Heat Transfer Vinyl is made from a thin vinyl sheet similar to paper-but translucent. Made of a particular thin layer of vinyl, heat transfer vinyl allows you to take an image from your computer onto fabric without worrying about any smudging. Print out your chosen image onto the heat transfer vinyl paper, apply heat to the vinyl, and the vinyl on the paper easily attaches to the fabric with no paint or heat applied to the image. You can even scan digital photos into your computer or make them in graphic software, and then use your digital printer to print out your design on heat transfer vinyl for use on just about anything. With just a heat gun and some basic DIY skills, anyone can make their design using this relatively inexpensive heat transfer vinyl.
If you need to create a custom design, there are a few things that may be more important than the actual paper itself. Since you can only add design elements to printed paper, if you have a picture that you want to be printed onto heat transfer vinyl paper, you will either need to print out the image directly onto the paper or save the image as a t-shirt template. Printing out the image onto a regular t-shirt is not only wasteful, but your design may not be quite what you envision. A better option would be to print out the image and use it as a template for your customized design.
Heat transfer vinyl has also recently become popular with people who sew. Heat transfer fabrics allow you to create quilting patterns and designs with materials that have already been made. These fabrics are available at many sewing shops, or you can visit many of the online sites that sell heat transfers. If you are going to use these patterns in an area where it is likely that moisture will be present, you may want to choose a more moisture-resistant fabric to help ward off fading.
Heat transfer fabric works great for quilters because it allows them to work with light-colored fabrics. Most quilters will have either a very light-colored piece of fabric that they love or a dark-colored quilt that they dark wash frequently. If you have a piece of heat transfer vinyl that is a lighter color than the one that you have chosen for quilting, it will allow you to create a multitude of color variations in your quilt. If you have a piece of cotton blend fabrics that is a darker color than your quilt, you will also have a variety of color options to choose from in your project.
The best heat transfer vinyl to use for projects where a high level of colors is needed is a type of technique known as sublimation. This is the process where a hot air balloon is filled with an adhesive material so that the colors are transferred right onto the surface that it is attached to. The basic concept of this is that the heat is so intense right when the balloon is inflated that the colors jump right off the surface. The most common colors chosen for sublimation are blues, greens, and reds, but you can also use other colors depending on what you are using the quilting material for.
Some heat transfer vinyl for use in quilting is in the form of ink. An ink that has been specially designed for use with heat transfer vinyl fabric is most often chosen, although any colors will work as long as they are light-colored. An inkjet printer should be used if you are going to pick an ink for your project because the quality of the printer will make all the difference. If you do not have an inkjet printer, it is essential to read the instructions carefully to make sure that you are getting the most accurate color match possible.
Other popular uses for Heat Transfer Vinyl Paper are creating customized t-shirts, including college sweatshirts, golf shirts, hats, t-shirts for babies, baseball caps, and other fun clothing items. Since it is a viral printing process, many companies offer inkjet printers and inks for use with Heat Transfer Vinyl Fabric, allowing you to personalize many different types of clothing with different colored shirts or other items. Several companies offer Heat Transfer Vinyl for the printing of images on CDs and DVDs, although the quality of the images produced using this process tends to be less reliable than those that are printed with inkjet printers.
In general, the clothing items that can be made out of Heat Transfer Vinyl need to have the correct type of finish applied to them. For example, polos and T-shirts are often made using heat transfer fabric because the fabric is strong enough to withstand the heat of the person wearing it and the sweat that may occur after a sweaty game of tennis or a day on the beach. Moreover, it allows the design to be very colorful, allowing bright colors to pop out from the shirt without the skin underneath showing through. Heat Transfer Vinyl is also used on some baby clothes, as it does not shrink when the child becomes old and hot, as it can with cotton and other fabrics. This makes the clothes very soft, unlike other materials that can cause skin irritation and even allergic reactions for some children.