Siser EasyColor DTV or Heat Transfer Paper: Which One Is Best?
Siser has recently released a new kind of vinyl that’s printable on any inkjet printer, and is highly compatible with many common fabrics: this is Siser EasyColor DTV. Though you may have noticed that it greatly resembles another material, specifically heat transfer paper. While it may be similar at a glance, Siser’s EasyColor actually stands out with notable advantages over most transfer papers.
EasyColor DTV has been designed to be as thin as Siser’s standard heat transfer vinyl, namely EasyWeed HTV. This even goes as far as press settings that aren’t too far off from what’s used for EasyWeed. Though the biggest advantage to EasyColor DTV’s build is its increased stretchiness and soft feeling on apparel. Wearing a shirt applied with EasyColor will be just as comfortable as if it was pressed with an HTV transfer. This goes a long way especially when compared to dark transfer papers, which generally leave a thick feeling that’s better suited to occasionally worn promotional items.
Another advantage worth noting is the increased efficiency when working with EasyColor DTV. Light and dark transfer papers typically require higher time, temperature, and pressure to fully apply onto fabrics, while EasyColor in contrast only needs 15 seconds at 310 degrees Fahrenheit with medium-firm pressure. The low time and temperature required for EasyColor can greatly cut production time, in addition to being a maskable material using TTD Easy Mask. Aside from how difficult it can be to weed more intricate details with heat transfer paper, having this material smoothly-weeded and ready to be masked can create designs that would otherwise be impossible with transfer paper alone. Lastly, Siser EasyColor DTV offers solid color saturation that allows for images and graphics to be printed with the best vibrancy possible.
Although it’s best to print the material with the plain paper media setting, most printers will still give you the option to print in high quality. This will allow printers to push the limit of their inks as a result, and guarantee you with a vivid EasyColor print as long as you have enough inks. By comparing EasyColor DTV on a white shirt versus light transfer paper, you’ll find that the colors are bolder for EasyColor, making it well suited for darker graphics. Now for comparison on a black shirt with dark transfer paper, both materials are close in appearance, though EasyColor manages to display more balanced colors. And unlike dark transfer paper, EasyColor feels much softer when worn, and will be ready for more complex graphics that require contour cutting and masking.
With Siser’s ultimate goal in creating EasyColor DTV to be as close as possible to their HTV, this has actually allowed it to have notable leads over light and dark transfer papers. Thanks to its increased stretchiness and softness, reduced application settings, ease of weeding and maskability, Siser EasyColor DTV is a worthy alternative to transfer paper that’s just as, if not more crisp and vibrant than such light or dark transfers. If you’re interested in learning more about Siser EasyColor DTV, be sure to visit our YouTube channel, or our website at HeatPressNation.com.