print designs onto surfaces where the usual methods are not able to reach, like a hat. They produce high-quality results on almost any kind of fabric. Choose from a wide range of colours, and have numbers or lettering cut out using our digital vinyl plotter. We can also provide special colour finishes: gloss, metallic, reflective, fluoro and even glitter.

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T-Shirts and Singlets
Hi Vis Workwear & Safety Wear
Caps and Hats
Sports Bags
Tote Bags - Cotton, Calico, Non-Woven Fabric
Can/Stubby Holders

How Vinyl Heat Transfer Works

Firstly, your artwork is checked by our team to ensure it can be processed by our vinyl cutter. The coloured vinyl you pick is loaded onto the machine, and it perfectly scores the design. The cut design is then manually 'weeded' (unnecessary parts, like negative space and insides of letters, are removed) before it is pressed with an industrial heat press to permanently fix the design to your garment.

For a design with multiple colours, a digitally printed transfer is ideal. Digital prints also allow for reproduction on darker coloured clothing. The modern super stretch materials are bonded to the product and maintain their colour and glossy appearance for the life of the garment.


  • Combed cotton and polyester garments work best with Vinyl Heat Transfer
  • Not ideal for large bulk orders, due to the labour intensive process.
  • Colour choices may be limited depending on the vinyl in stock.
  • Care is required when washing the garments – wash inside out, do not tumble dry and do not iron the logo
  • Designs must be supplied in vector format (AI / EPS files accepted) or converted before they can be cut.
  • Film may be noticeable around the outer edges of detailed designs, and have a slightly plastic finish.
  • Popular choice for team and sports uniforms, as it is ideal for printing numbers and names onto a single-colour design.

Vinyl Heat Transfer Examples


What are the benefits of heat transfers?

- Good for bulk orders.

- Print multiple logos in different sizes, reducing extra setup fees.

- Clear and crisp adhesion of design via the heat transfer process.

What are the disadvantages of heat transfers?

- The print itself has a distinctly plastic feel to it, so it's best suited to smaller designs, not for use on an entire garment (dye sublimation would be recommended instead).

- Due to the cutting process, vinyl transfers are not ideal for designs with rough or jagged lines.

- Can get expensive for very small jobs, especially for larger logos, due to the labour involved.

- Exposure to hot irons can damage the printed transfer.


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