Difference between Light and Dark Based Transfer Papers

giftGift giving can be extremely difficult especially if it is for a person that you are not familiar with. These days, customized gifts are some of the most popular choices in the market. In order to fulfil these customized gifts, undergoing custom printing is necessary. Some of the few examples that require custom printing and uses transfer papers are customized T-shirts, tote bags and mouse pads. They are also flexible in terms of expense because it allows printing to be done in a small quantity. Plus, it is not limited to only gift giving, customized gifts can also be souvenirs for corporate events or door gifts for weddings, birthdays and many more.

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Transfer paper is most ideal to be used with a heat press machine, however some transfer papers can be used with your traditional house iron. The steps are quite simple, all you need to do is have your design ready, print it on a transfer paper and then transfer it onto your chosen garments using a heat press machine. Transfer papers are used to make this possible, whether it is on light or dark coloured garments, or using an inkjet or laser printer, transfer papers can be used to print any graphics of your choice.

There are two types of transfer papers available in the market, light based and dark based transfer papers. It all depends on the type of fabrics that you have chosen for your project. Both transfer papers enable you to have easy access to it as it is available online or in stores at a reasonable price.

Let’s talk about the first type of transfer paper, which is the light based transfer papers. These only work best when printed on light coloured fabrics such as white, light grey or beige. However that doesn’t mean that light based transfer papers is not possible to be used on other coloured fabrics, it’s just that the image may take on the colour of the fabric besides the fact that the design you have printed earlier on may not turn out exactly like what you desired. Meanwhile, if you are using the dark based transfer papers, it can be used on any coloured fabrics of your choice. The dark based transfer papers also have a thicker feel and have a more opaque white background.

Light based transfer paper Dark based transfer paper
Best on light coloured fabrics Any coloured fabrics
Lighter feel Thicker feel
Image clarity depends on the colour of the fabric Has clearer image and colour consistency


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