Transfer printing is the term used to describe textile and related printing processes in which the design is first printed on to a flexible nontextile substrate and later transferred by a separate process to a textile.


What is transfer printing?

Our transfers are produced using the latest printing technologies and we can offer a wide variety of transfers, depending on your design and quantities you require. One of our methods is to print in spot colours much like screen printing but we can achieve greater detail and there are no screen charges. layers of ink are built up and the process is limited to 5 colours. Our other favoured method is to use a printer that is capable of printning white ink which we print onto special paper and then heat transfer this onto the transfer film. Both methods require us to then heat transfer this onto the garment.

Both of these methods are not to be confused with transfer prints that you might have seen at instant copy shops. Our transfers don't need a border of ink or a solid block and you are not limited to shape. Both methods produce professionally looking garments.

Perfect for:

  • sport garments
  • sports bags
  • lycra garments
  • umbrellas
  • breathable fabrics

Advantages of transfer

  • Great for bold, vibrant, full colour designs
  • Certain designs and effects that can only be produced by the use of transfers
  • Can be used on virtually any fabrics
  • Transfer area as big as 21 x 39cm

Disadvantages of transfer

  • The size chosen affects the price
  • Can be less durable then other customisations


  • create high resolution files of 300dpi, at the intended print size
  • vector based images are the best as they can be easily amended and they can scale to any size without loss of details
  • avoid low resolution images (72dpi) downloaded from the internet as they will look pixelated when printed
  • providing your artwork with a transparent background ensures minimum intervention to your original artwork, although we can do this for you if required.
  • rasterise or outline the type to avoid it being replaced with a default one

What our customer say about our transfers work

Despite the mother of all client deadline issues, Shirtworks came through with flying colours.I think the first time I used Shirtworks was 1986, so something must be working!

- John

Our company needed an urgent and good value sweatshirt order. *** was helpful and responsive throughout the process and helped us get the best deal for our requirements. The jumpers were not only looked exactly as we hoped but arrived early too. Thanks, Shirtworks!

- Lauren

*** was friendly and helpful over the phone and *** was patient and very quick to respond to alterations to the mock-ups. The t-shirts were delivered on time. The print quality is perfect. You've made us very happy and I'm looking forward to placing further orders with you.

- Chris