All About Transfer Paper

Transfer paper allows you to create your own custom heat transfers that you can iron on or adhere with your heat press. It comes in a variety of sizes and is durable and completely washable.

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With no purchase minimums, you have the freedom to create custom t-shirt designs for a single customer, or a group, which is important for new businesses as well as those that are already established. Whether you need inkjet transfer paper for a standard inkjet printer, or you’d rather create your iron-on transfer designs with an inkjet printer, we have you covered.

The Jetpro Soft Stretch Inkjet Paper comes in 8.5×11 and 11×17. It produces soft, supple, vibrant, and washable ink jet printed transfers for white and light colored fabrics. It can be used to apply designs and photographs and can be trimmed to reduce the transfer of the background.

3G Opaque Paper comes in 8.5×11 and 11×17. This also produces vibrant and washable transfers but are suitable for dark fabrics. Like the Jetpro, you can use it for basic designs as well as photographs and the design can be trimmed to reduce the transfer of the polymer background. (This transfer paper is not recommended for Hewlett Packard and Dell Printers).

Lasersoft EZ Peel transfer paper comes in 8.5×11 and 11×17. It is the only laser transfer available that allows the inks to absorb into the surface of the coating of the paper. The coating then acts like a shield and later bonds the inks to the fabric fibers without using a plastic film offering a high quality, soft solution for laser transfers.

Clc Paper comes in 8.5×11 and 11×17 and works with both oil and non-oil laser printers. This paper is great for transferring high-resolution photographs and images onto dark materials. Garments with a tight weave work best.

CI Trimfree comes in 8.5×11 and works only on solid, light colors. This is the first single step transfer paper and has been developed to release the polymer coating only in areas that have toner coverage where the image is pressed to the fabric. This makes it so you don’t have to trim your design before pressing it to your garment. Images will stay bright and vibrant, even after continued washing and the paper will print on both oil and non-oil laser printers.

Image Clip Laser Paper comes in 8×10.5 and 10.75×16.75. It works best on light garments and handles full-color designs very well. This paper is self-weeding, so there is no need to trim the excess paper as there will be no background to your printed design, although this paper is a two-step process.

Image Clip Laser Paper for dark, solid garments comes in 8×10.5 and 10.75×16.75. Just like the Image Clip for lights, there is no need to trim the excess paper as this paper is self-weeding. But this paper is not designed for transferring photography.

Just keep in mind, since there are so many different makes and models of printers we cannot guarantee the results on any one printer. We suggest that you check with the manufacturer in regards to using transfer paper.

Are you a regular user of transfer papers? Which type is your favorite? Do you have any additional tips? Please share with us in the comments!

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Prepare For Fall Sports!

Can you believe that Summer is almost over and students are getting ready to head back to school in some states? That makes now a great time to start prepping for the start of the school year and Fall Sports. And while you’re getting things going for your little athletes and their teammates, or your customers, don’t forget about gear for their support systems!

With so many different types of vinyl available, it can be hard to know which is best for a specific project/product. Football jersey’s take a beating wear after wear and get washed often. For these, we recommend Cadflex. This vinyl is a bit thicker and works well on mesh jerseys. It also comes on a non-stick carrier sheet so you can cut the names/numbers for the jerseys, weed them at your convenience, and stack them until you’re ready to use them.

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For intramural sports or club teams using cotton or polyester shirts, we recommend Siser EasyWeed . It comes in a number of colors and sizes and wears and washes well.

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Cinch bags are great for carrying all of the necessities to and from practice and games. They’re also a great fundraiser idea for sports teams or schools! Use Siser EasyWeed Extra or Thermoflex xtra vinyl to add the school’s name or mascot.

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Are you looking for a bulk supply of custom transfers  to support your school’s football team? Do you need a custom logo for your cheerleaders to sport at competition? We can create a custom transfer with your school logo and a particular sport. The options are endless.

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Do you want to show your support for your favorite teams and athletes as you drive around town with car decals? FDC Ultra High Gloss  or Metallic give a nice glitter look and work well on car windows. FDC Premium is a great option for the side of the car.  Oracal Vinyl can be substituted for the FDC.

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We also carry an extensive selection of stock transfers. We find that our selection of transfers in support of breast cancer awareness are very popular during September and October as teams and schools prepare for breast cancer awareness month and fundraisers. These transfers can be placed on shirts and then the schools name or a specific athlete’s name can then be added as well.

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Which projects are you planning for your teams? Have you made other items for local sports teams? Share your ideas and images of your projects in the comments.

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White Glitter HTV And How To Sublimate On It

Sublimation is a great technique that allows you to create customized and personalized full color products on demand. When sublimation inks are heated to 400*F, they turn into a gas and form a permanent bond to white/light colored fabrics or items that have a polymer coating. The transferred images are full-color, photographic-quality that will not crack, peel, or wash away. Typically, you cannot sublimate directly onto a dark colored garment.

But if you use a white glitter heat transfer vinyl as a base for the sublimated image it gives you the ability to create your designs on more than just light colored surfaces. It also opens the door for using more detailed images and designs without having to weed the vinyl.

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Would you like to try sublimating on white glitter vinyl? Here’s how:
1. Gather your materials and your tools.
2. Print your top image with your sublimation printer.
3. Preheat your heat press to 320*.
4. Design the image or quote for your vinyl. Once you have it set, be sure to mirror the image before you print.
5. Print and weed your vinyl.
6. Once your heat press reaches the desired temperature, place your garment on the heat press, and then place your design, vinyl side down, where you want it. Place your non stick sheet on top of the vinyl and press for 15 seconds, making sure the pressure is adjusted properly.
7. Once it’s done, open up your heat press, remove the non stick sheet and peel off the vinyl backing. Then adjust the heat setting to 400* for sublimation.
8. Once your heat press reaches 400* place your printed image face down over the vinyl, cover it with the non stick sheet, and then press for 60 seconds.
9. Once it beeps, lift the press, remove the non stick sheet, peel the paper off, and admire your work!

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For more details and to see step by step how we sublimated on the white glitter vinyl, check out our Facebook live post. 

Be sure to join us every Friday at 12:15pm ET on our Facebook page for a live tutorial. We have some ideas for the coming weeks, but we would love to know what you want to see. Do you have a project in mind, but you’re not sure how to complete it? Let us know and maybe you’ll see it on a future Facebook live.

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Grow Your Business with Custom Heat Transfers

Along with our extensive line of pre-designed heat transfers, vinyl, and equipment, we also offer custom heat transfers through PW Custom. Custom heat transfers are a great way to expand your business and increase your profit margin.

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One of the most popular things to use custom heat transfers on are t-shirts. They come in many different styles and colors and they appeal to everyone. Think outside the box here on who may need custom shirts. Think about local small businesses, fundraisers, school groups, family reunions, wedding parties, etc.

On top of creating a variety of t-shirts that suit your customer’s needs, you can also branch off and start a t-shirt line with a few of your own unique graphics. The best part about custom transfers is that instead of hoping a large quantity of pre-made shirts sell, you can quickly make exactly what your customer wants by having a variety of different color garments, in different styles and sizes – on hand.

The possibilities really are endless and are not limited to just t-shirts. You can create custom koozies for a wedding or bachelor/bachelorette parties. What about custom hats and tote bags for a family reunion or school fundraiser? Our custom heat transfers can be applied to many different things including towels, sweatshirts, denim, and more!

Have a custom design in mind? Get a free quote here.

Here are some of our customer’s recent custom transfers!

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3 Ways to Decorate a Mug!

One way to take your crafting business to another level is to add mugs to your offerings. They’re a fun way to express your personality, they make wonderful gifts, and you can never have too many! There are three ways to decorate mugs- adhesive vinyl, heat transfer vinyl and sublimation. Today we are going to explain the process for each as well as show you how we did it via video! 

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1) To make a mug with HTV we recommend setting your heat press at 360* at 30 seconds. You will want to set the pressure to heavy when applying HTV. Now that your heat press is warming up, use your software to create your design. Then make sure to mirror it before printing. After you print, weed your design. Then place your design, sticky side down, on your mug. Place the mug in the mug press and let it work its magic. When it’s done, it will be hot, so use caution and let it sit for a few minutes. Once it cools a bit, peel the backing off and you’re done!

2) When using adhesive vinyl for mugs, design your image and cut it exactly as you want it to look on the mug. This means that you DO NOT need to mirror your design. Just design, cut and weed it. Then, cut your transfer paper to the size of your image, place it sticky side up on your work surface and place your image face down on top of it. Then, peel the back of the design off and you’re ready to adhere the design to the mug. Place the design where you want it and use your squeegee to adhere it. Once adhered, peel the transfer paper off and you’re done!

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3) To make a mug using sublimation you’ll want to adjust your heat, time and pressure settings. We recommend 400 and 4 minutes. Print your design using your sublimation printer and cut it a bit larger than your mug. Place the paper on the mug and tape it in place. Once your image is secure, place the mug in the mug press, making sure it’s lined up properly, and secure it. Once it’s done, using gloves, remove the mug and dip it into warm water to stop the sublimation process. Do not use cold water as it will cause the mug to crack. After you’ve dipped the mug, allow it to cool a bit longer, and you’re done!

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While we love using vinyl on our mugs, be sure to let your customers know not to put them in the microwave or dishwasher. For long term use and selling purposes, sublimation may be a better method. For more details on mug making, check out our Facebook Live, 

Have you made mugs using any of these methods? Share your experiences and designs in the comments!

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Here’s How You Can Grow Your Business With A Heat Press

As you grow your business, you want to make sure you are getting the most out of your equipment. Having a heat press helps you to offer more options in greater quantities. But we want to make sure you’re aware of all of the things you can do with it. Your heat press can help you produce a number of professional products in a timely manner. Below we’ve listed 4 different ways that you can expand your business with a heat press. 

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1 – Heat Transfers: When it comes to heat transfers you have 1000’s of options. We carry screen printed, numbers, mixed media, rhinestones, solar, glitter, sequins, embroidery and more! Offering sequin and rhinestone transfers helps you to appeal to a more diverse audience. You can use them to create custom birthday shirts, matching shirts for a dance team or troupe, or family vacation shirts for the women. The possibilities are endless!

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2 – Custom Transfers: You can also create or have us create custom transfers which are great when you need a one of a kind design in bulk, like for teams, family reunions, graduations, etc.

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3 – Heat Transfer Vinyl: With our extensive collection of heat transfer vinyl in various sizes and colors your heat press will be working overtime. Use it to press your designs or sayings onto t-shirts, onesies, bibs, aprons, bags, etc. Heat transfer vinyl can be used on any material you can safely iron. We also have a variety of textures and patterns to give your apparel a one of a kind look. We carry Strip Flock, EasyWeed, Glitter, Holographic, Mirror, Fluorescent, and more.

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4 – Sublimation Printing: Sublimation printing allows you to create customized and personalized full color products on demand. When sublimation inks are heated to 400°F, they turn into a gas and form a permanent bond to 100% white or light color polyester fabric or items that have a polymer coating. The result is a premium full-color, photographic-quality image that will not crack, peel or wash away from the substrate. It allows you to print on mugs, phone cases, frames, license plates, tags, and more.

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Still looking for the perfect heat press for your business? Pro World has the largest selection of heat transfer equipment, so whether you’re just starting a t-shirt business of your own or you’re already established, we can help you choose the press that’s right for you.

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Take Your Business To The Next Level With Multi-Decoration Software

Production and design can take a long time depending on what you are making and how big the order you are filling is. We have partnered with Digital Art Solutions to bring you a multi-decoration system that can handle all of your design needs for a number of different production processes. This software will give you the tools you need to design and produce custom heat transfers, sublimate items, decorate items with heat transfer vinyl, create vinyl graphics, and even rhinestone transfers.  Keep in mind the Multi-Decoration software works in conjunction with Corel Draw so you’ll need a copy of Corel Draw to get started.

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For this multi-use package, we combined graphic design software and digital artwork into a single graphics system. Smart Designer Pro makes it possible for anyone, regardless of skill level, to produce high quality, custom graphics quickly and easily. Even if you are new to CorelDRAW, you can be successful with Smart Designer Pro immediately.

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Rhinestone Designer is add-on software that blends perfectly with CorelDRAW X6-X8. It adds over 65 design and production features that automate and simplify art production for rhinestone apparel and heat applied graphics.

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Ready Art is essential for creating volume retail graphics, fundraising, custom gifts and even onsite graphics. Each clipart image and template is specially prepared and production ready- no modification is necessary.

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This software package will help you build and grow your business by cutting down on design and production time while opening the door to more options for creating products. There are also a few optional add-ons to this package for even more creative power- GCC Elite Puma 24, Photo Templates 1, Sports Packs 1-3, and Smart Monograms 1 & 2. For more information on this multi-decoration starter package and the optional add-ons, visit our website.

Do you already own this software? We’d love to hear how you are using it!

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Summer Heat Transfers

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Summer is finally here! Which means it’s time to break out the t-shirts and beach totes. Heat Transfers are a great way to add some personality to a plain garment. With thousands of Heat Transfer designs at Pro World to choose from, and a variety of media types (screen print, foil, rhinestones/studs, 3D, solar, and glitter), you’ll find one (or many) that is a perfect fit for you.

Heat Transfers are so easy to apply. All you need is the Heat Transfer, a heat press, and your garment! Lay the heat transfer on your garment, press it with your heat press according to the instructions listed online, and peel the backing paper off of your design.  Your finished product will be ready to go in only 15 seconds.

Here are some of our summer favorites:

Solar Heat Transfers:

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Put the sun to work and watch a black-and-white image fill with color, with the solar heat transfer’s color changing technology. You’ll want to make sure you have a light colored garment for this one. Check out all of our summer heat transfer designs!

Glow in the Dark Heat Transfers:

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Your campfire won’t be the only thing lighting up the darkness on a summer night. Give everyone a laugh (or scream) while roasting s’mores with a glow in the dark heat transfer. The best part – your new t-shirt can double as your Halloween costume come October.

Rhinestone Heat Transfers:

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Watch as the sunlight bounces off a rhinestone design, like this pretty flip flop heat transfer. We have many rhinestone heat transfer designs to choose from!

Beach/Fishing Heat Transfers:

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We have heat transfers for those who can be found at the beach.

Fishing Heat Transfers:

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And for those who’d rather be fishing.

Patriotic Heat Transfers:

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With a variety of red, white and blue Heat Transfers, you will be set for celebrating all of the summer holidays.

Heat Transfers for Kids:

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And don’t forget the little ones! We have plenty of heat transfers for children too! 

Plus, it takes almost no time to apply a heat transfer, leaving you with more time for fun in the sun!

 

 

 

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DIY Summer Trends for Crafters

Trends are constantly changing and sometimes it can be hard, and expensive, to keep up. With a little creativity, a few crafting supplies, and some know-how, you can be trendy for less, with one of a kind pieces. You can also use these as an opportunity to sell personalized, trendy pieces to your friends!

Here are the four summer trends that you can make yourself!

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1 – Floral prints are everywhere this year. Browse our selection of floral heat transfers or create your own. Once you finalize your image, use your heat press to create your wearable art. We carry the largest selection of heat presses so you will definitely find one that meets your needs.

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2 – Another trend we’re seeing a lot of is graphic t-shirts. They’re good for the gym, errands, or even a night out- they also make great gifts! And with our extensive selection of heat transfer vinyl and heat transfers, the possibilities are endless. What will your shirt say?

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3 – Personalized phone cases are great for distinguishing phones and showing off your personality. With sublimation you can create a custom image and print it on a basic phone cover. You can also print on charms, thick bangles, etc. Friendship bracelets for all ages are back in style, customize them for yourself or your customers.

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4 – Subway art signs are still trending for the home and they make great DIY projects. Thanks to adhesive vinyl like our Oracal 651 or FDC you can create the perfect size sign for your home in colors that match your decor.

Are there any other trends you’ve noticed for Summer? Do you need help figuring out how to recreate them? Comment with the project you want to make, and we’ll help you figure out how to create it.

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Oracal 631 & Oracal 651 is at Pro World

At Pro World, we’re always looking for new ways to grow our business in order to better serve our customers. Because of that, we now carry Oracal 631 & 651!
If you are unfamiliar with Oracal 631 & 651, both feature an adhesive back so you simply cut the vinyl with your cutter and weed your design. Then using transfer tape you move your vinyl to your finished project surface.
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Now that you know how simple they are to use, you may be wondering what the difference between the two vinyls is.
Oracal 631 is referred to as a removable vinyl which has a matte finish. It is perfect for interior decorating, like on walls, indoor signage, and exhibition graphics. Since it is made from a high-quality film that creates a matte finish there is no glare. The removable adhesive allows you to remove graphics from walls with minimal effort, leaving no residue behind. It is great for short to medium term applications indoors, specifically on painted drywall surfaces. We currently carry 22 colors
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Oracal 651 is a glossy permanent vinyl that is 2.5 mil. thick. This creates a thinner more comfortable liner with better dimensional stability which means the vinyl design will last longer when cracking, shrinking, or peeling is an issue. It is great for 3 plus years, and long-term applications, it also has outdoor durability. We currently  carry 33 different colors
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Need some adhesive vinyl ideas to help get you started? Check out our Pinterest board! Then go to our website to shop!
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