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What is the difference between self-weeding papers and heat transfer vinyl?

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Self-weeding papers like Neenah’s ImageClip Laser Dark (works with most laser printers) and Forever Laser Dark No-Cut (white toner Oki printers only) are great options to get full-color gradient vector paths to transfer onto garments. These two-step papers take fine detailed lines and make what used to be a pain to cut around the edges as simple as pressing out the excess area before taking your actual artwork and pressing onto your final item. For both of these papers, a bonus feature is that you can add shimmer and shine to your project by adding Finishing Foil, which is available in a variety of colors and has a great washability with a soft hand.

Heat transfer vinyl is one of the quickest and easiest methods for apparel customization, making it more popular, especially to team sports and personalized garment markets. The simplicity of creating your vector path, sending it to cut, weeding away the excess area, and pressing to your item is unbeatable. Most heat transfer vinyl can be layered to create more variety with your transfers. Note when layering heat transfer vinyl, we do suggest keeping it in the same family. For example, Siser Easyweed with Siser Metallic. Some appealing vinyls to the spirit, wedding and beauty industry are Glitterflake, Electric, and even the Holographic vinyls that can be cut to look like faux rhinestones.

   —Coastal Business Supplies

Sarah Young

Sarah Young has been in the graphic design industry for over 10 years with six years of apparel decoration under belt. For the last 3.5 years, Young has been Event Marketing & Design Coordinator for Coastal Business Supplies. Her previous design experience includes offset print setup and some screen printing. Young continues to work as a freelance designer for multiple avenues including custom prints, invitations, apparel and sublimation products. She can be reached at [email protected]

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