Screen transfer (also known simply as Transfer) starts with the same procedure as ordinary serigraphy. The biggest difference between transfer and ordinary serigraphy is the base on which the print is made. Whereas with ordinary serigraphy, the textile is laid on the processing plates, screen transfer uses a sort of paper with a silicone layer. The ink is printed directly onto the paper. Just as with ordinary serigraphy, a different screen is used for each colour. The last colour, usually a covering underlayer or a blocker (special ink that counters the sublimation effect of polyester), is also sprinkled with a thin layer of adhesive.
The transfer sheet is passed through a drying tunnel to guarantee optimal quality. This also applies for the final underlayer with the thin layer of adhesive.
Once the final layer is dry, the transfer sheet is ready for use.
The transfer sheet is then printed on the garment using a hot press.
Special transfer machines can also be used, which are more compact than ordinary serigraphy machines. These are produced specifically to make transfers.