We use vinyl-cut transfer print for individual personalisations – names on workwear, names and numbers on sports shirts – as well as for very short-run single-colour prints, if the imagery is sufficiently simple (sundry unsavoury imagery on stag/hen shirts being a traditional application…)
The text or image to be printed is created as, or converted to, a vector file, which is in turn converted to outlines and then flipped to mirror-image. This file is “printed” to a cutter, which cuts the outlines into the surface of temperature-activated vinyl transfer medium (available in a wide range of colours.) The surplus vinyl is weeded out, leaving just the required image, which is then applied to the garment using a swing press at a specific temperature and duration. The backing is peeled away, leaving the printed image on the garment.