There are two types of transfer papers popular in the market – Thermal transfer paper and laser transfer paper. Today I will tell you the difference between them.
Inkjet printers have a higher quality print than laser printers with a larger selection of heat transfer papers to choose from. The options range from papers that excel in soft hand, less border, great color and more. Inkjet printers are easy to set up and you may already, have one at home or in your office. Also, transfer papers for inkjet printers are more universal; they will work on most inkjet printers.
Laser printers are more cost efficient and can print at high speeds when printing hundreds or thousands of pieces. I like laser transfers the best because of the fact that you don’t have to worry about the chance that your transfer may bleed in the wash.
Inkjet printers are photo printers, which means the more ink, the better. Any excess ink that the paper can’t absorb will sit on top the paper and garment, thus, causing the transfer to bleed in the wash. So if you are having bleeding problems with inkjet transfers, you may want to look into laser transfer printing.
On the downside, laser printers run hot, so transfer papers don’t always have a smooth printing process and can easily get jammed. If your paper doesn’t run well, don’t give up!
In conclusion, we should choose the transfer papers according to our actual demand. Thermal transfer paper is more popular, has low equipment investment and higher cost per print. Laser transfer paper has higher production capabilities, less cost per print and higher equipment cost.