Comparing Dark Based and Light Based Transfer Paper

In the printing industry using heat transfer printing method specifically, you may be familiar with the different types of transfer papers.  There are two types of transfer papers in heat transfer printing method namely the dark based transfer paper and the light based transfer paper. It is important that you know how to differentiate between dark-based transfer paper and light-based transfer paper. This is because it has different uses and will determine the quality of your printing.

Dark based transfer paper is best used for dark coloured garments like black, dark purple, navy and so on. You will know it is a dark based transfer paper if the coated film has the adhesive on the back side. Also, light colours are more challenging to see on dark coloured garments because it will appear as the actual colour when the transferring is done. The dark based transfer paper usually costs more than the light based transfer paper.

Moving on to light based transfer paper, it is usually used on light coloured garments like white, beige, light grey and many more. In the light based transfer printing process, the heat is applied to the light transfer paper’s protective sheet. The printed coated film releases itself from the protective sheet and adheres to the fabric or T-shirt.



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Printing Designs Onto Transfer Paper


Transfer papers are a crafter’s best friend. This is because it can be used to print on a variety of surfaces and create wonderful designs on T-Shirts, bags and other garments. They are very economical thus making the printing process more cost friendly.The possibilities are endless with transfer papers.

So how do you print your chosen designs onto a piece of transfer paper? Here are the steps to guide you…

  • Firstly you will need to choose a design, image, etc. Take into account the size of the garment that the image will be placed on and adjust the digital image size accordingly by resizing it on a photo editing software on your computer.
  • To ensure that the image is in the size that you require, print it using a scrap A4 paper first after you have done with resizing the image. This is so you can avoid wasting transfer paper as they are more expensive compared to normal A4 papers.
  • Secondly, connect a printer to your computer. For transferring images onto transfer paper, inkjet and laser printers works best.
  • Third, place the transfer paper in your printer facing the correct side. To know which side is the printing side, check the packet for instructions.
  • Next, select the “print” option on your computer and let your printer do the rest.
  • When your image is done printing, the transfer paper is now ready to be transferred onto your chosen garment using a hot home iron or a heat press machine.
Here are some of the products that you can print on, using transfer paper.

Here are some of the products that you can print on, using transfer paper.

It give us a great opportunity to print on substrates that we cannot print on normally. Nowadays, many manufacturers and printers uses transfer paper to create and design objects that are being sold at huge profits. The printing costs involved is quite less than normal printing and that is why this form of printing has become so popular.

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Non-Woven Bags for Marketing Ideas

In the marketing industries, printed non-woven bags are regularly used as a way to promote businesses, new products and what not. Non-woven bags are ideal goods that you can give away to consumers because it is reusable.

Giving away non-woven bags with the company’s logo or slogan printed onto it not only means that the company can spread their marketing message, it also means that the people who received the bags get to re-use it multiple times for many reasons. For example the multi-purpose bag can be used as a recycle bag during trips to the grocery store, or using the printed non-woven bags as a gym bag and so on.

There are so many ways that you can deliver your marketing message to the public by using a printed non-woven bag as a source. Here are some ideas:

  • Company’s logo
  • Catchy slogan
  • Attractive images
  • Images of new products
  • Quotes
  • Cartoons… And many more.


The non-woven bags can be printed using the heat transfer technique on both of its sides (front and back). For large productions of non-woven bags, it is highly recommended that it is done using a transfer paper and a heat press machine for guaranteed durability. However if you are printing in small quantities, a good quality home iron along with the transfer papers will also get the job done.

Enjoy this tutorial on printing bags using the heat transfer technique a with heat press machine.

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Suitable Heat Press Machine for Transfer Paper

When talking about transfer papers, the most common products that you can print using the transfer papers are cotton T-Shirts, non-woven bags and also caps. As you may be aware of, transfer papers are used together with heat to help it transfer the designs onto a garment of choice. Transfer paper can also be used with a home iron, usually when it involves do-it-yourself home projects or school projects among teachers and students. Transferring an image from the transfer paper to the garment of choice with a home iron is possible however it does not promise durability. However, if a heat press machine is used, the quality of the transfer is better, it is durable plus the colour of the designs will be more vibrant.

At DIYPrintingSupply, we cater two types of heat press machines that are suitable for heat transfer printing onto T-Shirts and non-woven bags. Whereas one type of heat press machine that is suitable for cap transfer printing.

1) Digital Flat Heat Press (E3838)

 Technical Specifications

  • Machine Type: Manual and clamshell
  • Size: 38cm x 38cm
  • Temperature: 0 – 399°C
  • Time Range: 0 – 999 seconds
  • Voltage: 220 V

2) Semi-auto Magnetic Digital Flat Heat Press (E5040)

 Technical Specifications

  • Machine type: Semi-Auto Magnetic, Clamshell, Draw-out
  • Size: 50cm x 40cm
  • Temperature: 0 – 399°C
  • Time Range: 0 – 999 seconds
  • Voltage: 220 V


3) Digital Cap Heat Press

Technical Specifications

  • Machine Type: Manual and clamshell
  • Size: 14cm x 9cm
  • Temperature: 0 – 399°C
  • Time Range: 0 – 999 seconds
  • Voltage: 220 V

Customise Baby’s Clothes

Having a new born is such an interesting phase in your life, it should be a moment that you will remember for the rest of your life. Frankly speaking, every mother would want only the best for their children. That includes the best nursery, clothes and treatment. Speaking of clothes, baby clothes are very symbolic and have personal memories attached to it which is the reason why some parents still keep the clothes that their children used to wear when they were a baby until now. Some have it stored in boxes, others keep it in a frame to store the beautiful memories.

If you understand how special it is, perhaps you would like to customise some of your baby’s clothes making it extra special as it gets older in time. It is not strange at all, it is actually rather common. Many new parents especially, are having their baby’s clothes customised with pictures, designs or quotes that are meaningful to them.

You can find businesses that offer this service, there are plenty out there. If you find it hard to look for these types of business manually, you can always search “personalised baby clothes Malaysia” online via your search engine of choice and you can choose from the endless choices there. All you need to do is contact the person in charge, request for the type of clothing (onesie or T-Shirt), size, colour and designs. It is as simple as that.

For business owners that are specialising in T-Shirt printing, heat transfer printing with transfer paper, perhaps customising baby clothes can be added in your list of productions. You have all the materials that is needed in your hands, all you need to purchase are the different sized clothing. You can begin with a low profit and make your way up higher if these are a hot item as the time passes by.

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Comparison Between ATT Brand & China Brand

In the gift printing industries, transfer paper is an important medium used to transfer the image and craft to the gift product. When choosing transfer paper, you need to differentiated the uses. There are transfer paper specifically for dark and light garments (dark based transfer paper and light based transfer paper).

Besides that, you also need to know about the ATT brand transfer paper and China brand transfer paper. Although both functions the same way, which is for transferring designs and images to dark or other coloured garments and substrates including T-Shirts, caps, mouse pads, leather, and along with other garments, but ATT and China transfer paper have different results.

ATT transfer paper is made from paper, due to this factor it can be cut using the cutting plotter. After printing the image on to it, the colour intensity of the image also seem to be less vibrant and somewhat dull. However once heated with a heat press machine, the colour of the image turns out sharp and vibrant. Using ATT transfer paper, you can wash the printed garment many times without effecting the colours.

Compared to ATT transfer paper, China brand transfer paper is made out of rubber. Because of that the material is unable to be cut using the cutting plotter. Moreover, the colour of the image is great once printed onto the paper and after the process of heat transferring using the heat press machine. The downside to it is that the colours on your printed garments fade away much easily once you have washed it.

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The Types of Papers Used In Gift Printing


Sublimation Paper
Used together with sublimation ink for printing onto hard surfaces with special coating. Sublimation printing can be applied to objects such as mugs, plates, aluminium boards, metal key-chain using a heat press machine.


Transfer Paper
There are two types of transfer paper, dark based and light based. Transfer paper is used together with pigment inks to print onto garments (usually clothing). Images from transfer paper are transferred onto the chosen garment via a heat press machine or an iron.


Inkjet Paper
Inkjet papers can be found in two different finishes, they are glossy and matte. It is made from high quality deinked pulp or chemical pulps and requires good dimensional stability, no curling or cockling, good surface strength and surface smoothness. Inkjet paper works best with dye inks.


Photo Paper
Photo paper comes in three different finishes namely glossy, silky and satin. Used best on all inkjet types of printers with dye based and pigmented inks. It is also water resistant and has quick dry printing properties.


Sticker Paper
There are two types of finishes of sticker papers. The first is glossy and the second is matte. Sticker papers are highly recommended to print using an inkjet printer. Using dye based and pigmented inks will ensure high quality and vibrant colours. Printing on sticker paper is great for business stickers, product labelling and much more!


Magnetic Paper
There are two types of finishes of magnetic papers, they are glossy and matte (640g, 03mm). Magnetic papers prints best using inkjet printer. We recommend using dye and pigment based inks. Moreover, magnetic papers are mostly used to create customised fridge magnets as souvenirs or door gifts, etc.


3D Film Paper
A transparent layer of plastic that is used to protect pictures from unwanted things like scratches, water, weather, etc. It can also be used as decoration to make your pictures look more textured. The 3D film paper is about 90 microns in thickness (not including the sticker). You can find it in A4 size and it comes in two different finishes, glossy and sparkling.

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Transfer Printing on Caps

Caps are known to be one of the tools to promote a company or a product, especially in the marketing sectors. Cap printing is also very common and quite popular in the personalised printing sector. Many companies aim to personalised caps with their company logo or product because of two reasons. One, caps are worn on the head which makes it very viewable and stand out when a person is wearing it. Two, it is a fashion accessory that the public can wear and style for many occasions such as outdoor activities, etc. Caps acts as a way to advertise a certain company or product by displaying the promotional pictures onto it.

Moreover, cap printing leaves you with no limited choices. It is very versatile as in there are never ending designs that you can print on the caps. There are also caps with different shapes, sizes and designs which you can choose from in the market according to your favourite designs or your budget.

Besides that, the cap printing activity uses heat transfer technology to be printed with a cap heat press machine. There are three methods how you can print caps using a cap heat press machine, they are sublimation printing, vinyl printing and transfer printing.

Sublimation printing is specifically for materials which is microfiber and polyester while vinyl printing uses vinyl transfer films such as flock, PU, etc. Here however, we will be showing you about the last method, which is transfer printing, because the steps in transfer printing involves using heat transfer papers hence what this website is all about.

Transfer printing onto a cap using heat transfer paper is just the same as if you are printing onto a T-Shirt. The only difference is instead of using a flat heat press machine with a flat surface, you are using a cap heat press machine with a slightly curved surface.

Enjoy this video tutorial to learn the steps.

Hot Peel Vs Cold Peel Transfer Papers

If you have been in the printing industries for quite some time now, you must be familiar with the heat transfer printing technique using heat transfer papers which is an indirect printing method where inks are printed on to transfer paper, dried, then transferred using a heat press machine on to garment of choice.

There are two types of transfer papers which are light based transfer paper and dark based transfer paper. If you are new to this business however, read the differences between those two types of papers here.

Heat transfers using the heat transfer printing techniques are produced in two methods known as Hot Peel and Cold Peel. Are you familiar with Hot Peel and Cold Peel transfer papers?

The hot peel method is when the transfer paper is peeled off immediately while the transferred design is still hot. When the paper is peeled hot, a portion of ink remains on the paper and the rest on the fabric. Hot transfers feels just like screen prints, it offers a softer hand effect. The colour transfer is more vivid if it is used with pigment inks.

Hot Peel Transfer Paper

Hot Peel Transfer Paper

Whereas the cold peel method is when the transfer paper is allowed to cool down completely after the transfer is applied. Then later after it has cooled down completely, the transfer paper will be removed.  This method leaves a semi-glossy, rubbery feel to the print.

Cold Peel Transfer Paper

Cold Peel Transfer Paper

To ensure that the transferred design is durable, when washing the garments turn it inside out and wash using a mild detergent on cold water setting. Do not use bleach and do not iron directly on the transferred designs.

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Decorate Tote Bags with Iron-on-Transfer Paper

Tote bags can be used for so many purposes and it is also very cheap. Rather than having just plain boring tote bags, why not spice things up with decorating it yourself? There are various methods to decorate tote bags.

Some people like to sew buttons, beads or materials on their tote bags.

While others like to draw and colour their tote bags with fabric markers or fabric dyes.

However for those who do not have “artistic hands”…today we’re going to share with you on how to decorate your tote bags with designs you can download online and then transfer those images onto your tote bag using transfer paper and an iron.

First, the materials that you will need are:

  1. Transfer paper – You can purchase transfer paper in craft or art supplies stores or purchase it at DIY Printing Supply.
  2. Paper towel
  3. Scissors
  4. An image/design as a digital file on the computer
  5. Computer
  6. Printer – Preferably inkjet for better colour quality
  7. Plain canvas tote bag – Tote bags can be purchased on Instagram or in craft stores.
  8. Iron
  9. Iron board

The steps are super easy:

  1. Choose a design or photo that you would like to have on your tote bag.
  2. If the desired design is not already on your computer, then upload or scan it so that you have it in a digital file.
  3. Print the design onto a sheet of iron-on transfer paper.
  4. Once you have already printed out the design, trim the edges of with a pair of scissors.
  5. Lay you tote bag flat and position the design onto your tote bag.
  6. Place a paper towel on top of the design and using a hot iron, iron the design carefully. Iron until the transfer paper is fully pasted onto the tote bag.
  7. Peel off the transfer paper slowly and the design should be pasted nicely on your tote bag.

Care for your tote bag by hand-washing the tote bag after it is turned inside out to prevent the image from damaging.

Maybe if you love creating d.i.y projects like these so much, you can turn it into a business.

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