There are several different methods for creating custom patches, but if you’re looking to capture a scene with perfect detail, then
heat transfer patches
are your best bet. Heat transfer patches are created through a process called dye sublimation. In one sense, this means that no thread needs to be stitched or woven into place to create the artwork for the design. In another sense, it means that even higher levels of detail can be added to the patches.
Heat transfer patches are the only way to get picture perfect designs on your custom patch. Created via a process called dye sublimation, the artwork for custom heat transfer patches stands out in the kind of detail that simply can’t be matched by embroidered or woven patches. For a custom patch that perfectly captures a person’s likeness, or displays amazing scenery, look no further than heat transfer patches.
With embroidered and woven patches, the designs are stitched onto a mesh backing. The process leads to small spaces and gaps between the threads which give the patches a very specific look and feel, but also causes the patches to lose a small amount of fine detail.
The artwork for custom heat transfer patches is first printed onto a sheet of transfer paper. Heat and pressure are then used to transfer the artwork into the patch itself. We say “into” instead of “onto” because unlike traditional printing methods, the artwork is actually infused into the fabric as opposed to being printed on top of it. This not only gives heat transfer patches unrivaled detail, it also allows the artwork to last through multiple washings for the life of the patch. If you want a custom patch design that is as true to life as possible, heat transfer is the way to go. Send us your ideas today, and get started creating your own custom design.
The Difference Between Iron On and Heat Transfer Patches
A lot of our customers get confused about the differences between iron on and heat transfer patches. While it’s true that heat plays a role in both of these, how the heat is applied and the purpose of the application is very different.
All of our patches come with options for how the patch will be attached to a surface or an article of clothing. While a lot of patches are sewn into place, another popular option is for the patches to be ironed on. Iron on patches are patches that get attached to a surface by way of an iron heating and melting a special adhesive backing. When someone talks about an iron on patch, they’re talking about an attachment option.
As explained above, heat transfer patches are patches created via the dye sublimation process. When someone talks about a heat transfer patch, they’re talking about a type of patch and the way the artwork is added to that patch.
The distinction between attachment option and patch type is an important one because of the way they can be combined. Any attachment option can be combined with any patch type available. Which means you’re just as likely to find a hook and loop heat transfer patch as you are an iron on heat transfer patch. However, you aren’t likely to find patches that combine two different types in one. Meaning there are no heat transfer leather patches. And you can’t combine attachment options either, so there aren’t any hook and loop iron on patches.
Going From Design to Dye Sublimation
Creating a custom patch always starts with a customer sending us their ideas. Our art team has experience both handcrafting original designs and recreating branded artwork for all types of different teams and organizations around the world. Our goal is to help each customer bring their vision to life through careful design and expert quality. Whether you’re looking to create a brand new design from scratch, or you have detailed reference materials prepared, we’ve got you covered.
When first getting started, deciding on the type of patch you need will help to expedite the process by letting our art team know what style of design to create. By “types,” we’re referring to heat transfer patches, embroidered patches, PVC patches or woven patches. Especially when including the likeness of a person or group of people, we recommend heat transfer because of its smooth and clean detail, but it’s also a beautiful option for designs using mostly logos or stylized artwork.
After sending us some ideas on what type of design you need, how many patches you would like to order, and your preferred backing option, our art team will get working on a free proof of artwork. We also offer unlimited revisions, so feel free to make suggestions and changes to the initial design until it’s perfect.
Once the digital proof is finalized and ordered, our production team will set to work producing your patches and will have them delivered in as little as 14 business days. Depending on the type of patches you need and the quantity of your order, patches can be delivered even faster. If you’re looking for ways to expedite the production or shipping time of your order, talk to our sales team during the design process, and they’ll be happy to offer advice that will help you make any kind of deadline.
Get Started Today With Your Own Custom Heat Transfer Patches
If you’re looking to create picture perfect patches, heat transfer is really the only option. It’s the best way to perfectly capture a person’s likeness, and therefore is the recommended patch type for any design making use of a portrait. But the possibilities don’t end there; landscapes, and really any image can also be captured perfectly through the dye sublimation process.
One thing to keep in mind about custom heat transfer patches is that you lose the texture and the look of depth you get from embroidered patches. Even woven patches, which are also smooth to the touch, have a texture that heat transfer patches can’t match. If you’re looking for a more traditional look and feel for your patch, then another patch type might be best. But if you’re looking for unparalleled detail and designs that won’t fade or fray over time, heat transfer is the way to go.