To help answer the questions—frequently asked by apparel decorators—we conducted a study of how inkjet and laser papers
performed compared to each other, then took a look at how each performed in various applications.
As it turns out, preference for inkjet versus laser printers was split about 50/50. To help decide which
paper is best for you, let us look at how each performed in the details that follow the study.
Over half reported the best art reproduction was done on inkjet papers, and they offered the following
Color is more easily reproduced, especially saturated color, and the color range is more adaptable to most
Inkjet also appears to be the favorite of graphic designers and artists.Given a choice, the distributors
recommend inkjet for beginners and for anyone who will primarily be decorating T-shirts.Cost of entry
is low. Heat transfer products work well with almost any inkjet printer, even free-after-
Inks are expensive and most participants recommend the use of bulk ink systems.
Equally adamant and more passionate were the people who insisted laser is the only way to go. Here’s
what they have to say:
If you have basic training using the popular software programs, you can get excellent color
reproduction. Laser equipment is faster to print, and each copy is less expensive.
Cost of entry is slightly higher. However, costs per copy are significantly lower.
Laser papers are a good choice for heat transfer if hard surfaces such as metal, glass, plastics, canvas,
tiles and cups are part of the business equation.
Selecting the correct transfer paper is very important, because if it melts in the fuser section, cleaning
the fuser is not easy.
Once the user has identified the best transfer paper and the settings to fuse the toner onto the transfer
—and understands how to keep the fuser roll clean—there should be few problems.
Inkjet or laser?
Heat-transfer products designed for hand ironing are also available. Many are available through craft
stores, but many inkjet transfers can be hand ironed, too.
So, “inkjet or laser?” may be the first question to ask when establishing a heat-transfer business. But
the correct answer may not be as easy as it seems, as it depends on a variety of factors. Consider the
type and range of the final products, the substrates used, the speed required, the volume expected and
required performance, and you will be well on your way to determining the best heat-transfer paper
for your needs.
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