Custom WaterBased Transfer Printing

Wholesale Waterbased Transfers in Los Angeles

Trusted by thousands of companies across the U.S.

What Are Water-Based Transfers?

A Flexible, Durable Way to Print

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Custom WaterBased Transfers combine the flexibility and convenience of digital printing with the quality of traditional silkscreen techniques. Waterbased transfer printing is fully eco-friendly and has a very long lasting wash cycles, tested at over 50 washes with out any fading. This expands the range of products that can be used as promotional items. Our environmentally  friendly water-based ink – free from phthalates and PVC – is extremely versatile and can be applied to nearly any fabric. The superior bleed-resistant ink is highly opaque, preserving the clarity of your designs and leaving a smooth, matte finish.

View our print type comparison chart here or give us a call; we’d be happy to help you start!

Waterbased Transfers Portfolio

High Quality Full Resolution Waterbased Heat Transfers

A Variety of Applications

Water-Based Transfer Types

There are several different types of waterbased transfer types available, each suited for specific applications. We will make sure to use the one most appropriate for your project

WEARABLE

A versatile transfer solutions, suitable for cotton, polycotton, and non-sublimated polyester fabrics. Breathable, durable, stretchy – our most popular garment transfer.

BLOCKER

For complex synthetic and activewear fabrics that are sublimated, dye migrate, or have heavy patterns. A special bleed resistant blocking formula combined with high opacity water-based ink gives the Blocker transfers a dye inhibiting capability. Your designs will be preserved when applied to patterned, complex fabrics.

SOFTSHELL BLOCKER

Softshell fabrics are a popular new innovation – designed to deal with the elements like  hard shell, but breathe like a fleece. These same features present their own issues, as it dye migrates and has a water repellent coating. This softshell bleed resistant technology combined with high opacity ink performs exceptionally on these fabrics.

PROMOTIONAL

Expand the range of fabrics you can use for promotional items and branding. Our promotional transfers bond with complex technical fibers for endless new possibilities. They do not stretch and should not be laundered, but can be applied to promotional objects beyond apparel.

MASK

An essential item for these times, masks have a limited life. These transfers have a durability of 20 plus washes, and have a soft, stretchy feel fit for a face.

HEADWEAR

Specifically made for caps and other headwear, this transfer uses a special formula that allows them to bridge the seam of a cap without cracking. While they cannot be washed and are not suitable for fabrics that will migrate, they do have exceptional stretch. Capture photo-realistic images, unlimited gradients, and small free-floating details that neither screen print nor embroidery can do.

WE DON'T COOKIE CUT

Each project is unique and requires it‘s own process. Depending on the desired product we will customize the inks and process for each order.

DEDICATED REPS

Each account receives a dedicated rep who can be reached face to face by phone or via e-mail.

DEDICATED REPS

Each account receives a dedicated rep who can be reached face to face by phone or via e-mail.

NO SET UP FEES

Save money by printing with DTG vs. traditional Screen Print. No Artwork Color Separation charges, no screen fees, no film fees!

QUICK TURN AROUNDS

By eliminating all the set up involved with color separations, films, and screens, we are able to turn orders between 7-10 business days.

LOW MINIMUMS

Minimums starting as low as 25 per design. Eliminate costly Inventory liabilities and start ordering the units you need at affordable prices.

ACCURATE COLOR + IMAGE

We do all our digital t-shirt printing and DTG printing in house at our Los Angeles Headquarters. No outsourcing to other printers, only our machines each time.
Start Your Water-Based Printing Order

Water-based printing prices are all included on our online calculator.
If you would like to place an order either

1. View our water-based eligible products and click on water-based pricing tab on the product page you would like to print on where there will be a way to view pricing and place an order.
2. Contact Us and let us know you are interested in water-based printing
3. Email us at [email protected]

Benefits + Details of

Water-Based Transfers

Below is a list of only the few benefits of getting your water-based transfers done here is Los Angeles, CA.

 
SCREEN PRINTING

WATER-BASED TRANSFER

DIRECT TO GARMENT
FabricsView Fabric + Ink ChartAnyRecommend 100% Cotton For Best Results
Minimums50 - 100 pieces depending on # of colors20 pcs25 Per Artwork
Photo QualityA- to C+ depending on imageA+A+
Set Up Fee'sPer ColorFreeFree
Large VolumePrice Lowers SignificantlyPrice LowersPrice Remains Same after 1k units
Low VolumeExpensive Initial Set Up CostsEasy/No Set Up Fee PricingEasy/No Set Up Fee Pricing
Specialty InksYesNoNo
Eco-Friendly InksYesYesYes
Black InkMost Rich & Dark Blank PrintsJet Black/100% Black AvailableBlack Prints Max Out At 90% Vibrancy
Pantone MatchingYesYesNo
Color VibrancyBestAmazing Results on Any FabricBest on 100% Cotton
WashA+A+A- / B+ Depending on Fabric Blend
ConsistencyA+A+A
Water-based Eco-Friendly

High Quality Inks

Our environmentally friendly water based ink is free from phthalates and PVC . We have tested our various transfers for durability – over 50 washes later, they still look great! They work on 100% cotton garments as well as complex patterned polyester fabrics. We recommend ordering a sample of your desired garment prior to running a production as each fabric and color may react differently.

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Transfer on Tote Bags

-Sizes: 2.5″x2.5″, 4″x4″, 4.25″x11.7″, 8.3″x11.7″, 11.7″x16.5″
-Locations: Center of the bag. About 2.5″ away from any corner.

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Transfer on Shirts / Polos

-Sizes:2.5″x2.5″, 4″x4″, 5.8″x8.3″, 4.25″x11.7″, 8.3″x11.7″, 5.85″x16.5″, 11.7″x16.5″
-Locations: Left/Right Chest, Sleeves, Back, Back underneath collar. Please contact us for any special locations.

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Transfer on Hoodies

-Sizes: 2.5″x2.5″, 4″x4″, 5.8″x8.3″, 4.25″x11.7″, 8.3″x11.7″, 5.85″x16.5″, 11.7″x16.5″
-Locations: Left/Right Chest, Sleeves, Back, Back underneath collar. Top of hood standard size of 4.75″ W. Please contact us for any special locations.

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Transfer on Jackets / Wind Breakers

-Sizes:2.5″x2.5″, 4″x4″, 5.8″x8.3″, 4.25″x11.7″, 8.3″x11.7″, 5.85″x16.5″, 11.7″x16.5″
-Locations: Left/Right Chest, Sleeves, Back, Back underneath collar. Please contact us for any special locations.

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Transfer on Hats

-Sizes:2.5″x2.5″, 4″x4″
-Side logo: 3.5″ W is standard any larger might affect product. Please contact us for larger sizes.
-Back Logos: 3.75″ W is standard, can also be arched.
-Hat Brim: No embroidery can be done if the hat is already structured.

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Transfer on Beanies

-Sizes:2.5″x2.5″, 4″x4″, 5.8″x8.3″,
-Locations: Left/Right Chest, Sleeves, Back, Back underneath collar. Please contact us for any special locations.

  • Front transfer: 5″ W x 1.75″ H

  • Front transfer: 5.5″ W x 2″ H
  • Side/back transfer: 2″ W x 1″ H
  • Front transfer: 4″ W x 1.75″ H

  • Front transfer: 4″ W x 1″ H

  • Front transfer: 5.5″ W x 2″ H

ARTWORK REQUIREMENTS

  1. Use any size shape
    Can handle full photographic imagery: gradients, and blends.
  2. Use any color
    Print the full spectrum of colors with no loss. No Maximum of colors.
  3. Outline your fonts
    All fonts in the waterbased transfer files should be converted to outlines so you don’t have to send over the font files.
  4. Font and detail size
    Fonts and details in waterbased transfers should be a minimum of 0.15” high for upper case letters and 0.10” for lower case letters.
  5. Background
    Background color must be transparent.
  6. File formats
    CMYK (psd, tiff, svg) or Vector graphics files (AI, PDF, EPS) are highly recommended. If you don’t have vector files available, raster graphics (PNG) can be used as well if the resolution is at least 300 dpi.

ARTWORK REQUIREMENTS

  • Resolution: 150-300 DPI (or send the best you have)
  • CMYK strongly recommended – Transparent Background For Free-Floating art
  • No fades or glows on free-floating art (Use clipping path to make sharp edges)
  • Save as PDF (also acceptable: .psd, .tiff, .eps, .png, .jpg)

Water-based transfers utilize the CMYK color space.
Pantone color matching can be done within 5% tolerance. Colors will be printed closest to the original artwork submitted. Please take note that there can be a variation in colors you see on screen (RGB) and what is actually printed (CMYK). There may also be variations in color within same order due to printing process. Changes may occur depending on the volume of ink and/or the composition of the garment.

Please note: Printing Sizes are defined by the size of the garment and will be adapted proportionally without prior notice.

Water-Based Transfers

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes DTLA Print’s waterbased transfers unique from regular transfers?

DTLA Print combines the quality and durability of traditional silk screen techniques with the flexibility, color range, and high quality photo real detail of digital printing to allow a wide range of images to be printed on any fabric imaginable with low damage rates, quicker turns, and fewer limitations, all while keeping our eco-friendly vision in mind.

How many washes can the waterbase transfer’s handle?

All of our wearable transfers, and transfers made have been tested with over 50 washes and they still looked great. These eco-friendly waterbased transfers for apparel are made to last!  

How should the waterbased transfers be washed?

 We recommend to follow the included care label and wash instructions provided on your garment, when possible turn the garment inside out for even better results.

Are the transfers eco-friendly?

Yes, DTLA Print’s waterbased heat transfers use water based inks without toxic and harsh chemicals and printed directly onto recyclable transfer paper.

What level of detail can these transfers achieve?

Our process prints millions of colors and gradients, allowing us to reproduce almost any artwork, no matter how complex. We can render fine detail as small as 1 mm.

What is the largest transfer size for this waterbased method?

At the moment our current largest waterbased transfer size is 16.5×11.7, if you need a larger transfer we might need to print directly onto the garment or use a classic plastisol transfer.

What color profiles work best?

The default print process is CMYK (actually, we run a six-color process that gives  DTLA Print’s  transfers more range in the color spectrum). We have the ability to Pantone (PMS) color match. All you need to do is indicate the colors in your order. We do not print RGB files.

Are samples available prior to a production run?

Yes, the minimum order for a sample run is 20 pieces, at the moment this is the lowest quantity we can produce.

Are there any hidden fees?

No, We have taken the complexity out of ordering transfers: no calculations or hidden fees.

Is there a limit on the number of colors?

Not at all, design away. You can print unlimited colors and gradients with DTLA Print’s eco-friendly apparel waterbased transfers.  We do not charge by the color, from one to one million the price remains the same.

All of our wearable transfers, and transfers made have been tested with over 50 washes and they still looked great. These eco-friendly waterbased transfers for apparel are made to last!  

 We recommend to follow the included care label and wash instructions provided on your garment, when possible turn the garment inside out for even better results.

DTLA Print combines the quality and durability of traditional silk screen techniques with the flexibility, color range, and high quality photo real detail of digital printing to allow a wide range of images to be printed on any fabric imaginable with low damage rates, quicker turns, and fewer limitations, all while keeping our eco-friendly vision in mind.

Yes, DTLA Print’s waterbased heat transfers use water based inks without toxic and harsh chemicals and printed directly onto recyclable transfer paper.

Our process prints millions of colors and gradients, allowing us to reproduce almost any artwork, no matter how complex. We can render fine detail as small as 1 mm.

At the moment our current largest waterbased transfer size is 16.5×11.7, if you need a larger transfer we might need to print directly onto the garment or use a classic plastisol transfer.

The default print process is CMYK (actually, we run a six-color process that gives  DTLA Print’s  transfers more range in the color spectrum). We have the ability to Pantone (PMS) color match. All you need to do is indicate the colors in your order. We do not print RGB files.

Yes, the minimum order for a sample run is 20 pieces, at the moment this is the lowest quantity we can produce.

No, We have taken the complexity out of ordering transfers: no calculations or hidden fees.

Not at all, design away. You can print unlimited colors and gradients with DTLA Print’s eco-friendly apparel waterbased transfers.  We do not charge by the color, from one to one million the price remains the same.

Easy to Order

Water-based Transfer Order Process

Our slogan Not All Prints Are Created Equal™ applies to water-based transfers as well! If you are looking for  amazing high quality wholesale custom water-based transfers here in Los Angeles you came to the right place. Our prices might be slightly higher but you will definitely notice the difference in quality.

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ORDER

  • Select Garment To Print
  • Create Your Own Mockup
  • Upload Artwork File(s)
  • Send To Rep
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PRINT

  • Submitted Artwork Is Reviewed By Your Rep
  • Your Artwork Is Approved Based On
    Placement and Resolution
  • Once Approved, We’ll Begin
    Printing Your Order
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SHIP

  • Your Order Will Be Ready For Pick-Up
    Within 3 Business Days
  • We Can Also Ship Orders Worldwide

If you would like to place an order either

1. View our water-based transfer eligible products and click the water-based transfer option on the individual product page to see pricing and further options to customize your order.
2. Contact Us and let us know you are interested in water-based transfer printing
3. Email us at [email protected]

Popular Products

Below are a few of our most popular & trending products. If you need help sourcing a specific brand or another product please reach out to us for assistance and your account reps will be able to assist you.

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WHAT’S OUR TURNAROUND? DO WE HAVE MINIMUMS?

If you may have any questions regarding our printing process, file types or turn around times, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Crack Ink
Available in both water based and discharge inks. The ink actually cracks in pieces the way you want it to so no two piece will be alike. Great for vintage washed out looks while still brand new. This is custom silk screen printing at its best.
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Burn Out
Burnout is a special screen printing process we use to removes the cotton fibers from a shirt, leaving only the polyester intact. It’s perfect if you want to give your T-shirt designs that really cool see-through look.
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Water Based Ink
Well known for their soft feel and vibrant colors they produce when printed onto t-shirts and other textiles. When printed water based inks leave no hand feel behind so you can feel the fibers of the garment.
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Plastisol
Silk Screen T-shirt printing with plastisol is the oldest and most commonly used ink across the market to screen print your custom t shirts. The misconception how ever is that all inks are the same.
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Eco-Friendly
Eco Friendly Inks + Screen Prints are the true green alternative to screen printing. These inks replace traditional harmful inks and are 100% PVC and phthalate free.
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Stretch Ink
Mostly used for athletic/activewear fabrics such as nylons, spandex, polyesters, rayons, lycra, that have a lot of stretch but can also be screen printed on other blends for different textures. These inks will make your prints stretch with the fabric and do not create cracks or creases when stretched. These should be printed on all sports jerseys, yoga apparel, athletic uniforms, and activewear.
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3M Reflective
We offer the 3M reflective ink prints as well as a standard reflective print that come in either a waterbase (eco-friendly) or plastisol-based ink with the unique ability to reflect once a light source is aimed at the print. Popular uses for this new ink includes police departments, fire departments, E.M.S., and other safety professions. Has recently become extremely popular in the skate, surf, urban, and street apparel industries.
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Puff Inks
Inks that expands and rises when heated, giving a three dimensional look, with a raised feel. Any los angeles t-shirt printer can buy inks and print them, but the real beauty and art of screen printing on t-shirts comes when you can mix inks correctly and accurately. Controlling how the puff inks actually puff is one example.
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High Density Inks
Perfect for create custom silk screened T-shirts right here in Los Angeles. High Density inks can be matched to any color and raise in the drying process to create a 3D look. Inks can be raised to your desired height or width and can be printed with other high density inks of different sizes.
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