How To Use Laser Transfer Paper

Laser printers use an electrical charge, attracting toner particles to a transfer roller. These are then pressed onto a piece of paper, while heat and pressure from the fuser unit permanently fix the image onto the page. This method differs slightly for light and dark garments. Take a look at our guide to laser transfer printing on dark garments below. For other use cases, simply contact us on 01332 85 50 85 or email for advice.


Laser 1

1. Print the A paper on the frosted side with white ink on, using the recommended print settings.

Laser 2

2. Place the A paper print side up onto the heat press and place the B paper glue side down on top and press with medium pressure for 90-120 seconds at 150-160°C. Always use a silicone sheet on the top and bottom of the heat press to protect the heat plate.

Laser 3

3. Once pressed, leaving the paper on the heat press, carefully peel the papers apart whilst hot in a smooth, steady motion.

Laser 4

4. Place your garment on the heat press. Trim the edges off the paper to remove any excess glue.

Laser 5

5. Position the transfer on the garment and press for 30 seconds on a medium pressure at 150-160°C.

Laser 6

6. Once pressed, take the garment off the heat press to allow for it to cool down. Peel the transfer cold.

Laser 7

7. Return the garment to the heat press, cover with a silicone sheet and re-press for 30 seconds at 150-160°C.

Laser 8

8. Your garment is ready!

Ideal for smaller garment runs featuring the same design

High-quality printing replication

Full-colour designs

Fast process, perfect for same day and next day delivery services

No set up charges

Easy storage when designs are printed on paper

Cost-effective for small quantity orders

Shorter production time than DTG (when orders are up to 250)

No need for high skill and has low reject rates.

Certain effects and textures are only available by transfer

Inexpensive equipment

Low storage costs


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1. What can I sublimate onto?

Garments with a polyester or a polyester mix fabric or various blanks with a special polymer coating (such as our mugs and coasters).

2. What equipment is required for sublimation?

Heat press (for mugs, a specific mug press is required)

Sublimation printer & ink

- Computer or tablet for designing 

Heat transfer tape

Protection sheets/pillows

Sublimation paper

3. Why can’t I sublimate on dark garments?

It isn't possible to sublimate on dark coloured garments because there is no white sublimation ink.

4. Why does the image on my screen differ to the final printed result?

It is entirely possible for a print from a sublimation printer to look different to the image on your computer screen. This is because sublimation inks often change colour during the heat pressing process. As the ink reacts when it is heated, it sometimes becomes brighter and more vibrant than the image printed on the sublimation paper. We would highly recommend that, during your testing stage, you heat press the image on to a product to see the final result before beginning a batch order.

5. Can I use an iron instead of a heat press?

No. You need a continuous, even heat and pressure to be applied simultaneously to the entire surface area. This can only be effectively achieved using a heat press.