Beware of Imitations: DIY Dry Transfers are No Substitute

gogo product mockup with dry transfers on packagingDry transfers, also called rubdown transfers, are made using film negatives and photosensitive chemicals that superimpose an image onto transfer substrate. Each custom dry transfer requires a negative to be made for each color in the image. Adhesive is applied at the same time so that it “sticks” smoothly in a way that fits the shape of the transfer surface, leaving behind no residue. We supply true dry transfers, and this is how they are made.

Adds that Professional Finishing Touch to 3D Models, Product Prototype & Packaging

Tria prototype by one of our customers has our dry transfer applied to finish the mock-upThere are imitation transfer-making systems out there that use ink-jet and laser printers to print on specialty paper (usually purchased from an Arts and Crafts store). Unfortunately, these imitation systems lack the color richness and opacity that can be achieved with photographic film. These are not true dry rubdowns and will only disappoint. ImageTransfers produces dry transfers, chromatecs and foils of the highest quality.

Image Transfers are custom dry rub-on transfer specialists. We make only one thing: custom rub down transfers for graphic designers, artists and model-makers. A dry transfer (or rubdown) is an image printed on a translucent sheet. The image has a coating of adhesive on its back. The image is transferred from the translucent sheet onto another surface by applying light pressure in a rubbing motion. The dry transfer can be applied to any surface that is free of dust, grease or oil. Dry transfers are referred to as DRY because they are applied dry, without the use of water or solvents. A dry transfer is not a slip-off label or a water decal, instead the transferred image appears as if it was printed directly onto the item. Our dry transfers are opaque because we back the colors with white, so our rubdowns can be applied to a surface of any color without changing the color of the rub-on transfer. We consider dry transfers a semi-permanent application. Our production artists can match all Pantone Matching System (PMS) colors including Metallic. Standard transfers are semi-gloss but we also offer matte and uncoated finishes. We deliver within as little as 24 hours. -- Specialties: Custom Rub Down Dry Transfers, Art Gallery Signage & Museum Labels, Custom Transfers for Product Prototypes, Comps & Mockups, Dry Transfers for Scale Models.

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2 comments on “Beware of Imitations: DIY Dry Transfers are No Substitute
  1. Beth Hoss says:

    How large can a dry transfer be made? What is the cost and how do i get the artwork to you
    Thx

    • Luann says:

      Beth, The largest size transfer we offer in a tabloid size (11″x17″). Clients usually gang up or repeat artwork to fill the artboard. Pricing is published right on our website. It is quite easy to get artwork to us. Just create an account at our website, drag and drop art, choose color and pay right on-line. Our turnaround is 24 to 48 hours. Hope we can work on this project with you.

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